Next to come off the car were my cylinder heads because this was the
only way to fix my valve stem problems, by removing and replacing or
reconditioning them. After looking at the heads and the amount of carbon
buildup inside the combustion chambers, they looked pretty normal to me.
One reason for this ugliness is because I'm running an aggressive cam
profile along with cruising on the street for many years so this was
expected in my book. BTW, my spark plugs mirrored the heads for being
To fix this problem a few years ago, I would just call my buddy
Gary and we'd go into his garage (at his house), he'd let me use his valve
grinding equipment and I'd do the job. But
Gary passed away in 2006
so that means I'll have to let someone else do the work.
Now this is very hard for me to do, letting someone other than myself
do any of the work on my car. With that being said, I'll need to find
someone that I trust to do the work and only one person comes to
mind, a place called 'Engine Supply' in Santa Ana, CA. This is the same
company that did the machine work on my engine back in 2003, which was
recommended by Gary. And if Gary trusts these guys, that means I trust
them too. What I'm going to have Engine Supply do for me is a valve job
and while they have the heads apart they can tell me if the two valve
can be saved or if they need to be replaced.
I called and talked to the owner, Mike at Engine Supply and after a
few minutes with him, I told him that I'd be coming down that way. A
couple of days later Larry and I took a road trip to his place and
dropped of my heads which is about 75 miles away.
Now the last time I was at Engine Supply was with my buddy Gary and
once I walked into the place, I had a strange feeling rush over me. Not
a bad feeling, but more of a lost feeling without my mentor being there
with me. Turns out those feelings lasted for a couple of weeks, but I
didn't really know why till one day it hit me and then I knew what it
was....I was missing my good friend.
Mike told me that it would be one to two weeks before he'd be
finished with my heads. That would give me a few days to get things
ready to put back together along with looking at everything else