Factory Stage 2 heads

Discussion in 'Buick FAQ' started by Dennis S, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. Dennis S

    Dennis S Well-Known Member

    If one was able to find a set. What would Stage 2 factory iron heads (usable) be worth. Or what price range would one expect to pay

    Last edited: Dec 11, 2006
  2. gsdave

    gsdave FAST WITH CLASS

    Mike Garrison sold his set up with new headers and matching camshaft for about $4500 but that was a few years ago
  3. Duane

    Duane Member

    Mike sold that set something like 7 years ago.
  4. WE1

    WE1 Well-Known Member

    Does that mean that the set that Bob Kent offered me back in 1981 for $250 was a good deal :spank:
    This :moonu: is meant to be kicked.
  5. Dennis S

    Dennis S Well-Known Member

    Thanks, anybody else have a value for a set of usable heads. Any guess on surviving amount?
  6. Thumper (aka greatscat)

    Thumper (aka greatscat) Well-Known Member

    I sold an extra set at the GSnats about 8 years ago for $2500
  7. GStage1

    GStage1 Always looking for parts!

    Ask Duane....supposed to be 150-200 sets/pairs made in 72 for dealer "counter" sales. Probably less than half that amount left. Unless you are building/restoring a factory appearing drag car for 72, get TA or Bulldog heads. They are much better, cheaper and lighter than original Stg2 heads.
  8. leo455

    leo455 LAB MAN


    And I am still kicken myself for not buying them. :ball:
  9. Dennis S

    Dennis S Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Yes I understand that about the other heads. I was considering the nostalgic route, but its only in the thought Stage right now.

  10. benderbrew

    benderbrew Well-Known Member

    I have a set of cast iron Stage II heads (oval port)on a fairly stout motor. The heads were extensively reworked and flow over 300. The engine is complete, with all the mods and goodies. Horsepower calculations done on the Dyno PC programs suggest well over 600 HP, but again, it's just numbers and not the real world, and it's going in a 65 'lark street/drag car. Sometime back, approximately a year ago, I was offered 4500 for the heads from a So. Cal. Buick Nostalgia nut. Obviously I turned it down, and obviously I should have thought more about it, as my friends tell me I could/should have purchased two sets of aluminum heads. But, the nostalgia thing really sticks with me.
    I hope you find a set, they are extremely hard to locate now. There was a set of the "D" port heads on eBay sometime back, and it seems to me they went for around 2500 or something like that.
  11. rh455

    rh455 Well-Known Member

  12. Mike Nussell

    Mike Nussell Well-Known Member

    I have had a set since 1980.They had been worked by Crane and had 1.8 exhaust valves and triple springs.I haven't cosidered selling them,because my first GS is a 72,that I am redoning,with a Charlie Evans engine.I do know it would take BIG $$$$ to buy them,do to being had to get ahold of and having them along time.There are better heads,yes;but not built by Buick. Good luck finding some. Mike Nussell
  13. 69GS400s

    69GS400s ...my own amusement ride!

    I thought Denny Manner said only about 75-80 sets were made ?? :Do No:
  14. benderbrew

    benderbrew Well-Known Member

    Alan, that's what I've heard also. Another question is how many oval port as opposed to the D shape port. Is there a consensus here?
  15. Guy Parquette

    Guy Parquette Platinum Level Contributor

    I am not absolutely sure bout this, I think they cast up to 125 sets but only 75 to 80 sets were good. They did have issues while casting and some came out extremely porous.

    I do know for sure they didn't make any with the D shape exhaust port. The confusion there is some of the racers "in the know" would fill them in with braze to make them D shape to gain some extra hp.

    THOMAS QUIGG Well-Known Member

    stg 2 heads

    bobby quigg has a set, hes had them since 81... worth a million bucks :laugh:

    when he bought his we thought there was 75-80 heads that were good
    good luck finding a set
  17. Mike Nussell

    Mike Nussell Well-Known Member

    Factoryt Stage2 Heads

    I have a letter from Dennis Manner,I recieved with my heads. I will have to find it,but I believe it says 75-100 sets of heads were produced due to casting problems.After I find the letter,I will post what it says. Mike Nussell
  18. Thumper (aka greatscat)

    Thumper (aka greatscat) Well-Known Member

    I have a letter from feb 1970 verifying the 75 sets,I'll try to post it.Having trouble getting to a size acceptable to the board and still ledgible.
  19. benderbrew

    benderbrew Well-Known Member

    Didn't Mike over at TA have (or has) an unmolested set and that's what he used to cast/get measurements from, the aluminum Stage IIs. Seems I heard that from someone.
  20. leo455

    leo455 LAB MAN

    I can remmeber in the late 90's. A guy was at the nats with a set in the orginal boxes. Price he never did.
    I was always under the impression there was two version made. One set with verticle bosses and one without. 25 sets of the first and 50 of the second.

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