Those prices aren't bad. In fact they are pretty good. You gotta consider the following points when fixing head gaskets:
*What made the head gasket go? It's probably a really good time to get the radiator pulled out, dismantled, rodded, etc to ensure that it's in perfect nick, cos half the time these are filled with casting sand and mud. Mine was 25% filled from the bottom.
*Don't put it back on without giving the head a recondition or at least getting the deck machined. You'll only be doing the job again if you don't and its not flat. And also as its cracked and most likely corroded around the no.6 cylinder water port, you'll have to get it welded. Also any head from the wreckers unless you know its been redone, get it recoed too. Should only cost around $250.
*Use new head bolts. It's only $35 from Repco for a new set of Astral head bolts and these are the newer AU style bolts with heavier heads.
*It is a job that requires a few hours labour (even more so if a head bolt has been snapped off - and quite likely) and so expect about $300 of any quote to be labour.
*You'll at least have a warranty against it in case something goes wrong. And it can - look for the thread started by Bindi.
I did have a thread around somewhere where I listed all my costs that it cost me and I did it all myself, except the head reconditioning. It came to somewhere around $500 in total, thats including new coolant, oil, plugs, thermostat, gaskets, etc.
Originally Posted by Axeman82
Got my head gasket and car put back together again today...
Parts and prices were...
Head machining and welding $210.00
ACL Monotorque VRS kit $169.00
2 camshaft end seals $9.50
Timing chain filter $15.00
Battery terminal $4.89
Dayton thermostat $26.99
Astral head bolts $32.06
Nulon long life coolant $34.99
Shell helix 15W/50 $25.99
Oil filter $4.50
Fan belt $15.50
Spark plugs $18.99
thermostat block gasket $2.50