I was getting ready to spend today overhauling the $200 Honda which has
one bad cylinder which I suspect is a broken ring.
At any rate, I have received mixed opinions on the reuse of head bolts
that evidently were a "one use" only type. Especially perplexing was
the price wanted for new ones... $16 apiece, seven total required.
The consensus that I have gathered appears to be that reuse is OK as
long as the bolts are OK. Two outfits, one a machine shop specializing
in racing and the other, a long time independent Honda specialist both
suggested after looking at the bolts I have, to give reuse a shot.
Still, I canceled today's overhaul party, (thus allowing thousands of
mosquitoes live longer), and may opt to overhaul the FE engine that is
currently disassembled and all the internals, (crank, rods, pistons and
cylinder wall condition), have been given the OK to proceed. I should
be able to reassemble the short block this week and finish it next with
the rebuilt head, new timing belt, seals, etc. I also plan on tossing
in the extra five speed tranny to replace the current four speed unit
and will reseal it as well.
At any rate, any comments?