I must have misunderstood. I thought all you needed were the seals and not the guides. Sorry. I reread your original post and now see it. Now I understand what you mean. I live near Pittsburgh, so I'm sorry, but I don't know of any schools near you. Here, there are several career and technology centers for high school students to learn different trades. THe district I live in has one with over 1000 students. THey have auto mechanics as part of their curriculum. I realize this may sound stupid, but call your local school district and ask if they offer this type of education to the students. If they do, and they should because not everyone can afford college, call them and ask if they would consider this type of work. THink about it, it's your tax dollars that help fund the school. Here, they take as many as they can get done each year. It is a good opportunity for the students to learn on a live project, and it helps out the community. It's worth a shot.
As far as the problem, again, I'm sorry I read it too fast. You are right. There is no easy way to do it. The heads need removed. If the shops are charging too much, you may be better off getting a good engine from a salvage yard with low mileage and a warranty.
Let me know if you have other questions, and I realize you're having trouble, but I still wish you a good holiday. Also, if you decide to do it yourself, I'll be here to help if you need it. And yes, I usually work on Christmas, after my kids are sleeping so don't be afraid to email me the same way as you just did. I usually check my email about 10 times a day for this exact reason.
Let me know what you find, and thanks for using 2carpros. Com.
Sunday, December 20th, 2009 AT 10:55 PM