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Old 01-31-2006, 07:14 PM
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I have never built a motor myself. I have worked on my sbc just putting on headers and tune ups and small things like that but I want to rebuild it to about 450-500 hp and am looking to go to a school for a week or so if there are any to show me all the tricks.
I did a search and google but the only one I could find is reherracing a two day school but I don't know if this would be for a beginner and they have not emailed me back about the classes they have.
Any help would be great.
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Old 01-31-2006, 07:57 PM
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Since you're from Portland you might check out Mount Hood Community College. They've got a good automotive program out there and they probably offer evening and weekend engine theory and lab classes.
Back in 73, I went full time for two years, and earned an Automotive Tech Associates degree out of MHCC. Back then, My personal project was a 57 GMC panel truck with a stock 347 in it. I did everything in engine lab class, from milling the heads and sizing the rods to line boring the block.
I had the privilege of tinkering on the school hotrod a bit too. It was a 61 Corvette called "Homework." It sported a nasty little 327 that spent more time on the dyno then it did in the car. I forget exactly what kind of horsepower it made - somewhere in the 375-400 range... Back then, that was plenty.
Most advanced lab classes have prerequisites courses but I think you could get dialed into using the shop for building a motor, once you get Internal Combustion Engine theory and lab out of the way. It's a good gig. The stuff I learned there, has held my undivided attention for the last 30+ years and counting.

On second thought, there's an easier way if you've got a place to work. Just hang out here at this forum and let some of the "expert's" talk you through your project. There's more information on the tech. forums here than you can shake a stick at.

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Old 01-31-2006, 08:11 PM
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I was thinking of that. I just finished my welding classes at mt. hood last summer and got certified for 3 positions on light ga. for work.
They do have some good classes I guess I just wanted to learn it all in a week or so but I guess I have gone 40 yrs. so a few mounths wont matter much.
Thanks for the insite.
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Old 01-31-2006, 08:54 PM
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Yep I hear ya. Heck, at my age, Iv'e found if I don't stay active in this automotive hobby, I run the risk of forgetting every thing I've ever learned!
I find myself surfing the knowlege bases and tech. forums a lot here. It's kind of a continuing education thing with me and it works real well. I've probably gotten more useful info. right here, then I did the two years I went to school. If it's has to do with cars, you'll find it here.
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