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I am working on my first engine rebuild and was looking through some parts catalogs and the various parts I need to purchase when I ran across rebuilt heads. I could just purchase one and bolt it on rather than sending mine to a shop. I also read a few posts on the forums about a few things to pay attention to when rebuilding.

Am I pretty safe finding a "good" local machine shop to send the head and block to or am I better off sending it away to someone who really knows Alfa engines? Any recommendations? Are there that many subtlities that a local shop may do me wrong?

Thanks for the advice. Hopefully I can contribute to the forums after I finish my project. Right now, I am just a grateful leech...

Jeff
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There is nothing unusual or complicated about the Alfa head that any experienced machine shop could not handle. Nonetheless, over many years of Alfa ownership, it seems that more often than not I hear about how a machine shop really messed up someone's head. I have no explanation for this, except for the logical expectation that people get better (and really good) at something through repetition. Furthermore, as experience progresses, the builder begins to pay more and more attention to little details. Of course, if you are looking for performance work, the builder must know what works best for the Alfa head and how far he can take it. For these reason, I would only use a known outfit who has already done good work on other Alfa heads.

You could try to contact your local AROC chapter, as they would probably be able to point you in the right direction. Just as a reference of the different levels of work that may be performed on an Alfa head, look at the old Sperry Valve Works web site (Sperry Valve Works- Alfa Romeo Specialists). They are out of business, but the info is still an excellent guide.

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