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I'm Guilty!!! I've been snooping around here without a library card for spell. Stumbled on to the site last winter and then kinda forgot about it. Then I found a SF110 on Ebay for $1500 starting bid, but I just watched it and the auction ended without a bid. It popped back up with $1000.00 starting bid and I bid $1000.... Quit paying attention to it and lost it to a bid for 1250 or something..

BUT I'm glad I did, that is when I remembered this forum and the PTS Flowbench. Registered on the forum a few days ago and then ordered my plans yesterday......

Been sucked into catching up on the forum for the last day and a half getting nothing done!!! My Brain hurts! But in a good way ;)

Anyhoo, I use to have an engine shop. Circumstances out of my control (Partner injured and then sued the Company :evil: ) I had to jump ship and get a Job (sure it was just temporary... :roll: ), 16 yrs later kinda hooked on the good pay, winters off and good insurance, which came in handy 4 Yoots later.

The shop I bought into focused on Industrial but I quickly moved that towards the performance realm. First catering to street racers and then local circle track and drag racers. Had a very good record for a young shop. but $#!T happens. Anyway, what's done is done. Now I focus on Motorcycle Engines (they take up waaaay less room), primarily obsolete Harley.

I look forward to learning more from this vast wealth of info, as well as posting my own trials and tribulations.

Dan

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Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:18 pm
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Garand69 wrote:
I'm Guilty!!! I've been snooping around here without a library card for spell. Stumbled on to the site last winter and then kinda forgot about it. Then I found a SF110 on Ebay for $1500 starting bid, but I just watched it and the auction ended without a bid. It popped back up with $1000.00 starting bid and I bid $1000.... Quit paying attention to it and lost it to a bid for 1250 or something..

BUT I'm glad I did, that is when I remembered this forum and the PTS Flowbench. Registered on the forum a few days ago and then ordered my plans yesterday......

Been sucked into catching up on the forum for the last day and a half getting nothing done!!! My Brain hurts! But in a good way ;)

Anyhoo, I use to have an engine shop. Circumstances out of my control (Partner injured and then sued the Company :evil: ) I had to jump ship and get a Job (sure it was just temporary... :roll: ), 16 yrs later kinda hooked on the good pay, winters off and good insurance, which came in handy 4 Yoots later.

The shop I bought into focused on Industrial but I quickly moved that towards the performance realm. First catering to street racers and then local circle track and drag racers. Had a very good record for a young shop. but $#!T happens. Anyway, what's done is done. Now I focus on Motorcycle Engines (they take up waaaay less room), primarily obsolete Harley.

I look forward to learning more from this vast wealth of info, as well as posting my own trials and tribulations.

Dan


Dan,
Welcome back! Your story parallels many of our stories. I was an automotive machinist for around 20 years and loved it. I owned my own shop for awhile and then like you said things happen. I too had to move on for more money and benefits.

Be glad you did not "win" ;) that SF110 for that much money. I built just the chamber side of the PTS flow bench off the plans and plumbed two shop vacuums into it and it would flow a good set of Small Block Chevy heads to 12" h2o. I don't think the SF110 will do that and the bench I built was way cheaper. I am now in the process of building the full scale bench with 8 motors.

It will be nice to have your input on the forum :D

John


Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:42 pm
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jfholm wrote:
Dan,
Welcome back! Your story parallels many of our stories. I was an automotive machinist for around 20 years and loved it. I owned my own shop for awhile and then like you said things happen. I too had to move on for more money and benefits.

Be glad you did not "win" ;) that SF110 for that much money. I built just the chamber side of the PTS flow bench off the plans and plumbed two shop vacuums into it and it would flow a good set of Small Block Chevy heads to 12" h2o. I don't think the SF110 will do that and the bench I built was way cheaper. I am now in the process of building the full scale bench with 8 motors.

It will be nice to have your input on the forum :D

John


Thanks for the welcome John,

I am definitely glad I "lost" the SF110, it would certainly be a limitation. While I am not porting big block chevy heads, I would like to offer a flowbench service for those who do. I am fortunate to have operated both a SF120 and a SF600 in my early years and my port work has greatly benefited from it, but without a bench, I have been staying conservative with things I know work and my customers have been happy, but there are sooooo many things I want to try.

Right now I am thinking of going the route that you did. I have seen the pics and it certainly would simplify things. I am even thinking of just building a separate tower for the motors, though I need to see the prints first. I wish that I would have "woke up" back in December, I could be using my future new PTS bench on the engine I'm building now, but my current timeline will not allow that.

Dan

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Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:22 am
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Hi Just joined this Forum got my plans from Bruce can't wait to built my flow bench. Want to start flowing my own heads. I'm a tractor puller and I'm looking for the most flow I can get. International 1066 with 4 turbos so want to see what I can do testing head stock and also the turbos. Should be great learning adventure will need lots of advice I'm sure so stay tuned
Thanks Mike


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Welcome Mike

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Thank you Jim


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Welcome to the Forum Mike.

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thank you Tony


Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:32 pm
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Its a particularly slow around here right now, plenty of Forum visitors looking, but not many people posting.

Most of the activity seems to be in the flow bench building section, so once you start on your own build, there will be plenty of replies to any questions you may have.

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