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Old 06-08-2012, 09:04 AM
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Place to flow heads Buffalo Area?

Anyone know where I can have a set of heads flowed and about what it costs in the Western New York, Buffalo, Rochester Area? I am getting ready to port and install a larger set of valves in a set of heads and want to get a baseline of where they are at.

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Anyone know where I can have a set of heads flowed and about what it costs in the Western New York, Buffalo, Rochester Area? I am getting ready to port and install a larger set of valves in a set of heads and want to get a baseline of where they are at.
what heads?
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Mostly sbc heads. Right now a set of 416, then a set of vortecs and eventually a set of gt40 heads for a sbf... who knows what down the road.
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Well, from someone who's btdt, you're better off saving your money for a good set of heads instead of reworking oem castings. You'll always be limited to a small runner and except for the vortecs a crappy chamber and heat crossover. You can dump an easy $250 into putting in larger valves plus 20 hours porting for heads that will be stomped on by $600 chinese recycled soda cans.

I've done too many heads the hard way and while its fun at first after a few sets it becomes a chore.

If you still want to do it you can make your own flow bench that will measure a change in depression. Its not comparable to other benches but it'll do what you're asking.
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Well, from someone who's btdt, you're better off saving your money for a good set of heads instead of reworking oem castings. You'll always be limited to a small runner and except for the vortecs a crappy chamber and heat crossover. You can dump an easy $250 into putting in larger valves plus 20 hours porting for heads that will be stomped on by $600 chinese recycled soda cans.

I've done too many heads the hard way and while its fun at first after a few sets it becomes a chore.

If you still want to do it you can make your own flow bench that will measure a change in depression. Its not comparable to other benches but it'll do what you're asking.
Yeah I realize you can only do so much to factory heads and then your still stuck with a factory casting but I really enjoy working on the heads and making them better. Are you talking about the floating differential bench that vizard talked about in his one book?
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Yeah I realize you can only do so much to factory heads and then your still stuck with a factory casting but I really enjoy working on the heads and making them better. Are you talking about the floating differential bench that vizard talked about in his one book?
Yea I gues so. You just use it to monitor the change in vacuum readings at a given valve lift. You can also caliberate it to get a good approximation of flow with a specialized orfice plate.
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Contact your local tech school; they should be able to hook you up with someone. A lot of tech schools send kids out on internships; Im sure the auto systems teacher can point someone out. If you get REAL stuck; Ive always used Port City Machining in Oswego NY. They do a LOT of the Modifieds and Super Mods for the Oswego Speedway
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Meh Im an idiot. I just talked to Paul over at Acme Bearings in Buffalo on the phone this AM. He builds the occasional muncie 4spd or toploader. Good guy; funny as hell. 716-885-9000 Tell him Nate from Auto Gear gave you a heads up.
Hes an old timer; he should know someone.
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Ask the guys at the KS Auto store in Tonawanda.
They will set u up.

Don't waste your time or money flowing a stock head until you
are finished porting it. Finish 1 intake port and 1 exhaust port
and test that.

http://www.ksauto.com/
They may or may not have a flow bench in house but will
surely get you set up regardless.
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KS doesn't have a bench. You want to go to McQuillens racing engines, Carl has a bench. Or go to Jan-Cen racing or Oddy's Automotive in Buffalo. McQuillens will be closest for you.

http://www.mcquillenengines.com/facilities.html
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Awesome thanks for all the suggestions. Anyone have an idea on what it costs? I wasn't gonna have all the runners done just one intake and exhaust before and after.
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I don't remember exactly but it's cheap. You will get a ton of useful information. My friends have home ported heads and when they get them back some of the intakes flow 235cfm and others are at 270cfm, lol. It takes a ton of practice to get them all identical.
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