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Rusty Dawg

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About Rusty Dawg

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    Central Valley, CA
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    1961 Datsun 222
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    Vintage vehicles, old signs and rust

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  1. I found 2 free engines in Bremerton, WA but freight was tough to secure and expensive. Rebuilt engines might be worth my while. How do I reach @Farmer shall my find turn out to be a dud?
  2. I found a head for sale that is complete minus the rocker arm and the dude is throwing in a J13 engine with transmission minus a distributor in case I need other parts. He is based in LA and has worked on Datsun's for decades. He also said he probably has gasket sets and other J13 goodies that he says he will throw in to help me along and thus get rid of items he has not used in over 25 years🤔. I have transportation set up to pick up on Monday and deliver to me by mid-week.
  3. I've been able to find 2 complete J13 motors in the NW for free as long as I arrange freight, so I might go that direction. The individual just wanted to swap out to an "A" series engine on both vehicles. Threads don't concern me, but when you mention that I need to watch out for things such as "gears" it makes me nervous. Anytime I have to modify something to make it work, I tend to stay away.
  4. Rusty Dawg

    J13 Head

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    • WANTED
    • USED

    Looking for a J13 head that is in working condition or that needs minor repairs. Let me know if you have one for sale or if you know of someone that has one. Thanks!

    NO VALUE SPECIFIED

    Hanford, California - US

  5. Not sure about going with the Britt head yet, but I could go for one of those drinks right now😁. Is that a J engine with the Britt head?
  6. Unfortunately, my head is a POS and although it very well could be repairable, I will start looking for another one unless the MGB head my machine guy had works. I haven't tried to place it on the block, but it looks close. There are a lot of cracks in mine and the valves are in pretty bad shape. The only difference I see so far between the two heads, is how the valve/rocker arm cover mounts. On the plus side, my rocker arms look like new. Please let me know if you know of anyone with a good J13 head.
  7. Sorry datzenmike, I am not sure what I was thinking, but my head is now at the machine shop. I will try to remember to take a shot when I go tomorrow.
  8. Gotcha, I thought you we pulling my leg. I'll get you a better shot. I took my head to the machine shop and sure as heck there are several minor cracks. He will clean it up and Magnaflux it to see if there are any major cracks. He did say that the head was pretty warped and that this out of anything might have lead to water getting in my oil. The cracks from what he can see seem to be minor and might not have been the root cause at this time, although he said it would eventually become a big problem. Hopefully he can repair it since I am not certain I can find another head tha
  9. Not sure if you are kidding here🤔
  10. This is a better photo of the gasket.
  11. Got around to removing the head and I will get it over to my local machine shop to check out. I don't think the head gasket looked bad, so that's a bit concerning. Maybe you see something different. One of the pushrods came out and the tappet is now turned sideways....ugh!
  12. If anyone here has the torque specs and sequence for this J13 I would greatly appreciate it. I have a spec sheet that gives me a range of torque in ft. lbs. for the head and the manifold, but I thought there is a set torque spec and I haven't been able to find a sequence.
  13. It is a transplant and I have already identified it as a "J1300" engine by looking under the manifolds. I will have the head checked and I will have it resurfaced since it will already be at the machine shop. Not sure that any valve work will be needed. I went ahead and ordered from Moss Motors a new head gasket, valve cover gasket and manifold gasket so I'm ready to go. I ordered as if I had a 1962-1980 MGB.
  14. I believe you are correct, although I would guess that if my head is cracked, it will be even more difficult to locate a head from an E vs. a J engine to replace. Not many guys around anymore that can repair cast iron heads.
  15. I am certain my rocker cover just has the 6 bolts and from what I've read the MGB is very similar to the J13, but not an exact copy.
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