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Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:19 pm 
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today i was ready to put my ticky head on, i have all the gaskets, new headbolts everythink was good to go ecept i had not taken the head in to be refaced yet, the guy i go to has it ready to be picked up 2hrs max anyways i took it there first up this morning thinking by the time it was ready i would have the car ready to drop the ticky back on BUT when i got there he had a look over it and said that two of the water jakets would have to be welded and also it had a warp in it so instead of being $60 he wanted $440 to repair it, so now i am lost what to do, is it really worth spening $440 on the head or would the $440 be better spent on a standard head or maybe put it towords a au motor, idea's please
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Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:23 pm 
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it'd wanna be a complete reco @ 440 if the head is your in the first place,

get him to show you its warped, the galleries i can believe, but then again... the repair a stocko is the same kinda $$$ if its all what he claims!

 

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Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:36 pm 
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yer he has a large straight edge he puts along side the where the head bolts go, he showed me all to be done and the middle is up by about 2-3mm, but he did say he could straighten and get a good even reface, but what i wanted to know is the head worth getting the $440 spent on it, what is the going price for a second hand ed ticky head in good condition?
and for $440 could i get my stock head to perform better?
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Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 10:11 pm 
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s**t man u can get a lowish Km au engine complete for under 1k

 

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Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2006 12:49 pm 
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in asnwer to your original question i reckon $440 is fair. you're not going to get much for 440 in the way of performance enhancements on an original head. with the tickford head u've already got the double valve springs and the bigger valves.

the unfortunate bit about welding is that it creates alot of heat. once he starts welding on the head then it distorts valve seats, head surface etc and it cant be avoided. if he has to cut one new seat then he has to cut them all.

from what u described he hasnt told you any lies and sounds fair

 

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Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2006 2:39 pm 
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in asnwer to your original question i reckon $440 is fair. you're not going to get much for 440 in the way of performance enhancements on an original head. with the tickford head u've already got the double valve springs and the bigger valves.

the unfortunate bit about welding is that it creates alot of heat. once he starts welding on the head then it distorts valve seats, head surface etc and it cant be avoided. if he has to cut one new seat then he has to cut them all.

from what u described he hasnt told you any lies and sounds fair

yer i dont doubt that it will cost $440 that $440 is fair and he did say he would have to replace the valve seat, but i see on ebay there is a wreackers in QLD that sell low km au engines for $450 but it now, arrr i dont know what to do :x
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Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2006 5:55 pm 
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Disco Frank wrote:
s**t man u can get a lowish Km au engine complete for under 1k
how low is lowish??
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Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2006 6:46 pm 
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the ebay ones are between 50 and 100k
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Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2006 7:09 pm 
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Damn. Here at trade price i can get heads faced and pressure tested for $100. Damn rip.

 

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Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2006 7:36 pm 
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ive had heads reco'd for just over $200 and thats with welding of the water jackets
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Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2006 8:04 pm 
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yer i might get a few more quotes before i decide what to do, if it was just over $200 to get the reco on the head i would have it done its just that on the top of the $440 the VRS and headbolts and stuff it end up around $550-$600 and i am thinking i could set up a low km au motor for a simalar price
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Posted: Sun Oct 29, 2006 5:07 pm 
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cost me around the $500 mark to get my ticky head reco'ed, worth every penny. Just wish now I had the bottom end rebuilt at the same time :)

 

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Posted: Sun Oct 29, 2006 8:38 pm 
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just cost me 424 to get my head reco'd and that inlcuded new head bolts and gasket kit

 

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