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sigtauenus
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From: Beaufort, SC
Registered: Jun 2000

posted 08-04-2002 06:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got 80k miles out of the 289 heads on my 302 before I pulled them last year and put on fresh 302 heads, the plan being to have the 289 heads reworked and then reinstalled on a fresh 302 block. (I'm doing the whole higher compression from 289 heads thing).

I finally got around to having the 289 heads looked at, and apparently 5 of the exhaust seats are shot (I'm putting in the 1.84/1.54 351W valves) and still need to be replaced even if they were cut out for the larger valves. Also, apparently the valves just "fell out" when dissassembled, so needless to say the heads need new valve guides too.

I know this guy will give me a deal, he's been doing work for dad and I for over 10 years now, but I want to know the going rate for new valve seats and guides before I call him tomorrow.

Also going to have him pull the rocker studs and drill/tap/install screw-in studs for me. Rate for that too?

It would help if you gave me the rates in parts and labor separately.

Thanks guys,
Sam

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69 Sportsroof
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From: Valley, Alabama, USA
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 08-04-2002 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69 Sportsroof   Click Here to Email 69 Sportsroof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That seems like a lot of work and money on a set of low flow heads. PAW has 351W heads with 60 cc chambers fully assembled for $499. They also have 289 heads with 58 cc chambers and 1.94/1.60 valves, fully assembled for $549. Summit usually has lower prices than PAW so you could check to see if they have room amongst all of their chevy stuff for them. I believe you're going to spend around $350 to $400 on the 289 heads for what you're wanting done.

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sigtauenus
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From: Beaufort, SC
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posted 08-04-2002 08:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
69Sportsroof, I hear what's you're saying, but here's the thing, I already have the 289 heads (ie, no shipping expenses), and when they're done, they'll be just as good as the ones you mentioned PAW or Summitt are selling because those are still original castings, unless I step up another couple hundred for the aftermarket heads. I've already got the larger valves, and I had already planned on putting in the screw-in studs.

If $350 to $400 is the ballpark number for valve seats, valve guides, and screw-in studs, installed, then that's what I'm looking for.

I don't in any way expect these heads to outperform $1000 or $1200 aftermarket heads, but with the 351 valves, some port work, etc, they'll still outperform stock heads and I trust the guy doing the work to do it right. So, for me, that's worth $350, probably less though the way he charges me.

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69 Sportsroof
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posted 08-04-2002 09:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69 Sportsroof   Click Here to Email 69 Sportsroof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hear ya Sam. The only thing holding me up on a lot of things is "disposable income". I purchased a set of c brand heads and sent to the machine shop to be worked. Standard valve job with new guides and one new seat cost me $251. Another $100 should get the larger valve seats cut for you.

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67mike
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From: Arab,AL
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 08-04-2002 10:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 67mike   Click Here to Email 67mike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey 69 Sportsroof.Where is it that you live exactly? North ,south or mid AL? Just curious - Mike

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69 Sportsroof
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posted 08-05-2002 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69 Sportsroof   Click Here to Email 69 Sportsroof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by 67mike:
Hey 69 Sportsroof.Where is it that you live exactly? North ,south or mid AL? Just curious - Mike

Valley, Alabama is located on the Alabama/Georgia line right where I-85 crosses. If your heading south, you take exit 79 and turn left. If you go to the right you'll be in Lanett. If you know anyone who works for DeltaCom in Arab, their home office is located in West Point GA on the Georgia side of I-85.


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