Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Re: Engine shop issues still
Is the CR engine/machine shop located ......
If it's them, I had similar problems quite a few years back. They had a $3500 deposit on a $6500 build, with another $4000-$4500 of parts that I left for them. Walking in and telling them I'm picking up all my parts, and inferring that I would call and dispute the credit card charge (so I could get "almost" immediate refund), took care of the problem. Engine done the following week, approx. 4 business days.
If it's possible for you to do a periodic check throughout the build, I'd suggest that too from this shop. The $200 gear-drive assembly I paid for ended up being a $90 ProForm piece. I found this out when the gear drive broke 1 year into running the engine. Wrong/cheap parts, and 8 bent exhaust valves later,,, I will never set foot in the place again. Who knew I'd have to tear an engine down to verify all vendors before ever using it... would've been worth it though. Since the car wasn't on the road until about 4 years after the engine was built, I didn't even bother going in to complain. The satisfaction I've gotten over the years by telling thousand's of inquiring spectators (and his "potential" customers) at car shows has been more than enough retribution.
For whatever reason, they seem to have a "name" in the area... I've seen much better work, and prices, many other places though. I "think" the reputation is built by all the Hawkeye Downs stock car buddies, and sponsorship deals....
And, if this isn't the shop you're talking about,,,, take this into consideration if you're looking to take your stuff somewhere other than where it's at now. Good Luck.
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Last edited by BillK; Apr 22nd, 11 at 06:26 PM.
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