View Full Version : Good head shop?
11-28-2010, 01:12 AM
I am looking to get an estimate on some head work I need done (NE Ohio) in order to decide if it's best to get my heads worked or buy new aftermarket heads. They are Aussie Cleveland heads and I want to work with a shop that has done plenty of Cleveland heads.
I know Fox Lake has a good reputation among many Mustang owners so I sent them an email........a month and a half ago. They have not got back to me so I am not expecting to hear from them. I was very surprised by this because of their popularity around here.
I want to get the pedestals machined for roller rockers, install hardened seats, replace the 2.050" valves with 2.100" valves, port, and install valves springs for lifts of .588" and .605".
I do not want to take my heads to a shop that only works with modular engines or has never done Cleveland heads. With canted valves and rocker pedestals I don't want them to learn how to do Cleveland heads on my rare Aussie heads.
Anybody know of a shop that can handle this?
11-28-2010, 01:53 AM
Well I've never personally had work done but I know Victory Engines is always spoken highly of. There in cleveland and have been around for ever and when I used to go there for my nitrous fill always had pushrod motors being built.
11-28-2010, 10:17 AM
With the title of your thread I thought about recommending the old hippie place on the corner, I think they have a sale on bongs right now.
Seriously, I don't know how far you want to travel but I've had work done on old ford engines at Fowlers in columbus. I can't speak to their experience with clevelands but it might be worth a phone call.
11-28-2010, 12:47 PM
I dont know if fox lake is having problems with his site or what.... I have had Ron do 2 sets of heads for me and does a great job!! I emailed him about a month ago also and he never replied so I called him last week and he answered all my questions, so I would highly recommend for u to just call him......
11-28-2010, 08:14 PM
Thanks for the responses, guys.
D_ford, I thought someone might take it that way, but after reading what I posted the correct context would be realized. :wtf:
Victory is what I am using as a standby. I had a Mopar 2.2 head worked on there on the recommendation of a friend who used to race. He had work done there as well. I was happy with what they did with that.
I wouldn't want to have to go to Columbus but if I have to I have to.
I guess I'll give FL a call then.
11-28-2010, 09:48 PM
Yoe's Madison Ohio
11-29-2010, 08:48 AM
CAMS Racing in Canton Ohio, 330-453-8383
11-29-2010, 11:11 AM
CAMS Racing in Canton Ohio, 330-453-8383
+1 for CAMS
11-29-2010, 11:41 AM
+1 for Fox Lake
11-29-2010, 12:09 PM
Canton would be closer than Columbus. I'll check them out too.
12-02-2010, 01:31 PM
Have you ever dealt with Ken Brunt at K & B Machine in North Olmsted?...as a new comer to this hoby I have a lot of questions about engine rebuilding... his shop is very busy but, he has always taken the time to expain things to me in pratical terms...never has he talked down to me or tried to scare me into getting uneccessary work done, in fact he has stopped me from over building my current (and first project). A lot of folks recommended him to me and he's been building engines for 30 years..
12-02-2010, 01:45 PM
+1 for K&B. I've seen, and heard many good things about them. A good buddy of mine uses K&B for all head work that comes into the shop. He's an oldtimer that cares more about doing the job the right way, then making the most money. They are very happy with K&B. Everything comes back bagged and looking brand new.
12-03-2010, 09:06 AM
MINORS PERFORMANCE MACHINE
Address: 1685 SALT SPRINGS RD, WARREN, OH 44481-9735
Telephone: (330) 824-3747
this is who i go to. in house engine dyno/flow bench. no dummies, TOP NOTCH work. i know him (shawn) and work with his brother. works with big names and people send him stuff from all over the country. renowned name in the stock car world. NO junk, NO cut corners type dudes. you GET what you pay for. super nice guy who will listen to you too without being aarogant (i wont mention names that others all ready have).
12-04-2010, 05:36 PM
M & M Headservice in Delaware
12-05-2010, 05:03 PM
Thanks for the additional info guys.
I had some balljoints pressed out and replaced on a couple hubs at K&B. I spoke with him at length. Nice guy. I wasn't sure if 28 years as a parts store shop guy would make a good performance guy or not. Usually parts stores deal with stock rebuilds and are not thought of as a performance option. He has lots of good recommendations on his site and some here though too.
Minors sounds like what I am looking for. The canted valve aspect has me leary of who works on them, as well as the fact that they are Australian heads.
I'll check into M&M too.
12-15-2010, 03:09 PM
There's a guy by the name of Mike Shane has a shop, (Shane's Tool & Die), He's in New Philly. In my opinion he knows more about the old stuff, especially boss 302 stuff, than anybody around. He does all engine work, including head work. Give him a call if you don't find anyone else. 330-339-1613 Tell him Terry recommended him, he's a personal friend.
12-18-2010, 02:34 AM
Thanks, I appreciate that.
12-24-2010, 12:23 PM
+1 for cams (canton automotive machine)
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