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.
Have a good day!
2003 F150 Supercrew
1996 Ford Mustang
2.3t w/ HE351VE turbo
12.10 @ 114 mph