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thebomb
Member
posted September 12, 2004 01:16 AM
have a question for you guys. i know engines have no kind of warranties what so ever, and im ok with that. however tonight was our 5th night on this engine. and right at the checkerd flag it went big time (at least we finished 2nd) eagle SIR rods and eagle 4130 crank. hit the recal and the driver had only turn 6900. my question is would an engine builder usually work with one of his customers on an issue like this?? i mean we arent expecting a freebe, but maybe a break on labor??. like i said i know no warranties and i understand that. however this is a pretty reputable engine builder, and was our first time using him so dont really know right off hand howd he react. thanx for any input


Xtreme12x
Member
posted September 12, 2004 10:24 AM
He'll want to know everything you did and more then likely he'll help out but probably not again it could have been anything could have been your carburetor the blew it up..


goinrcn44h
Member
posted September 12, 2004 10:32 AM
It would likely depend on what took place more than anything and what let go. One would think that if it was something missed or forgotten then he would stand behind his work. However, and I know this all too well, I had one go boom 7 laps after a complete rebuild and assembly and it was painfully obvious what caused it and why. He chose to use 2 rod bolts that were a little too long so he put washers under them... yes one rod, 2 bolts. Guess which rod scattered...?? it killed everything but the heads ( bent two valves though ) and injection and front drive. the rest was basketed. broken block, junked a 1600 crower crank brand new rods, a gaerte cam, new JE pistons, etc... his reply..? " what you gonna do about it ??" When my ol man grabbed me as I was on my way to beat the .... outa him with a cam I had in my hands. So live and learned in that one, but he will get his someday, trust me.
Hopefully your guy is a little more customer friendly...lol
44H


iowatoolman
Member
posted September 12, 2004 10:30 PM
i had one blow up in my driveway last year
doing break in procedure
the machine shop is one that i have known the guy for a long time he helped me out since he assembled it but i still had to pay for alot of parts i don't use the shop anymore after 5 of his motors blew up

live and learn

drive hard or drive home

Raz_900
Member
posted September 17, 2004 09:05 PM
Pull it out, pull the intake, valve covers and oil pan then take it to him with everything else still intact. When I worked in the shop we could always (well.. all but 1) tell what caused it just by looking at it. The only one we couldn't figure out the first time was a 454 that had a bad fuel pump (that we never saw) that kept dumping fuel (like a gallon or more) into the oil pan. Fuel isn't a very good lubricant.

Ask if he'll finish tearing it apart and checking it with you there. We always let the customer watch as we tore one down to see what happened. That way they couldn't say we switched parts on them.

Be nice and polite and he'll probably work with you. We fixed a few for repeat customers for cost of parts if they were nice. All but 2 of them weren't our fault either (like the one that painted the INSIDE OF HIS ENTIRE ENGINE.. yes, rods, crank etc). The guys that came in yelling and screaming generally got nothing but a "Call this guy and have a nice day".

Okie11m
Member
posted September 17, 2004 10:03 PM
Always liked a good paint job on my crank!!!!LOL


thebomb
Member
posted September 18, 2004 12:10 AM
k, worked it out so that we pay for the parts, his cost, and supply a new block and we will receive free labor, i think thats kinda fair, what do you think???


goinrcn44h
Member
posted September 18, 2004 08:42 PM
I woulda been happy with a kiss and some vaseline mine was so blatant and brutal... but some day....

this is a small world and it does come around.

44H

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