The Ross engine thread debacle got me thinking. Ive dealt with numerous machine shops over the years 1-One specialized in high horsepower racing engines of all types. 2-my buddy does all vintage engines, even Babbitt engines 3-your regular run of the mill head jobs and 4 banger everyday stuff 4-and now at work a shop that just does industrial , propane and diesel. I asked my buddy if he was interested in doing the jobs my work sends out n he said no way not my thing. We do a lot of head jobs so it easy but steady work. He had no interest. i asked the run if the mill shop we used at the last dealership I worked at if he was interested in building my 261 inline 6 and looked at me like I asked him to bake me a cake, he had no clue. when I had my Buick I asked the shop we deal with st work if he would be interested in building my nailhead, and he said “ sure, but it’s not what I do” I asked him recently about building a 302 ford roller motor, and he said he could do a stick rebuild but if your looking for performance mods to take it some place else. My question is, why? I know the older engines can have little tricks and issues but to be that specialized to me seems a bit strange? Anyone know why? And I’m not talking flat head fords or bangers or high performance olds or Pontiac , but just regular ford fe’s or Mel’s Chevy big or small blocks. Etc. Just a decent street cruiser and a lot of shops run the other way.