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Old 12-12-2006, 05:48 PM
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Is engine rebuilding a dying art?

I spent some time today trying to get numbers for a small block Chevy rebuild but I can't find anyone to do it. I live in the southern San Francisco bay area. Any of you local guys know of a good shop?

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Old 12-12-2006, 06:31 PM
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y not try it urself?
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I'd like to but I don't have a garage or the space.
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PM Powerrodsmike and ask him........he is a member here...he lives in Gilroy.
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Yeah. I've seen him around. I'll ask. Thanks!

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These days, with mass production, it is probably cheaper to buy a crate engine............and probably a better warranty.
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He has his own business....he is one of the best.

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These days, with mass production, it is probably cheaper to buy a crate engine............and probably a better warranty.
Yep...unless you restoring one and want your own engine because it is numbers matching. I did my own in the coupe ( all but the machine work of course)..........I was not worried about warranty....I re-built them for 39 years making my living.
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Hi Strummin67

I'm in Milpitas, and have discovered Gromm Racing heads. Bob Gromm is the owner, and built the business from the ground up. He's done lots of hot boat motors and even a few rocord holders, I think.

If you do nothing else, at least talk to him. He does a lot of high-end cylinder head work and balancing, but has (I think) all the equipment in his shop to do the whole deal right there. Last time I was there he was finishing up a Donovan big block, blown.

Like I say, at least talk to him He is expensive, I suppose, but he does beautiful work.

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I spent some time today trying to get numbers for a small block Chevy rebuild but I can't find anyone to do it. I live in the southern San Francisco bay area. Any of you local guys know of a good shop?

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What kind of engine are you rebuilding? What are your expectations for the build?
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I am going to disagree with the crate engine route. Only based on what I have read so far and if I am wrong correction is fine but I read that the internals of those fancy crate engines are filled with questionable parts. For example, cheaply cast mexican blocks (not talking about an older ford block), pistons from brazil, other parts made in various asian countries, etc. I don't know how true all that stuff is but I would prefer purchasing the parts on my own, knowing where they came from, etc. Also I would want something in writing from the person who machines the engine. Oh yea, if it does fail and its no fault of your own, make sure the agreement is for both labor and parts and not free labor-you pay for the parts. My father got burned by a local guy when they neglected to check the valves spring retainer to underside of rocker arm clearance. Took out two cylinders, some bearings, and either one or two rods. Its ultimately up to you though.
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I'm not looking to race the car. I just want to be able to keep up with traffic.

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Onovakind did you sell your 283?
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No. It's still sitting out in Vacaville.
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QuenchPiston. You haven't bought any aftermkt engine parts lately have you??

Heco en Mexico is on most newer GM castings. Timing components are all Asian. Stainless valves=Argentina or Isreal. Most all crank/rod forgings are from across the pond. Bearings=Isreal. Rings=Mexico. The list goes on and on. Just because it says Fed-Mogul on it or Speed Pro. If you read the fine print it was actually made FOR that co. and re-boxed.

It is now a WORLD mkt. not like the old days
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onovakind. I sent you a PM last week. Did you get it?

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