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Hot Rods Flatheads galore at my buddies shop

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by the shadow, Nov 10, 2022.

  1. the shadow
    Joined: Mar 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,105

    the shadow

    thought Id post a few pics of my buddies works, he owns an automotive machine shop in south eastern Pa, I used to work for him years ago. he specializes in performance and racing but does any job that comes in the door too. for years he's been doing inline 4 bangers for a couple vintage road racers and then they asked him to do a flathead for a hot rod and it snow balled from there. his reputation has grown to the point he's doing at least 1 flatty a month or more some stock some mild and some wild. Its neat to see he's keeping them going.
  2. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 9,332


    Very cool. Flatheads sound great.
  3. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 12,348

    from Zoar, Ohio

    How cool. Time for some name dropping. I’m sure someone here is looking for a good rebuilder.
  4. v8flat44
    Joined: Nov 13, 2017
    Posts: 1,211


    I want to live in his shop .......:rolleyes:
  5. the shadow
    Joined: Mar 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,105

    the shadow

    I didn't want to break any forum rules by posting my buddies shop but it seems like shops that rebuild vintage iron are few and far so I'll put his name and web link so people can get in touch with him. he's the last of the old school engine builders in south eastern Pa with over 50 years hands on experience and he has the vintage tooling to do vintage engines. He's done multiple engine for me including all my race engines (dragsters) street rods and everyday cars. great guy and he will do what the customer wants and advise why or why not to do different things. he also is very detailed and takes pictures every step of the way which is great for restoration guys. He does work for people in Pennsylvania, NJ, Delaware, Maryland and has even done work for people farther away and shipped the engines to them.
    His name is Joe Vigorita and the shop is ECAM (east coast auto machine) he's in Glenside Pa 19038 and his number is 215-885-3510, let him know you got his name from "Dragster Paul" and he will hook you up.
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  6. Flathead Freddie
    Joined: May 9, 2021
    Posts: 806

    Flathead Freddie

    What a fine way to start the morning with a family of Flatheads rearing to go ! I appreciate your efforts the pictures are done well by you and yes here on the west coast we are loosing qualified experienced flathead machinists and some of the new guard thinks they own your flathead and your wallet steering you into what they want to build for you . My machinist is retiring/moving and another retired last year so am sure this is happening throughout our culture . Most ' Flathead Shops ' are a rip and just for say - " To open the door costs you $12k " well Flatties can be built nice for cheaper by honest guys as yours and mines machinists and am glad you share the information with us it's an important part of keeping the art of car building and restoring and maintaining feesable and worthwhile .
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  7. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 11,624

    Atwater Mike

    "The Shadow knows..."
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  8. AmishMike
    Joined: Mar 27, 2014
    Posts: 1,069


    Where the hell does he get all the good cores when everything freezes solid in winter?? Tried to work on a couple old f100 & block always bad
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  9. ronzmtrwrx
    Joined: Sep 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,180


    Nice. That looks like some quality stuff.
  10. Beanscoot
    Joined: May 14, 2008
    Posts: 3,192


    Amish Mike beat me to it, where the heck does he get all those good cores?
  11. 2OLD2FAST
    Joined: Feb 3, 2010
    Posts: 5,377

    from illinois

    Just a guess , customers bring him their parts to be machined & assembled .
  12. the shadow
    Joined: Mar 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,105

    the shadow

    Yes you are right. I do (did) know of a place near me that has buildings (5) all over grown with vines full of vintage car parts I was only in a couple but there was one building they called the machine shop ,which I could not get into because the door was jammed on the inside by a falling cabinet. my buddy said it has v8-60 blocks,flathead blocks, inline blocks, heads,pistons,rods, cranks,camshafts,NOS bearings,intakes etc! In one out building there was 14 model A inline ford engines with trans's piled up like cord wood. my buddy was helping to clean up the place for the old woman who owned in now (her husband died) he was landscaping and was scrapping Ibeam axles and banjo's by the pick up truck load till I told him to stop. there was a building I was in with nothing but winsdshild frames,splash aprons (running boards),glass and trim everywhere. Its been 5 years since I was there so I dont know if the stuff is all there still but Im just saying its out there if you can find it.
  13. Toms Dogs
    Joined: Dec 16, 2005
    Posts: 481

    Toms Dogs
    from NJ

  14. Beanscoot
    Joined: May 14, 2008
    Posts: 3,192


    I'd try to salvage as much of the old stuff in the dilapidated buildings as possible, as soon as possible. I'm speculating that eventually it will get ruined by leaking roofs etc., and or get sent to scrap by the "caretaker".

    Sadly, that's usually impossible to do for various reasons.
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  15. gimpyshotrods
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