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Old 09-19-2003, 10:19 PM
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Head frustration

I got the heads back from the machinist today. He found no cracks, so then he pressure tested them and found a leak behind the valve seat insert. So much for that head! I am glad I opted to pressure test them and not decide to just reinstall them thinking I had a bad gasket, but what a bummer.
I have been shopping for new heads and found some new darts with 1.94s for $600, new darts with 2.02 for $800. I also found new GM's with 2.02's for about $600. Any ideas as to what would be the best option?
Keep in mind that in the next few days I have to put out $8k for concrete for my detatched garage(yahoo), so money is somewhat of an object right now, and that this is my daily driver and I do not like having it down.
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Old 09-20-2003, 07:46 AM
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For a daily driver (as stated) the Dart heads you mentioned at $600 (w/1.94 valves) should be the best option money and durability wise also... Also a 1.94/1.50 setup on the street is really in some ways better than the 2.02/1.60 because of better low speed torque... The larger valve heads dont really shine till above 6K rpm and unless your racing every light to light or just running WFO then the 1.94/1.50`s @ $600 would be the better choice...
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I agree with Bumpstick, the smaller valve haeds will feel stronger on a warm street driven car than the larger valve heads, due to increased intake velocity.

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I'd take a look at World Products line of heads. They have cast iron heads with 1.94/1.50 valves pretty cheap. They're under $300 bare, and I think just a little over $500 complete. Go to summit racing and have a look. I'm going to be getting a set for my car in the fall (next fall).
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