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Best Pontiac Engine Builder in Detroit?

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I'm buying some 74cc D Port Kauffman heads from Tin Indian, their cam, Butler stroker assembly and I have a usable block. Does anyone have any recommendations for a motor builder in the Detroit area? I'm thinking of Chuck's Engine Exchange in Westland.
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zI had Butler do mine they are fabulous. When they race prep and build your engine, really first class. If your don’t have any luck you might reach back to Butler and explore some prices. I have been to their shop many times, it is well stocked and that machine shop is clean as a pin and real pros.

They are great people too, they will talk straight with you. And can supply period short blocks too.
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Thanks, LG. Was hoping to find something closer to home, although I'll be using Butler parts.... I gotta think that someone in the Motor City can still build a Pontiac engine. Going to check on prices with Tin Indian. They're a three hour or less drive from me if I can't find anyone I like around the D.

I'm usually a more cogent writer.... I just read my original post. Did I really say I'm going to buy "some" heads? Two. I'm going to buy two heads.....
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Holbrook is right down the street from me. Anyone know if they do old engines or just new race stuff? Back in my younger days, Carl Holbrook was the guy to see, for Fords anyway....
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Don't know of any in the Detroit area.


KRE & DCI are in Ohio.

Kauffman Racing Equipment

https://www.dcimotorsports.com/servi...ngine-builder/

Paul Sandoval is a little farther away, just north of Indy.

https://www.sandovalperformance.com/
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May I suggest Impastato Racing Engines - Chesterfield Township
Chesterfield Township › Automotive Parts Store
Phone, (586) 749-0200 · Address. 56305 Precision Dr; Chesterfield Township 48051 ... Out of every "best" engine rebuilder out there, Vince was the best from my own personal experiences going back to 1984.
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Thanks BD. I'm checking out KRE and Tin Indian in OH. I've heard that the Tin Indian guys do a better porting job on the Kauffman heads than KRE does.
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Thanks Autie, will definitely check him out. Also checking out Ray Gonzalez in Dearborn Heights.
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Dan Jensen hands down. I guess it all depends on what your looking for as far as end result and local support.

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Afraid my contacts up that way are no help.

I am fortunate to have one of the best Pontiac builders about 50 miles from me in Greenwood, SC He has done Pontiacs for several guys on the PY forum with great results. He also has access to a dyno for his builds. Here is the most recent build on the PY forum (member came down from Maryland):

Dyno Day 461 Stroker - PY Online Forums

Here are links to Mr. Sless's business:

https://greenwoodautoparts.com/


Not helpful to our OP but for any members closer, hope this info is helpful.
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