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TallJohn    12

Hello folks. Good to meet some of you at the Reno meet. I really enjoyed it. I was wondering if anyone knows of a reputable shop that has experience with nailheads. Preferably western states, California even better. I had a quote for a re-build from a local shop for 10k, $6700.00 from a shop in Indiana. First quote seems high, but maybe that's the going rate. any suggestions would help. Thanks

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KongaMan    93

Yank it, tank it, and start puttin' it back together yourself.  For $7 grand, you might as well try.  It ain't nothing but taking your time and double-checking your work.

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Zimm63    22

Russ Martin in Grass Valley has a good reputation.  Tom Telesco as well.  Carmen Faso redid my heads some years back, but he is in NY. 

 

No doubt there are others.  Standard advice is avoid people who are used to building small block chevs.

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JZRIV    533

West coast - Russ Martin as mentioned above. http://nailheadbuick.com/

Russ stopped in at the meet in Reno. Cost will be dependent on the current condition of engine and if you want basic stock rebuild or extras/performance

modifications.

 

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TallJohn    12

Thanks for all the suggestions. I will contact Tom Telesco for a third quote and go from there . Thanks again.

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telriv    43

You would be better off with Russ as he's on the west coast where you are. I'm located on the east coast on the opposite side of the country. At the VERY MINIMUM it would cost 3K. That's just a re-ring & new parts. NO BORING or other details. NO GUARANTEE!!!!          It can go up from there. For a performance re-build, when you're trying to re-invent the wheel it can go as high as 20K+.

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KongaMan    93

I dunno.  I rebuilt mine a while back.  Pulled it out (and put it back in) in my driveway using a chain hoist on an old swing set reinforced with 2x4s.  Sent it out to be tanked, bored, and have the heads redone.  Bought a gasket set, new rings and seals, and some Plastigauge.  Took a bunch of measurements, read the shop manual a couple of times, and put it back together in the garage.  35 years later, it's still running strong.  Either I'm that good, I'm that lucky, or -- most likely -- this ain't as hard as some would have you believe.

 

You might say you don't have the time to do it.  Ask yourself this: how long is it going to take you to make the money you'll need to pay someone else?  You already know how to spend money.  Why not learn something new?

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RivNut    902
1 hour ago, KongaMan said:

Before you do anything...  Why do you think the engine needs to be rebuilt?

I was wondering the same thing myself.

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jsgun    26

I've read on other sites a rebuild with good parts and someone that knows what they're doing is around $6K. Part of the reason I jumped on my 64 so quickly was that the motor and trans were rebuilt.

 

The motors seem to respond well to upgrades, I'd have a hard time not saving up for TomT's roller rockers.

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TallJohn    12

I'm at my limit of mechanical skill. Although I have pulled motors for and exchange before, I have never gotten into the guts of a motor. I have my car at a reputable local shop who have  done the diagnosis. #2 and # 8 cylinders low compression (85). According to them, not heads/valves. They are not pressuring me as they would not be doing the motor work. I have found two local shops thanks to recommendations from ROA members. So I will move forward on it next week. Thanks all.

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KongaMan    93
9 hours ago, jsgun said:

Part of the reason I jumped on my 64 so quickly was that the motor and trans were rebuilt.

 

Depending on who did the rebuild, that may not be a good thing. ;)

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jsgun    26
7 hours ago, KongaMan said:

 

Depending on who did the rebuild, that may not be a good thing. ;)

I've thought that too. No weird sounds out of the motor, and it moves under it's own power, so it's a leap of faith.

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KongaMan    93
6 hours ago, jsgun said:

I've thought that too. No weird sounds out of the motor, and it moves under it's own power, so it's a leap of faith.

It sounds like it's in better shape than I am.

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