In a previous post
, I identified that I was having a coolant leak issue into the #5 Cylinder.
It was suggested that the head or the intake might be warped or broken in a way I couldn't quite see.
Short story: I took the heads to a machine shop and it was decided the heads are completely fragged. Long-term water damage, a few holes in random spots, and a strong recommendation from the machinist has pointed out that the heads aren't salvageable. He described them as a "nightmare".
In the same conversation, the machinist said "Hey, I've got these heads. Maybe you want them."
I have a 1974 Ford 351W out of a Ford Galaxie 500. He offered a set of E7TE-PA heads.
I'm interested in putting these E7TE-PA heads onto my motor to get the thing up and running as quick as possible.
The heads also have the rocker-arms still attached. I have the same hydraulic lifters, rocker arms, and pushrods that were in functional order before I pulled off the heads to have them inspected.
Here are my questions:
1) Is this an easy swap?
2) Do I need to purchase new pushrods? Can I re-use the pushrods I have?
3) Should I change out the rocker arms that come with the E7TE-PA heads with the ones that came off the stock ol' school 351W heads and re-use equipment?
4) Can I re-use the hardware from the head bolts?
5) Who has some torque specs I can look at?
For those of you who always live by the "buy new hardware" lifestyle? I hear you. Finances are tight and I'm trying to do a "bottom dollar" fix so as to get the car running and be able to enjoy it a bit before the next big project of tearing down the motor and making it beefier.
I have experienced no other issues with the vehicle and last start-up (before I added water to check if things were fixed) was smooth.
Thanks in advance.