I moved into this apt. and lived in this area now for about 3yrs.,most folks have lived here all their lives and not many 'outsiders' move here..
I've been looking locally in about a 10-20 mile radius from where i live for a small,friendly(open to anyone in 'the general public') machine shop service person to do 'powersports machine work' for me:crankshafts,heads,cylinder bore jobs,etc. I certainly don't mind extending that radius further out to where I can still drive to the persons shop,this way I can still go pick up my parts just in case he puts me under the bottom of the pile..it's happened before.
I've found a few here locally that I had do different work for me but they eventually get strange about stuff even though they do good machine work.. I'd like to call up a person who does this work w/o being asked that same old question up front "Who sent you"
I want to bring my parts to a good machinist who answers their phone when you call them and they say "How can I help ?" and then proceed to care about starting to do business w/ a new customer and doesn't mind answering their telephone(some only answer their phones if you're one of their long-time 'buddies'
) plus gives me a fair price,does the work soon if it's just one part at a time and when their done they call me and say "it's done,come pick it up" No drama please. There are a few full time machine shops here who are automotive and tend to keep a mindset of 'automotive' machine tolerances and that just doesn't work too well w/ Powersports parts(especially cylinders/pistons)as they need tighter tolerances and need to be done 'by the book',plus they charge upwards toward $100hr..
I presently have a 4-stroke air cooled dirt bike cylinder on it's stock 65mm 1st orig. bore-size that needs to be bored to 65.5mm and I have the new piston but so far haven't found a machinist who will answer their ph. w/o asking me "Who sent you?",etc...
I would prefer to pay somewhere around $50 to have someone not far from me(if possible or just a little further out-of-the-area is ok) here in PA. bore-out this cyl. that has a good eye to fit this piston to it's correct clearance;the factory spec. for this bike is .0006-.0018in.
I've called a couple local dealerships(not many Japanese dealerships around here,mostly 'Harley Country')in the past 3 yrs. and that's how I found contact #'s on a couple folks.
I live in an apt. and I work outside of my storage locker in the country about 5 miles from my apt. where all my tools are presently and there's no electricity;I have a hone and cordless tools but you can only go so far w/ that.
I remember in the past when things were much simpler and I would bring my parts to someone w/ no worries
What ever happened to the sincere question asked by a business man to a prospective customer "How can I help you" ? Yeah,I'm looking for a machinist too