I would replace the timing belt and water pump while you are doing this project. You should buy a service manual on the car. About $20 or less on ebay or at an auto parts store. Then pull the head, the book will walk you through that. Take the head to the auto parts shop and have them check for cracks and warpage. If warped they can usually plane it. I would replace the seals on the valve guides as well. Then get the timing covers off, replace the water pump, inspect the tensioner on the timing belt, replace the belt and put it all back together. Time the engine once you get her running again. Just as an after thought, when you look at the plugs and piston heads note if they are oily and if the car burned oil you would be better to stick the money in a different engine. The work I described above should run about $300 if work is done by you and you have the tools to tear it down including a torque wrench.
Thursday, November 2nd, 2006 AT 10:46 AM