My father and i are in the process of rebuilding the engine in our 1981 D-50. Unfortunately, we found that the head was cracked out beyond repair...As well as every other head our local auto parts stores can come across. Autozone's website suggest they have quite a few of the correct heads from Surefire, Moore's and American Cylinder Heads, however Autozone's representatives say that they're not actually available anymore despite what the website says.
Also, given that we live in California, smog requirements are very stringent making an engine swap, or excessive modification, or deletion of any smog equipment with the exception of the jet valves nearly impossible (to my understanding of current smog regulations).
So, we're sunk.
Would you guys happen to know where we could find a good condition complete head assembly or core for our truck? Would it be possible to use a 2.6 head on the 2.0 if we absolutely had to?
We're also looking for another cylinder head breather grommet. The rubber peeled apart when trying to remove it. A local auto parts store tried to hokie something together, but we'd much rather have a proper condition one if possible.
We're also curious if anyone had a grill that would fit it. The truck got rear ended and pushed into the car in front of it many years ago and it destroyed the grill, but we never did get a new one for it. We were curious if anyone had grill or knew of the location of one.
Hope to hear from you guys.
Thanks in advance,
Don & Andy