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Engine machine shop that can rebuld my engine and pour babbit in the South East


Durant Mike
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Well today was a frustrating day for me. About six month ago I called around the Central Florida area to have my 1928 Continental 15L engine rebuilt out of my 1928 Durant. Well all the machine shops in Orlando responded that they wouldn't touch it and many had never worked on any engine older than the 60's. Contacted a restoration shop and they recommended a machine shop in Tampa. Called the guy and spoke with him and he said sure he could do it and has done older engines for the restoration shop before. Drove over an hour and 45 minutes to take the engine to the guy and he looked it over and said " Oh that has Babbitt bearings and I don't do them. Told me there was only one shop in the Tampa area that he knew of that could do that. So I called them and wasn't impressed by the help I wanted to drive over there since I had my engine with me and had already traveled a long way. Well they said they couldn't see me today, but maybe tomorrow. I sure wasn't going to drive back. Later in the conversation they told me that the guy who could do Babbitt had had a heart attach and they didn't know when he'd be back. They were not aware of anyone around that could do it. So I drove back to Orlando and put my engine back in my garage. Does anyone know of anyplace in the Southeast, especially Florida, Georgia or the Carolina area that can work on my engine and replace the Babbitt. Someone that has worked on the older engines and has a good reputation. Certainly do not want to trust my engine to someone that isn't experienced. Any leads would be appreciated.

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I guess another question I have is can any machine shop restore and rebuild an engine with Babbitt bearings without destroying the original ones  My engine was not running when I got the car so I have no way of knowing how it ran. I know machine shops do various processes to get the engine back to tip top shape, such as boiling the block, honing the cylinders etc but will this process destroy the original babbitt? Or can they do all the work and just put the old crank back in and be good to go?

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Excellent advice. I try to do everything myself but I still had them bore my blocks. After you've been at this for a long time you get a strong sense of the competence of a shop and they really impressed me.

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10 hours ago, Durant Mike said:

I guess another question I have is can any machine shop restore and rebuild an engine with Babbitt bearings without destroying the original ones  My engine was not running when I got the car so I have no way of knowing how it ran. I know machine shops do various processes to get the engine back to tip top shape, such as boiling the block, honing the cylinders etc but will this process destroy the original babbitt? Or can they do all the work and just put the old crank back in and be good to go?

The best is J & M Machine in Southborough, Ma. They work on the exotic engines, no one else will touch. They also have a web site, and is very interesting. Talk to Mike, or John. 508-460-0733. You won't regret it!

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Thanks for everyone's replies. I was hoping to find someone here in the Southeast that could do the job. Long way to travel to New York and Mass. But I'll start calling them and seeing who can handle my engine and get it done. I'm anxious to get this car running and driving after a very long long restoration. Road trip here I come!

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I’d recommend Advanced Engine Rebuilding in Wareham, MA. Hans has been rebuilding all my babbitted engines and they pure like kittens. He does motors from all over the country and recently completed a Kissel for a customer out of FL. He had a early thirties Buick 8 in there last time I was in along with a $50k Maserati engine he had just rebuilt. His pricing is very good also with a fairly quick turnaround. Shipping an engine is no big deal these days as was already stated. I’d rather ship an engine to a reputable shop than chance a rebuild at a questionable shop because it’s close to home.

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