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Randys VW Hobby Shop Comfort Tx-   Price: $1
Attention> All of San Antonio and Austin..
Randys VW Hobby Shop - > My WebPage at
located 50 miles NW of San Antonio near Comfort TX..

I am a factory trained VW mechanic from the early 70's, also a self-taught machinist.
Factory tools and equipment and Factory Training..
Ive been self-employed since 1977 and have only recently put my shop back together on my country property near Comfort, Tx. I can do most machine shop services, and all engine repairs on Air-Cooled Vw’s.. Bring your own parts welcome.

The only projects that I choose to work on are those where the owner wants
1st class technical and mechanical repairs.. I strive to rebuild engines to a point of perfection using specific machine shop operations and procedures and precise assembly techniques- and of course quality replacement parts (all based on the customers budget).

My favorite VW's to work on are the 69' and later Bugs (more specifically 71' thru 79'- Std Bug or Super Beetles), the 68' and later Buses, Campers and Westfalias- and all the 72' thur 79' Buses with the Type 2/4 engines..

I like building stock 1600cc Dual Port Engines up to and including the 1776cc engine..
FYI> the stock original VW engine block/case can not dependability handle anything larger than a 1776cc displacement- anything bigger results in a very short lived engine. After 40+ years of experience- this is info you can take to the bank !!

I enjoy helping people with their projects, giving advise and making recommendations. My shop is a "hobby shop" so I make a little $$ from my labor and used parts, and I pass on all new parts "at cost". Also I enjoy educating people with time permitting. You can come for a visit and I will spend an hour showing you how all the pieces come together.

So for those of you who need air-cooled VW Service give me call anytime
@ 210 209 3597. I am a very low-volume/one-man shop and I am over 62yrs old, so don't expect same day service. I also buy, sell and trade VW's.. So if you have something for sale give me a call. I am located about 50 miles NW of San Antonio near Comfort TX.
Thanks for looking, Randall Brown... 210 209 3597 cell

New Testimonial and Video (Jan 2014) by Eduardo Godinez
I took the motor out of my 1971 Super Beetle (1600cc Dual Port) , loaded it onto my truck and drove all the way to Comfort TX from Houston, having my doubts about Randy's shop of course, but when I got to Randy's shop I had a good feeling. His shop was very organized and clean. After we spoke for a bit about what I wanted to have in my engine and Randy explained what would be done and how, I left it in his hands. Weeks later after upgrading several parts such as an EMPI 38E gas Carb, New Cylinder Heads complete with valves, an Engle W-100 Camshaft and lifters and having the rest of the engine cleaned and balanced, what I picked up was a BEAST! That motor roared so loud I had a smile from ear to ear, even all the way back to Houston. He was honest about what needed to be done and communication could not have been better. I recommend Randy to any person who is interested in having their VW motor come back to life. He is the MAN!!

Here is a link to a video with the engine installed and running

Testimonial> Nov 2013> 83' Vanagon Engine Project
"When it comes to air-cooled VWs you'll have a tough time finding a guy that can match Randy Brown's knowledge and experience. He's very practical and a straight shooter to boot. He'll tell you the truth…even if it's not what you want to hear. He knows what works and doesn't waste time and money on trendy gimmicks. If you need a hand with a VW project you can't go wrong with Randy."
Jim Holloway, Kerrville, TX

Testimonial> 20 July 2013
After searching the internet and finding his ad, I contacted Randy to see about doing a complete engine rebuild on my 74 Beetle. I was surprised to see a VW-specific mechanic so close to the San Antonio area. I was very impressed with not only his knowledge of VWs but also how quickly he was able to have his work completed. He converted my auto stick bug into a standard transmission, installed new axles, and rebuilt my motor in less than a month’s time. His passion is obvious, his work is superb, and he keeps you informed throughout the process. I am so thankful to have someone as good as Randy to keep my VW running the way it should! -Clayton Klesel, San Antonio, TX

By Jeff Fant of Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb 2013)
“I recently bought a '65 Beetle and discovered a cross-threaded spark plug in number 4 cylinder. I decided to take my engine to Randy Brown in Comfort Texas for a time-sert repair since that was beyond my ability. When Mr. Brown examined my engine he discovered that both heads had been extensively welded inside and out and also found that my rocker assemblies needed replacement. It only took Randy a few days to repair my engine using genuine VW parts which he thankfully had in his shop. The quality of the job Randy did for me was excellent and the cost of the parts was, quite simply, a bargain. The labor rate Mr. Brown charges is shockingly low. I think you would be hard pressed to find somebody to even mow your yard for what Mr. Brown charges. Randy is retired so he probably does not need to work but you can tell that he offers his services because he really enjoys what he does – exactly the kind of person I want working on my car. He has a fully-equipped machine shop with a lift, a lot with a bunch of cars, shelves of parts and a many years of experience working on air-cooled VWs – plus he is a damn nice person. I would not hesitate to use Randy again and recommend him to anyone needing air-cooled work.”

Testimonial Sept 2012
I would like to thank you for the job you did rebuilding our engine, etc. on our 1972 Volkswagen Westy. You really showed a passion for working on Volkswagens and you treated our vehicle as
if it were your own. I especially appreciate the way you explained everything either through e-mail or in person when we picked up the vehicle; easy to understand and honest. You may be
a little slow, but very efficient. Slow is how most good things work.
Thanks again for the great job.
Glen & Ruth Land, Waco Tx

Testimonial by one of my customers in San Antonio- Feb 2012
Dear Randy,
Well, where do start. From day one when I brought you my engine, I knew I would be taken care of. Your professionalism and attention to detail is something to be proud of. As an aircraft mechanic, I know the importance of those two words all to well. I could not be happier with the end result of my shinny new 1641cc VW engine. I have learned so much beginning to end on this project that it is actually hard to remember every detail. However, I know all I have to do is pick up the phone if I have any questions, and you will have an easy to understand answer for me. Since I got into the small VW community, I have had nothing but headaches. As you know, there are way to many opinions out there and to little real mechanical knowledge of the engines ( and of course, a lot of "flaky" people). What you do is a dying art, and for you to teach me that art is something you never find in a lot of mechanics. After all, those are our skills which we use to make our money. Your honesty goes a long way with me. I know my new engine will bring me years of entertainment and reliability, and I will be recommending you to anyone that loves VW like we do. I really appreciate you being straight forward, your hard work, and fair prices. I look forward to working with you in the future.

Very satisfied customer,
Clark Deady
FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic

Another Testimonial- March 2012
"When I took my car to Randy the rear end was sagging and rattling, the engine wouldn't stay started and the fuel system was full of rust. Randy rebuilt the carburetor, fixed up the fuel system, tore down and rebuilt most of the rear-end suspension and replaced the gas tank in less time than it would have taken me to diagnose the problems. As a bonus, Randy periodically sent detailed photos of the entire process so I was always up-to-date on the progress and condition of the vehicle. The work was beautifully done, my car runs like new, and the price was very fair. Randy gets an A+ on communication, honesty, competency and timeliness." Luke Meier, Spring Branch, Tx

April 2012> I had towed my 71 Super out to Randy over one weekend and dropped it off for him to diagnose some problems for me. Within a day he had gotten back to me and let me know what needed to be done, what parts were needed, the approximate costs and time it would take to complete. Once we agreed on the work that needed to be done, Randy ordered the parts and got to work right away on my bug. He sent me emails and pictures of the progress which I was very thankful for. Once everything had been completed, he gave me more advice on what future projects may need to be done but made sure that what he had currently worked on was done up to his standards. When I got back to his place to pay and pick up my vehicle, he had it up on the lift so he could show me all that he had done and replaced. He explained to me in great detail all that went in to the repairs and what I can do to make sure the bug continues to run as smooth as possible. He explained that I would need a engine rebuild sometime done the line and I would not take it to anyone else except Randy again. Thanks Randy for all your help.
Matt Schweitzer, Austin, Tx

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