The stovepipe and the hole it sits in seemed good with no signs of pitting excecpt for near the top of the pipe which cleaned up nicely.
I also didn't have any pitting on the side of the heads where the LIM gaskets mount luckily, so cleanup was fairly easy.
I wish I took some 'after' shots. I did a really good cleaning, spent the better part of a day, and it showed
Also I changed the valve cover gaskets, thermostat, and serpentine belt. My bracket slide-out peice for the mount was already beveled and the whole job was a breeze, under 15 minutes. Its nice not to have any drips in the driveway now.
98 SSEi 111,222 miles.
Intense PCM, LS6 Valve springs, PEMS, FWI. Hawk Street Pads.