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Old 09-06-2020, 03:18 PM   #1
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I have a 2276cc that is, all being well, going to see some strip action next year, however the engine was second hand when I bought it, and although it's running great (famous last words) on the street, there are a few too many unknowns that need resolving before it gets used in anger on the strip, so I'm looking to have it rebuilt during this year.
Anyone have recommendations for places they've actually had work done?
My research has thrown up a few, (Reichspeed, RNJ, GAC, Stateside) to look into, but other suggestions are what I'm after.
If it was a stock motor, I'd 'have a go', but I have too much invested already so want it done by someone who knows what they're doing!
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All of my dealings with Danny at Reichspeed have been spot on.
He's done all of my machine work/head work etc for the last 2 hipo engines I've built.

My dealings with Stateside haven't been great, I appreciate he's a busy guy that knows his stuff but he's a prickly bugger.
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All of my dealings with Danny at Reichspeed have been spot on.
He's done all of my machine work/head work etc for the last 2 hipo engines I've built.

My dealings with Stateside haven't been great, I appreciate he's a busy guy that knows his stuff but he's a prickly bugger.
Cheers Luke, Danny has done bits and bobs on this motor for me already, but nothing more than replacing valve seats and subsequently setting valve clearances. I have absolutely no reason not to go back to Danny, but just looking at options before making a decision.
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There's a Daz Chandler up in Northallerton (I think)

Never actually given him any money but we've exchanged plenty of PMs and he was always super helpful.
People speak very highly of his work so will be interesting if anyone chimes up with their experiences of him.

Out of interest, what is the spec of the engine? Looking to have changes made or just refreshed?
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It's my 2276cc, Rimco machined case, Dell 48s, 44x37.5 valves in oval port Berg heads, but don't know more than that, cam is a Web custom grind (believed 86b intake, 86c exhaust, but previous owner was unsure, so could be other way around or neither). CR is unknown, as is the 'sensible' rev limit.... As said before,it's already great on the street and this is an investment in peace of mind really to clear up the unknowns and make sure it's properly bolted together before giving it some serious right foot! I've just fitted a CSP Python over the weekend, so that's something I know for sure

No real plans for a spec change until I'm 100% with what it is already, may be some spec changes once it's in bits, but nothing springs to mind yet...
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Sounds awesome!
Like you say, be nice to know for sure it's ready for abuse
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Aircooled Performance. (Daz Chandler) is no longer. However he is now running KC Hot Rod & Race Shop in/near Stockton. I cannot recommend Daz enough, he built my 2007 road engine for my bay and it is the dogs danglies!

He is an ex drag racer and his daughter drag runs her bug, so it is in their blood.

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Dave, I've sent you a PM
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Cheers Rich, seems we were thinking along the same lines as I've already been in touch . Nice to get some 1st hand experience. Appreciate the PM.
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I would unhesitatingly second James at Stateside, but don't expect a soft bedside manner... I've known him for close to forty years and he's still the same with me - it's oddly reassuring! A small price to pay for one of the best and longest-lasting companies in the scene, building and honing (pun intended) his techniques since before most current Dubbers were born.
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