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Old 08-05-2017, 03:15 PM   #1
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Can anybody here recommend a machine shop in the area, preferably someone with experience working on VW aircooled motors?

Looks like I need to tear into my "race ready" Formula FST and at the very minimum get the spark plug threads helicoiled and the head checked for straightness.

I haven't dug much deeper into the motor yet as I'm doing a bit of research before I pull the head, let's hope this doesn't turn into a full on rebuild.
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Old 08-05-2017, 07:59 PM   #2
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Talk to Clyton Scudder @ Scudders Performance.
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Timo,

Bill Hetzel always told me "race ready" meant "tear it apart and checking everything" at a minimum. At least that way you have a starting point, rather than running an engine you think has 100 mile when someone forgot a zero!

I don't know how much the heads are worked over for Super Vee racing, but would getting another head be an easier option?

I have no personal experience, but you could try Reno Buggie Barn on Gentry Way, they've been around since the 70's and have good reviews.

If you ever need help let me know!

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Hi Timos,

Over the years I have had good luck with AIMS Machine Shop on Glendale Ave in Sparks. Also, on Freeport in Sparks there is a general machine shop by the name of Wolf Machine as they did excellent work.
Or if this is a race motor perhaps call a shop that rebuild them? I have found these shops are very willing to provide guidance and share their experiences.
Yep, I can hear Bill saying the same thing!
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Hi Timos,

Over the years I have had good luck with AIMS Machine Shop on Glendale Ave in Sparks. Also, on Freeport in Sparks there is a general machine shop by the name of Wolf Machine as they did excellent work.
Or if this is a race motor perhaps call a shop that rebuild them? I have found these shops are very willing to provide guidance and share their experiences.
Yep, I can hear Bill saying the same thing!
Good luck
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+1 for AIMS. They've done good work for me in the past on my WRX race motor.
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Timo,

Bill Hetzel always told me "race ready" meant "tear it apart and checking everything" at a minimum. At least that way you have a starting point, rather than running an engine you think has 100 mile when someone forgot a zero!
There's a lot of wisdom in that. I'm hoping that I skip the full teardown part, but given that I keep finding things I don't like, well...

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I don't know how much the heads are worked over for Super Vee racing, but would getting another head be an easier option?
Head modifications are pretty restricted (basically just port matching on the intake and exhaust), so that might be an option. I guess it depends on what else I find when I pull them off. The heads themselves aren't that expensive, but they have to be stock heads and all those heads seem to suffer from spark plug thread issues.

Theoretically it's just an aircooled VW engine (with far less allowable trickery compared to FV engines) so it should be relatively easy to refresh. Let's hope the theory holds in practise

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I have no personal experience, but you could try Reno Buggie Barn on Gentry Way, they've been around since the 70's and have good reviews.
They've probably seen a few heads with stripped threads then .

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Thanks, appreciate that Julian!
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Hi Timos,

Over the years I have had good luck with AIMS Machine Shop on Glendale Ave in Sparks. Also, on Freeport in Sparks there is a general machine shop by the name of Wolf Machine as they did excellent work.
Thanks for the recommendations.

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Or if this is a race motor perhaps call a shop that rebuild them? I have found these shops are very willing to provide guidance and share their experiences.
Yep, I can hear Bill saying the same thing!
Good luck
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It is a "race" motor, but I don't know which shop built it. It's mostly race in quotation marks because the allowed modifications on Formula FST are much more restricted than on FV, so it's pretty close to stock.

The loss of spark plug threads seems to be a very common issue with these heads, especially for people who can't be bothered to grab the torque wrench when fitting the plugs .
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Talk to Clyton Scudder @ Scudders Performance.
Thanks, appreciate the recommendation.
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