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Cylinder Heads

Cylinder heads are a large part which bolts directly to the engine block (at least, with a gasket between them) and often1 contains valves, rocker arms, and in an over-head cam set up, the camshaft. Further reading.

A Cylinder Head Being CNC Machined

This is a "billet" cylinder head being CNC machined for a high performance Duramax application. This YouTube video uploaded by .


  1. Side-valve engines have valves based in the block, to the side of the piston. These "flat head" designs have no valves in the cylinder head, which just serves as a cap for the top of the combustion chamber. This design fell out of favor in the late 1950s.