I decided to post here instead of in community chat... Here's the situation:-
In a previous thread about cylinder head, the general consensus is to have a shop rebuild the head instead of getting online a reman head. How that with COVID-19, I have more time to re-visit the cylinder head issue but there are also stay home orders so many businesses have shut down. I think cylinder head shops are non-essential so I expect them to be closed.
At this time, the other option is to online order a reman head. I have paid attention to some pictures some seller posted. I noticed some reman heads do not have that metal pipe (around 6" length, to the front of the distributor mounting area) coming out. The metal pipe I'm talking about is the one connected to the water valve for the heater core. This concerns me because a head this old, it may be impossible to remove the pipe from the old head to put on the reman head. Pls see pics, one has the pipe and the other does not.
So, for those that has done this before, if I ended up getting a head that does not have that pipe, how difficult is it to take it out from the old head and put on the new head ?
* Also, for a reman head, do I still need to adjust valve clearance ? I can't assume they adjust it during reman process, right ?