the thing with automobiles and mechanics is that... anybody can do it, you just need to know how.
I happen to be very fortunate and have ressources around me that allow me to learn the skills and find the information I need to do the tasks.
Now as for specific jobs like the timing belt and the head swap, I figured I'd ask you guys since I thought the miata community was nice and knowledgeable, but I've been proven wrong, but then again... this is a forum and is not representative of all the real people out there who just want to enjoy their Miata and talk about them.
Back to the subject,
doing the head swap isn't that big of a deal, I have a longblock 94-97 just waiting in the shop, we have all the tools we need to do any job, all I need is the information, which I am slowly collecting (and isnt that complicated) this week to hopefully get it done next weekend.
As for the timing belt job, I KNOW how to do one, but I just wanted to know tricks from people that have done them in the past ON MIATAS, and know how to save time/energy. But that is just me, you're free to interpret my questions however you like, this is a free country.
And luckily for me, to go back to the gasket,
like the nice mister before me said, the 94-00 gaskets are the same. I have a 95 engine and and 99 engine so problem is solved,. I bought the headgasket today along with the intake gasket and throttle body gasket. Still waiting on the waterpump but we'll get it, and when we do, I'm pulling the engine and doing the swap (and the timing belt)
As for your lack of confidence iin our skills, I understand. I lack confidence in your skills too and that's something all mechanics do. deflate that ego and share the love.