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Technical Machine shop needed near detroit

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by olskool34, Oct 17, 2017.

  1. olskool34
    Joined: Jun 28, 2006
    Posts: 2,439


    can anybody direct me to a shop that know how to ream spindle bushings for new kingpins? I went to a shop after work and they wanted 240-250 to install the bushings and ream them to fit my new kingpins. I think that is VERY high. 2nd shop said they have never done it before. When I got home I went ahead and drove in the new bushings so they just need to be reamed now to fit my kingpins. Any help appreciated. I live in Waterford if that matters.
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  2. greybeard360
    Joined: Feb 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,514


    You need to take them to a front end shop not a machine shop. Find one that has been there for a while.

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  3. paul55
    Joined: Dec 1, 2010
    Posts: 3,352

    from michigan

    You can buy an adjustable reamer and do it yourself, taking small cuts until you get a nice fit. Wholesale tool would be one possibility. Should be less than $100 for the size span you need.
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  4. olskool34
    Joined: Jun 28, 2006
    Posts: 2,439


    I do not know of any front end shops around here. I tried a frame and wheel place and they were hesitant. Has to be a shop around here that knows what they are doing. Also I would like this done in a timely matter as the truck is sitting on Jack stands in front of my garage and I need to get my other car out. Lol.

  5. 60 Special
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 74

    60 Special
    from Omaha Ne.

    You might try a shop that rebuilds engines. They should have a wrist pin honing machine. This type of machine produces a very tight tolerance, so they should be able to give you a nice fit (actually better than reaming). Make sure you take a king pin along for them, so they can check the fit.
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  6. olskool34
    Joined: Jun 28, 2006
    Posts: 2,439


    Going tomorrow to an engine shop that sleeved my flathead a few years ago. If they can't do it I am buying the damn tool myself.
  7. Davyj
    Joined: Jul 11, 2011
    Posts: 442

    How far are you from Allen Park? there is a Techshop is a machine shop hobby place where you can go and rent the tools and equipment to do jobs. I am a life member of them and have used the one in San them and see if they have a ream set and possibly someone who can help........might lead to a cheap fix.

    and they are open 9 am to midnight most days
  8. GearheadsQCE
    Joined: Mar 23, 2011
    Posts: 2,550


    Baldwin auto machine in Pontiac
    Or Mazza auto on M-59 in Waterford.

    You want them honed not reamed, REALLY!
  9. olskool34
    Joined: Jun 28, 2006
    Posts: 2,439


    Baldwin can't do it. Just called them. Mazza sounds promising, guy said to bring them in so going there after work.
  10. 73RR
    Joined: Jan 29, 2007
    Posts: 6,400


    Any of these close to you?
    * Thomson Automotive Redford, Mi (313-538-0044)
    * Dowker engines Charlotte, Mi (517-543-0249)
    * Angelucci Performance Macomb, Mi (586-412-8442)
    * Doug Maykovich Livonia,Michigan (248-474-8377)

  11. Bearcat_V8
    Joined: Sep 21, 2011
    Posts: 373

    from Dexter, MI

    Harold's Frame. They have been around as long as I can remember. Locations,
    8 Mile Rd & Beech Daly in Redford (313) 532-8590
    Grand River in Novi. (248) 349-7550
  12. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 18,734

    from Michigan

    How about Joy clutch and gear???
    I wonder if those guys still open???
    Joy Rd. and Telegraph I believe...
  13. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,202


    :D You might try a heavy truck maintainance shop(semis and such).They just night be the place to try.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
  14. 480 Ford
    Joined: Mar 18, 2018
    Posts: 24

    480 Ford
    from Arizona

    What ever happened on this? Did you find a place or did you do it yourself?

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