Head freeze plug turns into head gasket replacement (1 Viewer)

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Adding some random pictures of the block and head gasket.

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flintknapper

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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.

Great pics.
 
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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.

Great pics.

Thanks! I am thinking part of the issue is that it was converted from green to red by PO. I have changed the coolant probably 6 times in 5 years and still saw silt. Still shocked at how clogged it was though.
 

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Probably a dumb question but I've always thought that decking the head was only needed if the gasket went or there was suspicion of warpage, or is there just no way to get it off with out it not being completely flat in the end?
 
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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.
 

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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.

It won't ever be completely clean, there will be 'small' pits, stains, imprints. The OEM head gasket will easily seal these (provided your deck surface is not extreme).

Mine looked like this after cleaning:

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