I am in no way an experienced engine tech, I am 17 years old for petes sake :histeric:, I have learned everything I know about cars through getting under the hood and taking things apart and putting them back together, I have ZERO formal training, and before my 99 DeVille I had never touched a northstar, I just got on the forums one day to ask a question about over heating, found out it was a HG then I went got under the hood and took something apart and put it back together.
There is more than enough information and great experienced engine techs on this board that I have learned a GREAT deal from and anybody else can as well and with the knowledge that they gain from this board they too can complete a HG job and get many more years of beautiful service out of these cars.
You're still assuming that people have the same level of technical proficiency as you do and many do not have the time, or simply don't care to make such an extensive repair. There is a REASON that this "easy repair" has 18 book hours of labor.
Yes, there's plenty of great info here, but we've also had PLENTY of shade-tree mechanics who can do a headgasket job with their eyes closed on a SBC etc. pull their hair out doing a N*. May as well give the business to Jake, as far as I'm concerned it's well worth it for about twice as much as the kit to do it yourself.
When a person buys a vehicle, many times it is their ONLY one and we have to be careful that we don't lead someone into a purchase decision that they'll later financially regret just because WE think the repair is easy.
So the moral of the story is buy a car with records, or buy one with the H/G already done unless you have the time, effort, and money to invest in having a sidelined car (with the potential of a cracked head no less) hoping everything goes perfectly.