OK so I have closed the valuation thread as I picked up the head today.
I also checked a couple of local engineering factors for quotes on refurbishing the head (Barum Engines LTD and KAR Engine Services) Barum Engines quoted £185 to strip, clean and skim the head. They also mention hardened unleaded valve seats and said that they could supply but I could get them myself and they would fit them. So total around £200, but this does not include renewing springs and any valves just cleaning up the existing ones. They did not mention painting?
KAR quoted £395 to fully recondition a 12G295 head, fitting unleaded valve seats, new valves, guides, springs, skimming to suit your engine and painting in colour of your choice ready to fit.
Any thoughts on these prices?
What other machine shop services out there does anyone recommend.
I have looked at a couple:
JonSpeed - £575 for a complete recondition but no mention of skimming? It does mention that the price includes a £200 surcharge which will be refunded when you send in your old head - so total cost = £375 but again not sure if this includes skimming (probably not)
Calver ST - £496 complete recondition + big valves (not sure I need them , also mentions a surcharge but this says £95 is added if a head is not returned? So cost is £496 - again no skimming.
All in all a lot of moola - I was only looking at about £200 to recon this head?