Well looks like I'm going to amazon prime a couple of seals then. I bought a kit from Aveenav, he said it should be here around mid next week.I disagree with this. When seals become hard and old, even if they dont leak, the change in hardness is what causes little grooves to wear into the metal faster. Repair sleeves are not always available. Once a deep enough groove is established and a leak finally does occur, you may not be able to stop the leak with a new seal.
Professionally we replace all seals. However from a DIY aspect, i can understand trying to avoid a headache when replacing them. If you arent used to dealing with seals like that, you can absolutely risk damaging it on installation. It does require patience and attention to detail.
I feel like I might as well do the valve cover gaskets but I'm not really sure how I feel about taking the intake manifold off and various pieces in that area. I might just go with your plan and get a cam-holder tool, which I think I need to buy anyways because I need something to hold the crank pulley when I tighten it back up (I think). My next big issue is finding out how I can get the crank pulley off. Can it be done with a breaker bar?
I'm never using a paper water pump gasket ever again. I just put one in my miata and it leaked on day one. Thanks for the advice, Aveenav is sending a metal WP gasket!I had a Gates lit put in 3 years ago and the water pump gasket already failed. I just replaced the kit again myself and I went with the factory gasket. It was much higher quality!!