By the way, SupeR6, sorry for threadjacking; I figured I'd just update with my experiences with the swap as I went along, and add in my own final total cost list, if you're alright with that.
Ugh, Way to make me not want to bite the bullet and start ripping into the engine. Truth be told I'm just way too busy at the moment but I'm growing restless.So my latest bullshit problem is that my ARP head studs don't thread into some of the holes. I tried the "cut a slot in the old head bolt" trick, and it threads all the way down into all the holes, but I guess some of the holes are just too far out of tolerance for the ARP stuff. It's not like they sent me the wrong thing... because the same exact stud threads probably 90% of the way down on one hole, and only three turns on another.
smurf. I should have just sucked it up and bought the $50 anal-rape thread chaser three weeks ago.