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dfrisk

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GREG - I used Dave Kirk's first choice of engine machine shops to do all the machine work on my hot-rod K321
and Dave installed my balance plates. I'll take Dave's plates over a set of Grenade Gears any day.
 

Greg Riutzel

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I think next time I'll have Dave do the install. ;) Believe me, I couldn't find a competent shop where I lived for miles around. I even tried job shops, and it didn't matter all it needed was a Bridgeport, just say'in crankshaft or engine they turned me away. I settled on one I knew where the 85 year old owner, who had a very good reputation, was having troubles finding new help or someone to take over. He ended up doing himself but biffed it as no strength in the hands anymore. Some welding and re-tooling fixed it but the end result was the engine is very smooth.
 

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I think next time I'll have Dave do the install. ;) Believe me, I couldn't find a competent shop where I lived for miles around. I even tried job shops, and it didn't matter all it needed was a Bridgeport, just say'in crankshaft or engine they turned me away. I settled on one I knew where the 85 year old owner, who had a very good reputation, was having troubles finding new help or someone to take over. He ended up doing himself but biffed it as no strength in the hands anymore. Some welding and re-tooling fixed it but the end result was the engine is very smooth.
Lots of aging tradesmen, not so many young people eager to take over.

Schools should have been promoting apprenticeships for the last 60+ years, on par with their promotion of college bachelor’s degrees.

That aside, I’m glad you were able to find a skilled wrencher to smooth your engine’s purr.
 

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If I were to repower one, the temptation to make a diesel would be overpowering. I'm not much of one to break up a working combination, but if it needs a motor that is a different story.

The machine shop shortage comes along too late to do me any good, I started down that path, but the 80's were brutal to the field, so I went a different way. I did benefit from the de-industrialization of this country, buying machines along for my own shop. They have been sitting a lot of years, only used on small jobs along. Now I'm finally able to put them to work...........for all the projects that I've accumulated through the years.

My buddy is doing machine work in his early 70's, always busy................................always got several no-payers to deal with, I don't need that.
 

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