Originally Posted by 00Maddog
I have a 2.5 that warped both heads .008, beyond machine. the short block survived. amazing imo but may give you hope. the carbon comes off easy with the wire brush. you can soften it with deep creep, from an autoparts store. the carbon is from many miles, not the overheating. if anything the overheating blasted some of it out before you tore it down. you have a poor burn situation. crappy/too high octane gas maybe, or tune issues maybe. don't just get the block resurfaced, check it. only resurface things if they're out of spec
I took a straight edge and feeler gauges to both heads.
Found several areas in the .003 to .004" range. (Assuming that my measurement method was correct). The area that I suspected the head gasket being blown was measuring at .005
I have a local shop that will mill both heads for $ 43.00.
They will also do a compression test for $ 53
Right now I am planning on
(1) Running compression test on heads
(2) Having heads resurfaced and cleaned
(3) replacing the head gaskets
(4) cleaning the carbon on the pistons myself
(5) replacing the CAM seals
(5) replacing the valve cover gaskets and grommets
(6) Re-using the exhaust gaskets...(Throttle Body and front to back exhaust) as they appear to be in good order.
(7) Slapping it all back together and hoping that my over heating problem has been solved !