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I have a complete gen V engine that I plan on keeping the short block only. I was wondering what is the average cost of machine work. I figure I will reuse the block, crank and rods. I'm figuring out what heads to buy and stuff like that but just need an idea of the cost so I don't get taken to the cleaners.

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Mike,
Prices will vary depending on your area but here is what mine would be. You might not need everything done, depends on what you are building.

Remove cam bearings and freeze plugs before cleaning 40.00
Clean block -- oven bake and shot blast. 120.00
Bore and hone with torque plates 275.00
Align hone main bearing bores 175.00
Parallel deck block 100.00
Final wash 50.00
Install cam bearings and freeze plugs 60.00
Regrind crankshaft, inc. magnaflux & chamfer oil holes 160.00

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Yea that helped tremendously. Gave me a better idea of the cost and what to expect. Now I have to find a good machine shop in the Metro Detroit area - I live near Flint.
 

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Rebuilt my 396 last winter (06). I was real happy with the shop I used. The price broke down like this:
Remove cam bearings I& freeze plugs/oil plugs: 30.00
Boil block: 45.00
Install cam bearings/ aux. bearings: 20.00
Install freeze plugs & oil gallery plugs: 15.00
Hone v-8 block: 40.00
Remove rings/clean pistons & check size: 40.00
Clean & polish crankshaft 10-10: 40.00
Clean heads / 3 angle grind/ set up springs: 100.00
Install 16 valve guides: 80.00
Install 8 hard exhaust seats: 80.00
2 heads resurfaced: 60.00
Total labor / service: $550.00

Total parts (which I could break down for you) including a new cam was an additional $731. Total bill from the machine shop was $1330. A buddy and I did the rebuild. Between the money I gave him for gas and beer, and a couple of other little parts, I figure I have about $1500 in the engine--which I thought was great!
 

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We will clean and mag, Line hone with a new ARP bolt kit, Deck the block to your demension, Bore, Torque plate hone for 595.00

Install cam bearings and freeze plugs 60.00
Cam bearings are 24.00
Freeze plugs are 14.00

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Honing for 40 bucks I bet it wasn't done the correct way and plate honed and I am sure it was bored off an unsquared deck as well which I consider substandard machine work if you looking for a good running performance engne.

Here is a link on plate honing a BBC
http://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=58964
 

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Hey Carl, I need to make a trip up to our Portland location soon. I will have to remember to load my tall deck for the trip.

What needs to be done to your block???
 

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I have a complete gen V engine that I plan on keeping the short block only. I was wondering what is the average cost of machine work. I figure I will reuse the block, crank and rods. I'm figuring out what heads to buy and stuff like that but just need an idea of the cost so I don't get taken to the cleaners.

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good machine shop near flint mi?

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burton auto parts is a good shop,so is Bryant's machine shop, and fenton machine shop on torry rd. they all have done work for me and seem to be good priced.

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He's prolly sitting on the back porch with a ... "roll your own"

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Just got out of work. None in Flint. One of the best here is Muscle Motors, or Engine Machine Service, in Potterville, just west of Lansing. Engine Machine is where Phil Massuch is, from what I hear. Good stuff, let me know if you need em, I'll give em a heads up.

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Mike Roenike at Valley motors in Saginaw is good people. Shannons in Montrose real near Flint was the best around but Shannon retired. Like 82z said Fenton Machine has been building stout engines for a long time.

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It's a new block that was bored to about 4.309 (needs finish hone or I may just punch it to 4.350 and be done with it), decks need to be cut (factory deck surface). Cam bearings are installed, for the cost of replacement, I may want to replace these to get it thoroughly cleaned out. Block is new, but has been sitting, I'm not fond of other people's dirt. Other than that, may or may not need a line hone - depends on how great the factory machine work was, same for the lifter bores. Basically, get it ready for assembly. I only paid $376.00 for the block, so even if I invest $1000.00 in machine work to get it correct, I am still way ahead of the curve. I (like many) like things done right.
 

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It's a new block that was bored to about 4.309 (needs finish hone or I may just punch it to 4.350 and be done with it), decks need to be cut (factory deck surface). Cam bearings are installed, for the cost of replacement, I may want to replace these to get it thoroughly cleaned out. Block is new, but has been sitting, I'm not fond of other people's dirt. Other than that, may or may not need a line hone - depends on how great the factory machine work was, same for the lifter bores. Basically, get it ready for assembly. I only paid $376.00 for the block, so even if I invest $1000.00 in machine work to get it correct, I am still way ahead of the curve. I (like many) like things done right.
I am sure it willl be under a 1000 dollars ro fix it right.
 
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