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Old 10-08-2006, 05:12 PM
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cracked head.. :(

Well, I bought a used pair of vortec heads and theres a tiny crack at the edge of the combustion chamber, its just big enough that I can barely hook my finger nail in it.

Also, there looks like something hit the top of the chamber between the intake/exhaust valves, like theres a little piece of it missing, though it doesnt go as far as to actually touch the valves.

But, any ideas from people that have used, used heads? Hope I didnt waste my money, but I guess thats what I get for not looking at them close enough.

First off the valves, theres a little chunk missing out from between the valves, my dad looked at it, said it looks OK, that it didnt break off into where the valve seal is.

But what does he know? What do you think?


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Crack in cylinder. It looks MUCH bigger in the picture, lol. I can barely fit my finger nail into it, and its not deep at all..See next picture.


Same crack, but the camera is now inside the combustion chamber, looking at the crack from the side.



So, did I waste my money on these heads by not looking at them close enough? Vortec 062 heads.

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Old 10-08-2006, 05:24 PM
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That don`t really look like a crack to me. By all means, have the heads magnafluxed, that`s the real way to tell. Vortec heads mostly crack out of the water openings where the casting is rather thin.
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Old 10-08-2006, 05:28 PM
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I guess its more of a chip, but this is really my first time looking at anything you dont see when an engine is sitting in a car, so im freaked out.

I know I should get them magnafluxed and stuff, and I am going to, I just wanted to post first, just incase it was a horrible thing and someone could tell me they were definantly usless, then I didnt want to waste my money.

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Please, if anyone else can tell me anything about this damage, how bad it really is, id much appreciate it.
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did they come from a salvage yard ? if so they will replace it.











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Old 10-08-2006, 08:02 PM
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It looks more like a small ding from being hit on or by something. It shouldn't cause a problem. Run it by your local machine shop and let them have a look at it.

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Old 10-08-2006, 08:25 PM
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By all means have them magnafluxed. The nick between the valves looks like it may just be a casting imperfection. I wouldn't even call the spot on the edge of the combustion chamber a crack. But have them checked, just to be sure, nothing worse than finding out you were right after installation.
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Old 10-08-2006, 08:42 PM
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Not from a yard no, I bought them from a local guy, 200$, for a set of vortec heads, he said they have springs for up to .600 lift, but it doesnt look like there are screw in studs, so I dont know, is there anyway to tell?
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