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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-07-2005, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Do I need to have my heads machined?

I'm in the middle of replacing the head gaskets on my 92 and need to know if must have them machined or if I can get by with out doing so.
I have got to get my car going by Saturday so I have time to test drive it and make sure it will be OK.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-08-2005, 01:42 AM
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If you didn't run it long after realizing you had a blown headgasket, you'll most likely be ok. I didnt end up machining mine, just cleaned them good with a razor/fine sand paper and they've held for close to 4 years now. Then again I didn't know well enough back then (was going by a shop manual and a little over the phone help from my dad). I think were it to happen again, I'd have them resurfaced. I'd rather spend a little money and be sure I don't have to go back in there. I helped a friend with an older bird, he had a cracked head and we didn't see it.....

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-08-2005, 11:44 AM
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Lola, have the heads checked. If they are bad, you may need your block milled, too. It is much cheaper all the way around to do it right the first time.

The Iowa Super Coupe club lost a member because the shop he took his SC to didn't resurface the heads. Every year or so he had to take the car back for new head gaskets under warranty. Finally he had enough and dumped the car.

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