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Best Answer ACDodd , 06 June 2018 - 05:56 PM

Definitely unleaded.

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#1 90anlu92

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 03:01 PM

Hey everyone!

 

My name is Anton and I'm new to the forums! Nice to make your acquaintance! :D

 

I was hoping you could help me identifying this cylinder head, or rather confirming that it is indeed an unleaded head (which I sure hope since that's why I bought it). I bought it off Ebay having identified the casting number CAM4810, which seemed to be what you should keep an eye out for when looking for a factory unleaded head. It wasn't until I actually got the head home that I learned that the casting number is in fact no guarantee that this is an unleaded head since there have been other models of CAM4810 heads so... Now I need to confirm what this is before I put it on my car and run it on unleaded fuel, potentially ruining something in the process if this isn't what I think/hope it is...

 

Here are all the casting markings I've been able to identify on the head:

 

The Cam4810 on the left half of the head (which is somewhat perpexling as I was under the impression that this casting number should be in the center of the head... Can anyone clarify on this?):
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The \14C0/ in the center:
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Some strange little KH (??) on the far left outer edge:
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A 5 just inside the valve cover ridge on the far left:
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And this B on the right half:
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If you look closely at the combustion chambers, you can see a small line just outside the valves. The metal here seems different from the rest of the combustion chambers, and it does remind me of pictures I have seen of other unleaded heads with hardened inserts. I've also read that the unleaded CAM4810 heads did have hardened inserts on both inlet and exhaust valves, which is consistent with my cylinder head. Now the question is, are these the hardened inserts that supposedly make the head unleaded? Is this enough to confirm that this is an unleaded head, or how can I make 100% sure?

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I was told by one user on another forum that this is an A+ head, according to this page:

https://www.calverst...casting-number/

But as far as I can read out, the casting number CAM4810 indicates A+ heads AND unleaded heads which from my interpretation would mean that this being an A+ head is still no guarantee that it is an unleaded head... Can anyone clarify what's what about this?

 

Any and all help in confirming the unleaded status of this cylinder head would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance! :D

 

Regards,

Anton.



#2 Turbo Phil

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 03:36 PM

Take an exhaust valve out and look into the port throat. It's clear to see if there's an insert fitted then.

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 03:40 PM

as Phil says. pop an Exhaust valve out and look.

 

and yes it is an A+ head but that means nothing.



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Posted 06 June 2018 - 03:42 PM

Take an exhaust valve out and look into the port throat. It's clear to see if there's an insert fitted then.

Phil.

Thanks for your reply!

 

Ok, so inserts are not visible without taking valves out? In  that case, what is the little ring visible in the pictures just outside the valved? I should point out that they are not quite flush with the surface in the combustion chambers, they stick up just slightly.

 

Also, would you happen to know if inserts = guaranteed unleaded head or could there potentially be inserts that are not meant for or suitable for unleaded fuel?


Edited by 90anlu92, 06 June 2018 - 04:45 PM.


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Posted 06 June 2018 - 04:50 PM

So I took a valve out, and after scraping away some of the soot and carbon residue I found this:

 

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A line, a few mm below the valve seat. Once again the metal above and below the line looks different, just like inside and outside the line in the combustion chamber.

 

Is this enough to know for sure what I have?



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Posted 06 June 2018 - 05:11 PM

Unleaded for sure.

 

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 05:12 PM

Unleaded for sure.

 

Phil.

Perfect, thanks so much for confirming! :D I look forward to mounting it on my car and not having to worry about additives anymore :D

 

Regards,

Anton.



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Posted 06 June 2018 - 05:56 PM   Best Answer

Definitely unleaded.

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#9 90anlu92

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 06:29 PM

Definitely unleaded.

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Thanks very much for confirming! :D I feel like I can safely use this head with unleaded fuel. Thank you! :D

 

Regards,

Anton.



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Posted 06 June 2018 - 06:45 PM

Does anybody on this forum have an example of valve seat recession on a leaded-gas-only head? I've been running old vehicles for decades without worrying about it and never had a problem.



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Posted 06 June 2018 - 08:01 PM

had a few years back. usually seen by the exhaust valves clearances needing more adjustment as the gap is closed.



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Posted 06 June 2018 - 09:15 PM

had a few years back. usually seen by the exhaust valves clearances needing more adjustment as the gap is closed.

As Nick says the EX valve clearances will tighten .

Had it on a "73" Series III Land Rover in 07



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Posted 06 June 2018 - 09:30 PM

That would be the expected symptom, unless of course the cam lobe and rocker pad wore more than the seat recession.







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