Well, $450 for a head is what I find.I don't have but barely twice that in this car, and that includes new tires and insurance.
I put the straightedge on the block last time, it passed @ .002 or less, the head was at .007 between 3 and 4. Had it milled at the shop I've been doing business with forever. But didn't check their work, next time I will.
Timing at spec. Or it wouldn't pass Kalifornia smog.
Carb at spec or she wouldn't pass Kalifornia smog, presumably.
The advance on the distributor, I believe, is bad because only one line holds vac, maybe I should have replaced the distributor advance?? Would it make that much of a difference in timing at higher RPM? Just trying to learn here.
One caveat is when I put in the new radiator I didn't get the lower clamp on correctly (I should have put it on from under the car so I could see it) and it blew the hose off, overheating the engine. That was about 2-300 miles back. Now that I think of it, maybe that is what did her in.