302W new head gasket
Hey all :-)
I've bought a EF Fairmont 302W and due to lack of my brain [don't ask], anyway overheated the thing [severely blocked the radiator, in fact the radiator nearly blew apart due to pressure]. A few weeks later, the driver side head gasket is leaking .. What are my options?
I'll surely want to machine the head, since I presume overheating then switching it off suddenly on a cool night is what did the damage :( I don't know if I want to do the work myself. I've done the valve clearances and stuff on the old corona, but new engine is not quite the same. That said, the Max Ellery book doesn't make it look hard, just a matter of pulling off manifolds, rocker cover, pushrods etc and then the head, and replacing all with new gaskets? As a first timer to serious engine work, should I be looking at doing this? Anyone recommend a machine shop in melb who will be open at this time of year? Or, am I better going with reco'd heads, or some high flowing heads? I've got about 1500 i want to spend, really, so not a lot of room to move... [unless I can be convinced to spend some more, if it's gonna be worth it in the long run]
Should I do the other head at the same time?
What a time of year to discover it, I need the car by mid jan too to go to a wedding!
Thanks to all who can give me the slightest hand :-)