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Old 09-10-2018, 10:40 AM
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Default Best fast / easy way to clean old heads?

I removed my 882 heads from my L82 this weekend and they’ve got loads of carbon in the ports but even the hard “glassy” chunks of carbon.

Whats the best fast- easy way to get them cleaned up nice? Just drop them off at a machine shop and have them hot tanked in the “engine dishwasher”? Any idea what this should cost?



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I would take them and have them cleaned and checked. Those heads were prone to cracks in the valve seats. I would invest in some alum. Heads or better cast iron ones. My L82 heads cracked. I got some Dart iron eagle II. Better flow and smaller comb. chambers.
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I would take them and have them cleaned and checked. Those heads were prone to cracks in the valve seats. I would invest in some alum. Heads or better cast iron ones. My L82 heads cracked. I got some Dart iron eagle II. Better flow and smaller comb. chambers.
Ive got a set of aluminum 195cc/64cc Profiler heads to go back on. I’m going to sell on the 882 heads but I want to ensure they’re all cleaned up and I good shape first. The engine only has 14.6k miles on it; the tappets don’t even show any wear, so they should be good to go.



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The best thing for heads is media blasting. Just tape up the painted area. Use a wire bench grinder to clean up the valves
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selling 882 heads? you won't get 25 bucks! their resale value is 5 cents a pound...
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selling 882 heads? you won't get 25 bucks! their resale value is 5 cents a pound...
Anything's better than nothing. Having them stored in someone else's house is better than in my house. ;-)
Having their crappy air flow, heavy *** weight, and potential cracks on someone else's engine is better than on my engine.

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Best way to clean 882 heads is to drag them behind a pontoon boat. Then a couple years later, decide if you want to hoist them aboard or not.

I put an ad on Craigs for 882 heads for $50 pair. No takers. Then $40. No takers. Then $25, still no response. Donated them to a scrap iron drive.

Heavy, no flow, small valve, small ports, low compression boat anchors, sorry.

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Due to the low mileage Id put them on CL just the way they are, dont sink any money into them. Im afraid if you make them pretty, magnaflux them you may not even get that back.


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Originally Posted by NewbVetteGuy View Post
Anything's better than nothing. Having them stored in someone else's house is better than in my house. ;-)
Having their crappy air flow, heavy *** weight, and potential cracks on someone else's engine is better than on my engine.

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essentially saying you don't value something and therefore want to get rid of it. but if you don't value it chances are not many other people will. unless I needed a numbers matching set I would never buy used heads even from my best friends
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Give them to your machinist. He may find a use for them some day.
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If you give me $20 ship them to me for free I’ll take them, then recycle them. Any effort you put into checking or cleaning them will exceed their value.
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