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Old 03-06-2003, 10:57 AM
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okay so i guess i'm full of crap after all. mailed a pontiac builder i found in this site about rebuilding/porting my heads on my 326 and if it could run with a 389 and when i said i didnt want to rebuild the bottom end he told me to go to jim butler. well, kiss my *** ! anybody out there want to tell me why i should rebuild a motor that only has 35,000 grocery gettin miles on it??? methinks he wanted to sell me rods and a crank. if i was into blowing money i'd find and rebuild a 400 or 455.

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i,ve seen a few engines develope blowby from rebuilding the heads and not putting a fresh hone and set of rings but i don't know how many miles they had on them.
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Old 03-06-2003, 02:17 PM
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yeah, we've all heard that it can happen and it does in fact happen, but i've always felt it would be on an engine with over 70+000 miles on it. my rings are nowhere near being worn out. no blow by no oil usage. i dont see why i should have to worry about it. you are supposed to need a valve job every 35,000 or so. this guys basically telling me a valve job is a bad idea at any mileage and i disagree. how many zillions of valve jobs are getting done out there every day, and i dont think the percentage of motors blowing up as a result is very high on a relatively low milage mill.
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Grand dad says he used to pull down the valves and hand lap them all the time. Miles had nothing to do with it. If we were all rich , we could afford to do the full meal deal. In leaner times have changes out the bearing when they were making noise, cause that was all i could afford. If i kept everything clean it worked fine. Now that i think of it, i only did that twice. Slider in Wa.
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Old 03-06-2003, 03:19 PM
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The Action Auto machine shop at about 173rd and Aurora has been very good to work with. I have been building motors with them for 20 years and feel like I always get good advice and fair prices. If you are looking for some help, look there.
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