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Old 21-10-2013, 10:12 PM
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whats the average going rate for head work these days?

hey all, went to a local machine shop today to get a price on an basic clean up of my stock cast iron sbc heads, grind, wash, guides if needed, just the very basics as they have only done about 20,000k on them and everything seems to be working well. also wanted the push in rocker stud shafts tapped for rollers, and valve spring seats machined to suit a bigger spring.
i nearly fell over when they gave me a price of $950!
now i havent had anything like this done for a few years, but last time i had the exact same thing done to a set of 308 heads (minus getting the studs tapped)
and only cost me $200!!
is this the going rate these days or do they think they can rip me?
either way it aint gunna happen now, i may as well use my AFR's which i was gunna save for when i get my serious bits together. may as well use the damn things now!
dont think these guys appreciated me sayin i didnt wanna buy their friggan shop or that i could get a set of cast iron dart heads for the same dollars lol
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Old 22-10-2013, 04:32 AM
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Sounds reasonable to me, or maybe I'm just an easy touch

But in reality, sounds to me like you have no idea how much this work cost to get done.....hence why you're here asking
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Old 22-10-2013, 05:39 AM
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Old 22-10-2013, 05:40 AM
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I just paid $1500, for 2 Olds heads
with new valves, springs etc....
Labor and valve guides alone $900.00
and he didn't even wash em ?
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Old 22-10-2013, 06:36 AM
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I would have easily said $1000.
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Old 22-10-2013, 07:54 AM
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Had a pair of 186 camel hump heads done last year, cost $850.
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Old 22-10-2013, 08:14 AM
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Seems high to me too for what you want done, but judging from the other replies, people are prepared to pay that kind of $.

Luckily you don't really need the work as you have some other heads, but I guess people will charge whatever they can get away with.

Anyone have an idea how much time it would take to do that work - grind, wash, guides ?

I guess when we get a quote like that, we do some mental arithmetic and figure out how many hours we (salaried folks) would need to work to make $950 - but remember they have overheads.

Maybe $950 is about right.
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Machine shop will charge ay least $100 an hour.
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Old 22-10-2013, 09:23 AM
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buy a set of procomp alloy heads from ebay sunday night auction they go cheap and get the better upgrades when they ask
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Old 22-10-2013, 10:47 AM
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Wow.......
Double wow
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buy a set of procomp alloy heads from ebay sunday night auction they go cheap and get the better upgrades when they ask
haha.... are you serious?

buy cheap heads, spend 3 times the amount trying to fix those pieces of crap and their 'upgrades'.

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buy a set of procomp alloy heads from ebay sunday night auction they go cheap and get the better upgrades when they ask
umm... no lol

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But in reality, sounds to me like you have no idea how much this work cost to get done.....hence why you're here asking
not exactly, ive had the same work done before as i mentioned, was about 10yrs ago last time i did that though, and as i also said it only cost about $200, wouldve been $300 at the max.
thats why i was asking, didnt think the price wouldve gone up that much!
i actually used to work in this shop where i got the price as well so i know its not a hard job givin the right tools.
apart from people who have race cars in particular classes and the die hard oem fans, i dont know why people would even bother getting the work done when you can buy better flowing etc aftermarket heads for bugga all more dollars or probably less if you look hard enough. or maybe thats just me lol
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Old 22-10-2013, 02:41 PM
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i actually used to work in this shop where i got the price as well so i know its not a hard job givin the right tools.
So you must have an idea how long it would take them then ... How long ?
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