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Old 01-19-2003, 12:58 PM
stevebfl stevebfl is offline
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The most common problem with cutting the head too much was that the timing chain becomes too long and is hard to tention.

I have heard of people shimming the cam towers but never the head itself. I doubt that valve clearance to pistons will be a problem. The head has a minimum thickness and if more than a mm has been removed then it has been exceeded. I would measure and check against the spec. If you are within .010in of the standard I wouldn't worry, put it together.

But, figuring that you are rebuilding the whole thing I would really worry about using a head that had a seat drop. That only happens after extremely overheating and with the thickness problem you are risking a bunch by reusing it.
Steve Brotherton
Continental Imports
Gainesville FL
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33 years MB technician
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