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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Fri, May-05-2017, 01:04:38 AM   #1
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Default Head Rebuild From Shop Question

Somewhat of an unnecessary post, but I'm just a bit antsy...

How long should it take a shop to remove my head, get it machined, and replace a couple of valves/anything damaged from a money shift? (yes I know the damage could vary, and I understand that)

The shop I'm getting it done at said they'd be able to get it done by the end of this week.
I brought the car in last Tuesday (I believe) and left a deposit with my father Wednesday/Thursday. They're open Monday-Friday 7AM-6PM if anyone is curious.
The background on this shop is that it's a "performance/repair shop" that probably see's a decent amount of domestics, mainly mustangs it seems, over euro/imports. You think they'd still should easily handle a head job on a pretty basic inline six, right?

Just curious what you guys think as I occasionally, including today, have rolled by the shop and seen my car just sitting outside (also in the same spot I left it in) and I'm losing my mind

I'm not trying to rush them in any way, but is there something I should do?
They haven't said anything to update either me or my dad, which isn't a huge deal as I'm being patient. More or less I'm just curious how long you guys would expect if you were in my position.

Appreciate ANY feedback and sorry if I sound like a naggy teenager, just has been 80 days in counting since I've had my car work for more than a week, due to my own pitiful mistake.


TLDR: My car is in a shop to get it's head pretty much "rebuilt" and I'm curious how long it should take. Shop is a decently known shop, not just an Indy shop.
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Default Re: Head Rebuild From Shop Question

An afternoon to pull the head. If the machine shop has the parts in stock they can clean it, pressure test, deck, valve job, guides and reassemble in a day. Install on the car another couple of hours. That's all best case scenario but obviously the machine shop won't be sitting around waiting for your head to arrive and I doubt will have parts on hand for a 90's BMW.

Last head I had redone because of bents valves was a VR6 head and they turned it around in less than 24hours with valves, guides, seals, valve job and decking.
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An afternoon to pull the head. If the machine shop has the parts in stock they can clean it, pressure test, deck, valve job, guides and reassemble in a day. Install on the car another couple of hours. That's all best case scenario but obviously the machine shop won't be sitting around waiting for your head to arrive and I doubt will have parts on hand for a 90's BMW.

Last head I had redone because of bents valves was a VR6 head and they turned it around in less than 24hours with valves, guides, seals, valve job and decking.
Hmm. From this I want to say they'll be on time, but I'll say maybe next week at the latest hopefully...

If they do quality work and aren't shady about anything I'll be impressed because I'm just feeling mixed about everything IDK why.
Seeing my car outside is bugging me pretty bad, but I understand they have work to do on other vehicles too.
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Default Re: Head Rebuild From Shop Question

Hense why 90% of us on this forum do our own work. When you do something yourself you know it's done right. I've worked in many shops over the years with many mechanics. Most of the guys I've worked with I would never let near my cars.
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But even us DIYers use machine shops and someone has to get the head to the shop and pick it up and the shop may be too busy to do it right away. If it needs a guide or valve the shop may have to order parts and wait.
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But even us DIYers use machine shops and someone has to get the head to the shop and pick it up and the shop may be too busy to do it right away. If it needs a guide or valve the shop may have to order parts and wait.
I'm not going to set any deadlines in my head, but I'm going to guess it should be done by the end of next week for this reason... Hopefully it doesn't have to sit outside for days on end anymore after this... Not a fan of that
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Default Re: Head Rebuild From Shop Question

I can say from experience getting quality work + good price + reasonable time-line is a rarity.

And trust me high price does not mean quality work on time......... .
Also name-brand tuners have issues as well..... from my experience......

All of this leads me to do as much as I can on my own.... and only farm out the things I can't do at home.... paint, machine shop items.

I used to do everything myself due to lack of $$$...... college days..... . then I started to make some decent $$ so I thought well I deserve to have this car work farmed out...... and I found out most places do a shotty job, cut corners, lose half the fasteners... etc...... so now I'm full circle..... I do as much work myself not due to lack of $$$ but due to interest in quality!!!!

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Default Re: Head Rebuild From Shop Question

My engine has been in the machine/rebuild shop for almost 2 months. I pulled the engine. Good shops have a backlog. Sometimes a very lengthy backlog.
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Default Re: Head Rebuild From Shop Question

They might have pulled the head and pushed it outside.
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I can say from experience getting quality work + good price + reasonable time-line is a rarity.

And trust me high price does not mean quality work on time......... .
Also name-brand tuners have issues as well..... from my experience......

All of this leads me to do as much as I can on my own.... and only farm out the things I can't do at home.... paint, machine shop items.

I used to do everything myself due to lack of $$$...... college days..... . then I started to make some decent $$ so I thought well I deserve to have this car work farmed out...... and I found out most places do a shotty job, cut corners, lose half the fasteners... etc...... so now I'm full circle..... I do as much work myself not due to lack of $$$ but due to interest in quality!!!!

GL.
Yeah after my car is given pack, and might I say HOPEFULLY, in one piece I plan to DIY mostly everything, or take it to the independent mechanic that I've trusted before... I'm so pressed over all of this just because the shop has somewhat mixed reviews online but I have friends who vouch for them with their domestic car.... I just dunno.
Thanks for the wishes though because I feel like I'll need them. Not too sure how my beauty/valve cover will look when I get it back... Praying they didn't leave it greasy or misplace it LMAO

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My engine has been in the machine/rebuild shop for almost 2 months. I pulled the engine. Good shops have a backlog. Sometimes a very lengthy backlog.
Agh... I was told sometime Friday that the head was in the machine shop for two days already. Judging from that they had the head off in quite a timely manner so I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt and expecting it still around the time frame I stated earlier.

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They might have pulled the head and pushed it outside.
From the phone call my dad told me about, that's exactly what they did.
My dad told them I was bitching about it being outside with the head possibly off and the receptionist told him that her husband (I guess the owner??) is pretty anal retentive about the things he does. I'll take that as another +.
I just want it back in my possession in all honesty.
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