Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
John533i, I didn't find any bits of the valve in the chamber when I pulled the head. They could have gotten broken up and blown out the exhaust, I guess. And thanks for the bright side. Since the car spent its early life in Arizona and has been stored winters up here in the frozen North, the body is in excellent shape with no rust. So it is worthy of a refreshed engine.
Steve, I'm slowly coming around to your point that I should do rings and bearings along with the head rebuild. A couple of days ago I was thinking this was a $100 head gasket job, so I'm still getting over the shock of bottom end work. Now I'm wondering if I want to tackle the work myself. I've never pulled the engine and trans, but with the head off it looks like I'm about halfway there. It would be an interesting challenge for the off season, and with a rented hoist and the excellent help of this forum I may be able to get through it.
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