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How to tell if a head has been rebuilt?

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.9L SOHC' started by Brian M. Di Dio, Sep 25, 2019.

  1. Brian M. Di Dio

    Brian M. Di Dio New Member

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    I recently picked up a ( new to me) 96 escort 5 spd wagon with low miles and I am going through and doing some preventive maintenance like new timing belt, fluids, etc before putting her on the road. I know all about the issue that the original Ford Intake valve seats have and figure if the head is original to the car, then I would rather take the time and expense to put a rebuilt head on the car now before any damage happens down the road.


    I've heard that there is some sort of mark ( maybe an "R" ) that would be stamped into the head in the area that is under the valve cover to tell when a head has been rebuilt. Looking under the valve cover I can see clearly an "r" that is stamped into the head on the intake side, between cylinders 2 & 3. Does this "R" mean that the head has been rebuilt, or does it actually mean anything?

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    Pizzaman5000 FEOA Donator

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    ****I SOLD HIM THIS CAR!****

    Can anyone clarify this? I vaguely remember discussing this here on FEOA but it was probably 4 years ago.
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    Well then you should know if it has a rebuilt head on it.:D
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    I traced back to the last time it was discussed, and it looks like the R is factory.
    He does have a used head from CHI , I know that one is rebuilt. The head gasket blew between 1-2 twice on that used head, probably because I didn't deck the block.
    I had already swapped my other rebuilt engine when this car came up.
    I only owned it a couple weeks in my defense. Jk it's really clean! Does have an unfortunate coolant drip from the hidden freeze plug area....

    I gave him a 95-96 defrost switch with it too lol

    I promise it's a solid one. Enough threadjack.
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