UPDATE: March 17, 2019
Since 2 cylinders (3 & 4) had good numbers on the last compression test (155 & 150), and considering that none of the exhaust valves were sealing, I’m now leaning towards installing the new head and see what happens. If the severe oil consumption goes away, I may not pull the engine down to re-rebuild it at this time.
I’m thinking to install an ARP head stud kit with a Fel-Pro head gasket. It’s interesting that with the ARP studs, ARP recommends 90 psi on the torque.
I am very interested in reading some posts from the guys, anyone, out there who has rebuilt from block up, what pistons and rings you installed, and why, AND… what the hone Ra and cross-hatching was. How did you know what the Ra was… did you do it yourself or rely on the machine shop? What type of hone did you use, or the machine shop used?
Any experiences, comments or suggestions will be appreciated.