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Old 06-17-2010, 11:26 PM
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For all you guys who are building your own motors out there, whats your shop cost to vat/ bore/hone your stuff?

My work consists of
Remove Cam Bearings/Freeze plugs
Vat Block
Bore .030 over and hone
Install Cam Bearings
Vat stock intake, valve covers, and oil pan, oil pump pickup and misc bolts and parts.
Press old pistons off rods, and install new pistons on rods
I'm paying 196 bucks.
Sound like a good deal?

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Old 06-18-2010, 01:58 AM
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Sounds good. However, the price varies from state to state, I`ve seen in some states the price is way up there. Around here the rate is pretty good.
It`s $100 to bore and hone. $40 to install cam bearings (I install my own most of the time). $25 to jet wash the block. freeze plugs I do myself or if the block came with brass freeze plugs there`s no need to change them.
$25 to magnaflux. $100 to deck the block. $50 to mill 1 head. $45 to press on pistons. Or, it can also depend on who you take it to. I know another fellow with a full machine shop and you can deal with him as he`s a independant, the only problem with him is he`s slow.
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That price sounds good. That is if the quality is there for the work. The last engine that I had done was a while back and I made a pest of myself by stopping by every day or two - and a good thing. The guy doing the piston assemblies was notching the rods 1 through 8 with the corner of a file to determine the position. I caught him on the first one. One new $20 rod for me was cheap, but the two race motors for a couple other guys that had broken rods wasn't. It did cost him personally some bucks for parts.

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My guy is been know for years and years for engine building. He also is known for racing. I talked to him wednesday, he finished up milling some heads last night, then got mine ready to bore, and said i could pick it up today.

Pressing a full set of rods, 16 bucks,
boring/hone was 100
Vat with all misc parts 80 bucks.
The shops 2 miles away so its always good

Its good quality work, i'm about to go up there and see if i can catch a peek at my motor, and get some pictures for you guys.

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