About Auto Machine, Inc.
Jim and John DeBates established Auto Machine, Inc. in August of 1974. This was an easy decision for the brothers to start an automotive business—their family had been in this business since 1902 in St. Charles, IL. Starting out as drag racers in the early 70s, the DeBates brothers decided that the only way to get good machine work done was to do it themselves.
Auto Machine first focused its attention around cylinder head work because it was easily available. Starting with only a valve grinder, seat and guide machine, hot tank and surface grinder, the business quickly expanded into a full machine shop with crankshaft grinding, crankshaft welding, line boring, and rod reconditioning.
Today, you can get your engine completely rebuilt from A to Z, and some engines that Auto Machine specializes in are: antique Jaguar, Studebaker, Packard, and Cadillac.
The goal of Auto Machine is to provide the highest-quality custom machine work available anywhere.