That's completely understandable, and as I said in my first post, I understand I can't spend your money. Having said that, though, you do not want to tear this apart again, unless you have unlimited time and just enjoy that sort of thing. If the head's still off, and if you can afford it, have the seals replaced and the valves lapped/ground as need to seal. The valve guides are likely OK, but you can check that easily. If they have to be replaced, that's a job for a shop.There is some lack of knowledge on my part, this is the first engine I've torn apart and I thought it was a little weird that the shop was ok with just resurfacing. OTRAMM and NKP Garage on YouTube seemed thorough, and honestly with my lack of knowledge I trusted the shop to do what was right.
I mentioned this on another thread, but forgot to include that I had no head gasket issues before taking it apart. I was replacing my timing cover and I mangled up the head gasket on the front of the engine where the TC and Head meet and wasn't able to bend it back flat. maybe this is why the shop is recommending what he is recommending? not saying the shop is right, but even a Toyota master mechanic (older gentleman) at the dealership said he wouldn't do it even if it was his personal rig.
I'm a total noob but i am getting mixed opinions on people on mud (who know more than me) as well as the shop + mechanics.
"Re-evaluate your needs before buttoning it back up"I saw that in your picture. My brother and I bought an old boat years ago with twin 454 engines. After the first season we owned it, one engine blew a few valves. It was a big job working in the tiny engine compartment on those giant heavy heads so while down there, I rebuilt everything from the lifters, pushrods and the entire heads. We were usually 20-40 miles offshore in the wild Atlantic waves. I would have been very disappointed if something else failed because I had shorted something that could have been done easily since it was opened up. The following year the other side blew a head so we bought an emergency life raft !
Re-evaluate your needs before buttoning it back up
I would have had the shop do the valve seals, and valves. No point having to pull it again, wasn’t burning any oil at all? I would port and polish it too.
Well if you were doing a head gasket because of a timing cover issue it makes sense why they only surfaced the head. I would still install new valve seals. I also would port the head, but that's probably outside your ability just yet. So I would just do valve seals and install the head. Replace all hard to get to hoses.
Your cylinder head looks very clean!It's all been said, but I'd have them do it all. Here's mine after getting re-worked.