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Hole in my head

I need this like a hole in my head, but yes I have a hole in my cylinder head. I live up in the New England rust belt and I brought my truck in for what I thought was going to be just another replacement of rusted out exhaust manifolds only to find the leak was not from the manifold, but the casting of the cylinder head rotted out and I have a dime size hole in the exhaust port on the drivers side. The passenger side head has not perforated yet, but is likely not far behind. The truck only had 80,000 miles on it, but it's New England and it's does some snow plowing. Rust is my biggest enemy. I have no reason to think the block has anything wrong with it. so I just need some new heads. Can/should this be done with the engine in the truck? I don't have a lift, so I can't lift off the cab. Any suggestions on where to buy heads? there are many places selling them, but what's the quality? Should I just buy them from Ford, or is there anything better in the aftermarket? I do plan to keep this truck for many more years. My budget is always as little as possible, but as much as necessary. I don't want to over pay and waste money, but I don't want to cheap out either. Any suggestions appreciated.

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Funny you bring that up, I am getting ready to pull and replace the passenger side head on a 7.3 this evening that has the same problem. You can do it without pulling the cab or engine and the drivers side will be easier since the HVAC box isn't in the way. You will need new head gasket, injector cups and O rings, a new exhaust manifold and bolts, new head bolts, and it would be a good time to replace the up-pipes as well.
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The up pipes were replaced a few years back, they still look good. I have the manifolds and bolts. I need to research the injector cups, I know nothing about them. Any recommendations on where to purchase new heads? Many places sell them, but who would have the best product? I'm afraid to get a set of rebuilt heads that are thin from rust like mine and only last a few more years on rust belt life. The Ford heads have a core charge, so they must also be rebuilt heads.
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He's ordering on from these guys so well see how it goes, I have never used them before.
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I was also looking at this vendor. The price is great and their core return policy is awesome. It appears they will take anything back as a core as long as it's complete, so my ventilated heads should not be refused.
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This is just an exhaust leak then?

I gotta tell ya,,,, if it were Me, I'd fire-up the Tig torch and Silicone Bronze right over that sucker!

I mean, I guess you wouldn't want to do this if it's just going to show-up again, in other spots, over the next year or two but,,, maybe it wouldn't...
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dealing with removing/installing a 7.3 head is not fun. not even with alcohol

I blew mine in my e99 the last time mine was hooked to the sled.
if it was me, I'd do anything and everything before removing it while in frame.

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This is just an exhaust leak then?

I gotta tell ya,,,, if it were Me, I'd fire-up the Tig torch and Silicone Bronze right over that sucker!

I mean, I guess you wouldn't want to do this if it's just going to show-up again, in other spots, over the next year or two but,,, maybe it wouldn't...
I've thought of it, but I'm not great with the TIG. Otherwise the truck ran perfect.
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It wasn't that bad it took me about 3.5 hours.

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It wasn't that bad it took me about 3.5 hours.
How hard was it to break the head bolts loose? Were they rusty?
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