Hey, thank you so much for watching the videos! Welcome to the very exciting world of engine building! Do not worry, we will be here for you if you ever run into any snags. You will have a running engine by the end of this, no problem. Also, since you are going our route make sure you get the kit we did; you want the crankshaft balance to be internal not external. So, make sure the flex plate and damper you buy are also for internal balanced. All the links I put in the videos are for that.
So as far as what to ask a machine shop I would go down this list:
1. Need the block hot tanked (this will clean it up and remove all the grease).
2. Magnaflux checked (this will make sure the block does not have any cracks or holes).
3. Bore and Hone (make sure your new pistons and the new bore are the same size).
4. Balance your rods and pistons (this has to be done even to brand new stuff because they have to be perfectly balanced to each other).
5. Balance your crankshaft (even brand new ones probably need balancing, ours did. Tell them it's internally balanced too).
6. Since you are going for a stroker build make sure you tell them, there are some clearances in the block that need to be made so the new crank can spin.
7. Get a quote up front, you do not want a huge surprise bill at the end.
Be honest with them about your skill level and what you want to do. Every machine shop I have delt with has been super cool and has taught me a lot about the fine details of engine assembly.
Our machine shop was truly amazing, I miss them greatly. They closed up due to the passing of the owner. So, I will have to find a new one soon. There is another engine series in the works shortly.
So, if you bought everything we did, including the expensive but amazing heads, I would say you are probably right around six thousand with machine work. Prices change all the time so I cannot give you an exact price but that is right about what I think it would cost.
Good torque wrenches are fairly easy to come by these days. You do not need to spend seven hundred dollars on a torque wrench like I did, I am such a Snap-On sucker. Luckily, we are building old engines not space shuttles, so they do not have to be ultra accurate down to the micron.
Half Inch Drive: https://amzn.to/3ExrRC0
Three Eighths Drive: https://amzn.to/3Od0nVF
Will need both for different parts of the engine assembly process, luckily, they are not very expensive.
You so got this! This is literally the reason I make the video series the way I do. So, people that have never done it before can watch the content and build an engine themselves.
If you have any trouble at all, please come back to this thread and post. We will be here and waiting to help for absolutely free.
All the best!
Monday, November 14th, 2022 AT 10:11 AM