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Old 03-05-2013, 01:19 PM
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Looking for machine shop in SETX

Need valve seats replaced.

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AES out of Nacogdoches claims "They dont sell seats for 6.0" and that I need to get another head. After it passed pressure test.
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:31 PM
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Sorry, can't help you. It's sad how few diesel shops there are around here.
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:38 PM
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Re: Looking for machine shop in SETX

Are there no race shops around you? I find it hard to believe that you can't get seats for a 6.0.

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Old 03-06-2013, 12:20 PM
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Just returned from the machine shop and the mechanic.
3.5 hrs of running the roads.

They could order seats based on the numbers but none are offered for the 6.0.
(kept repeating the same thing when I tried to get them to clarify)

Could someone please enlighten me to wtf they are talking about?

Either you can get them for the 6.0 or can't. Don't tell me you can AND can not in the same damn sentence.

Guess the next step is Houston or Baytown
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:18 PM
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Re: Looking for machine shop in SETX

I'm no machinist but it was my understanding that seats were available in somewhat "generic" sizes. You machine the head to accept the seat then do your valve job. Now, it is also my undetstanding that the 6.0 seats are just machined into the castings and are not actually a seperate part but once again, I am not a machinist.

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Old 03-07-2013, 07:10 AM
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Re: Looking for machine shop in SETX

I called the machine shop that I use and talked to them about 6.0 valve seats. So, turns out that the seat is machined into the casting and then Induction Hardened. The seats crack because the hardened part of the casting expands and contracts at a different rate than the non hardened part of the casting. He said that he had never seen a 6.0 head that did not have cracks in the exhaust seats. His standard practice is to pressure test the seat, if all is good run with it. Now, he did say that seats are available and he would do whatever the customer wanted. He said that some shops in Metro Atlanta advise to replace seats in every head, others say that seats are not replaceable and try to sell heads. Hope this helps some.

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Old 03-07-2013, 06:40 PM
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Found a good thread
How to Machine the 6.0
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