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Unlike a great many shops in the USA, we work almost exclustively in the metric system (whenever practical) and know the difference between 0.010" and 0.25mm - and know this difference matters! We know our engines are run hard so we build them to run that way a long time, primarily through careful attention to detail, quality workmanship, and careful selection of parts.
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We are true engine enthusiasts and are passionate about all the high-performance engines derived from the earliest VW engines, especially Porsche, Denzel, and Okrasa. One of us, Richard, is writing two books on the subject, one focused on running dimensions and specifications (intended for mechanics) and the other a volume showing nearly every component side-by-side with all its counterparts and commentary on how to pick out one part from another. (Text giving assembly advice is also in the works but it hasn't been decided yet into which volume it will go.)
Our philosophy is that engines should be ready to be "run hard and put away wet."
Richard has been building high-performance VW based engines since the late 1970s, and began building Porsche, Denzel, and Okrasa engines in the mid 1980s. He began building them for others starting in 1989. His engines are well known, even famous in some communities, and he has served clients from all over the world - places like Germany, Australia, New Zeiland, Dubai, Finland, the Philipines, South Africa, Japan, and many more. We are now offering long-blocks and completed ("turn-key" engines outright on an occasional basis, and both service and rebuild all the engines in our venue, including the 4-Cam Carerra as well as older 911s.
AT RIGHT: Here, Richard's 1959 Okrasa 1500cc powered Karmann Ghia tows home a Porsche 356 Convertible D - a journey of more than 1000 miles.
While we have experience rebuilding a wide variety of air-cooled engines, ranging from the immediate post-war 1947 Volkswagen engine right through the Porsche 911 era, our business focus is on Porsche, Okrasa and Denzel engines. VW is specifically not included because we simply don't wish to compete in that market. Our priorities on rebuilding any engine are, in order: reliability, performance, and authenticity. If you wanted the true ultimate in performance of the modern era, you probably wouldn't be reading this. We presume that you, like us, are interested in the vintage machine. You want the engine to be as it was "back in the day," though a few unseen improvements for performance or reliability are often welcome. You want it to look great and run even better, and never have to worry about it. Our philosophy is that they should be ready to be "run hard and put away wet." So, we do all our work presuming that the throttle will be either at idle or wide open most all the time. ...If you want an engine for a garage queen, we can provide for you but don't be surprised when we are just as focused on performance and reliability as good looks. While customers are the backbone of our business and we always want a happy customer, we won't be happy - and may refuse - to cut corners regarding reliability.
To use an old, well known saying to emphasize and summarize our attitude, as the old saying goes: Reliability, Performance, and Economy - pick any two! Our focus is on the first two: Reliability and Performance. If you want a cheap engine, go somewhere else - you'll do us all a favor since a cheap engine can neither also be reliable and have great performance. But if you want a vintage engine that's authentic, runs great and is reliable at reasonable cost, you've come to the right place.
Most often, we are asked to rebuild engines, but sometimes there are other things that need doing, such as fixing a problem. Here's a list of our basic services, irrespective of whether it's for a rebuild or other service:
If our customer were to hand us an engine core and ask us to rebuild it, these are the steps we will perform without asking - this is our standard work. If there's anything from this list you do not want done, you'd have to explicitly discuss it with us!
Here are things which we offer which are non-standard in the sense that our customers must ask for them, but most customers do ask us for these services! Here's our list: