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Old 10-25-2018, 11:36 PM   #1
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Default Anyone with experiences working with Gocat speed shop?

Curious if anyone has some recent experiences with Go Cat speed shop for an engine rebuild or having Eric build you a flathead. How long did you wait for you engine? How was the quality of workmanship?
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Old 10-26-2018, 03:27 AM   #2
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I didn't have Eric build my engine but I did consult with him about my cam selection and had him rebuild my dual 94 carbs. This has been several years ago (6-7). He was pretty much running a one man shop back then but we spent a lot of time on the phone and e-mailing getting my EAB together.

I ordered some polished carb horns from him and he ended up outsourcing them because he was swamped and didn't have time to polish up his custom made ones.

Eric, despite his workload was very pleasant and helpful as I ran into some bumps in the road. He took time to answer my questions and the quality of his work on the carbs was great. He advised a Howard M-6 cam for my set-up that proved to be the perfect choice for my needs.

Give him a call and ask him what his production time line is now.
I love his website, especially the embedded videos of those sweet flatheads running. Chap
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Old 10-26-2018, 12:02 PM   #3
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Not to redirect clients from Go Cat, but if you want someone local, Gary (GOFAST here on FB) is on Long Island and a Flathead master. He did all the machine work on my 8BA, supplied a very thorough "kit" of parts based on my desires and his knowledge and answers every dumb question I shoot his way. I wanted to assemble the motor myself.

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Old 10-26-2018, 04:59 PM   #4
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Not to redirect clients from Go Cat, but if you want someone local, Gary (GOFAST here on FB) is on Long Island and a Flathead master. He did all the machine work on my 8BA, supplied a very thorough "kit" of parts based on my desires and his knowledge and answers every dumb question I shoot his way. I wanted to assemble the motor myself.

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Gary is the man and building me a nice blower motor as we speak!
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Old 10-27-2018, 09:40 AM   #5
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I want to see some pics of that when finished.

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Old 10-28-2018, 05:37 AM   #6
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I want to see some pics of that when finished.
Will do!!
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Old 10-26-2018, 12:18 PM   #7
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You would be better using someone closer to you.

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Old 10-30-2018, 08:12 AM   #8
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Whatever you do don't go there. My experience with Go Cat Speed Shop was absolutely horrible. Waited 4 years to have my flathead completed and got about 50 miles on the engine before it blew up. ( back 2 connecting rod bolts were loose, never torqued down properly) Go Cat wouldn't stand behind the engine build so I went somewhere else to get the engine rebuilt. I would follow the advice of others on here and go get your flathead built closer to home. There are flathead engine builders out there a lot better than Go Cat Speed Shop and the wait time is considerably less. I have been emailed by a couple of guys that have been waiting for 2 years to have an engine built.They heard about my experience with Go Cat and now wish they would have went with another engine builder. Go Cat is extremely slow and you will be waiting a very long time to have your flathead built. That guy on Long Island sounds interesting. Might be worth looking into.
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Old 10-30-2018, 08:15 AM   #9
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Where are Go Cat located?
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:31 AM   #10
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Where are Go Cat located?
He is in Denver Colorado
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Old 11-17-2018, 02:38 PM   #11
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Fordbuilder; apparently you are not set up to accept PM's on here. I couldn't get my PM response sent to you. I can tell you all about Go Cat. Sorry to hear you have been waiting for your engine to be completed for the last 18 months. You can change your settings on here to accept PM's or contact me on the HAMB.
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Old 11-17-2018, 06:10 PM   #12
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Really good FH builder here in Nebraska. Schmidt Machine in Fairbury Nebraska. He's done several for me with good results. Reasonable turnaround time and does the initial break in run.
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Old 11-18-2018, 08:26 AM   #13
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If anybody needs an engine building in the Columbus Ohio area - just PM me.
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Old 04-26-2019, 06:22 AM   #14
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I waited a little over three years until I finally got fed up and asked for my money back. Well, after the yelling stopped I got part of my money back and never heard from him again. I am hiring an lawyer to file a law suit. Good luck to anyone dealing with Eric Brown.
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Old 04-26-2019, 02:23 PM   #15
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I waited a little over three years until I finally got fed up and asked for my money back. Well, after the yelling stopped I got part of my money back and never heard from him again. I am hiring an lawyer to file a law suit. Good luck to anyone dealing with Eric Brown.



Theres more than a flashy web site needed when looking for a good builder. Look for someone who actually uses the engines there building as a calling card. Hard way to learn.
Eric just called me offering a bunch of parts to build a stroker engine could that be some of what he was building for you?
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Old 04-26-2019, 02:48 PM   #16
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Theres more than a flashy web site needed when looking for a good builder. Look for someone who actually uses the engines there building as a calling card. Hard way to learn.
Eric just called me offering a bunch of parts to build a stroker engine could that be some of what he was building for you?
I've talked to a lot of guys before deciding on who to go to when building my motor.

Some guys looking for builders are more concerned about price. Some guys want the ultimate performance regardless of the price. Others are trying to bridge the gap between both worlds.

I will tell you this for I'm in the thick of an engine project right now. Buildings these motors isn't cheap.

You can buy all the most expensive parts, but get shoddy machine work or find someone who truly doesn't know what combos work and why. In the end, you wind up with a motor that drained your bank account and fails to live up to your expectations.

Do your homework, talk to as many people as you can, and speak to your builder first. You'll know right away if you are in the right place.

Thankfully, this nut I know in CT agree to take my junk and turn it into a gem.
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Old 08-02-2019, 01:43 PM   #17
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If anyone has more info on gocat I'd sure love to hear. I am thinking about sending him a Flatty to build.
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Old 08-02-2019, 01:49 PM   #18
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If anyone has more info on gocat I'd sure love to hear. I am thinking about sending him a Flatty to build.
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Don't send it to him unless you're ok waiting 2-3 years for him to do anything. He won't communicate with you, he won't be honest with you and he'll get pissed at you when you ask him for updates. And he'll want you to pay for the job up front while telling you it'll be a month or so.
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Old 09-04-2019, 10:56 PM   #19
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Did you miss the prior comments on this guy in this thread? Based on what I read before even getting to your question I wouldn’t have even given a thought to using go cat
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Old 08-02-2019, 04:31 PM   #20
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That's what I am afraid of. I don't want to pay up front.
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