My buddy and I are trying to get his grandparents Model A back on the road, and we have run into a problem. There is a hole in the cylinder head. It looks like it was patched with weld at some point, but is not holding the water out of the combustion chamber anymore.
My question is, what is the best plan of action? I figured it would be best to simply replace the head, but we're trying to find a way to avoid paying $300-$400 for a brand new one. Is there a good place to find a used head? and if we find one, would it be a good idea to use it?
Thanks in advance,
Post a picture of your cylinder head so that folks can see what year/kind it is, then you'll probably get some replies or PMs offering you a good replacement.
Luke - have been around Model As for 43 years and have 7 of them. Yes, you can and should use an original head. Look for them at swap meets and on Craigslist. You shouldn't be paying all that much for one (unless it's an aftermarket high compression one): $25-$50 is the general range. Have it checked, milled and put it in.
Lot of guys on here have As as well - maybe someone on here in your neck of the woods has a spare or two laying around.
Here it is
Show where the patch or leak is.
Looks like near the #3
I will post a picture when I get back on the computer, but the patch is on the inside of the #1 cylinder. It is directly over the intake valve.
Here's a picture of the inside of the #1 cylinder. The patch is in the top left corner.
Toss it and get another one.
Try Ford-n-More in Spokane, wa They have used Model A heads they sell. 509-535-7789
2X ford barn. There should be someone closer to TX that has one. Besides, Fordbarn has a very active Model A forum.
There's plenty in the Austin TX area. Call the local A club then you will have one today. Common as dirt and cheap.
I have several that are good and can be surfaced for use. I get 100$ plus shipping for one ready to install.
How 'bout Berts in Denver,