Thought I'd follow up as I finally completed this project 2 1/2 months after starting it........
Looked around for a Mexican head but no luck. If they are out there I don't know there they are. I finally settled on a bare head purchased online from an outfit in Cali. Looked like a nice unit once it arrived and I dropped it off at a local automotive machine shop along with the old head so the valves could possibly be reused. The tech shaved .020 off the bottom due to shipping marks, and ground the valve seats to match my valves which were reusable. Had to wait a month for turnaround.....but the head reassembly went ok except for a bit of confusion regarding the old camshaft which didn't fit the new head tower journals. I wasn't aware there were two camshafts (a standard size and an oversize) for this period engine, but the tech at the machine shop thankfully knew about it. My old camshaft was .020 oversize and my new head required the standard camshaft. No biggie as Autozone had both camshaft kits available so I ordered a standard unit and i plopped in just fine. Yea!
This was just as well as the tech said my old camshaft lobes were "worn to much" in his opinion. No sense scrimping on parts.
The rest of the assembly went along fine. Fresh oil and coolant and a bit of tuning and its running great. Lots of power so I'm pleased with the results.
Like I said before, I"m a first timer on this job and I appreciate the feedback provided here at this site. The tech articles were quite helpful as well when it came to set basic timing and work towards completion. I learned a great deal but I must admit at times the gig got stressful, but that was mostly due to a few mental walls I had to overcome. Cheers! :thumbsup: