Re: Time to do the head
Oil is leaking from the HEAD GASKET, OVER plug one?? The head gasket is BELOW the sparkplugs?? perhaps it's just your rocker gasket leaking (very easy / cheap to fix)...
In all the head gaskets that have blown recently, the only problem seems to be that there is a small leak from the two middle water jacket holes, which comes out below the exhaust manifold. Tightening the exhaust-side bolts will probably no longer help, as once it starts leaking, it makes little tracks in the gasket material..
Replacing the head gasket isn't terribly cheap, even if you do it yourself (new gaskets + getting head shaved is around $200-300), so if there isn't any real problem (how much water is leaking, and is the oil really leaking from the head gasket??), I wouldn't do it right now. If you do do it, make sure you use the AU headbolts, and someone said you can use the AU gasket as well (?? Not sure on this, but if you can it is meant to be a very good gasket).. The headbolts need replacing anyway, and the AU ones are probably the same price as any others.
TQE, SWB, ATPS, Worst of the E-series.. and I wouldn't have it any other way