Your Engine Guy - Rebuilt vs Mass produced

Customer always say "I can buy _______ cheaper online"....well this is what you can sometimes get, problems right out of the box! We take nothing for granted. No new part is removed from the box and installed without first being checked for defects. This video shows why our methods are better than the average crate engine program. We aren't a cookie cutter, mass assembly line type operation. Every clearance and every part is thoroughly checked, and double checked, by our engine specialist prior to final assembly.


  1. Daniel Lawson

    Daniel Lawson2 dager siden

    Anything mass produced needs to be checked and redone. Unfortunately there's nothing made to exact specifications anymore

  2. David Miller

    David Miller11 dager siden

    as a transmission guy, let me just say that with manuals the gears are shit. The best are the ones from Italy, but the korean/asian ones are just shit. Burrs, sloppy clearances and shitty cones just means a return or a lot of grinding to get them to work. I no longer just "use" out of the box gears.

  3. kevin king

    kevin king16 dager siden

    Never truer words spoken. Mediocrity is the new norm.

  4. JCElzinga

    JCElzingaMåned siden

    welp, i live in Ecuador, bought a ATK 350... believe me when i tell you, importing that stuff here is NOT CHEAP. so wish me luck :D

  5. Mike G

    Mike GMåned siden

    Ken Ellison is the man, he found the issue with my brand new motor......afr 165 s sbf heads out of the box, valve guides shot, he found it and corrected it thanks Ken

  6. Jose Bazil

    Jose BazilMåned siden

    Where is your shop located i would send a block for you to build for me

  7. Dan Dixon

    Dan DixonMåned siden

    Can I give you a call about a few things tomorrow?

  8. Bryan Ball

    Bryan BallMåned siden

    You 100% correct, I rather bring my engine to a good machine shop. Some things can be bought and out of the box does work. Sometimes you have to check the checker.

  9. MrBender

    MrBender2 måneder siden

    Thank you for the great info! I would never have thought to check my long block when it comes in!

  10. shoominati23

    shoominati233 måneder siden

    Going to upload more videos? saw your ford race inline 6 engine and saw it got a great response on facebook

  11. Tom Noller

    Tom Noller3 måneder siden

    Very well said! Thank you for taking the time to make that point.

  12. Jure Bozanic

    Jure Bozanic4 måneder siden

    Thanks a millions!!

  13. TheFrameoff

    TheFrameoff4 måneder siden

    great vid ... Build on

  14. Phillip Rusakov

    Phillip Rusakov5 måneder siden

    Thank you very much for taking time out of your busy schedule to post this.

  15. Joeys48

    Joeys485 måneder siden

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Specially liked the one on setting Valve lash. I know nothing about vacuum gauges but would like to make a tester similar to yours. Would this gauge be appropriate for checking if a valve is seated ?

  16. Jay Bisky

    Jay Bisky5 måneder siden

    please make more videos

  17. Tom Maika

    Tom Maika5 måneder siden

    Do you rebuild BMW slant 6 cyl engines? I have a 1993 525 i with 210k on the clock that I would like to have rebuilt.

  18. Robert Boulware

    Robert Boulware5 måneder siden

    Another fine video. Thank you again for your time!! 😇✅

  19. Randy Oehlert

    Randy Oehlert6 måneder siden

    Every new set of heads i buy they get torn down and completely checked. I also have found some pretty ridiculous work come from different manufacturers of aluminum heads. I call them Friday 5 o clock heads. 95% are good but that one that's not. If you don't have time to do it right when will you have time to do it over? Good video, just stop bitchin . LOL

  20. Marks Music Place

    Marks Music Place6 måneder siden

    Thank you for making this video. I tell this to buddies of mine all the time and they think " oh its brand new, " I just bought it. I done lots of engine builds and sometimes I have to get another set of bearings or the crankshaft is off specs or something because the so called new parts were not right. I don't know how to get it through their thick skulls that parts are mass produced and the machines they used eventually lose tolerances. I person should never keep using the same torque wrenches because they are supposed to be calibrated after so many uses or months, Bad torque wrenches equals engine failures later on.

  21. Tom B

    Tom B6 måneder siden

    Wow , Awesome again. Quality work, super hard to find now days.

  22. cletus vanndam

    cletus vanndam7 måneder siden

    Ken where are you located sir

  23. heynow

    heynow7 måneder siden

    This video is a rare reminder why the internet is good

  24. Ryan David

    Ryan David7 måneder siden

    This is unfortunately a lost art. True engine guys like this are the real deal. Listen up.

  25. JDPower 55

    JDPower 558 måneder siden

    Thanks for the video, very much appreciated sir!

  26. jason lenihan

    jason lenihan8 måneder siden

    Great advice, great video

  27. Greg K.

    Greg K.9 måneder siden

    Easy fix, tap the top of the valves in question and re-check. 99.9% of the time, problem solved. ( 41 years of engine work )

  28. John Jackson

    John Jackson3 måneder siden

    @Frank Crowell Frank I'm sure that what he is saying that if the cylinder heads were done correctly "the valves and seats were ground with proper angle/angles, valve stems and guides, springs are good" there is No reason for valves/seats themselves not to hold. Tapping the end of the valve stem with a small ball peen hammer is part of the procedure. If not get another shop to do your valve work.

  29. Frank Crowell

    Frank Crowell3 måneder siden

    So Greg, are you saying there is no issues where he wasn't getting enough vacuum? Tap that valve and all is well. Can you explain further. Just trying to understand as much as i can about engine so I can get my A1

  30. John Jackson

    John Jackson4 måneder siden

    My first thought tap the end of the valve stem. You can hear it when it seats. That was my get to do thing (8 to 12 years old) when my Daddy did a valve grinding job on cylinder heads.

  31. Jeremy Dickman

    Jeremy Dickman9 måneder siden

    Nothing worse than spending good money, and not getting what you paid for.

  32. Jon Brockman

    Jon Brockman9 måneder siden

    Who the hell would thumbs down this video???? Your videos are great. Your information is spot on. Just used your zreo valve lash adjustment procedure on a 4 bolt 350 today. Runs great no valvetrain clatter whatsoever. Anyone would be wise to watch your videos attentively.

  33. Allan Smith

    Allan Smith9 måneder siden

    Where can I get one of those gauges? That would help me out alot

  34. Truth Seeker

    Truth Seeker10 måneder siden

    Good. Fabulous! I trust very few individuals but you've already proved yourself to me. We have two projects going (one Mopar; one Ford). We've been considering complete engines; however, I may just purchase the parts and have it custom built... checking and testing every piece that we touch. For the Ford, we might just purchase a new Siamese Eliminator block; 460 Ford (385 series)...bored to the limit and stroked as far as humanly possible, while making certain that it will hold together; we would like to realize as many ci's as possible... maybe 572 ci or more, if someone thinks it's possible, again, without risking a complete disaster engine failure. I am looking for Alan Root heads but so far no luck, so I may end up going with Trick Flow... but only "maybe." I have not given up on the search yet. I did find an entire car with a custom performance engine, and with Alan Root heads but I don't need the entire car. It's far too nice to suggest parting it out... and, I wouldn't trust the engine build anyway; I have no idea who assembled that engine. I would also like to find an Alan Root intake but that might be impossible by now... too many years have passed since the 70s and 80s time period. On the Eliminator site, the Eliminator Premier block is noted as being rated at 2,500 plus horsepower; if that's true, that might be the only block worth considering. The Mopar is another story and this post is already too long. But, that one will likely be some sort of a Hemi, again, pushed to the limit. Obviously, these are expensive projects but when I'm ready, I will contact you; I did find your site so I do have your contact info. Thank you for portraying your detail-oriented mind; in today's world, that's rare.

  35. Hank Hessig

    Hank Hessig10 måneder siden

    Great content Ken, the truth every quality machine shop knows.

  36. Dennis Huppe

    Dennis Huppe10 måneder siden

    Thank you very much . You have been very helpful Peace be with you

  37. Aaron Wilcox

    Aaron Wilcox11 måneder siden

    Wow. I'm no mechanic, but I was going to have a remanufactured motor installed in an 94' Chevy Silverado. Now I know that I need to shop around and find a shop that does quality engine work instead of cookie cutter mass sales stuff. Fully understand that quality pays off in the long run. You saved me a lot of time and money. Thanks

  38. JackintheBox

    JackintheBox11 måneder siden

    I just bought a brand new set of ARP head bolts for my 289 Mustang. I had to buy a whole set because I'd misplaced one and you cant buy singles. But there in the brand new box was a long middle bolt that had a 20 degree kink in it. I couldn't believe my eyes. It was obvious but how many are just not straight by a tine fraction? How would that affect the torque? I've no idea so I just throw them into their holes and pray.

  39. Donald Green

    Donald Green11 måneder siden

    We're living in a plug & play world. Guys like you are few and far between. The catch fraze now is "it's all good" Don't know if I should laugh or cry.

  40. Ken Switzer

    Ken Switzer11 måneder siden

    Thanks Ken. Your knowledge is invaluable to most of us. I am on the process of building my fifteenth engine with new Dart heads and have checked the decks and valves. I checked the valves by using alcohol bet have everything Needed to build the vacuum system you use. I use a vacuum gauge to tune engines. Man you da Man!

  41. J Can du

    J Can du11 måneder siden

    Show us a big cam engine idle correctly without loping ....that i gotta see and hear

  42. J Can du

    J Can du11 måneder siden

    Well blow my nose

  43. Ben Brower

    Ben BrowerÅr siden

    Possibly not lapped in correctly..

  44. Allan Brogdon

    Allan BrogdonÅr siden

    Just helped a guy with a 5.4 ford .He would not listen it was horrible pistons in backwards camshaft caps in wrong place rod caps idk.Engine would barley move with a 2ft. Cheater bar i tried to fix it While he was asleep but i was exhausted.Woke up he said one of the timing chains was off 2 teeth but it should run.I left him to destroy it .Waiting on startup!Only thing he replaced was rings almost didn't replace a bent valve.He needs to learn I was rebuilding engines before he was born .

  45. Steven Prince

    Steven PrinceÅr siden

    I hope I have a local builder as dedicated as you are to doing a proper job, getting ready to do a mild 351w build on my bronco, and this basically sold me on NOT doing it myself hahaha

  46. Lee Stewart

    Lee StewartÅr siden

    You need to make more educational video's. You have a lot of great experience and knowledge.

  47. BELO-ZERO LT-1

    BELO-ZERO LT-1År siden

    i just throw the shit together

  48. Maynard Reed

    Maynard ReedÅr siden

    Bet it will run fine if you are not looking for maximum horsepower.

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  51. Jose Duran Jr

    Jose Duran JrÅr siden

    All I want is a low mileage 1994 Cadillac 4.9 engine. Please help me

  52. Jack Assman

    Jack AssmanÅr siden

    Wish You would make more Videos ...

  53. scott Pace

    scott PaceÅr siden

    As a local engine machine shop cant agree more.. I argue all the time with people that what me to do an engine and just slap a set if edelbrock heads on . sure i slap them on AFTER i redo them . i hate to say it edelbrocks look great out of box they made in usa but there tolerances are horrible.. Insane amount of out of round seats, bad valve grinds . guides mostly to tight. I piss alot of customers off when i charge another 150 - 200 bucks to redo do heads that are brand new but i got burned to many times giving in to customers i learned my lesson cheaper to lose job than assume heads are good.. As this guy said all new parts need to be gone through. As in case of edelbrocks never had a set i did NOT have to recut seats and guides lapping does not fix bad tolerances !!

  54. Michael Laverty

    Michael LavertyÅr siden

    Hey I had to hang around for 12 minutes waiting for you to get to the head's.. Yes anyone who know's, know's better to NEVER take anything out of the Box and drop it on a motor and bolt it up .. So let's quick zoom on over and see ? So I watched you talk 95% of the video...I would rather hear you Narrate and show the viewer's something ! Because nobody like's to be spoken at bro.....


    KICK BACKÅr siden

    What about the turn key crates

  56. Willy Pp

    Willy PpÅr siden

    I feel like sending my engine to him 👍🏻

  57. scott d

    scott dÅr siden

    good video!!!!

  58. Dennis Sloan

    Dennis SloanÅr siden

    thanks ken I am always thankful when someone is willing to share from their experience to help the rest of us

  59. heavymechanic2

    heavymechanic2År siden

    I took a GM Vortec to an engine rebuilder, worst experience ever. There is noise in the valvetrain, coolant leaks inside the engine, and the timing cover leaks oil.. In my career, I did enough engine work to see that its just sloppy workmanship and the use of low quality gaskets and other components. The guy who did the install even stripped the oil pan drain plug and the rebuilder blamed it on another shop.. The engine shop denies any liability for coolant in the oil and its only been driven 2,650 miles and never abused.

  60. Dirk L-L

    Dirk L-LÅr siden

    The realist talk ive ever heard. Thank you for helping people understand the very frequent inconsistencies with aftermarket parts.

  61. TheBikemaster94

    TheBikemaster94År siden

    Some of the guys working at the warehouses are probably coming from a staffing agency with less than 6 months experience

  62. Our Savior Jesus

    Our Savior JesusÅr siden

    Sir, please educate me, I have a 1991 Chevy 350, I was told if I use new hydraulic lifter to replace my old one, it will damage my old cam. Thank you

  63. George Cummings

    George CummingsÅr siden

    Our Savior Jesus always new cam new lifters. For a long running results. Wheel bearings new bearings race.

  64. Clay Carnes

    Clay CarnesÅr siden

    I'm a retired auto mechanic. And I can't agree more. My saying for years has been "just because it new and in a box doesn't mean it's not junk. I've pissed of a lot of parts people in my time.

  65. chaison badajos

    chaison badajosÅr siden

    That's a mechanic I want working on my truck, double, triple, quadruple check before he sends it out the door !