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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-23-2016, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for a machine shop in southern ct

Hey guys,

I have a 289 out of a 63 galaxy. I originally wanted to leave it stock but now I'm thinking about having some work done to it. Can anyone recommend a quality machine shop in southern CT that has fair prices.

Also, what kind of HP can I get out of a 289 and what kind of budget would I be looking at?
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Re: Looking for a machine shop in southern ct

Two of the BEST are PMR performance (Phil) in Kensington or Larry's Auto Machine (Gary) in Groten . Tell them Randy from California recommended you. 300 hp is pretty easy for not too much money.

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Thanks Randy

I'll give Gary in Groton a call, he's a little closer.
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Thanks Randy

I'll give Gary in Groton a call, he's a little closer.
It is a Nascar quality facility. Gary is a great guy to deal with.

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I called them and they gave e a quote that was kind of high. I read the reviews and they seem like a great quality shop but a little more than I wanted to spend.

I'll have to consider other options
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Re: Looking for a machine shop in southern ct

what are your thoughts about crate engines/ I can get a 302 for under $3K that's pushing over 300hp
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I'm not a fan of crate engines. They never seem to be exactly what you want and you end up spending MORE money to get it like you wanted in the first place. I do build my own engines but rely on quality machine shops for block work and balancing. Not everyone wants to or can do it and that is ok too.

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What kind of things would need to be changes if they're from oil pan to carb?

I've seen some 302's for around $3k that are putting out 300hp or better
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Re: Looking for a machine shop in southern ct

I pulled the main cap and took a couple of pics.

Looks like there's some where. Is this normal wear? Do they need replacing?



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I've decided that I'm going to tear it down. I found some grooves in the other bearing I pulled
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That looks like normal bearing wear for an "old" engine. From 2500+ miles away the crangk looks good enough to polish only. Certainly need replacing but regrinding the crank shouldn't be needed. I would have the cylinder bores checked for wear for sure. 300 hp could be had with headers cam intake and carb changes. Similar to what Shelby did on the 65-67 GT350s.

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thanks.

I'm trying to take the cam out but I can't get the cover off. What kind of tool do I need to remove the bolts. never seen anything like this.

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Here are a few pics of the tear down,

What are your thoughts on the condition of the valves and pistons?

Also it looks like the crank is turned -10 and the pistons are +30? What are my options if this is the case. Can the crank still be turned down if needed? Can i bore more than +30?










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That "early" thrust plate uses those unique countersunk screws. Snap on ( among others) make a special socket to remove them. You need to up date to the later design thrust plate which uses conventional hex head bolts and is thinner.

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It looks like a normal low compression rebuilt engine done sometime after January '91. The next step on bore is +.040 and the next step on the crank is .020 under. Both are safe for your power level and quite common sizes.

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