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Old 11-08-2018, 09:30 AM
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Looking for reputable marine engine builder in the Fort Worth or North Central Tx area. Time to repower and looking for twin 500 ish HP big blocks. Considered ordering the 540 mags but want to consider all options . Boat currently has basic 330hp 454s .
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Old 11-08-2018, 10:28 AM
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Derebery Performance Marine around Lake Texoma.

Might try Speedtrek Performance in Haltom City.

Boyd's Racing Engines in Norman, OK

I've not had any experience having them do any engine work for me, but have known people who have had good experiences with all three.
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Old 11-08-2018, 01:31 PM
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the start of a good foundation is needed and a really super good machine shop is needed plus a guy whom handles / port heads very well. The only one I would mess with would be Reher & Morrison in the North Texas area.

With that said --- All my stuff goes outside of Texas for all machine work and the heads and any bottom end related.. Let me know if I could help out . Marine apps is the only thing I do plus actually a pretty darn good rigger. marine set up and marine diagnostics. .I have been helping out a bit with the guys whom own the Lavey Craft 28 race boat. Currently they are in Key West - I could not make that race but hopefully the OPA next following weekend if they go.

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Old 11-08-2018, 07:43 PM
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Ok so I just did this with Kim Barr Racing engines he built me a 515, dyno at 586hp and 611 tq @ 5300, I'm using H beam rods, JE pistons, cam profile cloese to the 731 @ 114 lsa, AFR heads (anodized) 305 ported to Victor intake, However, I'm trying EFI Holley Sniper on it. had to have riser modified but so far all is good. Kim also built my 1970 Cuda 383 motor, stock bottom end with Indy heads made 458hp.

Kim Barr is only a machine shop/builder will not pull motors or install.

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