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    Default Going rate for head machining in Nor Cal?

    I have a set of ford D3VE heads with all the parts to recondition per my cam specs. Took it to shop and for a 3-way grind,resurface,and remove and replace valve guides the guy quoted me $660 plus tax for the labor. Is this a fair price? The place I took it is very well spoken of for quality of work. Just wondering if I should shop around. Thanks for any help.
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    where in nor-cal are you located?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gone Green View Post
    where in nor-cal are you located?
    San Jose

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    Sounds about normal. But if it is all labor there is no tax on labor in CA.
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    x2, no tax is levied on labor (the sales tax is probably for the new guides). We could beat that price...but whatever, just sayin'.

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    I don't know about No cal... but about right around here.
    Valve job (cut not ground) couple hundred
    Guides couple hundred (thick wall bronze or liners honed to size NOT CAST)
    resurface about hundred
    cut for seals, set up springs, misc. bs hundred ish
    Clean, guides (parts), shims, seals, etc.... not out of line
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnf View Post
    San Jose
    Gromm

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    I use Gromm, he is very good and fair in pricing. You do have to pay for quality work...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gone Green View Post
    Gromm


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    My opinion is gromm was ALWAYS expensive. I would take them to someone who does fords. Valves are valves and guides are guides, but if Lakes Only said he could beat that price. I would drive the 45 minutes to have him do them. Gromm was ALWAYS proud of his work.
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    Ya. Besides he is a nice guy and will answer the 50 questions you will be asking.
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    Glad i`m not out west getting machine work done. Here on the other side of the world a 3 angle valve job $150. Resurface two heads $80. Replace valve guides is $60 plus parts.

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    Gromm isn't cheap, but you pay for what you get.. He does a great job, just be very clear with him what exactly you want done.

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    Bob does Good work and quick turn around times, he's only had 2 of the motors I am working on for over a year now? Lol but good work.

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