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1998 V70NAM56 (NOW ENGINE SWAP) , winter 2020 "The Orange Mountain"

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Re: 1998 V70NAM56 cylinder head job, winter 2020 "The Orange Mountain"

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Nice work! This job is coming along well for being so cold up there.
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Re: 1998 V70NAM56 cylinder head job, winter 2020 "The Orange Mountain"

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Delivered head to Dave Hunts Machine shop in Schenectady NY
Too cold to evaluate AC but discharge hose is snarly.
Removed nasty heater hoses - ugh.

Will use Volvohead gasket and Rein bolts
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Re: 1998 V70NAM56 cylinder head job, winter 2020 "The Orange Mountain"

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Blech. Cylinder head 0.018 high spot. Dave Hunt - "I really don't want to do this head"

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Re: 1998 V70NAM56 cylinder head job, winter 2020 "The Orange Mountain"

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As I see it, the used head probably is the quickest and easiest way to finish this job.
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Re: 1998 V70NAM56 cylinder head job, winter 2020 "The Orange Mountain"

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Clearwater comes with all the valve grinding, new valve guides, seals, etc. Give them a call, they are very easy to deal with. Got the last one for the Jetta from them...
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Re: 1998 V70NAM56 cylinder head job, winter 2020 "The Orange Mountain"

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Not uniform praise for Clearwater if you do some searching.
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Re: 1998 V70NAM56 cylinder head job, winter 2020 "The Orange Mountain"

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wizechatmgr wrote: Thu Feb 20, 2020 3:42 pm Clearwater comes with all the valve grinding, new valve guides, seals, etc. Give them a call, they are very easy to deal with. Got the last one for the Jetta from them...
I've never seen clear indication of where Clearwater gets the valve stem seals. And we know they are bunk from many (most?) suppliers ...

What Clemens said - I would look for a used head. Oh and still do the valves, valve stem seals on it. Basically look for one to pull or find one already pulled by someone you can trust to not have cooked it. This engine is already apart so the engine swap doesn't give you the labor/headache savings it normally would, and you'll have to go through the logistics of finding the engine which is more trouble than finding a head. And going with a used (and then refurbished) head the top end is so squeaky clean when you are done.
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Re: 1998 V70NAM56 cylinder head job, winter 2020 "The Orange Mountain"

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Brutal luck on this one, I imagine the rest of the car is in good enough shape to justify the work?
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Re: 1998 V70NAM56 cylinder head job, winter 2020 "The Orange Mountain"

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abscate wrote: Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:50 pm Blech. Cylinder head 0.018 high spot. Dave Hunt - "I really don't want to do this head"

Options

Engine swap
Refurb Head Clearwater $600
Used head?
Other?
Build a fixture to bolt the head down and put it in a bbq oven. 500F for a few hours. It straightens the head down to < 0.012" which my machine shop says is max possible to shave off. Little bit of a project but once done you're in business. All it's gonna cost is $20 to refill the gas bottle👍

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Re: 1998 V70NAM56 cylinder head job, winter 2020 "The Orange Mountain"

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I’ve got deep brinnelling andvalve issues too, so I think one has shuffled off its single mortal coil.
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