Engine rebuild pointers please

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Engine rebuild pointers please

Postby barefootvw » Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:26 am

I'm nearly at the stage of being able to crack on with my Beetle Wizard Van (Jak's Squareback is finally ready for paint this week, and then I can get my garage back!).

I'm wanting to build a fairly stock 1600 TP engine and have most bits. I thought I'd better start off by sending the case halves for machining, etc.

I got the prices from Stateside:

Align bore 50.00
Machine rear thrust saddle if required 25.00
Lathe cut rear main bearing for correct fit 10.00
Oversize steel backed main bgs @ 44.00
Polish crank journals all 40.00 grind all journals 99.00
Fully overhaul con rod set incl end to end balance 98.00
Chemical clean & hot wash crankcase 40.00
All prices plus vat

Before I send it off just wanted to check what others thought... what is imperative? and what can I do without? I'm not after spending a fortune and all this lot together isn't far off a recon engine once you have added a few extras like head work and valves, camshaft bits.

Obviously a lot depends on the condition, tolerances etc of the current engine but as it's the first one I've done from scratch I want to make sure it's right.

All thoughts or suggestions gratefully received!

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Postby caveman » Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:11 pm

I re did the engine in the bug a while back , I had stateside do the machinework and not the cleaning service, - it came back full of swarf!! I know I didn't pay for cleaning but I was always told to clean after you go. and I thought the cleaning service was to make the case shine ( not something im bothered about)

I had the small ends pressed in locally and tbh I paid £90 for that to be done so I think with the balancing at that price id get them to do it

i would use them again but i would add the cleaning service so you don't get back a case you have to spend hours ensuring all the swarf that they cut , out! lol :roll:
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Postby Beetlebank » Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:35 am

hi there,

Some of this work you can get done locally at Wilbore Engineering over at Nutaberry Yard in East-the-Water. I've used them for about 13 years now and John is meticulous and very reasonably priced. Well worth getting to know.

Cheers, Carl.
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Postby regcheeseman » Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:48 am

Damn I didn't know they were still going, I heard John was thinking about packing it in, then I saw the workshop sold, demolished and developed into houses and assumed that was that.

So... seconded, Willbore, very decent chap to deal with.
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Postby barefootvw » Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:11 am

Thanks for the recommendation fellas.

I'd rather support someone local, so I'll drop in with my box of bits and have a chat with John.

I'm starting to look at ways of getting my bugvan project moving and now Jak's Squareback is out of the garage I should have some room to assemble. The motivation is returning!
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