krinkov58 Posted April 5, 2015 Share Posted April 5, 2015 Okay rant time...the backstory is that I bought a 1952 Buick 76R in late January but it did not get up here to Maine until February because of a driver error and a whole lotta snow we got here in New England around that time. It had been advertised as having an exhaust leak and sure enough, it did. Looked like the typical problem of a warped manifold leaking, then torqued down until the leak stopped instead of having the flanges refaced. I have just moved to this town in August and my old machine shop I've used for years is 4 hours away...so I decided to "go local" and contact the machine shop in my town upon the recommendation of my neighbor. My first inquiry was February 13th, asking if they reface manifolds and the reply was that usually they can. I told him I'd bring them by the following Monday which I did. Now, truth be told, when I removed the manifolds it became clear why the exhaust was leaking...a haphazard repair had been made in the center section (of course) where it meets the heat riser. So the flange that bolts to the head was out-of-true with the outer manifold and intake flanges. I outlined the problem in person at the shop, and indicated that I had done a leak test with the intake in place and the intake manifold was good. Didn't hear anything until March 17th, when I was contacted and asked to come by and show them how the manifolds were mounted to the head. They were wondering if the head had a protuberance that the center section was mated to; I said no it's flat all the way across. I also let him know that I needed the manifolds ASAP as I had to check the timing and carb jetting on the engine as there was some soot coming from the exhaust. Next day I got an email (with the attached photo) saying "there was more damage than we thought" and his initial price quote would be exceeded. Okay. He gave me a new estimate at twice the previous one...I told him go for it, I need this ASAP. A week later, I inquire about any progress and was advised that it'd been brazed up and they had welded some meat on the center section flange and were just waiting to mill it flat...said they'd try to have it done the next day (the 27th). I contacted him again on the 31st and asked if he'd gotten it milled and he replied that no, he's had a guy out for a few days but he was back that day. Since then, nothing.So it's been close to 2 months and I still don't have 'em. Am I being kind of unreasonable and have been spoiled by a quick turnaround from my other 2 machine shops? I mean I wouldn't expect it done in a week but damn; 2 months? How much longer should I give this guy before paying him for what he's done so far and bringing the manifolds to a quicker shop in the city? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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