So I just got a 1998 ex couple for free. The bad thing is it had a bad head gasket or so I thought. I pulled the engine and found one of the coolant jackets is cracked on the block. I've done 20 or so head jobs on civic d series and this is the second time I've seen this on a d16 last time it was a y7 and I had a spare short block so it was no problem. The problem now is finding a y8 block. My question is will a non vtec block y7 block work with a y8 head? If so will it affect it in anyway? Also had anybody has any luck getting theirs welded at a machine shop? I don't want to replace with a used block and then 50k later have the same problem so is this common?