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99 Ranger both heads shot

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I've just been informed that both of the heads from my 99 Ranger 4.0 are toast. I've already spent more than I had hoped for to do a 'band-aid' type repair and now it looks like I'm several hundred dollars from finishing the application of the band-aid.
If the heads have multiple cracks is there any way to "restore" them? If not, what's the alternative? My rebuilder guy tells me get two replacement castings and he can put them back together using the existing springs, valves, etc.
What's a good source for replacement head castings. 98TM-AD if I read the article in the rebuilding section correctly.
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Get 98tm heads at the junkyard if you're on a budget, they're $40 a piece at my local jy, I've had good luck with them.
Springs and valves still in it
 

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I'm leaning towards getting two rebuilt heads from either RockAuto or a local warehouse depending upon the comparable prices. "Dave55" said the RockAuto price seemed pretty good but is going to the warehouse in Worcester for something else and while there he'll check prices. One way or the other I'm looking forward to getting this thing done.
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Odessa~Clearwater??

I did a little checkup on this outfit "Odessa Cylinder Heads" on eBay, but also know as Clearwater Cylinder Heads. After finding several sites with numerous complaints I definitely would not consider purchasing their heads at ANY price.

They are not BBB accredited (due to not applying for accreditation) however, their rating is "A-" Not sure what that means but I'm probably going with the local supplier even if it's a little more expensive because at least I'd be able to deal with any problems face to face.

kb
 
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I did a little checkup on this outfit "Odessa Cylinder Heads" on eBay, but also know as Clearwater Cylinder Heads. After finding several sites with numerous complaints I definitely would not consider purchasing their heads at ANY price.

They are not BBB accredited (due to not applying for accreditation) however, their rating is "A-" Not sure what that means but I'm probably going with the local supplier even if it's a little more expensive because at least I'd be able to deal with any problems face to face.

kb
I actually had the same problem as the OP, both heads were completely shot. The truck runs great no problems, except the tranny went out :icon_surprised:
but I have had no problems with the engine just make sure you put everything back together properly, My upper radiator hose was loose and was shooting coolant into the injectors.
Seriously though the Heads have worked great for the 7 months i got to use them lol the truck will be running here shortly. :)
 

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