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Current state of budget magnum heads? #2949223
07/31/21 06:37 PM
07/31/21 06:37 PM
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I recently got a 5.9l mag/46re cheap from a 99 durango (with all of the EFI stuff) to swap into my 72 W200.

Was hoping to do the plenum gasket, clean it up, and run it, but I don't think it'll be that easy.

Compression:
1: 120
3: 120
5: 145
7: 145

2: 120
4: 120
6: 120
8: 70 no

Leakdown is terrible on all of them (70psi in, 20psi out), but I think something is goofy with the gauges. The bad cylinder does have a lot of air going out the exhaust. If it wasn't for the one cylinder with low compression, I'd probably just run it as is.

What's the current status of budget replacement heads? I figure having a machine shop go through these will be at least a few hundred. If one valve is worn, the others may not be far behind? I don't think I need anything special since it will probably never go over 4k rpms. I'd like to keep them (well) under a grand.

Odessa/Clearwater has some good reviews, but might need adjustable rockers? Ebay Odessa

These look inexpensive/cheap. Ebay heads

Are either of those as simple as pulling the springs and making sure the valves aren't too tight/stuck, then re-assembling and running them?

Thanks


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Re: Current state of budget magnum heads? [Re: hooziewhatsit] #2949230
07/31/21 07:14 PM
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I did see lots of bad ex valves and seats so that's a good possibility.

The ones from oddessa are chinese junk, crappy machine work crappy casting quality actually flow less than a stock head and will exadurate the problem of the fuel stream hitting the port wall at the pushrod because the pushrod pinch is much narrower than stock.

The second one is a rebuilt stock head but I would ask for better pics, looks like they sandblasted the entire assembled heads, valve tips, springs and all. Either that or something funky in the pictures.


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Re: Current state of budget magnum heads? [Re: HotRodDave] #2949301
08/01/21 03:05 AM
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Thanks.

Turns out my leakdown tester is fine. One other cylinder I checked has ~75% leakdown, mostly through the exhaust, but some through the crankcase as well.

I'll call the local guy and see what a set of valve jobs would cost. If those other heads are just stock, and I only need to replace one valve, I may get out of this for not too much.


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