I brought my boat to him to debug my then new motor. I was at the end of my rope, having spent most of the summer trying to find missing HP. I knew him from a couple of years back, when he was with the marina. I never had any work done by him, but thought he really seemed to know what he was talking about. He's a pro!
Anyway, I dropped off my boat and said I didn't want it back until it ran right. He said that he should pull the motor and put it on the dyno. Sounded good to me. I had regretted not doing it myself. He seemed impressed with my setup and constantly asked what I did for a living. He pulled the motor and didn't have a dyno at the time. We arranged for me to drive ~80mi to meet him in Mequite at a shop that had a new dyno.
He did one pull and said that I needed a new cam. ????? I said, you don't even know what cam is in it now! He didn't check the timing, BSFC #, nothing. He brought it back to his shop and over the following week, I talked to him several times checking him out. He said that we needed a cam on a 110 lobe center and that the whole thing would cost me around 4 grand. 4 GRAND! FOR A CAM?! The whole week he was itching to take it apart, said he needed to cc the heads. I told him I would be there the next Sat. and not to touch it. When I got there I pretty much repeated the whole conversation and said I was taking my toys home. I also asked how a single dyno pull could cost $800. When I checked out, the bill had been reduced to $400. I think he knew I was steaming, but I have no idea why he reduced it.
I went back to my machinist (Fuestal Racing in Fort Worth and paid $500 to spend an entire afternoon on the dyno and collected all kinds of data, along with ~95 more HP. I don't know why I ever doubted their ability. All of their work was a bargain and NO SALES PITCH. Maybe that's why my dumb a$$ didn't consider them in the first place.
The guy in Mesquite wasn't too swift either. He seemed nice but mentioned that he didn't know why everyone wanted Corrected hp numbers, and that he didn't know what they were corrected to. Here's a guy that just plopped down 50k on a nice, new dyno and he doesn't know what corrected figures mean and doesn't collect any BSFC #s.
DanL has the name right. After these two incidents, I started to have more faith in what I could do and know. I also started to respect Hans Fuestal more and more (Randy is their marine guy). No BS, and they stand behind their work. It only cost me $1400 to have all block machining and short block assembly done. How much better can it get?
It gets worse. Most of these morons know each other. There's another one in Rowlett that has a head the size of a weather ballon. Business initials, R.M. I always thought he knew his drive stuff, but did not trust his hp ideas. Turns out he's a hack at that too. After 2 trys at putting a 1.5 gearset in my bravo, he blew a gasket and told me it was all my fault. Funny he would get mad at me when I have to come in with kneepads and mouthwash to get anything done there. I'm not at all alone in the group that he has treated this way. He has a reputation. I should have noticed when he couldn't keep his own engine together...
Point is, now I do everything possible myself, or learn how. And I remember who treated me right, and get referrals from them. Randy (at fuestal's) pointed me to a drive guy that is down to earth and does great work for a reasonable price. It's nice being able to let the knee scuffs heal up now.
An ironic twist: Randy and the drive guy both worked for said texoma guy in times past. Both had long stories of why they refuse to continue to work for him....
Let me know if you want any contact information for my guys.