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Old 12-06-2012, 11:54 AM
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350 heads

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I'm rebuilding my first 350 engine and I need some heads.

I need them to be cheap as possible. $150 or less!

I have a standard cam and crank, .060 over sized heads and a Torquer II intake.

Any help will be great!

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what heads do you own and what are your goals?
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What you intend to do with the engine and where you are located might even help.
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What are the casting numbers of the heads you got now?
Do you want a stock low compression ratio for a stock near stock rebuild or
do you want more than stock compression for a performance build with a hi perf
cam etc. The torquer II intake works best with generous compression, gears, converter, cam and more than stock cylinder head flow. other wise its a poor choice, say on a near stock motor. A dual plane is much better choice for this.

Most all the stock heads that are cheap, have modest port flow in stock form.
Are you willing to improve them by hand porting them for more than stock power if that is your goal?
Or do you want some miracle to fall out of the sky?
There is a big difference between a cheap gem and cheap useless junk.

vortec heads that are not cracked are a great choice.
906 or 062 castings only. requires a vortec style intake manifold

Anything with a small 58 to 64cc combustion chamber like a 305HO head (4416 or 601 casting {some are marked 624}) or a old 327 fuelie head has performance potential
especially with home brewed porting to improve flow.

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I live in Fargo, ND. I'm putting it into a 1952 Chevrolet pickup. I'm looking for cheap but not junk. and the intake was just free. the only things i salvaged from the old engine was the block. everything else was junk.

I'm looking to make it as high performance as i can for as cheap as possible. like I said I'm not very rich at the moment.
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w/e heads you can find that cheap is what you will get. By the time they are freshened up,just bolt them on.
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Craigslist....

in your area might help..
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i looked for some 882 heads but i couldn't find anything in my area worth getting. I just need to know the casting number for the heads to look for.
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This guy on ebay has several types of heads to look at. Havent gotten any from him yet but do plan to buy one of his aluminum head sets.

These are a 400 a set ready to bolt on with 2.02 valves and fully machined and checked over. Edit: these are 76 cc you will probably want 64 cc heads. They sell those as well. In several different casting numbers.
Performance 327 350 400 Chevy Cylinder Heads 882 SBC Bronze Guides 500 Springs | eBay

Plan on using an after market cam and lifter kit as well. You should be good for a few ponies. If you look at edelbrocks site they have a kit for the chevy 350 that includes cam and everything. They can help you select cam and head type by comparing parts to see what is like the kits or in between the two kits they sell. One is 410 hp and the other is 330 i think but either way best to stay low on the range there. I mention this because there kits a re very repeat able and can usally work with any stock short block. Since they make it for mass market sale. Not the best but will bolt to any dam thng and work good enough.

Hope this helps.
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I don't mean this to sound harsh, but the learning curve that you're facing is more than you can handle right now. Stop what you're doing and raise some cash, however you can and buy a crate motor. It will be absolutely the cheapest way to get the truck running. Forget about performance right now. Here's what you should be looking at....
https://www.sandjengines.com/rebuilt...V-350LB-4/9190
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I'm well aware of the learning curve. I'm working with several race care drivers that make their own engines as well as teachers. I don't want huge performance. just a little extra. They also told me it would be cheaper to go with a crate, but I like doing things on my own. Plus you don't learn unless you try! (for me). I plan on making this one of many engines to build.
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then take the new engine apart that tech said to buy,measure every part and record it.Put it back together.That would be a great way to learn.
If you doubt your ability,then run the engine for a year,pull it out and take it apart,measure everything and put it back together with a better cam and different intake.
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Are 150$ heads going to get you rolling? When I was looking there was all sorts of used engines available for 300-500. Still in the car so you can check it out all you want before you buy it. plenty of vortec 350's. All around 150k but you will have that short block you saved to build on and learn on while you run the dog**** out of the used one. Hopefully by time you blow it up you will have the other motor ready. Then you have another 350 on the stand for rebuilding.
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Avoid any head with a 882 or 462624 casting number junk, often offered cheap.

There are lots of other more desirable heads to watch for, but not these.
These are the worst of the worst. Leave them to the dirt guys that have to run them.

If someone offers them, even for free, they are not your friend.
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Search my old posts on the hows and whys of using low buck 4416 305 heads on 350's
with home brewed porting and 1.94" intake valves. They respond suprisingly well to generous porting and new valves. I have build many low buck powerfull 350's using these heads. $$$These motors punch well above their weight.$$$ Of ten you can buy the whole running 305 engine w/heads for peanuts. Sometimes free. You are looking for the 4416 castings for this.

One good way to skin this cat. Do not use 2.02's in these heads. 1.94x 1.60 valves are best.
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