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While flow-testing the stock heads, several people advised me to inspect the entire engine because the heads “smelled burnt.” I completely disassembled the engine, only to find everything in excellent condition. I’m guessing the combination of a high-temperature thermostat and hundreds of hours of idling during my car’s service life with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department left the engine smelling like oil coking. However, there was no sludge, the bearings and cylinders were in excellent condition, and all the clearances were within spec. Though I had only meant for this to be a cylinder head replacement, I now had a complete engine to rebuild.