I bought a new non-crossflow AL head complete with valves from NWImport for
$700. It is the same PM1 (Pierce Manifold?) casting that VB and Moss sell.
It was slightly warped. I had heli-coils installed and had it milled for about
$70 at my local NAPA.
I love the head. I bought it for the same reason you did. Cracked original.
On Fri, 12 May 2000 SRegel@dpra.com wrote:
> Well I got the 76 B home the other day and went to check the
> compression...still 150, 80, 110, 130. Started to do all the great tests you
> guys gave me to see if it was rings, valve or gasket. Turned out to be a
> crack between #2 and #3. Ugh! The only good thing about it is that I wanted
> to put an aluminum head on any way...maybe crossflow. Just need to shake the
> old money tree and see what will fall out! If I go with just the aluminum
> head, I have a chance to buy a kit with dual rebuilt HIF SU's and manifold
> from a local shop for about $800 to replace the worn out weber on there now.
> I know which ever route I take it will require a trip to the head shop (wow
> just had a flash back ;)) to have the new head checked. My local shop says
> that he has had to mill new aluminum heads that were actually warped when
> they came from the supply place. So question for the list...where can I get
> a good aluminum head...VB, Moss, ??? Any thing I should watchout
> for...problems with these heads? Are re-manufactured heads just as good
> (besides the weight factor)?
> 76 B