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Old April 21st, 2015, 10:32 AM
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Machine shops in CT? NY? I'll ship if I have to...

Been making calls to some local machine shops and from their responses, it sounds like no one is really familiar with my stock engine. Doesn't seem to be any real old school machine shops that know buick stuff.

Do you guys have any recs for CT shops? NY shops? or east coast shops (I'll ship my stuff if I have to, but always like the idea of being able to stop by and get to know my machine shop guys)
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Old April 21st, 2015, 11:04 AM
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What are you doing?

These guys are good: https://m.facebook.com/pages/Westche...37597449624426

If not I have a better more reasonably priced guy upstate.
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Old April 21st, 2015, 11:10 AM
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I'm going from 4.0 to 4.6 so will need the shop to do head work, check my new crank, and resize the con rods
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Old April 21st, 2015, 11:14 AM
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I would ping Westchester Crankshaft first. If that is a nogo, I can send you the info to the guy in upstate NY. He is great but it might not make sense logistically.
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Most machine shops don't want to bother with individuals and their projects. Unless you are able to guarantee a steady stream of work monthly, you are a gnat.
Usual thing is someone will bring in their lump. The shop will do the work and then customer lets it sit there in the shop forever.
I know of two places that are old-school machine shops that work on anything...tractors, trucks, cars, lawnmowers, you name it. Never telling where.
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Olsen Engines in Nyack, NY.

He is working on my 4.6 and has done work on my motorcycle engine. He's been around a long time and is a very nice/honest guy.

Depending on where you are located in CT I can drop of the engine for you.

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These guys did my work when I was in NY in 08-09. They're old school greasy overall types with oil soaked into everything and they'll take small jobs after the two oldest guys think about it for awhile. When I had the press races into new swivel balls they were like "where'd you get this old Spicer unit?" and we could talk a bit. I'm not sure I'd bother calling, they're not really phone types.

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Thanks guys, I'll start another round of calls and research and see what I get...
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M&D Machine in Purcellville, VA can perform the work. I've used them on a few projects with good results.
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I'd second Olsen Engines in Nyack, NY. They did the heads on my race car and do most of the engine work for the race shop in town. He also did the SS oil cooler lines for the Defender. Don't bother calling, they won't answer. You just have to stop by during the week.. Naturally they don't work weekends. Last time I was there he had a few rover engines sitting on the ground. Good guy and he's happy to yell you about his racing years for as long as you have time.
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