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Old 11-27-2006, 09:02 PM
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My machine shop hit me with the bill today and I thought it was kind of high?
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Align hone, zero deck block, .030 bore with plate, mag the block, ballance new scatt stroker kit, took two slugs mallory. and that was it. No head work. The bill $1035.00 I havent picked it up yet but that seems pretty high to me. Can anyone tell me what these things should be costing me?

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Old 11-27-2006, 09:17 PM
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If the machinist is known to do good work, that sounds about right. It takes time to get what you got done correctly. If the machinist used BHJ equiment, it saves him time, but that equiment is expensive.
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Old 11-27-2006, 09:32 PM
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High performance engines of most any kind aren't free nor are they cheap. The bill sounds pretty much dead-on to me.

And dare I say....if you want a motor nicely prepped, machined and (possibly) assembled then you're going to have to certainly pay for it. And you basically just got your shortblock prepped, machined and ready for assy for only a thousand. That sounds great to me.

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Old 11-27-2006, 09:38 PM
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That's about right for what you had done. I had alot of quotes around here in Jersey, BEFORE I started my build, so I knew what I was going to need. BTW, I bought my SCAT rotating assembly already balanced, so I wonder how much you would have saved by doing it that way?
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Well I was going to give you a break down of what my machinist charges up here .. but I can't find my last bill from him ..

But I say for what you got done it's right on the money...




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Well thanks guys. I know this guy is thought well of and does damn good work. Its just been awhile since Ive hade any work done. I sure am excited to put it all together!!!
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Sounds right to me. Just compared it to my bill and its close. Except mine had installing 4 bolt main caps on 2-3-4 and they trued up all my lifter bores with bushing. Good luck with your build.
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Around here for a complete performance machine work, without balancing the rotating ***'y it's no more than $650. So that would sound about right once you add heavy metal and balancing.

This is of course the machinist actualy did every machine step needed.
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whats the name of the machine shop? i'm from up there and used several, but mainly archie summers shop. builds alot of race engines too
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I'll confirm too... That sounds pretty darn close for Detroit prices - - $700 for the block work and $400 for the balance. The mallory is like $75 a slug all by itself...
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Sounds dead on to me too. Especially with balancing the crank and two slugs of Mallory.

I used to get this type of hysteria when I was building modular engines. I'd deliver them a complete engine with $1200 worth of machine work (block and heads) and they would freak out.
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i walked away with 2500 bucks wortha work and parts. worth every dime! piece of mind when your revvin a big bock is priceless.
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added the cost of work as i was reading, about $20 off, what gets me is the price is close coast to coast & north & south
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The name of the shop in Portland Oregon is EASCO machine and they do great work and have a top of the line balancer.
I forgot to mention that he also shot peened the crank. He recomended it so I went with it but not real sure how much benifit that is. Is this pretty common?
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