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    Looking for a top-notch engine shop in So-Cal. Suggestions? Who to stay clear of?

    I've had so much trouble in the past with guys who talked better than they built engines. I'm dedicated to finding the right place this time.

    Obviously there's a LOT of options and I'm having a hard time remembering everyone. I'd like to find a full-service shop that can handle everything from start to finish, as my "do it yourself" days are over.

    I've got it nailed down to a few but don't want to discount anyone:

    Barry (obnoxious001)
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    Burbank Speed & Machine
    Tom @ JBP (too far)

    FYI: For a Carrera 20.5 Elite, Berk w/ A impeller. I would like to spin it 5200 w/ 450 HP on the log exhaust (which I HAVE to keep).
    454 4-bolt, all forged GM components, GM Alum 118 heads, 9.5 to 1 comp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 454Rocket View Post
    Looking for a top-notch engine shop in So-Cal. Suggestions? Who to stay clear of?

    I've had so much trouble in the past with guys who talked better than they built engines. I'm dedicated to finding the right place this time.

    Obviously there's a LOT of options and I'm having a hard time remembering everyone. I'd like to find a full-service shop that can handle everything from start to finish, as my "do it yourself" days are over.

    I've got it nailed down to a few but don't want to discount anyone:

    Barry (obnoxious001)
    Shoemaker
    Burbank Speed & Machine
    Tom @ JBP (too far)

    FYI: For a Carrera 20.5 Elite, Berk w/ A impeller. I would like to spin it 5200 w/ 450 HP on the log exhaust (which I HAVE to keep).
    454 4-bolt, all forged GM components, GM Alum 118 heads, 9.5 to 1 comp.
    no offense to any1 mentioned above, but, ck with Ray (Moneypit) on the boards & see who builds his "killer" motors! ...or...DIY for 1 last & final time & have no probs with it being done rite! ...just my .02 cents

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    Some other options....

    Jim Guthrie Racing engines (La habra). Mike Miller Racing engines (Temecula). RC Performance (Huntington Beach) Paul Pfaff Racing engines (Huntington Beach) Wayne Gaskamp (not sure on location). Miller, Gaskamp and Gordy from Pfaff are all on the boards, could PM those guys about contact info.

    Do some research before you pull the trigger is my advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cs19 View Post
    Do some research before you pull the trigger is my advice.
    Oh I hear that!

    What do you guys look for when choosing a builder, besides the obvious?

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    Norm Grimes did John Swanson's engines but I think he retired???? Is that true?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs.Racer277 View Post
    Norm Grimes did John Swanson's engines but I think he retired???? Is that true?
    Swanson's engine was a BRAD 5/6(BAE), Norm rebuilds like we do...Norm has not retired..he just spends more time at the dragstrip...

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    Paul Pfaff Racing engines....you cannot go wrong with one of his motors or even him rebuilding what you currently have...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unforgiven View Post
    Swanson's engine was a BRAD 5/6(BAE), Norm rebuilds like we do...Norm has not retired..he just spends more time at the dragstrip...
    How would you know?? When was the last time your were there??? Ready to come out of retirement yet??

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    Grimes is still in business from what I know, hes just out traveling this time of year crew chiefing for Jim Whitely's TAD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 454Rocket View Post
    Oh I hear that!

    What do you guys look for when choosing a builder, besides the obvious?

    I like the idea of feeling comfortable around your builder and having good communication through the process, if you leave the shop with a weird feeling about where your money is going or if your not feeling like the customer in the deal, go elsewhere. There are alot of guys out there that can build a motor real but can't run a business very well then there are guys who build okay motors but run a good business, hard to find guys that can do both well.
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    Dougans Racing Engines in Mira Loma.Ray is a good guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cs19 View Post
    Grimes is still in business from what I know, hes just out traveling this time of year crew chiefing for Jim Whitely's TAD.
    Thank you Just wondering outloud

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    Quote Originally Posted by cs19 View Post
    I like the idea of feeling comfortable around your builder and having good communication through the process, if you leave the shop with a weird feeling about where your money is going or if your not feeling like the customer in the deal, go elsewhere. There are alot of guys out there that can build a motor real but can't run a business very well then there are guys who build okay motors but run a good business, hard to find guys that can do both well.
    I have the best builder, it is so nice to leave the ramp each time with confidence

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    Will all these shops do ski/river motors, or just race motors?
    I went to a shop (none of the shops listed) and was told they only build race motors.

    Just a thought.

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