I live in WNY and am looking for a highly skilled and reputable engine builder who is "relatively" close. I am looking to build a high compression 3.4 from my stock 3.2. It would be preferred if the facility was like Rennsport, a full service facility.
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All geographical issues aside who is a good engine builder?
I am in a similar situation where I need to do my motor. I have no problem rebuilding it myself, time is the issue. I need to decide what my time is worth. I am figuring that it could cost up to $6000+time if I do it and up to $10000 if I send it out. The big question is where do you send it? I have heard mixed reviews about some builders that advertise in Excellence.
This is the way I look at it: If you had a chance to send your motor to one of the best shops or a local guy with limited experience and the difference was about 10% (shipping) which one would you choose?
Anyone have any recommendations? East coast would be great but not required.
I would go back and re-read this thread. If I were doing a re-build, there is this guy in Portland Oregon - Steve Weiner of Rennsport Systems, who, from what I hear, does excellent work. It will cost you to ship your motor to him, however with no sales tax in the Oregon, you will basically have your shipping paid for.
I would seek out a shop that works only on P-cars. It has been my experience that the "German - European only" type shops do not have the "passion" nor the expertise to complete the job to, at least, my expectations. I learned this from having a "Porsche Factory Trained Wrench" do my tranny. Well in the end, I found out that he was a BMW freak and had only done a couple of 915 tranny's. It appeared he got a Porsche Certification only to have it hanging on the wall of his shop - he does not have a passion for Porsches, only wants the dollars to repair them. After a year, I'm still disappointed in the shifting. It does not shift as well now as it did before I had the rebuild done (except I can now down shift into first). I took it in to have the 1st - 2nd syncro, dog teeth and slider replaced and was talked into a total rebuild - my mistake.
i work at a shop on the east coast where we work on only porsches. we do every thing from oil changes to engine rebuilds. we have done a few of the 3.2/3.4 conversions over the years. If you have any question e mail me at NITRO5384@yahoo.com If you are planing on rebuilding it yourself, then you should invest in a book called "how to rebuild and modify porsche 911 engines" by Wayne R. Dempsey. it has a lot of little tricks and tips to help you on your way when rebuilding you engine. even if you dont rebuild it yourself, it is still a good read and you will have a better understanding of the work being done.
I am getting ready to either rebuild or replace. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Steve. The guy knows his stuff and has the passion for doing it right. If your spending $thousands on an engine don't cut just a couple hundred and get something that you'll regret.
Frankly - if you live on the East Coast - the money spent shipping an engine cross country will be "cheap" in comparision to trying to get a local "builder" to make good on what they "hack". If you are serious about your engine and the quality of work - send it to Steve at Rennsport.....
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I would give Rick Deman a call. He is in Nyack NY. He has a Porsche only shop, many bays, and a dyno. And a wealth of knowledge. On top of that, he's a nice guy. I like hanging out at his shop, which i rarely get to do!
It sounds like you're doing your homework to find a good motor builder- good for you. I can personally recommend a shop in Framingham, MA called Rensport. (And no I don't work there or anything ) You should talk to Rene there. I've been going there for years and I can't say enough about him. Honest, very knowledgeable, 30 years experience, and they only do 911s. Their work is top shelf.