Vic wrote, "Unless an engine is known for bad head gaskets, you don't
want to mess with them expecting to make money.
I only had one car with a bad head gasket - a '55 Plymouth Belvedere.
That one had never overheated.
All kinds of stuff can be bad on a car with a blown head gasket, and you
won't know until you get it running again, or tear it down in the first
If I was to look at making money fixing and reselling cars, I'd look for
good runners with body damage (not bent frames) and available boneyard
Maybe electrical issues too..."
That's kind of what I thought -- you don't know what you have until
you get it running, and then it smokes, knocks, etc.
And simply swapping a different engine into something nowadays is a
lot more scary than the old days. It would be a miracle if everything
bolted up/ plugged in. And then when it doesn't -- what do you do?
I don't know what cars are "known" to have head / gasket issues (know of
a comprehensive list?)
Good idea about the cars with cosmetic damage.