I blew the head gasket on the driver's side of my 1989 GT convertible earlier this summer. I had a quote from a local auto shop that was $2400 (head gasket plus radiator and thermostat). I got a quote from a friend of a friend that was closer to $1,000. I was originally going to have him do it but we've been playing phone tag for a few weeks now (not getting my confidence up that this would be done in any timely fashion either). As the weeks wore on, I got more and more antsy to just do this myself. I did the thermostat the other day and finally last night I decided that I'm just going to do the whole thing myself. I've never done a repair this big (I've done alternators, brakes, and some other smaller things) so I expect I'll be on here a lot during the next month or two asking questions and getting part recommendations (I'm figuring new heads as the very least). I thought people may like to see my progress as I go along too so I'll be sharing pictures along the way (this will also help me when I go to put the car back together). This is the before picture of my engine (except for the radiator, I didn't think to take any pictures until after I pulled it out). The Ford Racing aluminum radiator that will replace the rusty old stock one. Definitely looks a TON higher in quality than what I pulled out. Picture with much of the intake tubing (is that the right term???) pulled off. That's as much as I had time for last night. The upper intake should be coming off next. I'll update when I have time, pretty busy this week.