Update: After nearly 32 years of operating my little business on Thornton Road, I’m relocating. I’m moving it closer to home and scaling down to a more comfortable workload, hoping for a little more balance in my life.

My commute has gone from about 25 minutes to nearly an hour, one way. That’s one entire work day per week in traffic. The Oak Hill Parkway, which is right in the middle of my commute, is once again scheduled to begin this year and I don’t want to deal with that inevitable traffic mess.

For those of you that are long-time clients, I’ll do my best to help keep your business operating smoothly as far as cylinder head work is concerned. I plan on making one or two trips to Austin a week for pick-up and delivery, use a delivery service or possibly meet customers somewhere in the middle, but I won’t be available for “dropping in” during the day. Work for others will be handled on a case by case basis and I plan to have a “contact me” page added to my website for that. My phone number will remain the same.

The move will begin on April 1 and I plan on using the entire month to get equipment moved, hooked up and operating, and to clean up this shop by the end of the month.

To sum it up, after the middle of March, and depending on my workload at that date, I’ll stop taking in work. I plan to be back in business by May 1.


3Most cylinder head websites will show you either pictures of new aluminum heads with shiny valves and/or ports or assembled heads with good paint jobs. I’m proud to show you, up close, what makes a high quality valve job. I’m not going to hide the seats with valves. Take a look at some of the pictures in the gallery and decide for yourself. I took no extra time to make these few valve seats look this way just for pictures. Every seat on every head is of this quality.

Brooks Elliott Cylinder Heads offers only one service, the accurate, precise and correct rebuilding and modifying of cylinder heads. My business opened in 1986, and since then I have been striving to offer the highest quality cylinder head rebuilding possible. I dont offer any other engine machine work. My focus is on cylinder heads only.

I’m always looking for a challenge. Rather than being comfortable with rebuilding domestic V8 cylinder heads, I chose to pursue the import market, mainly the European market, cars of higher value and some that appreciate in value. Now I perform cylinder head work for many European repair shops in and around Austin.

I’m comfortable working on any type cylinder head but I have extensive experience with Acura, Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW car and motorcycle, Honda, Jaguar(all generations), Land Rover, Subaru, Volvo, Toyota, VW. And yes, I do work on domestic V8’s also.

All cylinder heads work basically the same way. What makes a good valve job is the guide, valve & seat combo. If any of those three are not correct, the valve job wont be the best it can be. See ‘Services’ to read more about how I do it.

I invite you to come see the Contour BB in action. You can watch me machine some valve seats, how many shops would want you to watch them machine your valve seats?

Bring your own head or I’ll use one of mine.

Brooks Elliott

2311 P Thornton Rd. – Austin, TX 78704