1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass Do I Have Blown head Gaskets?

Tiny
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  • 1970 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 21,000 MILES
My 1970 Cutlass Supreme SX, Has a 365 HP, 455 CI Engine, 4 Barrel Carb. W/Dual Air Induction Hood, and Dual Exhaust.
The car from day 1 always had the hot light on, but never overheated, and when I brought this to the attention of my mechanic, he said that it was just an idiot light?
I bought this car 8 years ago, and for the last 3 years it was sitting outside parked in a driveway without being started. Finally, I had some work done in January to get the car going again.
I had all the fluids drained, hoses changed, tuned it up, and it ran like a top.
I did question if any of the gaskets throughout the vehicle would be affected by sitting a long time, and the mechanic said, you would have to wait and see.
4 weeks ago I went to take the car out for a spin, and as I was driving in the garage, I noticed smoke in front of my headlights.
When I checked it out, the radiator was leaking with engine oil mixed in with the anti-freeze. The engine was smoking and overheating, and the hot light was shining brighter than ever.
I only drove the car 4 stories back into my parking slot, and turned the engine off.
I told a mechanic about it, and he said he would do the head gaskets, but at the same time was reluctant, telling me he would charge me $1200.00 to fix, and if it failed, he didn't want to know from nothing since it was an old car engine.
This car has 21000 miles on a rebuilt original matching engine! I want to sell this car for a good price.
How much should it cost to do all the Head gaskets

What can I do? Please help me?
Thank You Tony.
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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 AT 10:51 PM

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Tiny
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3yrs being park outside and it blew a headgasket while sitting. You sure its not transmission fluid from the cooler compartment of the radiator.

The engine was smoking and overheating, and the hot light was shining brighter than ever.

Get it block and pressure tested to ID a blown headgasket-cracked head or block-
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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 AT 11:18 PM
Tiny
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The Headgasket did not blow just by being parked outside while sitting, but they may have dried out from not being used for 3 years? This happened 5 months after getting the car going again.
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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 AT 11:43 PM
Tiny
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Get it block and pressure tested to ID a blown headgasket-cracked head or block-this will give you an idea if it is. 3yrs will not dry out the headgasket. The gasket is made out of a special material that can withstand pressure/heat-
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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 AT 11:50 PM
Tiny
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Thank You so much Rasmataz, I had already bought a new radiator in addition to whatever job needs to be done. Again many thanks, Tony.
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Thursday, July 24th, 2008 AT 12:02 AM

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