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Old 02-04-2017, 01:24 PM
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Many of you have read about the smoke issues I have had with the 383 I had built for my 79 Corvette. Recently I had the motor removed and disassembled and sent to yet another machine shop. Here is what they found - Cylinders out of round, deck not square and the wrong piston rings. All of this from a shop that has years of good reviews and is supposed to have a good reputation. The only thing that they did well was the 3 way valve job and head work.

Stay away from this shop

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The owners name is Scott


Now another block is being prepped by the new machine shop as this one is over bored and beyond repair.
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Most of the shops that did good work in my area went under in the last 10 years. Everybody buys a crate motor now and no one "builds" anything any more.

It's a shame. The last guy that went under had been going since the 50's.
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That sux big time ! Who ya usen next? im over in Williamstown NJ
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Many many moons ago, I Pontiac buddy with a purrfect '68 Goat in his garage for some 40 years now, had the engine redone....I recommended a NASCAR engine shop down the road a piece.....cost him like 4-5 grand but it was really nice and pretty....still runs of course.....

I had the heads/intake redone on my '72 Vette here, long story as to just why....and so took it to a shop across the river and they did just fine...they have a good reputation.....

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That sux big time ! Who ya usen next? im over in Williamstown NJ

We have a close family friend in Bellmawr NJ who works for BMW that is doing the work. He's a big time Chevy guy and very meticulous about his work. Wish I had of known about you sooner, the car sat in may garage for the last 5 years.
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I guess that's one good thing about where I live - it's the HQ of O'Reilly Auto Parts, and their engine shop is reputed to be both excellent and reasonably priced. It's not something that's too widely known or advertised - My guess is that it's something of a holdover from their more local days, and a perk for their higher-ups that just happens to be open to the public.
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We have a close family friend in Bellmawr NJ who works for BMW that is doing the work. He's a big time Chevy guy and very meticulous about his work. Wish I had of known about you sooner, the car sat in may garage for the last 5 years.
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HBR COMPETITION ENGINES owned & operated by Rick Rapp. He used to be located in Hollywood, Fla. He was local to me at the time & that's how I got to know him. Around 1990 he built me a "badass" 383. Since then he has moved to LAS VEGAS, Nevada. I put approx. 3,000 miles per year on the car & have the engine freshened up after about 15,000. I do not "beat the shit" outta the car but I do use it (go to the track a couple times a year & do plenty of burnouts over the course of time). I like the car/engine running good all the time. So over the passed 10-15 years he has freshened up the engine a couple of times (build more HP each time) & I have no problem shipping him the engine. He arranges the pick up & delivery, I build the "crate" (steal a pallet & use some scrap lumber). Just as a "crate" engine can be shipped to you. It's just as easy to find a GOOD engine builder nationwide.

There are many reasons why I stuck with Rick, the #1 reason is personal service & great customer service. You will actually build a close relationship with him. I can't say enough about him.

BTW...I'm in West Palm Beach,Fl.

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