rolledthatho- thanks for the offer. I really appreciate it. I do remember seeing a thread with a bunch of pictures and location questions, but I can’t seem to find it.
So both heads are off and everything lower looked ok, but the carbon should be real fun to remove. It's not terrible, but I'm never buying cheap gas again, that's for sure. I have a feeling my injectors are pretty dirty too, so I'm going to try to clean them by injecting some cleaner spray after she's running again. What I found pretty strange was that the top of piston that succumbed to the gasket failure was nice and shiny- almost new looking. All of the others had a spotty coating of carbon. Could the antifreeze have done this? The cylinder walls looked good - nice and smooth. Again, there was no mud, so I believe little, if any damage was done to the lower half.
Thomas - yes, four of the six had the shims. And the driver side had the pedestal shims on all but the front rocker arm. And yes, they were milled before, thanks to a flood in my parking lot a few years ago. I had to get my car outta that water. When I got into the car, the water level was about an inch passed the door seam. Just after I backed up, the water rose up to the bottom of the windshield. I got her out of the deep part of the flood just in time, and then she died on me. The engine sucked in a crap load of water. I got her to the shop 3 days later, and the engine was rusted up. My insurance paid for a new bottom half, and they reused the upper. This is another reason why I'm replacing the heads.
I'm going to call around tomorrow and see who has what locally. Maybe I'll get lucky and find someone who has ported heads for $400. And I'd like to have the heads back on by Saturday night.
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1994 Cougar XR7 V6 - Black. New Paint, Alpine HU, Infinity Perfects, Phoenix Gold Amps, Audiobahan Sub, PG 232 EQ