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Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 6:39 pm 
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well, i took my car into the ford mechanic as it was missing hard (also i had a lil collent leak,i wasnt to worried about that) So it ended up being the spark leads got them all replaced and now it drives beautiful again. But i got the bad news too ,my head gasket is f**k and thats where the collents leaking form so i need to get it replaced & its gonna cost around $900 possible more, is this price ok?? also would it be worth taking it somewhere else just to make sure its the gasket??
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Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 7:35 pm 
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$900 not bad, I've heard of worse!

That being, I had mine done for $715, including genuine Ford gaskets, New Genuine head bolts, Head inspected and machined by All Head Services & 2 year nationwide warranty.

 

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Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 7:46 pm 
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and where was that at??
Also they will need my car for 2 days.... is this normall?
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Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 8:56 pm 
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yeah they can be any where between 600 and 1200 depending on the condition of the head. i've seen some heads need $500 worth of work just to get them useable again. 6 hour labor is around $460., gaskets, new head bolts, thermostat, and posibly radiator and heater hoses.


when i did mine i spent $650 on parts and head reco.

 

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Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 9:30 pm 
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I did mine about 3 months ago, the headgasket kit (AU Metal, including exhaust and intake) cost me $100 or so, the head cost me $120 to weld and machine, and new bolts were $40...

I replaced all hoses, had the injectors cleaned ($150) and used Toyota Coolant (red stuff, $80 4/L x2) and it was a piss easy job...

As you can see its pretty cheap in parts, its the labour that kills the cost.

 

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Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 9:32 pm 
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thats true. it seems to be a good time to replace a few things.
i spent i think around 700 on parts cause while it's all apart, may as well replace the water pump, timing chain etc.
And it is a pig of a job so it's not suprising what they quote you for it.
anything under 1000 is reasonable imho

 

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Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2005 11:24 am 
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ok thanks for that, i have it booked in for monday anyway. Hopefully after this is done i wont have to do anything else major for a while.
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Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2005 5:05 pm 
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and where was that at??
Also they will need my car for 2 days.... is this normall?


That was at a workshop in Seaford Vic, a bit far for you sorry.
They also had my car for 2 days, as they send the head to All Head Services they don't get it back until the next day.

A Workshop that has the right equipment could do it in 1 day depending on what work is required.

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 07, 2005 12:05 am 
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i'd expect to pay about 700 for a head gasket. I wouldn't pay more. it's a common job, mechanics should be used to it by now lol!

on a side note, if your handy with a spanner do it yourself. I did my headgasket for a grand total of $23. That was cost on a gasket and some Hylomar to seal it a bit better. Reused the same bolts and manifold gaskets and just sanded down the block. Since then it had twin turbo's on it and didn't miss a beat :)
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Posted: Sun Aug 07, 2005 10:04 am 
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yeah they can be any where between 600 and 1200 depending on the condition of the head. i've seen some heads need $500 worth of work just to get them useable again. 6 hour labor is around $460., gaskets, new head bolts, thermostat, and posibly radiator and heater hoses.


when i did mine i spent $650 on parts and head reco.
Iv'e been quoted around $1200-$1300 for that kind of work on mine...

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 4:16 pm 
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got two quotes for mine: $1400 and 800 for exactly the same thing.
tuned out to be a dirty injector and weeping side tank on the radiator!! :D

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 6:07 pm 
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A good mechanic wont give you a quote on haveing a head gasket done...

Way too many variables that are unknown until the work is being carried out.
The head may be cracked, may / may not need machining etc... You even may need to have a replacement head...

I just had mine done, and i had to have the head replaced. At the same time,
i had a new back axel / diff put in also... Total cost for the new diff / axel, head, gaskets and bolts was $800, with $400 in labour...

So all in all the job only cost $1200... Very happy with that price.
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Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 8:30 pm 
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i'd expect to pay about 700 for a head gasket. I wouldn't pay more. it's a common job, mechanics should be used to it by now lol!


thats hardly a reason for it be a cheap job. it still take the same amount of time and parts still cost the same

 

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Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2005 12:30 am 
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i did mine myelf for $300 parts and my own labor. its about 4-5 hours work. dont gt it done at ford there are a rip off.

 

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Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2005 11:37 pm 
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Im a 2nd year apprentice mechanic working with my old man, he used to work at a Ford dealership for 15 years before he started his own business. Anyway If me and him get stuck into it we can remove and replace the falcon head gaskets in about 3 hours, give or take about an hour and a half to send it out to get machined. So if all you guys are gettin quotes for 6 hours labour id be telling them to stick it! Your better off doing it your selves if you have some good tools and reasonable knowhow! The falcon heads are suseptable to warping but its not often that they crack unless theyve been severely over heated.

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I did mine about 3 months ago, the headgasket kit (AU Metal, including exhaust and intake) cost me $100 or so, the head cost me $120 to weld and machine, and new bolts were $40...

I replaced all hoses, had the injectors cleaned ($150) and used Toyota Coolant (red stuff, $80 4/L x2) and it was a piss easy job...

As you can see its pretty cheap in parts, its the labour that kills the cost.


What are you doing using that red toyota coolant??? Thats only for cars that require that type of coolant! I wouldnt be using it in my falcon thats for sure!!
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