Ive ALWAYS tried to help ALL you gentlemen on your projects, and Ive given many dozens of you my phone number and worked on many of the corvettes owned by this and other sites members
(USUALLY FOR FREE) simply because I enjoy teaching and working on cars. so if you've got questions on the 1996 and earlier cars IM usually able to help out, IVE tuned dozens of local guys corvettes and built several of their engines, and cured an almost endless list of minor glitches like electrical, tuning and just issues with broken parts. so if I can help post some questions, I sure don,t know all the answers but I have a good deal of experience and a huge data base I can refer too, plus a great deal of engine building and tuning and trouble shooting experience to refer too,
If I don,t know the answer IM always willing to learn or do research!
lets make this site an easily used and valuable resource
my dad was a mechanical engineer, he did 90% of our family car repairs, most of my friends were gear-heads from 7th grade on, and not having a reasonably fast car was about as un-thinkable as walking around nude in the group of guys I grew up with, cruising thru the local u-pick-it salvage yards for overlooked drive train components and rebuild-able cars in my early teen years, on weekends was almost required and expected in my group of buddies.
If you didn,t have an old v8 camaro,chevelle,gto,road runner, corvette,or cuda ,or big block ford in some stage of being built , modified or repaired in your back yard or garage you were looked at as, rather odd.
I don,t own a machine shop, I only own a few major machine tools,like a mill and welders, I just have most of the precision measuring and checking tools, and a good deal of experience checking and assembling parts correctly.
I have been assembling several engines a year for the local guys that I know, but Ive never made much if any money doing it as I generally have those guys pay for the time and effort required to get thier engines correctly assembled with tools or parts,or shop supplies.
so the way I generally operate with the local guys is I have them get all their parts ordered ,after making a check list or if used parts are used,I have them cleaned and inspected, then re-machined to required specs at a trusted local machine shop.
I then measure and re-inspect the parts ,after the machine shop does the work, if required I do minor port clean -up and fitting ,polishing ,checking and assembly, this frequently involves having the parts owner making several return trips to a local machine shop, or ordering new parts.
this process can take a few weeks opr even months depending on whats being built and cash flow available, and in most case cash flows a big problem.
I generally have the parts owner involved in every step of the procedure making hands-on checks and decisions, as the engines assembled, and parts fitted and re-checked so your very unlikely to find your going to be able to do that if your not local, on the plus side theres zero reason you can,t do the same thing locally if you just have a few measuring tools and follow thru some instructional thread like....the hundreds posted on this site!