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Thoughts on machining cost..
Kuch Offline
Senior Member
#1
I have my extra head ready to go to the machine shop for some work;
1, Plane the head surface and the exhaust surface
2, install new cam bearings
3, Install new hardened exhaust seats
4, cut both intake and exhaust seats for big valves
5, back cut intake valves
6, clean head
what are your thoughts on the expected cost for this work? I know there are always variables, but I asked one local place and he said about $700. I thought this was REALLY high, but I haven't had any machine work done in about 10 years when I rebuilt my 390 for the Galaxie. thanks
1988 Turbo Coupe, Black/Black, 5 Speed, Moonroof,  T3/T4 50 trim, ported E6, 255LPH, Kirban, 3" DP dual 2.5" w Hooker Maxflows, MGW shifter, K&N, Gillis valve, RR cam, Koni's
1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL, 390 6V, 4 Speed, Vast and fast
1960 Ford Starliner, 292 Y Block, 3 Speed, slow and low
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Mikey97D Offline
Member
#2
My local machine shop I have donated motors before so I think he may have given me a break. I had my head rebuilt last year and I supplied the valve seals for under $250. I didn't have bearings replaced or big valve work.

IMO, considering the amount of work to dis-assemble everything and press the bearings out I wouldn't consider $700 being too high.

Now the really important question, what cam are you putting in it? Smile
1988 TC, 5 spd, Stinger 3" Exhaust, Schneider Roller Cam, -4° Cam Pulley, Cone Filter, Gilles Boost Control Valve set at 17 psi, CHE Rear Lower and Upper Control Arms, Braided Brake Lines, Hawk HPS 5.0 Front and HPS (F) Rear, CRES Inserts in front calipers, and '93 Cobra Wheels with General 235/50R17 Tires.   
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Kuch Offline
Senior Member
#3
The head is already stripped of bearings, cam waiting to go in is a Boport 1.5, with his big valves and spring kit. I'll have to ask a few more shops around here for some other quotes, as I plan on putting it all together as well, I just need the machine work done.
1988 Turbo Coupe, Black/Black, 5 Speed, Moonroof,  T3/T4 50 trim, ported E6, 255LPH, Kirban, 3" DP dual 2.5" w Hooker Maxflows, MGW shifter, K&N, Gillis valve, RR cam, Koni's
1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL, 390 6V, 4 Speed, Vast and fast
1960 Ford Starliner, 292 Y Block, 3 Speed, slow and low
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Mikey97D Offline
Member
#4
(02-17-2021, 08:02 PM)Kuch Wrote: The head is already stripped of bearings, cam waiting to go in is a Boport 1.5, with his big valves and spring kit. I'll have to ask a few more shops around here for some other quotes, as I plan on putting it all together as well, I just need the machine work done.

If they are just doing the machine work and pressing the bearings in that may be a bit steep price wise, IMO.  I was under the impression they would be assembling it too.
1988 TC, 5 spd, Stinger 3" Exhaust, Schneider Roller Cam, -4° Cam Pulley, Cone Filter, Gilles Boost Control Valve set at 17 psi, CHE Rear Lower and Upper Control Arms, Braided Brake Lines, Hawk HPS 5.0 Front and HPS (F) Rear, CRES Inserts in front calipers, and '93 Cobra Wheels with General 235/50R17 Tires.   
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Thor Power Offline
Senior Member
#5
Mine was around $275. That's kinda high!
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