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Old 11-05-2013, 04:13 PM   #2851
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Exactly the problem I'm having right now.

It seems...."NOBODY" can fix an aluminum block apparently.
Those "guys that did that work" have mostly retired and / or shut down.

I appreciate the lead and will likely be giving them a ring.
Have talked to just about every service in my area with no luck thus far.

frustrated, but I won't give up.
I just called seeing I have way to much free time at work right now, they said they would need to see it (duh) but it shouldn't be an issue. He said it would just be a weld up the hole and sleeve it situation most likely. This place has been around forever so they still have a few of "those guys".

Keep us posted, I am sure they can handle it.
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:12 PM   #2852
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Jamie,

I wonder is Delta or Heads up! might be able to help, or at least point you in the right direction.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:46 AM   #2853
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My machine shop here said they could do it when I talked to them about it, same shop that did the heads...
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:23 AM   #2854
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Nobody has the right equipment anymore is what I've been told.
The block is at yet another machine shop, and he's contacting all of HIS sources with no luck.

Might be time to expand the search out of region. It has been 4 weeks of searching already.

Thanks guys for the tips and leads.
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Old 11-08-2013, 07:27 PM   #2855
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Nobody has the right equipment anymore is what I've been told.
The block is at yet another machine shop, and he's contacting all of HIS sources with no luck.

Might be time to expand the search out of region. It has been 4 weeks of searching already.

Thanks guys for the tips and leads.
Did you ever talk to Brian at Bearing Service? I was just there today and took a walk around the shop and he showed me the machines they would use to deal with that issue, so I would drop it by there sooner rather then later. Ok at least ask the place you took it already if they know about Bearing Service seeing they aren't having luck with their resources. I REALLY want to see this running!!!
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:27 AM   #2856
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Did you ever talk to Brian at Bearing Service? I was just there today and took a walk around the shop and he showed me the machines they would use to deal with that issue, so I would drop it by there sooner rather then later. Ok at least ask the place you took it already if they know about Bearing Service seeing they aren't having luck with their resources. I REALLY want to see this running!!!
The machine shop my dad used (to re-sleeve his straight 8 1946 Packard engine) is in San Diego, CA. I asked him for their info. They were always very affordable too. AND they do top notch aluminum repair, I saw an aluminum Ferrari 388 head that was cracked to hell around a valve seat and port get welded up, re-heat treated and machined back to perfect. The heads were off a historic racing engine.
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:37 AM   #2857
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Wow this really had some ups and downs. Glad to see the car is still on track to get back on the road!
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:38 AM   #2858
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Dad got back to me...

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Old 11-16-2013, 01:12 AM   #2859
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looks like finding parts for that will be harder than finding parts for my 68 rambler
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Old 11-16-2013, 03:56 AM   #2860
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Awesome thread. Time to sub!!
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:54 AM   #2861
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MASSIVE thanks for the leads.. you guys are awesome!!!!

Following one of the leads submitted to me by a friend in my 360 club.

Shipping this little guy out of state today in hopes that this repair issue will soon be history

A little nervous - but determined to do what I can to get this done right!

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Old 11-21-2013, 11:22 AM   #2862
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Out of state? All the local options people mentioned not able to?

Mostly curious seeing the guys I talk to at Bearing Service seemed very sure it wasn't a big deal.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:08 PM   #2863
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Out of state? All the local options people mentioned not able to?

Mostly curious seeing the guys I talk to at Bearing Service seemed very sure it wasn't a big deal.
Bearing Service is out of state as well They are in Oregon. I'm in WA

Did not call them as I was put into contact with the current company - aka a one man show - decades of experience - recently retired but takes side jobs.
Also in Portland.

I've put some faith in him based on the glowing recommendations received.


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Old 11-21-2013, 12:25 PM   #2864
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Bearing Service is out of state as well They are in Oregon. I'm in WA

Did not call them as I was put into contact with the current company - aka a one man show - decades of experience - recently retired but takes side jobs.
Also in Portland.

I've put some faith in him based on the glowing recommendations received.

There is no stress here. none at all.
O I thought you where in Beaverton for some reason, not sure why. Thought I saw it in a post or something, was why I posted about Bearing Services. Well good glad you got a solid lead you felt comfortable with.

The old timers are the best. Don't worry, it isn't something that can not be fixed. If he has been in the game long enough to retire ill bet he at least knows who can do it if he can not.
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Old 11-21-2013, 02:34 PM   #2865
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FYI Jamie, If those head studs get damaged during shipping, just replace them with some ARP studs.
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Old 11-21-2013, 03:39 PM   #2866
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FYI Jamie, If those head studs get damaged during shipping, just replace them with some ARP studs.
I'm packing this little sucker up like it's about to enter WWIII
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Old 11-23-2013, 11:38 PM   #2867
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subie gal, pm me some more info on what all needs done, we may be able to do it for you, just an hour across the border.
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Old 11-24-2013, 07:12 AM   #2868
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subie gal, pm me some more info on what all needs done, we may be able to do it for you, just an hour across the border.
I think we've found the right guy at this point, but if this does not work out I will definitely contact you!
I've no problems shipping across the border - whatever it takes to get this girl back on the road! thank you so much for taking time to comment and offer.
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Old 11-24-2013, 07:13 AM   #2869
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Rolled her out yesterday to let her get a little sunshine

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Old 11-24-2013, 01:43 PM   #2870
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I think we've found the right guy at this point, but if this does not work out I will definitely contact you!
I've no problems shipping across the border - whatever it takes to get this girl back on the road! thank you so much for taking time to comment and offer.
Cool, good luck! if you end up needing to check some more options don't hesitate to pm me or just visit waconmfg.com and contact them directly! I don't know if the website is updated but we just got a horizontal boring mill... Ive been dying to see an engine block up there
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Old 11-25-2013, 12:56 AM   #2871
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Way too many pages to read! Very cool find though.
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Old 12-16-2013, 11:11 PM   #2872
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Omg this is amazing. I want to see the finished product ASAP.
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Old 12-23-2013, 10:31 PM   #2873
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Just finished reading the thread all the way though (I'll be honest, I skimmed some pages). Incredible project, will be amazing to see it finished but isn't it really the journey that is the sweetest part? I'll be a little sad when she's done too. Amazing work Kostamojen on taking the project as far as you did (BTW, is your name connected to the Star Trek DS9 reference, Kosst Amojan?).

Subie Gal, I'm glad the car is in good hands, it certainly looks like you're taking care of her properly. If you're unable to find a source to work on the engine you might try calling aircraft engine and machine shops at airports. They work with aluminum *a lot* and especially on older products. The average age for general aviation aircraft is something like 1970.
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:32 PM   #2874
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Update! and it's about time I know...

Seats are finished! Just need a non rain day to install them as I need to roll her out of the garage to do so (crowded garage too many cars, too many stuffs )

Engine repair should be completed next week!

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... maybe the best birthday present ever!

I will keep you all posted!
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:59 PM   #2875
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