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Rough budget for engine rebuild in USA

PostPost by: tdskip » Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:19 pm

First, thanks for all of the information and help as I do some background research here. Very much appreciate the responses.

One car I am looking at will need an engine refresh. Nothing traumatic happened to it, it is just tired.

Assuming the block and head are usable what would be a rough working budget for a rebuild to a reliable, not race, spec?

I’m reasonably handy with a wrench, wondering if after getting the crank and block and head professionally inspected how feasible it would be for me to reassemble the engine?

If I do need a shop to help is Dave Bean the go-to on this or are their other shops I should be aware of? I am in Southern California.

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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:55 pm

Dave Bean is not a shop, that I'm aware of, but Ken Gray there can certainly make good
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PostPost by: tdskip » Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:35 pm

Ah, thought they did rebuilds. I’ll ring them on Monday.

Any other shops come to mind gentlemen?
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PostPost by: 1owner69Elan » Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:27 pm

I would contact Tony Ingram at Lotus7.com. Probably more on the performance end of things for the twincam but he also probably knows others he might recommend. A true gentleman and expert.
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PostPost by: SantaBarbaraS4 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:51 pm

I’ll second Using Tony Ingram. I had him diagnose and rebuild my twin cam that sat idle for 20 years. I also had the luxury of living nearby and being able to observe the work as it progressed. I’m rebuilding my Stromberg fitted ‘69 S4 FHC as a daily driver, but had him add some modern upgrades (removable front cover) I also purchased my CV driveshafts and suspension parts from him. Tony is an absolute perfectionist and a wellspring of information. His shop is immaculate and he approaches his work like a surgeon. Don’t look any further than Tony. http://lotus7.com/Home.html
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PostPost by: tdskip » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:22 pm

Thanks - I will drop him a note.
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PostPost by: stovekjj » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:28 pm

I used Bill Schlossnagel to do my rebuild six years ago, and suspension work since.
I'm happy with his work
he is based in la mesa ( san diego), PM me for a phone number
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PostPost by: tdskip » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:51 pm

Even closer!

PM sent.

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PostPost by: Citromike » Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:19 pm

I second Bill Schlossnagel. He got mine going - it was very sad after 40,000 hard, put-away-wet miles but nothing had blown up - and its been running (leaking) great for the last 10+ years

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PostPost by: tdskip » Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:06 pm

Thanks Mike. I just got off the phone with him and he could not have been any more helpful.
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PostPost by: holywood3645 » Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:47 am

Where are you in S Cal.?
3 owners in area
Oceanside, Escondido, and Carlsbad

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PostPost by: tdskip » Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:22 am

Hi - thanks for the note.

I am in OC, so not far.

Have a good weekend!
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PostPost by: Citromike » Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:03 am

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PostPost by: tdskip » Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:48 pm

Great-let me finalize getting a car and then get it running. We should meet for breakfast and then get some driving in!
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PostPost by: chickenstock10k » Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:17 pm

DO folks have any east coast recommendations?
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