I wanted to respond to Corolla Sludge...Why not covered?, Corolla owner's story but it got locked.
In my case, I wasn't necessarily questioning the story of the original poster, but the repair action that was performed.
Perhaps I didn't come across clear, but it seemed odd to me that the repair was effected in the manner presented. So my questions
were more from a protect the consumer POV. If a shop pads the charges by choosing to do the head themself rather than just ordering the less expensive long block, then the consumer is shafted.
Now to be fair, there may not have been a price difference, or perhaps the source of longblocks couldn't get them in timely fashion, so this solution was the only one that fit into the time horizon needed by the customer.
I think we all need to take a breather and ask qualifying questions rather than questioning the motives of others. I think it would be better to ask if that is what the topic starter really meant and if there was some reason given for proceeding in that fashion, rather than a long block.