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One 383 cylinder head to be machined and gone through

blue69runner

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Took my cracked head to the Cylinder head shop. Also took them a replacement to be done over. Figured he could use my valves and springs off the old head that only has 4500 miles on them. Left him 288 dollars. Then I get a call it will cost and additional 688 dollars to have the other head done. I think that is a little over the top for one head. With using the valves and springs. He asked me when the last time I had machine work done. Any thoughts on this is appreciated. Figured Maybe in the rim of 500 would be plenty and what happened to the 288 dollars I left him.
 
Took my cracked head to the Cylinder head shop. Also took them a replacement to be done over. Figured he could use my valves and springs off the old head that only has 4500 miles on them. Left him 288 dollars. Then I get a call it will cost and additional 688 dollars to have the other head done. I think that is a little over the top for one head. With using the valves and springs. He asked me when the last time I had machine work done. Any thoughts on this is appreciated. Figured Maybe in the rim of 500 would be plenty and what happened to the 288 dollars I left him.
Almost a grand to do 1 head???? I would get an itemized estimate before I would go any further. Something does not make sense.
 
It is getting harder and harder to find shops that work on this old motor we have. I checked the head with a straight edge, and it looked good. Still, he says going to mill thou. off it and he does that with every head he gets. Hope this does not give me a problem with my half dome pistons in the motor.
 
It is getting harder and harder to find shops that work on this old motor we have. I checked the head with a straight edge, and it looked good. Still, he says going to mill thou. off it and he does that with every head he gets. Hope this does not give me a problem with my half dome pistons in the motor.
I would of bought a pair of 440 source or edelbrock before I spent that much on one head.
 
Sounds like you do not know what he did.
Things that may have been done;
Install new guides and hone to fit
Resurface head
Install seats
Grind valves
Grind new seats to valves.
Degrease/ clean
Set valve heights
Assemble head
Let's say tops 100/ hr
Could you do that work in less than an 8 hr day.
Oh, plus parts. Plus taxes.
 
He`s hammering you. that's the I don't care what you think or want price I just got a new $120.000 machine. take it or leave it......oh also you're in Florida, they think we're all millionaires here.
 
Took my cracked head to the Cylinder head shop. Also took them a replacement to be done over. Figured he could use my valves and springs off the old head that only has 4500 miles on them. Left him 288 dollars. Then I get a call it will cost and additional 688 dollars to have the other head done. I think that is a little over the top for one head. With using the valves and springs. He asked me when the last time I had machine work done. Any thoughts on this is appreciated. Figured Maybe in the rim of 500 would be plenty and what happened to the 288 dollars I left him.
Get an itemized list of what he has done and what his plans are for the other head and get that list with the labour costs. Only he can answer your questions. Kim
 
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Get an itemized list of what he has done and what his plans are for the other head and get that list with the labour costs. Only he can answer your questions. Kim

This. Cannot judge the cost if we don’t know the scope of the work to be done.
 
Also wonder why the old head cracked. Mopar cylinder heads don’t just crack for no reason. Are they heavily ported?
 
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No porting standard head. 906. Asked if we could use my valves and springs. They were all new. Trying to save on cost. Requested new unleaded seats to be replaced also. They will run a mild surf on the head about one thou. on the mill they told me. The head came off a running car. But that don't mean much if guides are worn. Just to say a buddy of mine had his motor rebuilt and one of his heads did the same thing in the same area as mine. He was mad and said the builder should have caught it. Hope this is enough info. Blue.
 
Took my cracked head to the Cylinder head shop. Also took them a replacement to be done over. Figured he could use my valves and springs off the old head that only has 4500 miles on them. Left him 288 dollars. Then I get a call it will cost and additional 688 dollars to have the other head done. I think that is a little over the top for one head. With using the valves and springs. He asked me when the last time I had machine work done. Any thoughts on this is appreciated. Figured Maybe in the rim of 500 would be plenty and what happened to the 288 dollars I left him.
I would put a want ad here for a used replacement. It should be cheaper than repairing your old head.
 
If someone showed up at my shop with a 906 head that needed-
Cleaning
Bead blasting
Magnafluxing
All new guides
Hardened ex seats
Valve job
Resurfacing
Cleaning old parts
Reconditioning valves
R&R expansion plugs
Assemble head and set spring heights

You’d spend around $500-550……it adds up fast

If there was stuff like removing broken bolts/ex studs, fixing stripped threads, etc…..that would be additional labor billed at $85/hr.

If the OP’s head is cracked under the two center ex ports, that’s a pretty common problem.
I have seen that repaired by “stitching” or pinning.
Might look and see if someone in your area can do it.
 
I had a good motor that dropped a valve in one of my 906 heads that had ALOT of work done. I have the other head if you might be interested, nice porting work. Just thought I would ask.
 
I had a good motor that dropped a valve in one of my 906 heads that had ALOT of work done. I have the other head if you might be interested, nice porting work. Just thought I would ask.
Send him a pm with that information.
 
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