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panic #685691 Wed Oct 13 2010 02:09 PM
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Well Panic, opinions are like a certain orifice on the human torso, everybody has one. I personally have seen too many engines that didn’t perform up to expectations because the owner tried to save a buck. Replacing valve seats in engines today for a qualified auto machine shop is as common a practice as replacing guides.
Larry Carley wrote this article for Engine Builders Magazine on the subject of valve seat replacement, some people may find it interesting: http://www.enginebuildermag.com/Article/1946/valve_seat_installation_procedures.aspx
I didn’t think it was all that expensive when you figure all of the work they did on my hard for $450. After all, I got another 32 years to go so I shouldn’t have any problem getting another 50K on the old gal.
Nothing wrong with your solution but remember, “there are more ways of killing a cat than choking it with cream“.

DG


panic #685696 Wed Oct 13 2010 02:23 PM
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When you have a reliable method of detecting which seats will fail in advance, please let us know.
I've never heard of a shop that said "I'm sorry, we had a problem so we're not going to charge you, and here's a replacement head for free".
Nothing is more fun than choosing the most expensive method "because it's the best", and getting a free ride on the tow hook for your money.

panic #685754 Wed Oct 13 2010 04:52 PM
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Hey panic, YOU WIN!!!

DG


Denny Graham #685995 Thu Oct 14 2010 04:10 AM
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I rebuilt my 54 235 about 10 years ago. They replaced the seats, valves, guides, etc. I have not had any problems. The new seats are harder and allow the use of unleaded fuel. The expense for doing it right the first time is much less than reworking,in a few years. At least, my opinion. Make sure you have a good shop, talk to the hot rodders, they usually know the good shops. They also know the best price.


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Denny Graham #1455949 Wed Jun 22 2022 03:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Denny Graham
Chicago suburbs, bake and blast, magnaflux and pressure check, resurface head, install hard seats, install new guides, new valves, check and shim spring pressure and assemble about $450.
Had two done a couple of years ago, price is still about the same.
Denny Graham
Sandwich, IL

Good evening, do you have the name of the shop that did this work? I’m in Oak Forest, IL. I have a Pontiac 261 that might need all of the above.

GEC52 #1455954 Wed Jun 22 2022 04:12 AM
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MJDOOM.
You are responding to a 12 year old post, but I believe Denny still checks the forum regularly. With 1 post you can't send him a PM, so I will send him one for you.

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Gord&Fran #1455986 Wed Jun 22 2022 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Gord&Fran
MJDOOM.
You are responding to a 12 year old post, but I believe Denny still checks the forum regularly. With 1 post you can't send him a PM, so I will send him one for you.

Yes, I tried to send a PM. But like you said, I couldn’t. Thank you for contacting him for me.

MJ

GEC52 #1456054 Wed Jun 22 2022 09:52 PM
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Tks Gord. Yeah, couldn't tell ya what it would cost you today with the price of everything going
thru the roof. I had one shop here in Sandwich take a stab at it and he flunked the head saying
that he Magnafluxed it and it was cracked. Did an extensive cleaning a spot check here in the shop
and couldn't find a crack so I took it to Auto Machine in St. Charles and they did the valve job on it.
Old Blue's been running for 15 years and 18,000 miles now and is just as sweet today as she was
back in 1950.
With the time that's past, I wouldn't be surprised if they're getting at least around $700 to $800
for a 6cyl valve job now. Bordering on WWIII and still dealing with Covid all around the world has
really brought the economy to it's knees......all around the world. Besides that, ya just can't find
anyone that wants to work anymore.
dg

GEC52 #1456064 Wed Jun 22 2022 11:03 PM
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Nice to hear from you, Denny


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GEC52 #1456068 Wed Jun 22 2022 11:24 PM
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Just had a valve job done on my 302's head. Price was around $800 including both a magnaflux and pressure test.

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