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How much should this work cost?
#21
I agree, you weren't ripped off, nor did you get a great deal. If the work is first class you should have no complaints.

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#22
i don't think what they charged you was bad.
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#23
sadly you have 2 choices well 3.
1)Learn to do it yourself
2)Pay the bills
3)sell the car

I am a huge fan of #1
Prices seem ok really,
This is what is not itemized,
drain radiator
drain oil
remove exhaust collector bolts
remove exhaust manifolds
remove alt
remove PS
remove AC if equipped
Remove fan shroud
Remove radiator(if needed to pull cam)
Remove dist and wires
remove fan and spacer
remove intake bolts
remove intake
Remove head bolts
remove rocker arms
remove heads
Send heads to machine shop
remove water pump bolts
remove water pump
Remove Radiator and heater hoses
remove timing gear and chain ( may have to remove damper and crank pulley first )
remove Pushrods and lifters
Remove camshaft
Clean all surfaces
reverse above steps.
This is for the engine alone.
Does this help a little? old greasy rusted bolts not nice and clean like an import.
You are paying for the warranty and his/her expertise that the work is correctly performed and that is the real value and cost.
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#24
rottenralph;196622 Wrote:O'k, thanks. Now lets just hope it runs like a beast. It needs to because my 8500 dollar car will hit 15000 tomorrow
LOL! I think we all have stories like that (paid X, now worth 20X).

I'm in agreement with the others: you didn't get once-in-a-lifetime ultimate smokin' deal, but you also didn't get hosed. I like the sentiment of calling it a good day if they even washed your car before you pick it up. THAT would tell me they're detail oriented and will go the extra mile to ensure the customer is happy.

I hope it works out how you want it to.

Eric

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#25
Mister 4x4;196746 Wrote:I like the sentiment of calling it a good day if they even washed your car before you pick it up. THAT would tell me they're detail oriented and will go the extra mile to ensure the customer is happy.
Something I always did in my shop: Car was always washed vacuumed before delivery to the customer.

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#26
I totally believe that, Scott! You're a very detail-oriented kinda guy. Plus, it's such a simple thing to do to guarantee they'll come back, aside from the good work, of course.

Eric

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#27
Great list InjectedMach! It's those things that those of that do it your self see in our heads, take for granted that they have to be done, but find it difficult to relate to those who don't see all that.
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#28
I fully built my motorcycle and know every bolt. I restored my last mustang to a nice driver but this time I don't have the time. On this car I needed it fast and I run a large business and time is a premium for me, I did the seats, will complete the interior rejuvenation when I get my car back, fixed everything I could with the time I had and decided this was better served by a professional. I need my car to run properly and I did not have time to do it. I returned my lease and this is going to be my daily driver so the shop is the right choice for me. I needed a reference point, and I got a whole lot more.

He called today and told me the intake was leaking where the EGR valve plate is, they did the old intake leak check with brake cleaner and the manifold was leaking there. He told me that should not be under vacuum and that something was wrong with the manifold. I decided I am going to buy an Edelbrock dual plane without EGR and be done with this job. He will install once it arrives and I will pick my car up. In the mean time I will still drive his Yukon he loaned me. That was part of the deal if it took too long. Took long was after the car went back from lease. I am a little curious about the comment about the vacuum from EGR mount area on manifold because I have no clue what it does. Mine is blocked off and the cover is leaking so I am going to do what I like, change it too what I want. Would love to know how you feel about vacuum there, is that normal? Is that passage part of the intake path or am I thinking about this wrong.

Bright lime 72 Mach 1 with 351C 4V, with summit 600 carb(have a Holley too), Edelbrock dual-plane manifold, Hooker headers, 3 inch exhaust with flowmasters, 17 inch Eleanor wheels, FMX tranny, A/C, P/S, front disks and 350 rear gear. Drive it to work every day.
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#29
EGR is under manifold vacuum all of the time, except wide open throttle.
I don't understand what the mech is saying...

Even if it's leaking vacuum around the carb anywhere, just needs resealed/gasket of some sort (new base gasket, reseal the block off plate, etc.).
Shouldn't be a biggie, I wouldn't think.

Cast iron manifolds just don't go bad. I mean, it *can* happen, but chances are... one in a zillion.

Here's a tip, too. Don't use any RTV when resealing intake leaks. Gas will turn it into snot and create more problems. Been there. If replacing carb base gasket or similar, only clean and dry mating surfaces should be the rule.

Pete - MotoArts Decals and Signs
'71 Sportsroof 351C-4V/4-speed - FINALLY under construction - no, wait, on hold again...
'90 Mustang 7-Up 5.0 ragtop, rolling beater
'66 Sunbeam Tiger Mk.IA, survivor
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#30
It is a Wieand aluminum intake with a whole lot of odd hardware that was was pieced together to plug all the holes. It came on the car and looks a lot like a Frankenmanifold. The part about vacuum there made no sense to me either since I looked inside the great big EGR opening and it was open to the runners if I recall correctly. I think the problem is the home made EGR manifold cover. I bought a manifold with all new hardware so the problem will be gone next week and I will have a fairly perfect modded car. Thanks for confirming my suspicion about the manifold, I suspect I bought a manifold because the $10.00 EGR cover plate is crap.

Bright lime 72 Mach 1 with 351C 4V, with summit 600 carb(have a Holley too), Edelbrock dual-plane manifold, Hooker headers, 3 inch exhaust with flowmasters, 17 inch Eleanor wheels, FMX tranny, A/C, P/S, front disks and 350 rear gear. Drive it to work every day.
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