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    I have a really good customer who is a professional machinist. I have been after him to work on my Contour engine but he always thought it would be too difficult to set up his machines for our type of engines.

    He finally agreed and just got done with my cylinder heads. He bought the tools to take them apart and found some things with the air flow he changed. They have a brand new machine that makes the valves and seats perfect and what a difference between the old and new. He cleaned and decked them also.

    I was so impressed that I volunteered him to machine my block for the new pistons. He has crazy attention to detail, and that only happens when you are a machinist your entire adult life.
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    His name is Steve Maas. Pricing is very reasonable because he lives in a little town in central Illinois. Phone is 309-840-4000.
    Don Higgins
    Crew Chief Pro Drag Racing Software
    http://www.crewchiefpro.com
    1999 3.0 Turbo CSVT ** 2013 American Dragster with 1100 Horsepower 7.28 @ 185 mph

  • #2
    just a suggestion....

    maybe he could prep. some heads and put them in the classifieds.

    I remember when bored out LIM's were being offered.... loads of questions.... not much else. ....G.
    ST24. LPG, 2001 ST200 motor, 65mm P&P'd TB, 80mm MAF, headers, lowered, sway bars and strut braces, 300/278mm brakes, 3.51 FD 3.0L tranny, Torsen, Fidanza.... Vortech nearly completed.

    WANTED; Custom gauge guru for ST200 overlay job... pm me..

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    • #3
      I am actually in the marked to have a set of 2001 Cougar heads "refreshed"

      I am building a 3L Bottom end with 2001 Cougar heads, to get the better oil drain passages, and keep the dual-port.

      I snagged the heads from a junkyard, so the condition is pretty much unknown at this time.
      Silver Frost 1998 Contour SVT
      3.0L Vortech Power is coming
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      • #4
        Texting Steve now, excited.
        Silver Frost 1998 Contour SVT
        3.0L Vortech Power is coming
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        • #5
          Don,

          You weren't Lyin about the pricing being reasonable to have a set of heads "freshened up"

          It is seriously worth it to package the heads up, ship them to Steve, and ship them back.

          I am so super stoked about my build now.
          Silver Frost 1998 Contour SVT
          3.0L Vortech Power is coming
          Plate : T1000

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          • #6
            He is nuts about detail. •••••es about .00015 off...

            He works at Caterpillar, their tolerances have to be perfect.
            Don Higgins
            Crew Chief Pro Drag Racing Software
            http://www.crewchiefpro.com
            1999 3.0 Turbo CSVT ** 2013 American Dragster with 1100 Horsepower 7.28 @ 185 mph

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            • #7
              Interesting... :)

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              • #8
                Looks really nice & well done. But what exactly does "freshening up" entail? And how much is it? Shipping heads to the other side of the country does seem a bit much to me.
                Julian
                98.5 csvt #6226 of 6535
                Rally Inspired 3L turbo'd monsTOUR
                Modifications??? well...lets just say this ain'tcha grandma's contour :D

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                • #9
                  Ah yes we at Caterpillar have all kinds of standards we make our suppliers meet.

                  In any case what is the pricing? I'd be curious how he compares to BPE Racing in Cali. BPE Racing did all of the work on my heads and they did a fantastic job too. However they have a ton of experience with our heads too as they have been used by a lot of the Noble guys. I had them flow test mine after the their stage II port and polish work and there was significant gains.

                  That said did you have yours flow tested to see a before and after? That would be interesting to compare as well.
                  -Mike
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                  • #10
                    Apparently the original post was unclear. I did not send the heads to be ported since the ports already flow pretty well. I sent them to be surfaced and have the valves cut back to have a better angle, much like we do with the drag race motors.

                    He cleaned the heads, replaced the oil seals, and replaced any defective guides. The magic was really making everything better than new, plus slightly changing the angles on the valves to flow better. I believe he cuts 4 angles into the valves for better sealing and to make them flow better. He removed casting flash and cleaned up the ports. Probably won't see much in performance until higher RPM but they are optimized by an anal retentive machinist.


                    Price was around $350 if memory serves correct.
                    Don Higgins
                    Crew Chief Pro Drag Racing Software
                    http://www.crewchiefpro.com
                    1999 3.0 Turbo CSVT ** 2013 American Dragster with 1100 Horsepower 7.28 @ 185 mph

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                    • #11
                      i just watched a video i think im gonna try this myself. it takes more time than anything im going to start with polishing the combustion chambers.
                      98 3l SC #2354
                      98 3l #4594

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                      • #12
                        Shipped a set of heads today.

                        Hopefully they are not too mangled for Steve to work on.
                        Silver Frost 1998 Contour SVT
                        3.0L Vortech Power is coming
                        Plate : T1000

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                        • #13
                          Silver Frost 1998 Contour SVT
                          3.0L Vortech Power is coming
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                          • #14
                            Was I right, OR was I right? That kind of detail isn't something you can get from most machine shops. Make sure you put the cams in correctly, we just put them in and slightly tightened them down. You supplied two different heads but he made sure they were perfectly flat, and the valve job was perfect. I was there watching, he does amazing work.

                            I just realized I still have the chains. Went racing, forgot all about it. Still need them?
                            Don Higgins
                            Crew Chief Pro Drag Racing Software
                            http://www.crewchiefpro.com
                            1999 3.0 Turbo CSVT ** 2013 American Dragster with 1100 Horsepower 7.28 @ 185 mph

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                            • #15
                              Probably need the chains, haha.

                              I'm attempting to build a 'new' motor so I can just swap-a-rooni over a weekend.

                              I am going to get new cam seals etc.

                              Tearing into the bottom end soon as well.
                              Silver Frost 1998 Contour SVT
                              3.0L Vortech Power is coming
                              Plate : T1000

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