The head is now off completely and was actually much easier then originally foreseen. It is much easier when the entire head was already off about 9 months ago lol. Heres the pics of the head off.
Very important if it is your first time taking a head off a motor; plastic sandwich bags and a marker can go a LONG way.
Bagged and tagged.
So this is how I am sitting right now. I am hopefully getting the head machined and reinstalled this weekend. The new APEXI metal head gasket is on the way and should be here tomorrow afternoon. I got the 87mm x 1.1mm headgasket. FRSport.com is running a special on head gaskets right now, awesome deals.