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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.


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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.

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the gt40 series heads seems like its most ideal for you

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

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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?

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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.


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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
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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.
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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!!
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