Ailing engine (Updated after teardown)

After lots of thought I have decided what I am going to do. I decide to go with the Fel Pro 1008 gaskets again. Reasons for this. I can get them locally, they lasted 11 years the first time, I do not have to remove the engine to have it resurfaced. That's a big one. Don't have to have the heads resurfaced. Less chance of water leaks. Cost, although not a big factor, does come into it a bit. I am going to install them with a 3 step torque sequence, then let them sit overnight and retorque them in the morning. I will then reassemble the rest of the engine. I will run the engine through 3 heat cycles and then retorque the heads again. After this I will retorque the heads once each winter.

I know some will not like this idea but it is what I am going to do. It is a quick and cost effective way to address the problem. Getting work done on an engine around here is sketchy at best. Wait times can be up to 6 months and I am not going to wait that long to get the decks and heads resurfaced.

I would probably do exactly the same thing.