1980 Malibu said:I was just wondering if anyone had any tips on determining a good Machinist???
I wouldn't base my decision on equipment alone. If that was good criteria, the Recons would win hands dowm. We know better than that. What's more important is how he uses the machines he (or she) has. A true love of the job also means a lot. Does he stand behind his work? Does he act like he's in a big rush? Do the garages and dealers in town take their stuff to him? If they have problems, they won't stick with a bad machinist. Also, how does he get his info on the newer engines and techiques? A good machinist stays informed, whether it's AERA affiliation, industry appropriate publications or whatever. Word of mouth is always a good indicator, as long as the mouth knows what it is talking about.Deuce said:As a man who made his living doing this years back........I would say........
1) Ask to see his set of head plates
2) see if he has a engine balancer
3) Look at the cleanliness of his equipment
4) Does he have a crank grinder?