Engine Machine Shop near Tacoma, WA

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Engine Machine Shop near Tacoma, WA

Postby peterlombardi » Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:38 pm

Hey there,

I just picked up a 401 this weekend and I'm in search of a good AMC friendly machine shop in the Tacoma area, hoping someone might be able to point me in the right direction.

The block is .020 over, 4.186 on my calipers, so I want to get it take up to .030 for easier piston selection (thinking Wiseco -27cc 4.195 forged). I'm not sure if it's decked, need to measure that. I'd also like to get some mild porting/polishing done to the heads w/ gasket matching for the intake/exhaust. I know it's contested but I'd like to get the oil lifter valley mod installed as well. Also hoping to get some crank/rod work done, polishing, balancing, etc.

This is my first post, so a little about the build. It's an '86 Grand Wagoneer with the tow package and 360. I'm swapping grills and going with a Cheese Grater grill, also swapping markers and hoping to find a set of good three piece bumpers. I was going to do a mild re-build on the 360, but this 401 was too good of a deal to pass up. Eventually it'll get a lift from BJ's and a ton more, but I don't want to get too off topic, haha.

Thanks! Any help is appreciated.
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Re: Engine Machine Shop near Tacoma, WA

Postby REDONE » Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:56 pm

Welcome to the madness Peter!

Unfortunately I lived quite a bit north of you, and that was still three years ago anyways. I Had all my machine work done by the Everett CARQUEST(Hwy 9 and Broadway) and Jay's Automotive Machine shop (Hwy 99 and 112th). Hopefully someone who lived on the south end will chime in with something a little more local to you!
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Re: Engine Machine Shop near Tacoma, WA

Postby peterlombardi » Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:20 pm

Thanks Redone! Fingers crossed :) Appreciate it, it gets me started at least.

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Re: Engine Machine Shop near Tacoma, WA

Postby Cassidy » Wed Jul 29, 2015 8:22 am

I had my 390 cobra jet heads redone by heads up in Auburn years ago. Excellent work
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Re: Engine Machine Shop near Tacoma, WA

Postby peterlombardi » Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:09 pm

Thanks Cassidy, they seem to have a great reputation. I'll definitely look into them.

Also landed me on Auburn Auto Machine, raving reviews online about them as well, seems they're pretty much only word of mouth. Probably will get in touch with them about the block and crank.
http://www.auburnautomachine.com

Thanks again guys!

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Re: Engine Machine Shop near Tacoma, WA

Postby carnuck » Thu Jul 30, 2015 1:11 am

I'd ask on http://amcforum.com

I still take my motors up to Evans Machine shop in Abbotsford, BC, Canada except for balancing.
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Re: Engine Machine Shop near Tacoma, WA

Postby peterlombardi » Thu Jul 30, 2015 3:25 pm

Haha, I like your sig carnuk, thank you, if Auburn Auto Machine doesn't work out I'll do that.

I emailed AAM yesterday and got a reply last night at almost midnight haha. I asked if they'd install the oil mod and work on the 401, they said of course they would and we setup a call to chat on monday. I'll post back about how everything goes.

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Re: Engine Machine Shop near Tacoma, WA

Postby orange » Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:34 pm

I just picked up a 360 to rebuild while still running my current 360 .I have a 79 Cherokee Chief I live in Covington ,Wa . So,I'm interested in your luck with the machine shop. Please keep posting

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Re: Engine Machine Shop near Tacoma, WA

Postby peterlombardi » Thu Aug 06, 2015 10:31 am

Will do Orange, talked to Mike (the owner since the early 2000's, employee/trainee since he was 17 in 1986) at AAM (Auburn Auto Machine) yesterday and he seems like a great guy and pretty familiar with AMC's. Quoted me all the prices and talked about every step for over half an hour on the phone. I'm probably going to take the block, crank and pistons in sometime in the next couple weeks, start the ball rolling.

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Re: Engine Machine Shop near Tacoma, WA

Postby orange » Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:28 am

I will bring mine there also...It's close. Probably end of next week .. I will tell him you referred them ..
Thanks .

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Re: Engine Machine Shop near Tacoma, WA

Postby peterlombardi » Fri Aug 07, 2015 11:32 pm

You'll probably beat me to it haha, funds ran low this month, time sell some collected parts, performer or Offy dual plane anyone? haha

Let me know how it goes and thanks for the referral :)

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Re: Engine Machine Shop near Tacoma, WA

Postby orange » Sun Aug 09, 2015 5:06 pm

I saw your intakes on craigslist .I'm definitely looking since I have a Predator carb to put on my FSJ .
Just a little high priced for me right now (for used intakes)
Got a feeling we are going to cross paths during our projects

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Re: Engine Machine Shop near Tacoma, WA

Postby landbruiser » Sun Aug 09, 2015 9:08 pm

Call buds machine shop in Lakewood. Bud does great work at an affordable price and has a great warranty! We use him all the time through my shop and he great!
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Re: Engine Machine Shop near Tacoma, WA

Postby peterlombardi » Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:04 am

I'd wondered about Bud's bruiser :) His shop is pretty darn close. Thank you for the recommendation.

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Re: Engine Machine Shop near Tacoma, WA

Postby landbruiser » Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:39 pm

He has done quite a few motors for my shop! Great guy to work with!
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