Just A Guy
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: New Jersey
My Ride: 1990 Daytona Shelby
Engine: 2.2 L VNT
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Re: Head Gasket went, looking for advice
If you are on a budget or do not have money or do not want to take a chance with someone else working on your car (I have probably known less than 10 people in my 40 years in the business that I would let touch my car) then...
What I am about to tell you I would never had done on a "paying customers" car when I was still a tech but I am giving you another option that will cost you about $300.00 in parts and time if this is what you choose to do.
A lot of the tools can be rented at Autozone.
I have replaced my head gasket 3 times in 29 years.
My HG's went for different reasons...
OE @ 90K, Overboost issues, Bad MP gasket, etc and have never sent my head out.
We own a Snap-On straight edge so I was able to check to see if the head/deck were warped but it never was so...
Judging by my experiences I would say you can safely remove the head, clean everything properly replace the HG and Head Bolts, Valve Cover Gasket, Manifold Gaskets, Exhaust Donut/Bolts and whatever other components need to be replaced while there (timing belt, cap/rotor/wires/plugs, belts/hoses, thermostat, coolant, vacuum lines, O2 sensor, Oil Filter) and there is a Good Chance you will not have issues.
No guarantees and ultimately the choice is yours but it gives you another viable option.
1990 Daytona Shelby VNT
40 Years ASE Certified (Retired)