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Old February 7th, 2011, 10:50   #3556
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Old February 10th, 2011, 10:33   #3557
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I've got a fun project ahead of me. I towed a 2002 Jetta TDI with a toast belt last night(the one listed on the classifieds). I think I got a pretty decent deal on it too. Now to collect some timing belt tools. I got the tripple square bits ordered to pull the head and send it out. Does anyone locally do these heads or is my only good option Frank06?

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Old February 10th, 2011, 10:58   #3558
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I've got a fun project ahead of me. I towed a 2002 Jetta TDI with a toast belt last night(the one listed on the classifieds). I think I got a pretty decent deal on it too. Now to collect some timing belt tools. I got the tripple square bits ordered to pull the head and send it out. Does anyone locally do these heads or is my only good option Frank06?
I have been to Frank's shop down by Joplin, MO, and was greatly impressed by the quality of the equipment he uses and the care that he takes with each and every cylinder head. If there is even the slightest possibility that valves have kissed pistons, or only the slightest sign of a flawed cam lobe, then he replaces them with only the highest quality replacement parts.

I am not saying other people cannot perform work to the same high standard -- only that not everyone else does. Frank has carved out a niche for himself, by doing one thing extremely well. His rates are very reasonable, and I do not recall ever hearing of one of his rebuilt heads being returned to him because a problem with the parts or workmanship.

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Old February 10th, 2011, 12:04   #3559
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I have been to Frank's shop down by Joplin, MO, and was greatly impressed by the quality of the equipment he uses and the care that he takes with each and every cylinder head. If there is even the slightest possibility that valves have kissed pistons, or only the slightest sign of a flawed cam lobe, then he replaces them with only the highest quality replacement parts.

I am not saying other people cannot perform work to the same high standard -- only that not everyone else does. Frank has carved out a niche for himself, by doing one thing extremely well. His rates are very reasonable, and I do not recall ever hearing of one of his rebuilt heads being returned to him because a problem with the parts or workmanship.

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I am well aware of all this(spelling aside), I bought my T4 nozzles(balanced) from him. A friend is getting me the name of a local shop that he has a friend who works for and is confident in, I'll see if Nick or anyone else has heard of the shop and knows anything about them before going that direction. Right now I'm leaning toward Frank.

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Old February 10th, 2011, 14:28   #3560
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I am well aware of all this(spelling aside), I bought my T4 nozzles(balanced) from him. A friend is getting me the name of a local shop that he has a friend who works for and is confident in, I'll see if Nick or anyone else has heard of the shop and knows anything about them before going that direction. Right now I'm leaning toward Frank.

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I don't know of anyone locally, and I can definitely tell you where NOT to go. I had a very bad experience with Import Engine Parts, they are west of downtown Minneapolis. They rebuilt a head for me 3 years ago, it lasted about 40 miles before the cam snapped into 2 pieces because of their shoddy work. They are also very overpriced. Even though they have admitted fault, I have yet to get one red cent out of them. I would never recommend them to anybody.

I ended up going with Frank, couldn't be happier with his work and the service that he provides after the sale.

BTW, do you mind if I ask what you ended up paying for the car? I was looking at it, but was only interested if I could get it for $500 considering its apparent lack of maintenance and automatic trans.
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Old February 12th, 2011, 15:27   #3561
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Jon, I forbid you to send the head to Frank. He is already too busy and I have been waiting too long for my injectors . Unless of course you can get my injectors done at the same time, then it is cool!

Also, what is the operating psi of the oil? I am looking to get a oil pressure gauge for my car and they are offered in two ranges, either 0-80 or 0-150psi. I figured the 0-80 would be good but I wanted to ask first.
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Old February 12th, 2011, 15:45   #3562
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I wonder if we send him a set of injectors, if he'd get it done quicker? I can live without injectors in that car until the head is done... Is he back from vacation yet? If so, call him and ask.

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Old February 12th, 2011, 16:03   #3563
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I wonder if we send him a set of injectors, if he'd get it done quicker? I can live without injectors in that car until the head is done... Is he back from vacation yet? If so, call him and ask.

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After we got done talking last week I actually had this same thought. I will give him a call on Monday and see what he says about that idea. I think that he might be back already. I think he was gone last week.
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Old February 12th, 2011, 17:22   #3564
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let me know if you find that he's back, I need to call as well if he doesn't reply to my e-mail anytime soon.

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Old February 14th, 2011, 04:51   #3565
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let me know if you find that he's back, I need to call as well if he doesn't reply to my e-mail anytime soon.

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Try HeadWerkz in bloomington. When I worked on cars we sent alot of our import heads there. They do great work and speicial in german cars.

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Old February 14th, 2011, 06:34   #3566
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Maybe we can get a group rate on injectors, I have a set in my glovebox that need to be balanced....

Maybe I need to drive down on Monday...
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Old February 14th, 2011, 06:43   #3567
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I wouldn't mind having mine gone though and made a touch bigger.
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Old February 14th, 2011, 07:00   #3568
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I wouldnt mine also having mine gone thru and made bigger. With 250,000 miles on them i'm sure there less then perfect. Down time is going to be big thing for me.

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Old February 14th, 2011, 07:21   #3569
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Try HeadWerkz in bloomington. When I worked on cars we sent alot of our import heads there. They do great work and speicial in german cars.

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v8 coupe works there. I have no feedback for the shop though as I send all my head work to Frank.

Sam - I'd be up for a road trip but I doubt being there is going to help him get things done faster.
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Old February 15th, 2011, 19:40   #3570
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Its bad when this happens right?






Does anyone have an injector slide hammer I could borrow briefly?
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