Yes, glad I'm doing the head gasket before a failure. Well, no one is ever "glad" to do a head gasket, but you know what I mean.
Know exactly what you mean.
I guess I am shocked to see how 'blocked' so many of those passages are. I'm sure you were too.
I known you'll get it all cleaned up and properly sorted out though.
I'm hoping it doesn't have to be decked. I don't suspect warpage. I am taking it to get the typical head work done and have it checked out.
There is definitely an imprint from the gasket on the block. I'm not trying to smooth it out completely, just clean off the residue and clean out the channels.