**This is being started in tech week, but isn't really related to tech week** So I've been talking to a few people about machining work for my hemi build. What to get, what's actually needed, what to look out for, etc. etc.... So, that's when I realized we don't have a topic related to just machining for Hemis! A very important topic in my eyes. So let's see what kind of things we can talk about and add another chapter to the Hemi Tech archive. 1) Block Machining - What is a sure sign that the block needs attention (obvious, but should still be listed) - What can someone look for while the block is sitting on the stand/floor of the garage? - What are the standard machining practices to prep a block for rebuild? - When should a block NOT be overbored? - When should a block be magnafluxed? - Is sonic testing really necessary and when? - should a block ever be decked for the heads? - when should a line-bore be performed, if ever? - What should be done to main caps and when? - Do oil galleys need attention? - Can a cracked block be repaired? 2) Heads - what should be inspected right off the bat? - When should a head be decked/surfaced? - When is porting recommended? - Can valve guides be replaced at home? - What are the standard procedures that should be performed/requested by a machine shop doing quality work? 3) Crank - What should be inspected before taking the crank in for sevice? - What standard services should be performed? - When should the journals be attended to? - What should/can be done to oil galleys? - When should the journals be under-filleted where they meet the counter balances? 4) Camshaft - What should be inspected before taking the cam in for sevice? - What standard services should be performed? - When should the journals be attended to? - When should it be reground? - What else should be attended to and why? 5) Rods - What should be inspected before taking the rods in for sevice? - What standard services should be performed? - When should the bearing seats be attended to? - What should be done to big and little ends of the rods? - When should the rods be shot-peened, if ever? 6) Other misc. machining required? 7) What would someone expect to pay for all these services? Hopefully these questions will spark some discussion or other questions so we can get yet another topic filled out for our reference. I realize some are real obvious questions, but that shouldn't stop us from stating the obvious and getting it out there to someone who may NOT think it's so obvious.