All,
after being on my first outing my 1963 has a broken engine bearing and I have decided at this point to do a full engine remanufacture. 

Do you have any experience or recommendations for Remanufacturers?
So far I have been in contact with Jasper's.

I am in Charlotte, NC.

Thanks
Daniela

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Daniela 

I feel so bad you had a  major engine problem with your 63 Cadillac so soon after just getting it in your life 

Being you are in NC I am sure you will get the best possible advice for services in your area as our sites web master is  located in NC and knows some of the services available in that state 

Give the boys a chance to come by and give the advice they can 

Enjoy 


How was it  established you need your engine rebuilt due to having a  bad bearing ?

Enjoy 

Hi Tony,
No the reman is my decision. Discussed it with my dad and since the engine has to be taken apart anyways and it is still the original we came to the decision it’s just the best time to do the complete overhaul. More to prevent something else going bad in the future.

i would not under any circumstance use a Jasper engine, unless you have assurance that YOUR engine and only your engine will come back to you.   Jasper is basically a sweatshop, I use them for fleet vehicles and they have very poor quality control on what should or should not be discarded during a rebuild.  They are extremely cheap and in-stock on SB chevies and fords, so i do use them, but most of the engines will make noise and i've seen a longevity average of about 4 years on fleet vehicles before we replace them again.  (we do it because lost time is lost money.)

To give a specific example, last year, a one year old 4.3L Chevy engine we had done bent all of its valves and stripped out the timing chain cam gear (steel cast) because a piston hit.  This should never happen on a properly built 4.3, even with 200K miles, because the 4.3L is a noninterference engine.  There is no way that the pistons should contact the valves, even with the cam stopped and all the valves open.  I have 20 years of experience on a fleet of 40 of these and i've never seen it happen on any SB chevy ever.  That means that the Jasper builders gave us an engine which had been decked beyond the point where it should have been discarded, because they just want the volume and prefer to take their chances with comebacks rather than doing the job properly.  </rant>

You will be best served to find a rebuilder locally who will own the whole process, top to bottom, this is a very expensive motor, and you don't want to leave anything to chance.

Thank you, Mark!
That’s exactly why I posted here to get input from all those a lot more experienced than me.

I had a customer come from Tennessee and pick up a rear end from me this week and we got to talking and he said he had had his engine rebuilt by Jasper a few years and a few thousand miles ago. My ears popped up since I had just read some negative stuff here about them and asked my customer how it went and he said "The car is running fine, not leaking or any issues." I told him well I guess you cannot ask for more than that.

This is one sample out of probably hundreds of engines they have rebuilt. It does not confirm they are good or bad overall ... but just thought I would share. I think they have picked up engines from me in the past when I might have 4 to 6 laying around, but that has been some time back. I had no issue with then and remember they paid a fair price for the engines.  Just thought I would pass this along. If I considered them as a source for a rebuilt engines I would want to get many references, and some recent references with our 390's and 429's.

Daniela, If no one has a suggestion or reference you might try contacting EGGE Auto Parts. They are a known source for quality engine rebuild parts and think they would be a prominent supplier for quality rebuilders. You might ask them for recommendations. Parts would likely be sourced from them so that would be a win-win for both of you.

Here is there contact info:
EGGE Machine Company - www.egge.com
Pistons, Eng. Rebuild Parts
11707 Slauson Ave, Sante Fe Springs CA 90670
800-866-EGGE, www.egge.com

Also since you are in Charlotte area, home to NASCAR and engine rebuilders, maybe Travis from the Carolina Region can provide some reference.  I have no one I would recommend in the Raleigh, NC area, not to mention it is 2.5 hrs away from you.

Thank you!

Daniela, my son had an engine rebuilt by Beal Racing Engines in Thomasville, NC. Even though they specialize in racing engines, they do work on most anything. My son had a Pontiac 455 engine rebuilt, and some enhancements to it for more hp, but nothing radical. They can probably rebuild/repair any engine. Their website is https://www.bealracingengines.com/  It might be worth a call to them to see what they can do for your engine.

Thank you, Les! I will definitely contact them!

Daniela

 I was thinking speed shop myself if they would take on the rebuild when you first posted

There attention to detail would be ( should be ) a cut above what other shops could even offer there customers

If you find them reasonably competitive or even a little more expensive regarding price this could be a good choice regarding the quality of the final engine build which is the goal Please keep us posted on the the shop you do choose to use so others can benefit from your experience We need a good list here of the best engine building shops around the country for our year Cadillac
Enjoy

Tony,
I will let keep you all up to date.
I was at Almar today. They are a nice medium size garage doing full car restorations - this was a recommendation of a different classic car garage that didn’t have space/man power left to work on my car.
I will go and look at Henn Automotive. (another full service garage recommended to me)
And then I am going to contact the speed shop Les recommended.
Lots to do and a lot to learn.

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