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tds3pete
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:07 pm    Post subject: GEX rebuilds for '91 Vanagon Reply with quote

I have a friend in Vermont who needs a rebuild and her mechanic has suggested GEX. Anybody have experience with their engines or any info about them? Thanks, Pete
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get a new mechanic. Search the archives for GEX. This comes up every now and again.

jamie
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Run away from anyone suggesting a GEX anything.

You might try this place www.bostonengine.com
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jmfoust wrote:
Get a new mechanic
jamie


I totally agree.

As they say "a picture is worth 1000 words".
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=177974
RIS wrote:
Tearing down a obviously GEX "rebuilt" engine:

First I found it to have a stock 311 head on the left side, with used springs and worn guides. The right side had a nearly new 040 heads, new springs, awesome guides and a still fresh valve job.

Upon pulling the left head off I found 2 odd sized cylinder head nuts, got them off and saw there was no washer underneath them - just black RTV. Once I got the head off I found the reason for the odd sized nuts:

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Amazing... Shocked

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Friends don't let friends buy GEX.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mightyart wrote:
Friends don't let friends buy GEX.


Laughing Laughing Laughing

Do I smell a bumper sticker? Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

R-U-N as fast as you can from that mechanic. The search function will give you more than a few nights reading on nightmares.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 8:13 pm    Post subject: engine rebuild Reply with quote

I have gone the GEX route...and got exactly 16,010 miles before the wrist pin ruptured the cylinder... the c clip failed after 16,010 miles...hmmmm...16 months after the rebuild. Twisted Evil
I have a Boston Bob engine now...20,000 miles in a year with help from a good man... I doubt I'll need another engine for 10+ years...but if I did I'd get one from Boston Bob! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go see Franklin&Marsh in So, Seattle
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My GEX engine failed me after approximately 5,000 miles. Worst road trip ever. I wish I had had the Samba 7 years ago.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everybody for the valued input. You've saved my friend from a trip to the dark side. Pete
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure, tell "your friend" good luck Wink
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