I tell ya, I just LOVE these kind of phone calls from the machine shop. Shop: Hello, John? Got a minute ? John: Sure.... what up ? Shop: The previous shop that did your heads, were they an AUTOMOTIVE shop ? John: Why ? Is something wrong ? Shop: Yep.... it looks like Mongo the Ape Boy was practicing on your heads.... Valve seats are sunk so low that you have to cut the heads and install new seats. Plus the valves are cut incorrectly, might want to consider new valves. Come on out, I'll show you. John: So, what are you saying ? (while I feel lunch starting it's return trip......) Shop: Um.... you don't want to sink too much into these heads, do you? John: Um...no. (grilled chicken is in the back of my throat....) Shop: Come out & look at these things. John: No, I can't right now.... (I know I'm turing green at this point) Shop: You might want to consider a different set of heads. I ask his honest opinion. He suggests I scrap the thought of using the X heads. They weren't milled correctly, the valves & seats are questionable, and after all, they're 37 yrs. old. I should sell them to a numbers-matching guy, and go aftermarket. Here we go.......I take a deep breath and call my wife. John: Hi honey ! Have I told you today how much I love you ? Amy: How much more does the engine need.... John: Why do you always assume I want something? Amy: Cut the bullshit.... How much more money? John: Maybe another grand...or so. Amy: (I hear the sound of her lunch boomerranging in Manhatten....) HOW MUCH!?!?!?!?! John: Should I start packing now, or do you want to personally kick me out ? Amy: Don't be silly. You want them buy them. John:___________________ Amy: Hello? John: ___________________ Amy: You there? John: (In shock with a bad taste in my mouth....) Uh, yeah... I'm here. Amy: Go ahead, spend.... Just get used to the idea that I'll need many back rubs and cooking duties handled. John: NO PROBLEM! :downtown: OK, so maybe there are better reasons for spending money like mad, but I have a set of Edelbrock aluminum heads coming ! And no, my wife does NOT have a twin sister.