There's a chunk of aluminum missing from the surface of my LS1 cylinder head. In the picture below it is located on the edge of the rusty looking cooling jacket port.

Is this something to be concerned about? Is it repairable?

Cylinder Head

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    The whole surface is pretty rough. I'd take it to the machine shop and have it planed. They should be able to weld it up to fill the gap and plane it.
    – 3Dave
    Apr 3, 2017 at 16:48

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This, in and of itself, is nothing to be worried about. The reason I say this is, it is not part of the sealing surface for a cylinder. There is more than enough meat there to seal the cooling port, as long as there isn't a crack from there radiating out.

You will most likely want to have the head resurfaced, even if it is only to clean up the mating surface. As @DavidLively rightly stated, the surface appears a bit rough. When you do this, have them radius this area a bit just to clean up anything which might cause a stress riser. They can check to see if there are any cracks at that time.

This isn't something I'd be worried about given what I've said.

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