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Folks Who Will Weld Your Cams

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Russ & Chris Sacramento CA
John Stoessel L.A. CA
C/o Ron Rosa Denver CO
FPS Douglasville GA
James Johnson Mountain Home Air Force Base ID
Lucien Blackfoot ID
Eric Lehmann Lombard IL
Rickety Engineering Canfield OH
Billy James Garage Iowa Park TX
BNH Frame American Fork UT
Brad Redmond Federal Way WA
Performance Plus Madison WI
Kevin Hinchcliffe Auckland NZ
Rik Evans, Detroit, MI

For information on welders in the NorthEast contact Larry@v8sho.com

The List below is not as current as the above!!

Johnson Ford Atmore AL
Russ & Chris Sacramento CA
John Stoessel L.A. CA
C/o Ron Rosa Denver CO
Carlos Leon Palm Bay FL
FPS Mableton GA
James Johnson Mountain Home Air Force Base ID
Lucien Blackfoot ID
Ron Ritter Joliet IL
Eric Lehmann Lombard IL
Stealth Auto Baltimore MD
Rock Creek Auto Reidsville NC
S&S Speed Shop Jamaica NY
Sunbury Motors Sunbury PA
Rickety Engineering Canfield OH
Auto Mart Dallas TX
Billy James Garage Iowa Park TX
BNH Frame American Fork UT
Brad Redmond Renton WA
Performance Plus Madison WI
Kevin Hinchcliffe Auckland NZ

Table thanks to JJ,  - Thank-you JJ,  - Buford, great idea.

Ford Performance Specialists of Georgia, Inc.
351 Six Flags Pkwy SE
Mableton, GA 30126
Voice : (770) 949-7191
Fax: (404)474-0488


Performance Plus
5380B King James Way
Madison, WI 53719
Fax: 608-277-9232
Voice: 608-277-8161
Email perfplus@execpc.com

I don't know if they have done it but I got a quote from Performance-Plus for welding the cams it was $525 plus tax.

Paul L Fisher


New Cam Welder In Colorado!


ProTech is no longer in business, I am told that their first welds were OK but in time when they changed personnel the weld quality went to hell.  If Protech welded your cams you may want to have them checked by someone else.



S&S Speed shop
10465 Atlantic Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11418
Owner Robert

Submitted by Danny from NYC, a bit pricey but better then having your whole engine done.


Billy James Garage
100 S. Wall Street
hours M-F 8-5:30

Iowa Park, TX 76367 (Iowa Park is 10 miles west of Wichita Falls, TX on highway 287, shop is just south of the police station/fire station in downtown) Cam Weld Procedure


Northern California Cam Weld - For those in California.



The cam welding of my engine was completed this morning and I now have the car. Its performance is as good as ever. I took it out and really opened it up; no clinks, bangs, or booms. Sunbury Ford had no difficulty with the project and is willing to perform the same operation again. The step by step information and photos forwarded to me were most helpful. Don Musser, service manager told me he wished he had a digital camera, because he felt that the welds were even neater and cleaner than those in the photos. The cost was $554.91. It was a day long job, just as presented on the site.

Not only am I pleased, but I must say I am relieved. The car is little used in the winter but during the warmer months, it is driven almost daily. I hope to get many more than the current 65,800 miles on the odometer out of it. I heartily recommend Sunbury Motors in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. Your contact would be Don Musser. His phone number is 1-800-358-8090.

Dave Goodhart
-- lindave@sunlink.net

new as of 1/11/03

If anyone is having problems in the Northern NC area around Rockingham County, you should go to this guy.

I had problems finding a mechanic that would touch my car, but this guy looked at it and did a great job!!

Here is his info: 

Ron Watkins
1557 NC Highway 65
Reidsville, NC 27320
(336) 342-0115

He will weld all four cams for $500.00. 
This includes checking the timing chains as well.

Rodney & Gena Hardy

02/03/06 - UPDATED

add me to "Folks who will weld your cams".
Eric Lehmann. Cell # 630- 240-2834. BY APPT ONLY !
Lombard , Illinois.

Precision Printing press Engineer who is also a Ford Gearhead. I just want to help these people and these cars.

Normal cam welding service includes oil change and new platinum sparkplugs.

Gaskets are normally ok and do not require replacement. If gaskets require replacement or further repair is required, owner will be informed immediately and decisions can be made from that point.

Teardown, engine cleaning, new plugs and oil change with filter = $450.00 with warranty in writing. PLEASE NOTE: UPDATED 02/08/2005 - As you see this was first posted in January 2003. Due to the natural evolution of supply pricing as of today, the price has to increase to $550.00 for the same service as listed above.

I also will take digital photos of my customers' engines while they are apart and provide copies to them. 

In other words, when the engine is in pieces, I will put a sign on the engine and take photos of it with the name of the owner and VIN # on the sign. In the background the welds will be visible on the sprockets. If nothing else, this may help them to sell the car someday.

Also please see the following link

Eric Lehmann - Cam Weld Experience

Thank you,
Eric Lehmann.
97 - Ebony - self welded cams 

Hi again this is Ron and Nick Ritter we are no longer Ford techs due to the fact we just started are own business in Plainfield IL, called
Heavy Metal Performance. We specialize in diesel performance, parts and service. We also still will gladly weld cams. Our cam weld includes cam weld, new motorcraft plugs, oil change, upper and lower intake cleaning, and coil rotate, we reuse gaskets where applicable. Our price is $550 and we will take digital pictures to confirm fix. Contact us at Ron@heavymetalperformance.com or call (815)254-2206 please update this  as soon as possible.

I e-mailed you recently about being a shop owner that owns a 1999 SHO. We recently did the cam weld procedure on my own car. It has worked wonderful with no problems.

I sat down and figured we could offer this service to other SHO owners in the DFW area. Total cost will be between $800-$850. We figure most jobs will take between 1-3 days based on our shop load at that time. Some jobs will take a bit longer if other services are needed.

Our shops name is Auto Mart and has been in business since 1952 here in the Dallas area.

Contact me by e-mail OR Call me @ 214-321-5255

Thanks Again,
Glen Gagas

Stealth Automotive in Baltimore

ran me $750.00

Gary Dunsford
Johnson Ford Inc.
1828 South Main St.
Atmore, Alabama

Ph# 251-368-2135
Fax# 251-368-2642

See also Bama Cam Weld

new 7/24/03

see also Palm Bay Florida Cam Weld Experience 

For Florida cam weld

New 07/24/2008 updated

BNH Frame and suspension
64 west 50 south
American Fork Utah

Website: sales@alignmentguys.com

BEST to email about setting up an appointment at sales@alignmentguys.com
James here, AKA Nook. We're also known as BNH Frame and suspension, who do cam jobs. I noticed on the contact website there's a few outdated things. The website link is incorrectly marked up on the page as an email link.

The price for the job now is only $499 plus tax,. Phone number is the same. We've seen the cam jobs taper off and have not done any for about 4 months, so hopefully those that still want them can get them. Our shop name has also changed. While we are actually a frame and suspension shop called Alignment Guys, we still have the same SHO-loving guys ( one being me! ) tag teaming these cam jobs.

Our contact email link is sales@alignmentguys.com




Please add my name to the list of SHO Owners that has had the Cams welded. I have a 1996 Black - Vin# 1FALP54NOTA239547 with 105,471 miles. Last year I made the trip to the fine folks at B-N-H-Frame & Suspension in American Fork Ut. This is just north of Provo. Left out of Denver after work on Fri. evening & was at their shop Sat Morning. They had me back on the road between 4:00 & 5:00 Sat afternoon. . I would recommend these folks to anyone in the Rocky Mountain region. It was well worth the trip & they differently know what they were doing. Thank You for all the info you have put out there for SHO owners.

Frank Hogsett
E-Mail Frank.Hogsett@awin.com


Their address is : 31 North 100 West & ph# is 801-492-4143  . They are very active in the SHO Club in Ut. Last year they were doing 2 or 3 a month & had done over a dozen then.

I found them after I had made a trip to the SHO Shop in Hunting Beach & was told did not need anything done. Again I would recommend these folks to any one that has a V8 SHO.

 Blk 96 SHO & Love It
Frank Hogsett


  Tim, I completed my 4th cam weld last weekend and would like to be added to list of contacts for cam welding. I am located in SE Idaho on the I-15 corridor. I will charge a basic fee of $500.00. Weekend scheduling required for one day completion. I can be contacted at fredle@srv.net or 208-785-7329 for specifics and arrangements. Address is 590 Clifford St., Blackfoot, Idaho, 83221.

Thanks, Lucien

Hi Larry. Ron here. O.K. I am a Ford certified tech. Probably shouldn't let that out though. My shop has no name because it is my "garage" a 30' x 40' pole barn in my back yard. People can e-mail me at loaf1103@yahoo.com  or call (630)788-6968 or (630)679-4197. Like I said $750 for the 100k with new gaskets, plugs, oil change, cleaning of IMRC and all components and the weld job. I use Ford parts only. I do have the ability to pick up the vehicle or bring portable equipment to their home. 

I'm very flexible and can do less or more, depending on what people would like. I am also willing to do modification and other repairs also. 
P.S. old sho's, transmissions, and ford 7.3l diesel work can be done, including modification or race prep. 

Thanks Ron Ritter  Joliet Il 60435


I am an ASE Master Certified Mechanic. My day job is structural maintenance on USAF Aircraft. Covering the Pacific Northwest, I hope to fill one of the coverage gaps for this procedure. I am located in central southern Idaho.

$450 local, will travel in Pacific NW.

James Johnson
PO Box 4072

Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho 83648
(208) 828-2187


See also Denver Cam Welder

Kevin Hinchcliffe
D&G Thomson Motors Ltd
Automotive Engineers

P.O. Box  12337, Penrose
10 Olive Road,
Unit   13 - 14
Lakes Industrial Court
Penrose, Auckland

Phone : 09 5790552

Fax : 09 5790139



Hi Larry,

My name is Brad Redmond and I live In Renton, Washington. I am a good buddy of Tom Spaulding, I welded his cams during this last summer. At the end of last year you referred another person (Terry Kelly) to Tom Spaulding about welding his cams. Tom relayed my phone number to Terry Kelly and I ended up welding his cams right after Christmas. I know that Tom has been very happy with his, it was making the infamous “ticking noise” before I discovered v8sho.com and did the welding . Terry Kelly seemed happy with what I did on his car but I have not spoke with recently. Anyway, I guess I am wondering how you decide as to who gets on the “Folks Who Will Weld Your Cams” list and if I could get on it someday.


Brad Redmond


Brunswick Automotive , Brunswick N.J.


I live in the Los Angeles, CA area & recently purchased a 1999 Gen 3 SHO (manufacture date: 5/99) w/ 73K miles.

Knowing that I needed a cam weld, I contacted several V8SHO owners in my area to find out where they had their cams welded. Most indicated Chris Kepus in Northern California, while others said to go to the SHO Shop (SoCal) to get them pinned. However, one owner gave me the name & number of an excellent mechanic in Woodland Hills, CA.

His name is: John Stoessel (john@ancoengineers.com or 818/225-7329). John owns two SHO’s and is extremely knowledgeable regarding the inner workings of all Ford products. On my V8, John pulled the cams completely out, inspected them, had them welded while out of the car, changed the plugs, checked & rotated the coils (we ended up installing 4 new ones in the rear), adjusted valves, changed oil, power steer flush all for a very reasonable price.

John discovered that one of my cam sprockets had moved slightly and was ready to blow!

He has performed the weld/service on many Southern California cars.

I’m returning soon to get the front lights package & a tranny cooler.

I recommend that he be added to the list of “folks who will weld your cams”. He is excellent!

My cams are now officially welded.

Bob Taylor

John Stoessel Cam Weld Experience



Rik Evans
665 Hidden Springs
Ortonville, Mi. 48462
Phone: 248-701-9541

I would like to enter my information in you cam welding section. I 
have used Ryan Dudec in the past as a contact (his was the first SHO I welded), 
now I have my own shop, and would like to post it. I have successfully welded 
nearly 60 SHO's on my own. I have never had one reutrn due to my welding. I do 
now have return customers for other jobs they would like to have done as well. 
It's a small shop north of Detroit, some of the fastest street cars come here 
for work knowing it will be done right, and kept quiet. I myself have a '96 
Impala SS with over $65,000 invetsed. Past SHO customers all can attest to it.

I quote the job in 3˝ hours (a hot car will add cool down time)for a 
fee of $500.00. If the customer wants plugs, coils (they supply, I can give 
part numbers) they are installed for free. If they would like other work 
done that can be arranged. I do have a section for the SHO owners to reply on my 
forum, found in the links section of my site. Please feel free to check out my 
sties, and claims.
Rik Evans

I checked out his customer feedback section - perhaps you should also



(Normal V8SHO disclaimers apply, read Disclaimer here) 

As of 11/07/02

I made a few phone calls today to get an idea how many cam repairs were going on. Ray's Auto Repair & Performance in Michigan has been busy since the Detroit Free Press article, their phone has been ringing off the wall. By their count they have done 21 cars, half of them since the article cam out. They charge $500 per car. Michigan is a Mecca for SHOs so they benefited the most from the article in their in-state paper.

Performance Plus in Madison, WI has done 12+ cars, they charge $525 but it can take a while to schedule an appointment with them.

Ford Performance Specialists (Doug Lewis) has done about 75 cars, sometimes no cam weld jobs per week, sometimes one every day. Since Doug is furthest from Detroit I think his business may be among the least effected by the article. Doug charges $450, a very good deal.

I was surprised ProTech Automotive, Inc. in Gaithersburg, MD has welded the cams on 30 cars and put pinned cams in one car. They charge $650 (expensive area) but ask for a SHOCLUB discount if you are a member. It is best to reach ProTech 4:00 PM-6:30 PM by phone or send email. I am told they are diligent responding to E-mails. Pulling up their records they boast they have 478 happy SHO customers.

Add the 17 service folks out with pinned cams and we have 155 cars, not counting the do-it-yourself guys. A lot fewer than the 500 cars I thought, 600 cams, NOT 600 cars.

Because folks want to know, book rate on just exposing the cams and putting it all back together is 6.5 hours. Removing the 4 cams (if for example you pin them) and replacing them is more than twice that amount, the book rate is 12.5 hours. New cams require adjusting the valves, so budget about $50 more for shims. (Could be half that, might be twice that.) You need special Ford tools to reinstall the cams so it may not make economic sense to do that at home.

Everyone reports a learning curve, once one does a dozen or so cars they can operate a lot quicker than factory flat rate yet do a very good job. I have done this job twice with Paul Nimz (using Loctite not welding) and no reflection on him but for those with average backyard mechanical skills twice factory flat rate, 12 hours is good time for most of us.

All these shops pull customers from many surrounding states because of the quality of their work and their good attitude.

So far folks in the SW and NW and Canada need to travel to get their cams welded. If anyone finds other good shops willing to do this please let me know.



Based on conversations with SHO cam welders at the Madison convention I am sure then that we have in excess of 1200 welded V8SHOs with only one failure, and those welds did not look too good. - Buford

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