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Old 02-20-2013, 01:39 PM   #1
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Default master engine builders need advice quickly, can I save this head

okay so I got my heads back from my machine shop like 3 months ago, they sat with valve covers on in the corner of my room this whole time, the cams were just sitting in the journals when I got them back and nothing was torqued down, I installed the heads on my motor(note I am RIDICULOUSLY careful about handling my car parts and keeping them clean, so I did not cause this damage) well my passengers side intake cam would not sit flush, upon further inspection my center journal has a gouge/lip on one side and a chip missing out of it on the other. the machine shop told me to bring it by but I havent had the chance yet and I have a feeling they wont claim responsibility because I have had it back for so long. IF they machine out the journal and make it nice and smooth, can I save the head or will the chunk missing out sauce uneven oiling on the cam and warp it/push it too one side or some other problem????
please any advice asap is much appreciated, I was hoping to finish my 7-8 month build this week and I am tapped out of cash=( now I have to replace the head gasket, maybe the head, another valve job, and some people are telling me I cannot reuse my ARP's after I torque them down because of the stretch



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Old 02-20-2013, 04:05 PM   #2
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If it were mine, I would use a razor blade to cut down the high spots and run it. A single edged razor held nice and flat will trim the aluminum easily. Low spots don't matter, just get rid of any high spots. Once nothing is protruding into the cam area, or interfering with the cap, everything should be just peachy.
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:21 PM   #3
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Just use a very small file and deburr it down.
no big deal
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:08 PM   #4
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get a small fine stone from goodson and dress the edge and smooth it out and you will be fine and you can reuse arp head studs a few times.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:58 PM   #5
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After you do your repair just remove buckets and rotate the cam make sure it glides nice and smooth. I had a sliver like that on a cam cap on a 4g63 kept leaking oil i wouldn't use a file. razor is best bet the aluminium is really soft. And you don't want to mar it up.

I've also got used arps work fine. But mine are black not chrome like these new ones I've been seeing.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:59 PM   #6
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So the side that's missing a sliver won't be a problem?
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:01 PM   #7
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I don't see anything to be concerned with if you clean it up.
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