Originally Posted by turntablez
You would probaby have to pull off the oil pan to inspect the rod. The cylinder heads that are on ebay are good. Either will be ok there are 2 compainies that are on ebay that are aware of the issues with the heads that rebuild them corrected. cylinderheads.com is where i got mine. Once you pull the piston out to re ring it....you will inspect the walls of the block to make sure its ok. Make sure you fully clean out your intake. If a seat fell all the metal has grinded up and is in there. You have to get it all out...or else metal will get into the piston areas aggain and destroy your engine all over again. You can replace the head of the engine without removing the engine. Just make sure you disconnect the battery. There is no real way of saying that the lower end is ok most of the time....it is or it isn't. Regarless you gotta pull the head off the engine to see whats going on and go from there.
Thanks for the input. I am going to pull the head tomarrow morning. I heard that to pull the motor with a manual transmission you have to take it out the bottom. I'm hoping to be able to do the repair with the engin in the car. Thanks again.