I dropped off the heads from my 289 this morning for a down and dirty cheap rebuild. My tale of woe can be found here if interested.
The point of my new thread is to post my experience as I didn't find a great deal of directly related posts. The heads in question are the rail rocker type with the round push rod holes and press in studs. The condition and specifications of the engine and heads are largely unknown as I only bought the car a couple of years ago and have concentrated on the body to this point. As the heads were so poorly prepared I am assuming the rest of the engine is also questionable. As a result I am doing the least amount possible to the heads in an effort to get the car back on the road.
My direction to the machine shop so far is as follows:
1. new valves - approx. $85
2. basic valve job - $150
3. new rail-style rockers - $190
4. umbrella valve stems - $16
5. clean and degrease (no magnaflux or bead blasting) - $20
The valve guides have been knurled. If there is too much slop, either oversized valve stem diameter, or new guides if needed- approx. $160
Crossing my fingers that the valve seats are ok, but approx. 160 for install, plus 65 for hardened exhaust seats.
Is it exciting? Nope, only documenting one guy's experience. More to come. Heads will be ready late next week and I hope to install them over the long weekend.