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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-13-2008, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Alright guys, I know that threads with somewhat similar subjects have been posted previously and I'm aware this is a slightly touchy subject. Nevertheless, I feel compelled to ask anyways. If Jones or Chilly find it objectionable, feel free to delete this thread. One more thing before I get to my question...guys, try not to turn this into an argument. That's not my intent.

I am starting a new build that's above any level I'm previously done. Because of this (and other reasons), I want to make sure I have a very knowledgable machinists working with/on my parts; somebody who's very familiar with BBF engines. Basically, I'm trying to mitigate any possible problems.

I have received so much awesome information from this board's members that I'm very happy I finally have the opportunity to repay some of my 'internet debt' :lol:. Now, with that said, I'd like to know who the machinist on this board are and where they're located. I'd prefer a machinist who's well equipped to deck, line hone, and balance without sending the parts out, but this isn't a requirement. I'd like to have the engine assembled and broke-in before I retake possession of it. I'm not worried about getting it tuned...just broke-in. It'll probably be two months before I drop the engine off. I live in Tulsa, OK and have no problems driving 4 or 5 hours for a good, knowledgable machine shop.

This engine will be starting with 100% brand new parts (block, heads, crank, etc...everything). I know that aftermarket hi-po parts need everything checked...but I don't know everything that needs checked, how to check them, or what the actual clearances should be.

If you guys need additional information, just ask and I'll do my best to answer. Also, if you're more comfortable talking to me directly (board politics), you can PM or email me too.

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Micheal I don't know any in your imediate area but Richter69 might, other than that in Springfield Mo. Terry Bumgarner is there, Bret Powell is in Mo also. You should have a knowledgable machine shop in Tulsa or close by. so I would do some calling around. You also need to do some research on Chassis cuz if you are going to put that in your mustang the way it is it's going to be way to much for that thing unless you address the problem...


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I am sorry if I don't know if any one is closer but these are a couple I can think of at this moment...
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I know a real good chassis guy in Moore as well

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I see nothing wrong with your post! You made me read it three times to make sure I wasn't missing something! :lol:

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Michael - If your looking for a Ford specific builder rather than a local builder in your area. There are several choices off this board in your general area. The two that comes to mind is Dave McLain ( Cuba, Mo)and Bret Powell ( Iberia, Mo) I don't think I left anyone out.

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Michael - If your looking for a Ford specific builder rather than a local builder in your area. There are several choices off this board in your general area. The two that comes to mind is Dave McLain ( Cuba, Mo)and Bret Powell ( Iberia, Mo) I don't think I left anyone out.

Blaster I forgot Dave But yes he is also a great guy also and very nice guy...


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If you're going to have it broke in... it's probably going to happen on the dyno so... just as well take another hour or two and tune it there also.

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We are complete machine shop also located in Missouri, probably 5 or 6 hours from you, just north of Cape Girardeau off of I-55. The only thing we send out to be done elsewhere is crankshaft grinding, I do not see the need to spend the $$$ on a grinder when we use new cranks in most everything anyway. We do not have a dyno, but we can run the engine in on our break in stand before it goes out. www.loughengines.com
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There are 2 shops here in Tulsa that have been highly recommended to me by Ford racers around here. They are:

Moritz Machine
4424 E Admiral Pl
Tulsa, OK 74115
(918) 834-1064

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Len Williams Auto Mach. (Len is the Owner and Randy Hale is the Ford Machinist)
739 S 83rd East Ave
Tulsa, OK 74112
(918) 836-7583

Give them a call, I haven't actually used them yet because all my machine funds were eaten up by the ice storm, but there are alot of guys rave about both shops. They also seem to be reasonably priced.

Wes

EDIT: I know they aren't on the board, but just wanted to let you know that they came recommended to me.
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A key question, to ask each shop, would be...Do you have experience with ELIMINATOR blocks?

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