To anyone that can help, here is my dilemma.
Purchased a 92' civic dx hatchback w/218k miles on it. Was told by the owner that it was mechanically fine, it's not. Took it to a trusted mechanic. Found two leaks in valves, clamped them, then found major pressure being lost from the head gasket. Due to the age of the car, he didn't recommend replacing the head gasket due to not knowing what else might happen with the rest of the engine.
A little research indicated that his suggestion appears to be sound advice. From what I gather, if I replace the head gasket, I have to be concerned with newer parts stressing against older parts. So I could be looking at having to replace other parts to make sure I don't run into other issues.
During some online research others also suggested to people considering replacing their head gasket, to just do a used engine swap.
My friend has the same engine sitting in his garage as will sell me the HG for $40, and his friend or my brother in-law is willing to help me replace it. I'd say his friend is more mechanically sound, but my brother in-law is pretty handy and does work on his own cars.
What would the much more knowledgeable users here suggest? Have my mechanic replace or resurface my head gasket at a machine shop which may cost me $800-$1100 give or take?
My friend has a head gasket from the same Honda engine his friend had removed from his civic. He'd sell it to me for $40 and I could try to replace the HG myself, I've never done more than my tire and oil, starter once with my brother in-law, is that a good idea? I'd save money up front, but....
Or should I replace the engine? Found a guy near me on Craig's list selling used JDM engines for $500, will install for $1000 total.
Or should I just sell car, take approximately a $1000 loss and get something else?
Thanks for any help as I will provide as much info as I can if more is needed.