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Have a bare cylinder head I want cleaned at a machine shop for a rebuild I'm doing, any recommendations for a decent shop that's close and can get this thing looking factory new? Just want all the years of carbon, gasket material, and oil sludge cleaned out, then the deck measured for flatness. Looking for someplace close to me (Woodridge)

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+ 1 billion. Mike has taken care of many parts for cleaning, repair, etc for Ash's RD350 for me (all at no charge because of the cause). Not only is Mike a great guy, he enjoys educating. Ask him to show you how to magnaflux something. It's really cool!

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Oven cleaner. Just don't leave it on too long.
Then wash with a light detergent soap / water, and then spray on a light oil to prevent corrosion.

We use it to remove carbon on valves / combustion chambers all the time at work.

But if you don't feel comfortable working on it yourself.... Micron Engine +1
Having a parts washer does make it easier.
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ceptor's shop is in the heart of Mannheim. You can get a beejay for $20, and get back change.
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Have a bare cylinder head I want cleaned at a machine shop for a rebuild I'm doing, any recommendations for a decent shop that's close and can get this thing looking factory new? Just want all the years of carbon, gasket material, and oil sludge cleaned out, then the deck measured for flatness. Looking for someplace close to me (Woodridge)

We can do this. However, no power, and 1/2 power since Sunday's storms. No phones either.
With luck, we should be good tomorrow. Yeah, I'm gonna work on the 4th. I've lost 2 days already this week.

Here is some of what we do. www.micronengines.com

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+ 1 billion. Mike has taken care of many parts for cleaning, repair, etc for Ash's RD350 for me (all at no charge because of the cause). Not only is Mike a great guy, he enjoys educating. Ask him to show you how to magnaflux something. It's really cool!

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Here's a couple magna flux images for you Dave. The dark yellow lines are cracks.
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File Type: jpg MVC-005S.JPG (41.9 KB, 12 views)

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Cool, thanks for PMing me back, I'd be happy to throw this your way as soon as your shop is back up and running.

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Thanks Mike. Can either of those be repaired, or are they junk?
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Thanks Mike. Can either of those be repaired, or are they junk?


The head on the left is from a 4.3 GM used in a lift truck. The head on the right is a 4.0 Ford. All 6 combustion chambers on both pair of heads looked like this. GM made tons of the 4.3 so good cores are available. There are new castings available for the Ford, at reasonable price. Niether of these is worth repairing. Below are some cracks that we do repair. This is a common crack on this head. They crack in the head bolt hole. Coolant then travels up the bolt hole and then gets into the oil. We would repair these by boring and sleeving the hole. At the time, this was a desireable head, cores were not readilly available, so they were worth repairing. The 3rd pic is a similar head cracked in a different place. This head was pinned to repair the crack, and then resurfaced.
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File Type: jpg cracked head bolt hole 2.JPG (44.3 KB, 7 views)
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