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copracr 06-11-2019 06:19 PM

Best cheap aluminum bolt on heads
 
I'm looking for a cheap set of aluminum heads to bolt to a 95 351w. I'm doing a rebuild and my heads are in a bad way and need everything, I can't imagine rebuilding them for less than $600. So I was wondering how much a set of cheap aluminum heads would cost me or if I'd be better off with rebuilding these choker e7's.
This is more for weight and economy than performance, but I imagine any aluminum head will whup my e7te's on the performance side.

I'm hoping for something that can re-use my factory rockers and pushrods to save money.

What's the best all in cost going to be?

EDIT: I don't mean so cheap that I have to deal with junk not working or breaking random stuff. I mean cheap but still somewhat reliable.
Thanks

Mikeyhunts 06-12-2019 09:47 AM

I would seriously consider buying a used set of nicer aftermarket heads. For probably less than $1000. Think AFR, Trick Flow, etc.

I bought some pro comp junk heads with the same mindset you had and it bit me in the buttocks.
The intake ports were so far they were horrible. I wouldn’t use them and sold them for a $200 loss and moved on and bought new Trick Flow 11rs.


I promise you, save a few extra pennies and skip the temptation to by the $600 eBay heads.
Don’t ask me how I know.
Used sets of heads come up often for around $1000. Sometime less.
Search the bejeezers out of the inter web.

Mike




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mikeymac 06-12-2019 09:52 AM

And if you aren't looking for all out performance, a used set of Ford X or Y heads will also do and cheaper than AFR and Trickflow.

Mikeyhunts 06-12-2019 09:54 AM

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Originally Posted by mikeymac (Post 18564138)
And if you aren't looking for all out performance, a used set of Ford X or Y heads will also do and cheaper than AFR and Trickflow.



Good point.



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boostup89 06-12-2019 11:34 AM

My cousin used a set of flo-tek heads on his 66'. For nothing more than a driver they worked fine. I went through a new set for a different guy and to get them where I would consider them useable, he could have bought a much nicer head.

tjm73 06-12-2019 02:36 PM


Decipha 06-12-2019 02:59 PM

x2

the gt40 series heads seems like its most ideal for you

Dwain 06-13-2019 01:12 AM

From what I have been reading the Skip White heads are pretty good for the money.

copracr 06-13-2019 03:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dwain (Post 18564388)
From what I have been reading the Skip White heads are pretty good for the money.

https://www.skipwhiteperformance.com...ord-274_90210/

I'm really looking at these. I know core shift and such can be a problem, but my real fear with the chinese heads are the valve train QC. These seem to be built with decent quality stuff. And I can always send them back if the holes don't line up.

Any thoughts on these?

I know I'll need hardened pushrods, studs, and guideplates too. Is it correct to assume I can reuse my factory rocker arms?

Dwain 06-13-2019 06:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by copracr (Post 18564522)
https://www.skipwhiteperformance.com...ord-274_90210/

I'm really looking at these. I know core shift and such can be a problem, but my real fear with the chinese heads are the valve train QC. These seem to be built with decent quality stuff. And I can always send them back if the holes don't line up.

Any thoughts on these?

I know I'll need hardened pushrods, studs, and guideplates too. Is it correct to assume I can reuse my factory rocker arms?

I agree, they go through pretty extensive lengths to show he installs quality components in the heads. I personally have no real world experience with these but I am planning on trying a set of these in the truck I am building. Not sure if you can use factory rockers on these. Ive always run roller rockers with aftermarket heads.

rotaxripstick 06-15-2019 04:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by copracr (Post 18564522)
Quote:

Originally Posted by Dwain (Post 18564388)
From what I have been reading the Skip White heads are pretty good for the money.

https://www.skipwhiteperformance.com...ord-274_90210/

I'm really looking at these. I know core shift and such can be a problem, but my real fear with the chinese heads are the valve train QC. These seem to be built with decent quality stuff. And I can always send them back if the holes don't line up.

Any thoughts on these?

I know I'll need hardened pushrods, studs, and guideplates too. Is it correct to assume I can reuse my factory rocker arms?

I've got a set of afr 165s with Ford svo b351 1.6 roller rockers for $1000. I'm also In ohio

Mark O'Neal 06-16-2019 02:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by copracr (Post 18564522)
https://www.skipwhiteperformance.com...ord-274_90210/

I'm really looking at these. I know core shift and such can be a problem, but my real fear with the chinese heads are the valve train QC. These seem to be built with decent quality stuff. And I can always send them back if the holes don't line up.

Any thoughts on these?

I know I'll need hardened pushrods, studs, and guideplates too. Is it correct to assume I can reuse my factory rocker arms?


Do some research into his repudiation.

Mikeyhunts 06-16-2019 03:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rotaxripstick (Post 18565084)
I've got a set of afr 165s with Ford svo b351 1.6 roller rockers for $1000. I'm also In ohio



This.....,
Problem solved.... with Rockers.
You will be so much ahead!!
And those are great heads.



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Dwain 06-17-2019 12:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark O'Neal (Post 18565204)
Do some research into his repudiation.

Or you could post your thoughts.


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