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Point me to a good machine shop in Ontario, GTA (Toronto).

Hello TC,

Super anxious to get going on my project 496, but I'm still searching for a good shop in the Greater Toronto area. I'm in Burlington and I think this might be the biggest decision of the build, so I want to get it right. How I wish I lived in GLA!

I went and spoke with Howie at R+B Engines in Oakville, but he doesn't plate hone, and It's common knowledge I'll certainly need it for .060 over. The only other shops I could find anything written on line about were Active Engines, Nash, Beatty and Wood's and Aurora. But very little even on those.

I really need a boost here with some solid advice as I feel I'm stalled without it. I don't know anybody personally that has had a performance block machined around here, so I'm kind of out there on my own. If needed, I'd even consider travelling across to upper Western NY, to find a good reputable shop that will do me fairly, as I'm only one hour away.

Looking for block cleaning, NDT inspection, a good quality plate bore/hone to .060, Deck and possibly align hone. Lifter true? Cam bearings, plugs, etc...The standard stuff.

I already have what appears to be a nice, solid and clean 4 bolt .30 over 454 Mark block, a Mike Lewis balanced Scat steel crank and rods, and the Probe SRS pistons that came with the Mike's kit.


Any and all advice greatly appreciated.
Cheers and thanks, Mark




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Active Engines used to have an excellent reputation.They built a real nice working 350sbc for my Uncle Fred in the eighties.Far as I know they are still good...
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Beatty & Woods in Mississauga, Chuck & Jeff know their stuff. They're good people.

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Pretty parts. What heads are you going with?

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Give Steve a call. Great to work with!
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Eagle Engines in Woodbridge. Ask for Don. They machined my 496 and many other engines I've built. Great to deal with and they hone with plates. (905) 660-4646 cheers
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A&J automotive if Nova Scotia isn't too far!

They currently have my 502 and are going to do up my short block.

Allyn and John Armstrong own the shop. They are very respectable engine builders and have been in the business for a long time! Both drag race and I know Allyn's Opel with an engine he built ( machined the block) has set records in North America!


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You might want to try Ed Wiens Automotive in Niagara on the Lake.
He has a complete machine shop and specializes in BBC.
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Re: Point me to a good machine shop in Ontario, GTA (Toronto).

Thanks for all the excellent suggestions guys,

I think I'm going with Active engines in Missisauga. Just got back with spending a hour talking to the owner Mike Kerley. He explained everything that needs to be done with the block in great detail (Mike obviously loves to talk!). Toured the shop. He showed me some of his newest equipment and the engines in progress. The place is a beehive of activity, and has engines on the go from all makes. He is Mercury Marines main engine shop in Canada as well.

He asked me about my plan, my car, then offered some suggestions on the direction I might consider taking with the 496. So I'm quite impressed with the personal time he took with me. Mike also got pretty emotional about the loss of his brother Wayne this year. To talk about that personal loss with someone he just met is big in my books.

This will not be a cheap proposition in the least. But at least it'll be done right.

Cheers and thanks, Mark


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A&J automotive if Nova Scotia isn't too far!

They currently have my 502 and are going to do up my short block.

Allyn and John Armstrong own the shop. They are very respectable engine builders and have been in the business for a long time! Both drag race and I know Allyn's Opel with an engine he built ( machined the block) has set records in North America!


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I remember the Armstrongs from back in the late 60's/early 70's running a Chevy Stovebolt powered Anglia?? I believe. The sound of that high winding Stovebolt was famous at the time!! If I remember correctly they had a regular maintenance schedule that included tightening the flywheel bolts every few runs.

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Thanks for all the excellent suggestions guys,

I think I'm going with Active engines in Missisauga. Just got back with spending a hour talking to the owner Mike Kerley. He explained everything that needs to be done with the block in great detail (Mike obviously loves to talk!). Toured the shop. He showed me some of his newest equipment and the engines in progress. The place is a beehive of activity, and has engines on the go from all makes. He is Mercury Marines main engine shop in Canada as well.

He asked me about my plan, my car, then offered some suggestions on the direction I might consider taking with the 496. So I'm quite impressed with the personal time he took with me. Mike also got pretty emotional about the loss of his brother Wayne this year. To talk about that personal loss with someone he just met is big in my books.

This will not be a cheap proposition in the least. But at least it'll be done right.

Cheers and thanks, Mark
I don't think you will regret choosing them.
Back when my late Uncle Fred had them build an engine for his then brand new 1982 Z28 they came highly recommended by a "Gear Head" we worked with.
Very sorry to hear about the loss of Mike's twin brother Wayne,that must have been a hard blow.
They told my Uncle Fred they would build him a "Bulletproof" LT-1 350,(old school LT-1).
You could drop it from a 747 and not hurt it they told my Uncle,and he did his best to see how tough it was and never hurt it.
Tranny went,then the rearend but the 350 held together for many years.
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