[Healeys] 100 engine prices
dan at warner-associates.com
Fri May 10 12:23:45 MDT 2013
Thank you David. Your input is priceless.
From: healeys-bounces at autox.team.net [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net]
On Behalf Of David Nock British Car Specialists
Sent: Thursday, May 09, 2013 10:16 AM
To: Greg Lemon
Cc: healeys at autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [Healeys] 100 engine prices
The 100 cylinder head is so prone to cracks that we will rarely try to fix
them any more. The problem is you will chase the cracks around the head for
The best answer is to just bight the bullet and install an aluminium head.
Yes i know they are $$$$$$ but they are far superior, flow better, lighter,
will not crack and run cooler.
I have probably 25 cast heads and would be lucky to find one the isnt
cracked. If i did once you rebuild that head correctly you got a lot wrapped
in a ancient design head.
Clean and Mag head, surface, repair and minor cracks, install new seats,
guides, valves, springs, grind seats, and next thing you know you have about
$800.00 to $900.00 in a head
that is just going to crack again.
Also remember that the head studs will stretch and the old copper style head
gaskets leak. So you should also install the upgraded studs and head gasket.
British Car Specialists
Stockton Ca 95205
Please feel free to view an interview with the Nock's in 2009
On May 8, 2013, at 7:20 PM, Greg Lemon wrote:
> I had a crack in my head welded as well, pretty much the same
> experience, the local machine and welding shops said there was one guy
> locally who could do it, and it was described as anywhere from an
> craft to a black art that few could master, and I do remember part of
> the explanation of doing it right was bringing things up to the right
> I asked the guy who did it if it would be weak or I should worry about
> it, he said he wouldn't do the work if it wasn't going to last.
> Although I didn't keep the car real long after the work was done, it
> certainly seemed to hold up fine for the time I had it.
> It can be done if you find the right guy to do it, who by the way
> before you ask either closed his shop or moved away or both since that
> I would think the value of an uncracked head would be significantly
> more than $200 even for a friendly local deal, maybe twice that or
> more? used to be E-bay was a good place to check for prices, but it
> seems like more and more it is full of people listing the same thing
> over and over again for ridiculous prices, plus cheap stuff from the
> Pacific Rim, and not so much hobbyists selling to each other.
> Greg Lemon
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