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Old August 12th, 2017, 16:24   #7711
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I'll have to go check it out tomorrow morning, thanks for the heads up, I usually only go to jellison's

could use a DE143 camplate, spare pump's a bonus
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Old August 13th, 2017, 09:28   #7712
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Only saw the one auto, GPs had been pulled, I got the pump and injectors (for 26 dollars!), drained the IP into the injector holes for anyone wanting the engine.
Still had the head, manifolds and turbo, but 12mm triple square is at work Might talk myself into grabbing the head.

Thanks for the heads up, GG!

ETA: grabbed the head, it had ARPs and I hadn't brought a 9/16" 12pt
luckily I found someone that had one and they weren't all that tight, oddly enough. I'd say like 100ft/lbs max

turbo (minimal shaft play) and shortblock are still there

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Old August 14th, 2017, 23:06   #7713
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nice!!! Good score.
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Old August 31st, 2017, 14:46   #7714
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Anyone have a recommendation for a local machine shop to take my spare block and head to? Looking to have a tq plate/bore/hone done and a head cleanup on my spare ALH.
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Old September 1st, 2017, 00:11   #7715
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torque plate likely isn't going to be a local thing, not that it's remotely necessary IMO
you'll probably have to get it sent in from a rental place
The only plates that every shop will have are ones where the head bolt bosses are cast into the cylinder walls, like an SBC 400CI. On these motors the bosses are cast into the water jacket, so cylinder distortion from bolting the head on is less than you get from hanging the motor by the engine mounts rather than by a rod through the mains.

Sadly the guy I send work to went to the length of changing the name of his shop to avoid modern car work, as he's already continually swamped with guys doing restorations on ancient stuff. Had a lincoln flathead v12 in last time I was there, very cool stuff.
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Old September 1st, 2017, 09:55   #7716
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merkerguitars@gmail.com for torque plate
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Old September 2nd, 2017, 07:04   #7717
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Very clean Golf TDI just offered for sale in Duluth. https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/h...290102200.html
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Old September 2nd, 2017, 17:02   #7718
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Not only is there a $12.00 per gallon rebate on Mobil Delvac 1 ESP 5w40, but Mills Fleet Farm has a sale on those gallon jugs. Now only $22.99 until September 9th. So $10.99/gallon after rebate.

You will never find a better oil for a better price. I still had 3+ gallons from the last rebate, which just ended 3 or 4 months ago, but I still had to buy four more.
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Old September 5th, 2017, 09:38   #7719
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If I can source a torque plate, I may as well use it. I am probably going to end up asking around the heavy diesel places to see what they recommend for a machine shop unless someone here has used someone local. I am more afraid of the head work than the block work but I think I can explain to them that they cant take .040 off like a small block.
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Old September 5th, 2017, 14:10   #7720
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Peeps, there are several Mk4 tdis at the Johns auto you pull yard. One is a very complete auto with an 11mm pump.
Another John's Auto (LKQ) update: there a decently complete BEW beetle in the yard (DSG) as well as a couple of picked over-ish ALH cars (the one 486 pulled parts off of already). More importantly I overheard the front counter people mention that LKQ would be closing this facility in December and would no longer be bringing any more fresh cars into the yard. The positive here is the front counter people definitely have a F*CKIT attitude and are letting parts go for super cheap. I walked out of there last weekend with a bed full of vw parts (manual swap parts, hood, door, hatch, door regulator, SAIP...a bunch of little bits) and only had to lay down $100. Anyway, if anyone is in the market for small odds and ends, I would recommend swinging up there.

(I have no affiliation with John's whatsoever )
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Old September 11th, 2017, 12:15   #7721
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Anyone have a recommendation for a local machine shop to take my spare block and head to? Looking to have a tq plate/bore/hone done and a head cleanup on my spare ALH.
Any decent engine shop should be able to handle the block, I'd be cautious with the head though. Might be worth shipping it off to Franko6.

I made the mistake of trying an import engine place down in Minneapolis (looks like they are closed now) to rebuild an ALH head. It lasted about 40 miles before the camshaft snapped into 2 pieces. He claimed I torqued down the head wrong and didn't stand behind his work. Well my head from Frank is still going strong over 100k later.
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Old September 11th, 2017, 14:28   #7722
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Hi everybody. I have a 2005 golf with the BEW that has pooped right in the bed. Still runs enough to get it from point a to b, but it's not long for this world. I would like to just get a known good replacement long block rather than rebuild what's in there.

Does anyone here have or know of someone with a good BEW for sale?

The car has a manual transmission and 200k miles. The previous owner most likely didn't change oil frequently enough.
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Old September 11th, 2017, 17:07   #7723
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Well my head from Frank is still going strong over 100k later.
400k+ miles on my Frank Irving rebuilt cylinder head.
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Old September 12th, 2017, 09:53   #7724
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I know the whole forum praises his work, but I have a friend who had a bad interaction (bad head) and to be honest, I would much rather give a local shop some business. We have a machine shop at work and I can take care of measuring and installing everything, and the only thing the engine shop will be taking care of will be the milling and valve guide install.

Additionally, I was given a recommendation on a shop - Metro Engine in New Brighton and will be using them most likely.

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Old September 12th, 2017, 20:02   #7725
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I know the whole forum praises his work, but I have a friend who had a bad interaction (bad head) and to be honest, I would much rather give a local shop some business. We have a machine shop at work and I can take care of measuring and installing everything, and the only thing the engine shop will be taking care of will be the milling and valve guide install.

Additionally, I was given a recommendation on a shop - Metro Engine in New Brighton and will be using them most likely.
yeah, they're who I use, now they're 'dark horse', changed the name to avoid the overflow of work they've been getting

dave does great work if he's the one doing it, had some small troubles when another guy there did the work, but I haven't seen that guy there any more and he's got a new helper.

ETA: oh, and he'll talk with you for quite a while while you're dropping the parts off, real friendly guy.
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