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Old 27-08-2019, 04:07 PM   #1
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Are these still the ones to get for a small fast road engine then?

At the weekend I managed to snag a set of them, completely by accident, with a few other bits.

From memory these are excellent for cooling, and respond well to a bit of fettling and cleaning up, three angle valve cut and some stainless valves to boot.

Or did I imagine that?
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Are these still the ones to get for a small fast road engine then?

At the weekend I managed to snag a set of them, completely by accident, with a few other bits.

From memory these are excellent for cooling, and respond well to a bit of fettling and cleaning up, three angle valve cut and some stainless valves to boot.

Or did I imagine that?
I've got a set of Mexican 043 heads from the states but they have been heavily welded then ported 94mm, 37cc, 44mm by 37mm SS valves, 3-angle valve job, titanium retainers and CB dual springs etc. Great performance from them

but back to your question as long as there are no cracks between the valves guides or spark plugs they will be a great set of heads for modifying/fettling with. Regarding better cooling over other heads, I couldn't comment on that as not seen any thermal efficiency test comparisons between the various original vw heads, so you may of imagined that bit
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Not had a chance to properly clean them up but there's no visible cracks that I can see in them, all the fins are good, the plugs came out OK, and the exhaust studs aren't broken or stripped so I think I'll get them cleaned up.

Doing some reading, they're probably the best starting point for what I wanted to build up. I've got a nice German stock crank and some other bits and bobs, and a 1200 late 70's engine that I was going to tear down and inspect the case, then look at a mild 1776 build up with full tin, full flow cooling, something like a 110 Engle cam. Basically a "stock plus" with a set of twin carbs and a decent exhaust.
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Not had a chance to properly clean them up but there's no visible cracks that I can see in them, all the fins are good, the plugs came out OK, and the exhaust studs aren't broken or stripped so I think I'll get them cleaned up.

Doing some reading, they're probably the best starting point for what I wanted to build up. I've got a nice German stock crank and some other bits and bobs, and a 1200 late 70's engine that I was going to tear down and inspect the case, then look at a mild 1776 build up with full tin, full flow cooling, something like a 110 Engle cam. Basically a "stock plus" with a set of twin carbs and a decent exhaust.
Sounds like you have done well with those heads then should be a sweet little motor once built! - If your using a stock crank and having to get the case and heads machined for 1776, why not go 94mm - 1915cc ??
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Sounds like you have done well with those heads then should be a sweet little motor once built! - If your using a stock crank and having to get the case and heads machined for 1776, why not go 94mm - 1915cc ??
Everything else on the car would need going over and upgrading if I was to go much above stock, and I want to keep it cool and reliable.

it's running 165 80 tyres out back 145 80 up front, and I don't want to go wider as the wheels aren't a brilliant offset, with a stock beam and stock 1500 disc brakes, cofap oil shocks etc.

Basically, I just really want it to be a bit more, but not much more.

Cool running, reliable, but fun is really the key.
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