There seem to be quite a few blocks for sale on ebay UK and ebay US. Almost cheaper to buy one in US, ship it to one of your guys who can keep the block but send me the valves
That's exactly what I had been doing. Not just with engine parts but also body parts - buying a bundle to keep only one part needed. That's pretty much the only viable way to salvage cylinder sleeves if you need one. Hell, I know people buy whole engines and whole bikes to get some parts and sell the rest! haha I'd be doing the same, except cross border shopping, shipping and transport are a big obstacle.
Buying the whole head is an option, but - what if a couple valves are of no use? You're back to searching for valves and have a cylinder head on hands. Personally, I'd get those $45 valves, it's not much if converted to pounds and worth a try in my opinion. See what's good, and follow up with getting missing valves - if a couple needed Kawasaki sells brand new exhaust valves. Or, people have single used valves, like I suggested and offered. Or - follow up with ordering a whole head from the USA and utilize any valves. These cylinder heads are pretty cool, so you could always clean it up and play with it, eventually making it a spare one or one for sale. I'f you end up with a few spare good valves, that as the story tells wouldn't be a bad thing!
1982 Kawasaki KZ1300 A4
1981 Kawasaki KZ1300 A3
assembling engine, chassis & electrical from 79 - 89 parts
Thanks for all the suggestions. Lifted my mood considerably!
If anything get sent from Can/US to UK and the value is stated to be over £25, it attracts duty, but only over the stated value. So if Kawboy would send me a block and states the value is USD 50, then I'd only pay 5% over that plus the transport costs (never understood why duty is levied over transport costs!). Still an option, if we find the right block at the right price. And thank you for offering!
Getor came back with a quote for 12 new valves for £291 delivered, so expensive. But thanks Stan for letting me know they are OK quality-wise.
I did see the incomplete set for USD 45, but they looked rough... but perhaps worth taking a punt on.
I'll wait to see if Oz comes back with something he has manage to salvage and then make a decision.
Well Paul I am sorry to read about your misfortune. I have checked the parts cataloque and it looks like the valves for the carburetor models and the injection models are not identical, as they have different part numbers. So if you buy some used valves from Ebay or elsewhere be sure they are the right ones.
If you chose to buy new, MCG in Germany has both org. Kawasaki valves and reproduction valves. Org. Kawasaki intake valve is 51.50 EUR and reproduction is 29.90 EUR. so even the reproduction valves are not exactly cheap.