I need a good one, that will do shit right the first time.
Between my last 2 racecars and this boat, I've been through about 6 of the shops in the area...some respected, some not. Everyone has ended up screwing up royally on more than few occasions. The latest....
Cut first core block .060" over when I gave them .030 pistons and asked for a .030" engine....
They found me another virgin core, but it had a spun main bearing, so they sent it to get line bored (or honed...I dunno), and proceded to do their bore/hone and deck work after the mains were done.
I started pre-assembling last night, and found my main oil clearances to be, front to back: 005, 002, 002, 000, 003 .. (the crank is new, and I measured it anyway...its perfect) which means the line boring sub fucked up, and my machine shop didn't check it when the block came back, so they referenced the rest of their operations off the screwed up crank centerline, which obviously yields an out of square deck and cylinders....not to mention, I asked to set the deck clearance to leave the pistons .005" in the hole (plenty of room to re-deck in the future if needed) and he left me with 000 deck clearance.
Big blocks are heavy. I'm tired of loading it in and out of my truck all the time.
Here's what I'm looking for in a machine shop:
One that can do everything in house, no subbing out line boring or crank work. More people involved mean more chances to screw something up.
One that understands why torque plates should be used and why mains should be torqued while machining the block.
One that understands that different rings require different cylinder finishes
One that listens to what I want and does what I want without telling me that the details I'm asking for are not needed. I'm the guy with the money, do what I want and I'll pay what you want.
One that checks their work before delivering me back a finished product. I'm tired of loading this thing in and out of my truck.
I want a shop that can make all the holes the same size and understands the idea of a right angle.
I had great luck with machine shops when I was younger and didn't measure anything, but now that I'm considerably more detailed and don't trust anyone, every block goes back at least once, if it doesn't go directly in the scrap bin. The response seems to be "just let us build the engine and you won't have all these problems".....yeah right. The reason I choose to build my own is so I know that its right...and because I've lost faith in the local shops.
So, anyone got a machine shop that has done good for them multiple times? I'm not looking for one time customer input here...sorry, just that it could be luck of the draw. I'm looking for repeated success stories, preferably in the LA area.