So gents I'm coming home on leave March 31-April 29, I will be rebuilding a 1969 F-100, I left my truck next to my dads barn about six years ago with a bad transmission and left for the Army. It has been rusting away ever since. I worked the crap out of the truck(lawns and construction) through high school/college and neglected my C6 so the inevitable happened. I replaced it with the super-duty and went on my merry way. Now that I'm away I can't stand that thing rusting away anymore. I will be ordering a TCI kit for the trans and building it myself(not the first time), but what I need to find is a reputable machine shop in the Tulsa area. I would like to freshen up that 390, but I know there aren't many machinists these days that know the old FE's. I have a high school friend that works at Lucito's Machine shop and I know I could get a deal but, are there any shops that you guys have used for FE's in recent years?
I'm using STK Machine at 1100 E. Memphis. They haven't done the work yet as I don't have all of the parts to them, but I've heard LOTS of good things about them. Just yesterday I was talking to my paint/body man and he asked where the machine work was being done. When I told him STK he gave me big thumbs-up. Turns out they did the work on his drag 460 and it is somewhere are 1500 HP.
The owner is Stanley Morton and he really seems to know his business. And his daughter, Kayla, both drives their dragster as well as runs the machines in the shop. In fact, she's the one that helped me unload the block and crank, pressed the rods off the pistons, measured the crank and block, etc.
And I got to them because other places I called said they'd have to have Stanley do the deck-plate honing and align-boring, so I figured why not go to the source?
A lot of the mod motor guys are using lucito's and I have heard good things about them but my stuff is at stk right now. Stanly has done the machine work for several of my motors and I'm very pleased with his work. Don't get kala on a bad day she will bite your head off, lol. I have him do just machine work I assemble them on my own but he might be able to do an assembly for you if you needed. He is not the cheapest in town but he knows fords as they run bbf fords in there promod race car.