I am new to this group, and my friends on the VTCI forum said ya'll would be a great help.
Here's my situation.
I bought a '62 TBird about a year ago, that sat in a warehouse for 10 years, had NOT been run but would turn over and was a complete car.
So I started going through it - over a year later and countless hours and a couple thousand dollars in parts, my Tbird was running and stopping.
However, it had a bad exhaust manifold leak, that I thought I could fix myself - yep, 2 of 4 upper bolts snapped off. Only recourse was to pull engine, and if pulling engine, may as well get the old 390 rebuilt.
So, I found what I thought was an ethical, reliable local shop, that quoted me a fair turnkey price.
That was three and a half months ago.
The owner told me last week that the engine had been back from machining a month ago, but they had not started reassembly. He could NOT give me a completion date. So I gave him one - January 30.
Am I being unreasonable? - should I give him 'as much time as it takes'?
I don't want a 'rush job', but I did not realize that the shop was like a taxidermist - they put your deer head (engine) in the freezer for 6 months (or longer), then take it out when they have time to do the work.
When I pushed him, the owner did offer for me to just come get it (but I don't want to bring it home, with disassembled engine in trunk).
Appreciate any advice!
Try this forum. No one uses this one anymore. We all moved.
Some shops are like that. You could assemble it yourself and just pay the guy for machine work. Or find another shop to finish. I had a similar situation waiting 2 months for machine work. When I talked to the owner he was unaware. Finished everything in 2 days and I took it home and started building.