Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Fountain Inn, SC
This is not a particularly difficult job but it is not very tolerant of mistakes either. Take your time and make sure you don't have to have the car driveable by a specific date. Cost is dependent on what you do "while you are in there". The head should definitely be checked for flatness but if it doesn't need to be milled, then don't do it. Just milling the head is probably $150-$200 on the low end. Unless valve guides have been replaced in the last 50-60k miles, you should check and if necessary, replace them. If the guides are replaced, then you should probably have a machine shop cut the seats to maintain the relationship between the valves and the seats. Definitely hand lap the valves and replace valve stem seals. I did a low budget valve job three years ago at a cost of about $400. This included tig welding two small corrosion pits and then milling the head 0.008 in. Depending on what the head needs, the costs can approach the price of a rebuilt head from one of the suppliers. Just something to consider.
'65 Sprint GT, '78 Spider, '88 Quad