If anyone has a used set of aluminum heads they want to sell for a reasonable price PM me and I would be interested. I tried looking on the classifieds but had no luck. I figured this might trigger someones memory that forgot they had an extra set. Not picky with brand, just looking for soemthing useable.
Dave you're taking a big gamble if you buy a set of used aluminum heads. I bought a set of used Edmunds heads for my 53. I thought they would look cool since they don't make that brand anymore. Well cool wasn't the word after I got them on. One had a hairline crack on top I couldn't see on top and leaked coolant. After two failed attempts to fix it with JB weld, I took it off for the second time and finally found a pro welder to seal it for me so far. The welder said that the older aluminum is very difficult to tig weld. So my advice is save yourself some aggravation and save til you can afford new heads. At least get them pressure checked if you buy used.
Thats good advice, I just dont want to bite the bullet and spend the $600 on a set. I am the kind of guy that 1 thing leads to another and before you know it I will have a supercharger and have a 2nd mortagage on my house. I figured if I could find a set cheap I might be able to leave it at that. I am sure in the long run you are right though. Thats just my luck.
I ran into a guy yesterday who has a set of machined and milled Merc (8CM) heads for sale. Normally Merc heads lower compression but with the milling and relieving he claims they raise compression and flow better than 8BA heads. No dog in the race, if you're interested let me know. You ought to add your location to your profile, I have no idea if shipping is even practical.
I haven't seen them, didn't get to see them running on his engine, and milling heads to gain compression wouldn't be my first thought. I don't know what he wants for them, I don't think it's that much, but I can ask. Shipping would be pretty dear, they aren't light!
Edit: I gave him a call and discussed; it sounds flaky to me, I should have checked them out before mentioning it. He cut the heads 0.100", that's just not good practice.
Dave, I'm bound to have a couple of sets laying around in my storage. Shoot me am email or private message and give me some time to check, (maybe a couple a weeks) and I'll let ya know what I have. I ain't asking much, maybe couple a c notes...slim