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question - how to identify the original and correct cylinder head on my 66 spitifre - i only see one number in the casting below the oil feed to the rockers - 68-701. i understand that's a casting number. i have 30mm intake ports, valves measure out at 1.600 intake, and 1.410 exhaust. seems all 66 A65's spec at these numbers. i have two different head bolt sizes - 5/16-22 x 4-1/8 and 3/8-20 x 4-1/16, with the center being 3/8-20 x 1-1/2. any other way to identify?

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Originally Posted by joe czech
question - how to identify the original and correct cylinder head on my 66 spitifre
By the casting number and the size of the rear stud holes.


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Isn’t 68-701 the head fitted to all twin carb A65’s from that year?


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That casting number is used with that bigger valve twin carb head up to 1970. And on Spitfires, except the '68 Spitfire which had a specially ported head to match the earlier 68-701 Spitfire heads on 10 or 10.5-1 engines with GP2s with its 32 Concentrics and 9-1 compression. The rear head bolts were enlarged probably around '67. And std ports vary quite a bit to look at.

The Spitfires heads may have had a bit of attention. Generally the 68-701 flows around 109cfm, a Thunderbolt minus the manifold around 107 or 108 and they are 27mm. It's not hard to make them much better. They do not have to be bigger in the port, but a 30mm Concentric would not flow like a GP2. And going bigger can flow lots more. Disproportionally is actually what gives best results. Because gas speed is increased and there is no loss at lower rpm.

If you are using GP2s a good flowing head would be interesting. Racers used GP2s very successfully for quite a while.


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