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Randys VW Engine Shop Comfort Texas   Price: $ Call
Quick Notes about the “VW Air Cooled Engine”
By Randy Brown

The engine is fairly easy to remove from the car or bus, and not too difficult to disassemble. But without training that’s where it stops for the do-it-yourselfer.
Rebuilding the engine so that it will have some dependability and longevity is tricky indeed.
You must choose the right parts for your application. You must choose the right machine work for the different components. You must be absolutely certain of your assembly methods of the internal components to get the compression ratio just right. You must be certain that you haven’t created a situation that will make the engine overheat. You must have the right carburetion and distributor combination. One of the most neglected procedures is the “balancing of the engine”. The machine shop that I use balances racing engines. A 100,000 mile engine is what I strive for- but getting to that point is based on your budget.
In short it is usually best to have someone that knows what they are doing to do it right the first time- unless you have the time and money to experiment on a “self-taught” learning curve.
While working for VW, I always went to the training schools when they were available, and at that time in the early 70’s we were taught by VW instructors from Germany. Additionally, I taught myself how to use a vertical milling machine and align-boring equipment so that I could machine all my engine components myself which I still do for myself and other area engine builders. I strive to always rebuild an engine to a point of perfection, so consequently I do not do patch jobs or any kind of sub-standard work.

Qualifications: I turned my first wrenches on a VW in 1969 while in the USAF stationed in England. As a two-striper enlisted in the AF they didn’t pay us much- so I bought an old 60’s Bug. Later I bought a new 1971 Super Beetle- drove it in England for a year and then shipped it home. Got back home and in 1973 I started working for Volkswagen as a line mechanic at a dealership in San Antonio, TX- and in 1977 I opened my own import car repair shop. I do consider myself to be one of the last original VW Factory Trained mechanics left in the business.

The information above is something that I wrote a few months ago and is absolutely perfect info for you and your problem. My labor for removing and reinstalling the engine, and then complete teardown, a detailed estimate, all of "my in-house” machine work, and then rebuilding of a complete running engine is $2000.. after that- its all about the parts needed.. I don’t make money from the parts. So if you desire- you can provide your own.. An upfront amount will be needed to start a project and then while the project is ongoing- you might be asked to provide funds as necessary for the parts purchases and sublet labors needed. But in the end> I only guarantee the labor --- period!!!
All the parts will be from aftermarket suppliers- parts made more or less to factory specs with various degrees of dependability- and since I didn’t make the parts or make money from the purchase of those parts then I refuse to be responsible for those parts in any way shape or form.. I hope that is very clear.. So if you can deal with my guide lines then I will be happy to help you with your engine overhaul.. otherwise I may not be the mechanic you are looking for.. You see what I have is a “hobby shop”- not a production facility. My knowledge and my labor is what I am promoting, and the satisfaction of helping and educating people about their VW’s. People are more than welcome to visit me at my shop and I will spend and hour or so educating and instructing you about any VW subject you care to discuss.
Feel free to call me at any time @ cell 210 209 3597> Regards, Randy Brown
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