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Hi there. I have a 64 coupe with some engine/performance issues. Anyone know of a reputable mechanic who would work on a 327 small block in the Palm Springs/Riverside area?

thanks in advance, Henry
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Why don't you describe your engine issues here? Could turn out to be very simple fix based on CF input. Dennis
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Kennard's Automotive
673 E. Sunny Dunes Rd.
760 320 6080
Allan is at the front desk, ask to speak with Jim. He spent years with GM, super nice guy and he is very good with the vintage and performance stuff. And please mention my name.
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Thanks Greg, I appreciate the information and will check it out.

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Thanks Dennis, a local mechanic and I have been chasing this problem for months. Thought I found the culprit when we removed the static shield from on top of the distributor and discovered that the coil wire had been sliced, sending sparks throughout the engine compartment. Ran considerably better after the fix, but stil has a banging noise of some sort coming from the right side of the motor. Definitely a difference in the sound emanating from the right tailpipe as well. Compression check on all cylinders was consistent and in the 160 range and all plugs have been replaced. Guess that checking the heads would be my next move. The noise only manifests itself when the engine is warm.

I know it’s not much to go on, but the search for the issue continues.

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Heat riser valve on right exhaust?
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Heat riser valve on right exhaust?
Also, check the exhaust system, especially as it passes through the cross member. Check your starter bolts and support brace. Does the sound follow a timed cycle? Does it sound more solid then a light sound? Dennis
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I’m assuming that the heat riser would be part of the stock manifold. I have headers and a custom exhaust all the way to the tailpipes. Regarding the loose bolt check, I’ll definitely do that, but why would that manifest itself only when the engine is warm? And the sound is more of a deep knock.

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I guess the exhaust might not be suspect. Tracing sounds can seam like a never ending chase. If you have a long screw driver, try using it like a stethoscope on the fuel pump mount ON the block and listen. Try it on any other place you think might be worthwhile. Dennis
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Im off hwy 79 if you need a 2nd set of ears, had a number of 327s. Ill pm you my phone

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Hey Greg,

I called Kennards in PS and spoke with Allen (Jim was busy). Based on your recommendation and what I could research online, I think I’ll pay them a visit when I’m down the hill next week and see about scheduling an appointment. Once again, I appreciate you pointing me in their direction.

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Glad to help Henry. I've dealt with them for years. Jim is one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet. Very honest and gets the job done. I own several vintage cars and this is one of the few shops that are very comfortable working on them.
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Greg you know of an actual machine shop somewhere between Hemet and PS?
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Sure do.

Call Jim over at Hi Tech Machining
658 Williams Rd. Palm Springs
760 323 4646

Does it all. Excellent with the high performance stuff and another real nice guy.
He is currently pressing the bearings for my '65 and rebuilding the engine from my '38 coupe.
Please mention my name, Greg from the Roadhouse.
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Just a thought, do you think it could be your fuel pump? Take a long screw driver and place the metal end on your fuel pump and put your ear next to the plastic handle.
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I believe you have a worn piston wrist pin.
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Both good thoughts. So the noise I hear once the car is warmed up sounds a lot like the water pump bearings are going out. I took off the fan belt however and the noise continued.

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