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Hey guys so i recently posted about some head gasket failure and its time for my baby to go under the knife. I ordered arp studs, fire ringed heads, the coolant filtration kit, steed speed manifolds and the up-pipes that fit those. So my question/concern is the time it will take to complete all of this. I have a budget of about 9,000 and am really hoping to keep it under that. My local shop is charging me 75 an hour.
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My book time off Mitchell 1 is 26.4 hours for head gaskets alone. So add machine shop fees for checking the deck and valves which around here is 150-350. That's $2,330.00 so far, the rest is up to the shop on how they charge for aftermarket add-ons.

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Thank you and whats the book ? and where can i find it?
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We have an online Repair site we use at our shop. Most places use Mitchell 1 or ALLDATA. I called Pure Diesel Power for a quote on my truck and they told me it would be 35 hours labor. That included install of my ARP studs, and Machine shop Labor, but any parts or other items I wanted/needed would be extra. Now a shop down the road from us quoted me $1,750.00 for the labor. Quite a difference between the two, but PDP is a huge name in the diesel world. Not to mention the Owner, Garrett Shields has won the points champion for truck pulls umpteen times

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so do you think that being charged over 3,500 hundred dollars in labor is fine? and thats with all the parts i listed first.
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That's almost 47 hrs. To me I think that's a little extreme, but on the other hand I haven't installed all those mods before. I would ask why its so expensive, maybe they can explain the labor in a bit more detail for you. Also, call around to a few other shops, even if they are far away and just compare labor times.

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Mind you, Cab-off, all those parts would be a breeze to install. So I would definitely see where that extra labor is coming from

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well i will be sure to inquire about that! thanks for the help again!
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