So one 6 hour round-trip later and I’m back from dropping off the transaxle and 2 FI heads to Jim’s Custom VWs way up northeast of here.
Given their current queue, I’m probably looking at August I imagine. So being able to do a complete long block assembly will indeed be some time in the future.
Their front store is basically EMPI products and some old used parts.
The workshop space in the back was of course what I was most interested in seeing.
They’ve got a massive space, with a machine shop on one end and tons and tons of floor to ceiling shelving with original parts from all eras and types.
There was a lot of stuff I did not recognize, so I assume it is Type 2 or Type 3 stuff.
In fact, for the first time ever I got to see a fully assembled Type 3 pancake style engine with full exhaust. I am not sure if it was stock or not, but it was so foreign to me.
There were some Type 4 engines around, and the one shop employee was telling me to not even think about trying to build a Type 4 engine. (Apparently he really really hates that work.)
While it is 3 hours away, it is at least there. Sure I’d love something closer but what can ya do. Working on ACVWs here in Ohio is an almost extinct thing.
It almost makes me want to open a shop. I mean, I’d still be an amateur, but Central Ohio needs something.