Good machine shop near Eugene/Springfield?

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  1. knote72

    knote72 Stupidity is not unilateral, we all pay the price

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    For future reference, I wanna find out if there are any GOOD machine shops near here to have a block machined. The last thing I want is to be next in the line of those who trusted a shop only to get back a gacked block and a simple "too bad".
    P.S. the only shop I heard of is Caldwell's in Springfield, but some of the reviews on em make me think to look elsewhere.
     
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    It's a bit of a drive for you, but I used Somer's Machine in Vancouver. The guy that runs the place has a minor tendency to be a little crusty, but he does good work.
     
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      Define crusty.......
       
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      I am building a /6 for a fun street car. Emphasis on torque not HP. To work a slant head, need is for a LOT more intake improvement than exhaust, which is the reverse of most engines. The guy wanted to....discuss.....that decision. I explained what I wanted and why, which brought the conversation to a conclusion. The work was completed on time and on budget. I would definitely use them again. I realize slants are far less pupular than a V-8. but still this is a good shop.
       
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        okay I just wanted to find out about any caveats. I was looking at an engine, and I know it'd be a ways out, but wanted to narrow in on what good shops were anywhere near our area. I'd found a similar engine to it, but the guy says he had it machined at a shop in Portland but the reviews on the shop he mentioned were concerning. Not gonna take a chance on a crap shop screwing up a block and wasting my money.
         
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        Avoid Welby's
         
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          Also a drive, but Kellers in Medford did my motor. They did good work. There is also Lindvig and Bullet. I haven't used either of them, but have been around for a long time.
           
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            Caldwell in Springfield machines most the graveyard car engines. I had Steves Performance in Dexter build my 273 and it’s a pile of shit. Taken heads off twice have had broken valve springs and pushrods less than 500 miles. Might be worth to travel to Portland. Dustin
             
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              Wasn't Welby's the name of their upfront business on Graveyard Carz?
               
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              Welbys was the name of the upfront business but they were collision repair spot. Dustin
               
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                knote72 Stupidity is not unilateral, we all pay the price

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                ok so I have choices of a shop up in Vancouver, and another down in Medford (a bit of a drive). Doesn't appear to be any solid prospects right in the area then
                 
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                I used toms performance and machine in vancouver for the motor im currently putting together. Im pleased so far, looking forward to firing it up.
                 
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                • knote72

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                  let me know what the outcome is, and play it safe and check your dimensions as you put it together