Cylinder head erosion!

Tiny
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I would take them to the shop, you have them out, why not fix them right.
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 AT 9:20 PM

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Tiny
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This is on a 94 Integra LS w/ 150k on the motor

So im doing a head gasket job on this thing as its its been overheating while cruising for awhile, shop diagnosed hydrocarbons in coolant.

Anyway pulled the head and started cleaning the cemented gasket coating of the block/head surfaces and I find two tiny little nicks in the surface of the head where #1 was leaking into the water jacket.

The nicks are really small and obviously a result of erosion due to hot gasses escaping through there, however this is the head surface we're talking about.

I have a few options here and im looking for a little advice, heres some things to keep in mind:

-Head isnt warped so we werent planning on any machine work, even though:

-I found leaking valve seals in two cylinders, we didnt care because were just trying to get the thing driveable for a year or so before he dumps it

1) Say expletive it, clean it up good, bolt it up with a new gasket and hope it holds.

2) Take the head to a shop get it resurfaced, have them throw in new seals while they're at it.

3) Now dont laugh, choice three is fill in the nicks with JB weld epoxy and bolt it up. Sounds crazy but i've heard of it being done and apparently it used to be a shop technique for jaguars.

Obviously number 2 is best but we're trying to save money and just get it to stop overheating.

SO, TO SUM IT UP, what im asking is could we get away with 1 or 3 or do we need to have the head work done to make this head gasket seal.
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Sunday, December 17th, 2006 AT 2:59 AM
Tiny
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I would take them to the shop, you have them out, why not fix them right.
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 AT 9:20 PM

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