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PostSubject: Information Jackpot!   Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:05 pm

Hunting around today, I came across these. Some VERY useful info.

55-60 Engine Interchangeablility and Identification
http://www.pontiacsafari.com/L1Garage/EngineID/index.html

1960 Master Parts Catalog
http://www.pontiacsafari.com/MPC/index.htm

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PostSubject: Re: Information Jackpot!   Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:58 pm

Thanks - that was most interesting - anyone know if i can switch to a set of newer heads - say 66 - to get the benefit of larger valves ?. At the very least it looks like i would need a new front cover and some water distribution pipes, but only 60 engines has been mentioned. Is this really a case of a simple swap, or is it one of those 'you can think about it, but don't do it' things Question ?
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PostSubject: Re: Information Jackpot!   Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:49 pm

Good info.. thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Information Jackpot!   Thu Jun 04, 2009 9:06 am

59Vista. You can swap out heads but like you said will need a new timing cover. You will also need to swap intake manifolds.

I've considered it but like the fact that I'm running an SD tri power and the reverse cooling is better in my opinion because the water runs from top down in the engine.

On the downside, parts aren't as easily found and not as many interchangeable performance modifications.

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PostSubject: Re: Information Jackpot!   Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:47 pm

Thanks. A friend of mine has a set of newer heads and a manifold - however since my original engine is running fine for now, but it is nice to know that they can be used if i need them...
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