OST-072: Bass Ackwards

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OST-072: Bass Ackwards

Postby oldeskewltoy » Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:21 am

It is uncommon for me to start, and end a build thread in just the first post - but this wasn't an ordinary build.


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Yep... the image is correct.... This head was just a FUBAR that once finished still came out perfect.



It began as a request to add clearance for big lift cams - nothing more was originally asked, and this head originally was not to carry an OST designation.

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It had been rebuilt before, with aftermarket replacement valves used. I'm not sure how, or why but the valves and seats appear to not have gotten along....... it was also more than just seat wear - look at the wear from the guides too. And all with stock springs!

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.... and yes the exhaust valves on the left were causing reduced flow.


The head was also showing signs of wear. When the factory, and/or a qualified machine shop do the valve job... ALL the seats are set at the same depth. As you can see, these seats are as much as .004" different.

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So because of this wear I dug up a set of 16 OEM valves with plenty of margin, and stock lengths.


Just before the head went into get the "new" valves ground and the head's seats cut, the client asks me if I can deshroud the chambers because he wants to minimize the chances of detonation. So I do as requested.....

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The head now goes back to the machine shop for its 3 angle and machining the surface - all well and good..... Until my client calls me and now asks if I can port the head too.......

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2 down...

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Above is a "finished" head that I now have to dig into.... my typical procedure has me doing port work first... so I can't screw up a finished seat, or damage the finished surface. It is at this stage that it gets it's messed up serial number.


The head is now properly finished, with just final assembly to go. Note you can see ".007" (amount machined) under the blue tape above.

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Final assembly - Kelford Beehive spring kit, and Vitz, aka 1SZ buckets

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PLEASE.... no more BASS ACKWARDS builds....... :lol:
OST Cyl head porting, - viewtopic.php?f=22&t=300

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