Southern Rebore Services offers a full range of engine machining facilities to accommodate both classic and modern engines. From a simple cylinder head skim to unleaded valves seats, from boring and honing to crankshaft grinding.

  • Cylinder block boring & honing
  • Crankshafts grinding
  • Cylinder head pressure testing
  • Cylinder head skimming and refacing
  • Heads correctly machined to manufacturers specification (not just made flat).
  • Valve guides replaced or repaired
  • Lead free (unleaded) conversions
  • Valve seat angle machining
  • Spark plug threads repaired
  • Broken studs / bolts removed
  • Threads repaired
  • Gasket face machining
  • Top quality Gaskets, Pistons, Bearings, etc….. supplied.

Cylinder Heads

We offer a complete cylinder head reconditioning service. We can re-machine the gasket faces, replace valve guides, valve seats and valves. On older heads we can convert them for unleaded fuel.

Cylinder heads can be pressure tested on our ‘Delta Custom’ pressure testing machine to find any cracks or leaks. This test is highly recommended before any further work is carried out.

Valves and valve seat angles can be cut on our VV80 valve seat cutter.

Cylinder heads can be skimmed or refaced. For aluminum heads we use a polycrystalline diamond tool bit, and for cast iron a cubit boron nitrite bit is used to ensure the correct surface finish

Crankshafts & Engine Blocks

We offer a crankshaft grinding service and a boring and honing service. We can assess the condition of your crank and block and recommend what work is needed. We can also fit cylinder liners and reface or deck your engine block. We will soon be adding a facility to bore and hone ‘V’ blocks. V6, V8 and V12. For a larger over-bore we can offset bore your block.

Collection & Delivery

We will be operating a collection and delivery service in Kent and Sussex. We can come to you to collect your engine block, crankshafts and cylinder heads. When the job is done we can bring it back.


Southern Rebore Services was originally founded by Bill Baker and Terry O’Shea in the early 1960’s. They prided themselves on high quality machining for some 25 years. In the 1980’s Bill and Terry passed the company onto Peter Moorey and Colin Carpenter who continued to offer the same high quality engineering services. Fast forward another 30 years and the time has come once again for these skills to be passed onto the next generation. Colin Carpenter has been an engineer since he was 15 and will be training a new generation of engineers as Southern Rebore moves forward into a new era here at CCK Historic.