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Project Corrado: Newer Instrument Cluster

1993+ cluster in a 1990 Corrado VR6 swap

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Project Corrado: ABS delete

After removing the rear-mounted motorcycle battery, and installing the correct-sized battery up front with all proper-gauge wiring, the car started right up! ABS system is not working on this car, as it is the archaic system with the nitrogen-filled ball. We have removed this system completely, including all the wiring and modules, and are preparing to install a non-ABS set up from a B4 TDI Passat. 

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Project Corrado: Starting Out

Starting out on our Corrado Project. This car was purchased non-running from an owner who swapped out the car's original G60 for a full VR6 setup from a 1993 Passat.  We will cover the basic modifications and common issues on these rare cars as we slowly bring this car back to life

 

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Minty 1.8t Mk4 wagon in to replace its bent front subframe

Our Eurovan getting new timing chains and a full re-seal!

Beautiful Red GTI - needs engine.. NO PROBLEM!

NMS Passat TDI with an exploded pressure plate. Metal everywhere!

Auric #2: 2.0 automatic to 1.8T 5-speed swap!

Our love for the TDI, that which started it all!

Lovely BEW TDI wagon!
Lovely BEW TDI wagon!

Beautiful wagon in for some serious love!  

Porsche in the shop

We specialize in Porsche and Audi! This one's got some valve adjustment love and a bath. 

Another B4 Variant - TDI SWAP - BEGINS!

Ripping the VR6 out of the recipient car! The engine compartment will be cleaned up and a nice low-mileage TDI drivetrain installed. Watch this space for more pictures!

GLI finally starting to look like a car again!

R32 in the house! Awesome car, nice new Bilstein Sports installed

And another 840Ci visiting shop.

We got a new toy.. Theft recovery, missing complete interior

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MINT 300CE.. needs just a tune up. Like a time capsule with some modern wheels

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Lamborghini Diablo Wheels. No Sh1t.

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We get some awesome cars at the shop.

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Arriving at the shop for a checkup.

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Car won't start. not even a click.. what could it be??

An old and rusty ground-point on the chassis caused a voltage regulator inside the Transmission Computer to explode! 

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Happy New Owner taking away his new baby.. Bye Bye Pearl #2

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pretty sure this isn't how it should look like up there...

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New arrival at LLC. Needs a name and color suggestions.

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Pearl #2: Swap complete! Clean-up time

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Pearl #2 - starting to put it all together

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It was a BMW day in the shop today.

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Interesting read about choosing a good mechanic shop

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Pearl #2 Swap: Engine is ready!

A very nice and refreshed BEW engine!

New:

  • Clutch with single mass flywheel conversion
  • Rear Main Crankshaft seal
  • Timing Belt kit with all rollers and water pump
  • Camshaft kit
  • Serpentine Belt Tensioner
  • Oil Pan with Steel bottom

 

Cleaned:

  • All Intake manifold Parts
  • All EGR Components
  • Starter Motor (and re-lubed)
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Full House, Full of Toys! Love this job!

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Pearl #2 TDI swap under way!

Another 2002 Wagon with a 2004 BEW TDI swap, on the way! TDI engine already removed!

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Warning: Non-TDI Content (again)... New GTI is coming. DROOL

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Awesome Mk3 GTI VR6 in the shop. Absolutely love how these cars sound and drive.

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Sat for 7 years.. some new fluids and a fuel pump - fired right up!

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This is just one of the reasons we love what we do.

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My injection pump is bigger than yours.

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Father and Son.. both old. which one do you like better?

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'Sanguinello' - a mean wagon we took as a trade.

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'Bella' is back for some new tires, still our favorite looking wagon

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This is not what a healthy clutch looks like

Cars with All Wheel Drive and Manual Transmissions put more stress on their clutch parts. Since AWD systems prevent any wheels from slipping, all the stress goes on the clutch. 

Finishing touches for our swap 'Pearl'

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"Pearl" is getting ready for surgery

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Our latest swap, Operation "Pearl", is under way!

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It's hard to believe, but this engine actually ran prior to disassembly.

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Another Future TDI, We shall call her 'Pearl'. 2002 GLS Wagon!

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Our 97 GLX wagon IZZY went to a good cause

'Izzy' did not get the TDI swap as anticipated, but it will serve its new owner well even with its VR6 engine. The family lost all their cars during Sandy, and this wagon will be the work horse as they rebuild their home and lives. 

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We knew 1st-Gen Mini's had non-BMW engines. Here's Proof!

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Mini Coopers? Yep, we love and maintain them too.

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Have an e30? It won't start? No problem, get it to us and we'll have it running in no time

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Did we mention that we love wagons?

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No, it's not going to be a diesel. maybe next time

A good friend of ours had her car totalled. She needed a replacement pronto! Here is what we brought her down from auction: MINT 1999 A4 Avant Quattro with only 82500 miles! Beautiful. 

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Awaiting Tow Truck. and cleaning up in the meantime!

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One of the nicest cars we've had a privilege working on this year.

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New Arrival: 'IZZY'

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Auric is assembled! Runs great, awaiting final touches and a good thorough cleaning

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Auric TDI Conversion: Status update.

TDI engine is in! Wiring almost completed. R32 Control arm bushings installed. And look at those VR6 brakes!

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Auric's new engine getting cleaned up and prepared for installation!

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Auric TDI Swap, Status update, September 11, 2012

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Auric's heart and intestines are out. awaiting transplants.

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New Arrival, a VR6-manual wagon, a future TDI, named AURIC!

Auric has arrived, awaiting heart transplant
Auric has arrived, awaiting heart transplant
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Carbon Build Up Intake Manifold / EGR Cleaning Service

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A3 Electric Pilot Program

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Timing belt destruction

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Brake Lines - Check yours!

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More FR-S goodness!

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A mini get-together at our shop.

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No soap/rinse wash FTW - our friend stopping by with his new FR-S

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The right oil goes a long way for your engine

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Finishing touches.

TDI badge and Fuel lid stickers are on
TDI badge and Fuel lid stickers are on
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Jake hard at work polishing Gandalf. not as dirty as it sounds, but almost.

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TDI Swap Gandalf is completed, who wants a 5-speed manual diesel wagon?

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Car visiting LLC

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Nice chunky wheels.. Just couldn't leave them dirty

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Beautiful A6 V8. Brake Job, before and after

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Silver#3 "Gandalf" has its face back on, reborn as a Diesel, drives awesome!

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Silver Wagon #3 awaiting new fuel tank and exhaust system

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In the midst of another TDI swap. Future TDI Silver Wagon #3 awaiting its new Engine; Jake removing intake manifold for a thorough clean

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In the midst of another TDI swap. Gas tank and exhaust: OUT

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New Arrival: 'GRETA', a 2004 TDI wagon with no compression. Nice Indigo Blue, GLS with sunroof and ESP!

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Looks like our donor car has had its head examined (and replaced) only a few years ago.. And looks like the timing belt kit was done at the same time...

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Project Corrado: Newer Instrument Cluster

1993+ cluster in a 1990 Corrado VR6 swap

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Project Corrado: ABS delete

After removing the rear-mounted motorcycle battery, and installing the correct-sized battery up front with all proper-gauge wiring, the car started right up! ABS system is not working on this car, as it is the archaic system with the nitrogen-filled ball. We have removed this system completely, including all the wiring and modules, and are preparing to install a non-ABS set up from a B4 TDI Passat. 

0 Comments

Project Corrado: Starting Out

Starting out on our Corrado Project. This car was purchased non-running from an owner who swapped out the car's original G60 for a full VR6 setup from a 1993 Passat.  We will cover the basic modifications and common issues on these rare cars as we slowly bring this car back to life

 

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Minty 1.8t Mk4 wagon in to replace its bent front subframe

Our Eurovan getting new timing chains and a full re-seal!

Beautiful Red GTI - needs engine.. NO PROBLEM!

NMS Passat TDI with an exploded pressure plate. Metal everywhere!

Auric #2: 2.0 automatic to 1.8T 5-speed swap!

Our love for the TDI, that which started it all!

Lovely BEW TDI wagon!
Lovely BEW TDI wagon!

Beautiful wagon in for some serious love!  

Porsche in the shop

We specialize in Porsche and Audi! This one's got some valve adjustment love and a bath. 

Another B4 Variant - TDI SWAP - BEGINS!

Ripping the VR6 out of the recipient car! The engine compartment will be cleaned up and a nice low-mileage TDI drivetrain installed. Watch this space for more pictures!

GLI finally starting to look like a car again!

R32 in the house! Awesome car, nice new Bilstein Sports installed

And another 840Ci visiting shop.

We got a new toy.. Theft recovery, missing complete interior

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MINT 300CE.. needs just a tune up. Like a time capsule with some modern wheels

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Lamborghini Diablo Wheels. No Sh1t.

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We get some awesome cars at the shop.

0 Comments

Arriving at the shop for a checkup.

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Car won't start. not even a click.. what could it be??

An old and rusty ground-point on the chassis caused a voltage regulator inside the Transmission Computer to explode! 

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Happy New Owner taking away his new baby.. Bye Bye Pearl #2

0 Comments

pretty sure this isn't how it should look like up there...

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New arrival at LLC. Needs a name and color suggestions.

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Pearl #2: Swap complete! Clean-up time

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Pearl #2 - starting to put it all together

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It was a BMW day in the shop today.

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Interesting read about choosing a good mechanic shop

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Pearl #2 Swap: Engine is ready!

A very nice and refreshed BEW engine!

New:

  • Clutch with single mass flywheel conversion
  • Rear Main Crankshaft seal
  • Timing Belt kit with all rollers and water pump
  • Camshaft kit
  • Serpentine Belt Tensioner
  • Oil Pan with Steel bottom

 

Cleaned:

  • All Intake manifold Parts
  • All EGR Components
  • Starter Motor (and re-lubed)
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Full House, Full of Toys! Love this job!

0 Comments

Pearl #2 TDI swap under way!

Another 2002 Wagon with a 2004 BEW TDI swap, on the way! TDI engine already removed!

Read More 0 Comments

Warning: Non-TDI Content (again)... New GTI is coming. DROOL

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Awesome Mk3 GTI VR6 in the shop. Absolutely love how these cars sound and drive.

0 Comments

Sat for 7 years.. some new fluids and a fuel pump - fired right up!

0 Comments

This is just one of the reasons we love what we do.

0 Comments

My injection pump is bigger than yours.

0 Comments

Father and Son.. both old. which one do you like better?

0 Comments

'Sanguinello' - a mean wagon we took as a trade.

0 Comments

'Bella' is back for some new tires, still our favorite looking wagon

0 Comments

This is not what a healthy clutch looks like

Cars with All Wheel Drive and Manual Transmissions put more stress on their clutch parts. Since AWD systems prevent any wheels from slipping, all the stress goes on the clutch. 

Finishing touches for our swap 'Pearl'

0 Comments

"Pearl" is getting ready for surgery

0 Comments

Our latest swap, Operation "Pearl", is under way!

0 Comments

It's hard to believe, but this engine actually ran prior to disassembly.

1 Comments

Another Future TDI, We shall call her 'Pearl'. 2002 GLS Wagon!

0 Comments

Our 97 GLX wagon IZZY went to a good cause

'Izzy' did not get the TDI swap as anticipated, but it will serve its new owner well even with its VR6 engine. The family lost all their cars during Sandy, and this wagon will be the work horse as they rebuild their home and lives. 

0 Comments

We knew 1st-Gen Mini's had non-BMW engines. Here's Proof!

0 Comments

Mini Coopers? Yep, we love and maintain them too.

0 Comments

Have an e30? It won't start? No problem, get it to us and we'll have it running in no time

0 Comments

Did we mention that we love wagons?

0 Comments

No, it's not going to be a diesel. maybe next time

A good friend of ours had her car totalled. She needed a replacement pronto! Here is what we brought her down from auction: MINT 1999 A4 Avant Quattro with only 82500 miles! Beautiful. 

0 Comments

Awaiting Tow Truck. and cleaning up in the meantime!

0 Comments

One of the nicest cars we've had a privilege working on this year.

1 Comments

New Arrival: 'IZZY'

Read More 0 Comments

Auric is assembled! Runs great, awaiting final touches and a good thorough cleaning

2 Comments

Auric TDI Conversion: Status update.

TDI engine is in! Wiring almost completed. R32 Control arm bushings installed. And look at those VR6 brakes!

Read More 0 Comments

Auric's new engine getting cleaned up and prepared for installation!

Read More 0 Comments

Auric TDI Swap, Status update, September 11, 2012

Read More 1 Comments

Auric's heart and intestines are out. awaiting transplants.

0 Comments

New Arrival, a VR6-manual wagon, a future TDI, named AURIC!

Auric has arrived, awaiting heart transplant
Auric has arrived, awaiting heart transplant
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Carbon Build Up Intake Manifold / EGR Cleaning Service

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A3 Electric Pilot Program

Read More 0 Comments

Timing belt destruction

Read More 0 Comments

Brake Lines - Check yours!

Read More 0 Comments

More FR-S goodness!

0 Comments

A mini get-together at our shop.

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No soap/rinse wash FTW - our friend stopping by with his new FR-S

0 Comments

The right oil goes a long way for your engine

Read More 0 Comments

Finishing touches.

TDI badge and Fuel lid stickers are on
TDI badge and Fuel lid stickers are on
0 Comments

Jake hard at work polishing Gandalf. not as dirty as it sounds, but almost.

0 Comments

TDI Swap Gandalf is completed, who wants a 5-speed manual diesel wagon?

0 Comments

Car visiting LLC

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Nice chunky wheels.. Just couldn't leave them dirty

0 Comments

Beautiful A6 V8. Brake Job, before and after

0 Comments

Silver#3 "Gandalf" has its face back on, reborn as a Diesel, drives awesome!

0 Comments

Silver Wagon #3 awaiting new fuel tank and exhaust system

0 Comments

In the midst of another TDI swap. Future TDI Silver Wagon #3 awaiting its new Engine; Jake removing intake manifold for a thorough clean

0 Comments

In the midst of another TDI swap. Gas tank and exhaust: OUT

0 Comments

New Arrival: 'GRETA', a 2004 TDI wagon with no compression. Nice Indigo Blue, GLS with sunroof and ESP!

0 Comments

Looks like our donor car has had its head examined (and replaced) only a few years ago.. And looks like the timing belt kit was done at the same time...

0 Comments

Project Corrado: Newer Instrument Cluster

1993+ cluster in a 1990 Corrado VR6 swap

Read More 0 Comments

Project Corrado: ABS delete

After removing the rear-mounted motorcycle battery, and installing the correct-sized battery up front with all proper-gauge wiring, the car started right up! ABS system is not working on this car, as it is the archaic system with the nitrogen-filled ball. We have removed this system completely, including all the wiring and modules, and are preparing to install a non-ABS set up from a B4 TDI Passat. 

0 Comments

Project Corrado: Starting Out

Starting out on our Corrado Project. This car was purchased non-running from an owner who swapped out the car's original G60 for a full VR6 setup from a 1993 Passat.  We will cover the basic modifications and common issues on these rare cars as we slowly bring this car back to life

 

0 Comments

Minty 1.8t Mk4 wagon in to replace its bent front subframe

Our Eurovan getting new timing chains and a full re-seal!

Beautiful Red GTI - needs engine.. NO PROBLEM!

NMS Passat TDI with an exploded pressure plate. Metal everywhere!

Auric #2: 2.0 automatic to 1.8T 5-speed swap!

Our love for the TDI, that which started it all!

Lovely BEW TDI wagon!
Lovely BEW TDI wagon!

Beautiful wagon in for some serious love!  

Porsche in the shop

We specialize in Porsche and Audi! This one's got some valve adjustment love and a bath. 

Another B4 Variant - TDI SWAP - BEGINS!

Ripping the VR6 out of the recipient car! The engine compartment will be cleaned up and a nice low-mileage TDI drivetrain installed. Watch this space for more pictures!

GLI finally starting to look like a car again!

R32 in the house! Awesome car, nice new Bilstein Sports installed

And another 840Ci visiting shop.

We got a new toy.. Theft recovery, missing complete interior

0 Comments

MINT 300CE.. needs just a tune up. Like a time capsule with some modern wheels

0 Comments

Lamborghini Diablo Wheels. No Sh1t.

0 Comments

We get some awesome cars at the shop.

0 Comments

Arriving at the shop for a checkup.

0 Comments

Car won't start. not even a click.. what could it be??

An old and rusty ground-point on the chassis caused a voltage regulator inside the Transmission Computer to explode! 

0 Comments

Happy New Owner taking away his new baby.. Bye Bye Pearl #2

0 Comments

pretty sure this isn't how it should look like up there...

0 Comments

New arrival at LLC. Needs a name and color suggestions.

0 Comments

Pearl #2: Swap complete! Clean-up time

0 Comments

Pearl #2 - starting to put it all together

0 Comments

It was a BMW day in the shop today.

0 Comments

Interesting read about choosing a good mechanic shop

0 Comments

Pearl #2 Swap: Engine is ready!

A very nice and refreshed BEW engine!

New:

  • Clutch with single mass flywheel conversion
  • Rear Main Crankshaft seal
  • Timing Belt kit with all rollers and water pump
  • Camshaft kit
  • Serpentine Belt Tensioner
  • Oil Pan with Steel bottom

 

Cleaned:

  • All Intake manifold Parts
  • All EGR Components
  • Starter Motor (and re-lubed)
0 Comments

Full House, Full of Toys! Love this job!

0 Comments

Pearl #2 TDI swap under way!

Another 2002 Wagon with a 2004 BEW TDI swap, on the way! TDI engine already removed!

Read More 0 Comments

Warning: Non-TDI Content (again)... New GTI is coming. DROOL

0 Comments

Awesome Mk3 GTI VR6 in the shop. Absolutely love how these cars sound and drive.

0 Comments

Sat for 7 years.. some new fluids and a fuel pump - fired right up!

0 Comments

This is just one of the reasons we love what we do.

0 Comments

My injection pump is bigger than yours.

0 Comments

Father and Son.. both old. which one do you like better?

0 Comments

'Sanguinello' - a mean wagon we took as a trade.

0 Comments

'Bella' is back for some new tires, still our favorite looking wagon

0 Comments

This is not what a healthy clutch looks like

Cars with All Wheel Drive and Manual Transmissions put more stress on their clutch parts. Since AWD systems prevent any wheels from slipping, all the stress goes on the clutch. 

Finishing touches for our swap 'Pearl'

0 Comments

"Pearl" is getting ready for surgery

0 Comments

Our latest swap, Operation "Pearl", is under way!

0 Comments

It's hard to believe, but this engine actually ran prior to disassembly.

1 Comments

Another Future TDI, We shall call her 'Pearl'. 2002 GLS Wagon!

0 Comments

Our 97 GLX wagon IZZY went to a good cause

'Izzy' did not get the TDI swap as anticipated, but it will serve its new owner well even with its VR6 engine. The family lost all their cars during Sandy, and this wagon will be the work horse as they rebuild their home and lives. 

0 Comments

We knew 1st-Gen Mini's had non-BMW engines. Here's Proof!

0 Comments

Mini Coopers? Yep, we love and maintain them too.

0 Comments

Have an e30? It won't start? No problem, get it to us and we'll have it running in no time

0 Comments

Did we mention that we love wagons?

0 Comments

No, it's not going to be a diesel. maybe next time

A good friend of ours had her car totalled. She needed a replacement pronto! Here is what we brought her down from auction: MINT 1999 A4 Avant Quattro with only 82500 miles! Beautiful. 

0 Comments

Awaiting Tow Truck. and cleaning up in the meantime!

0 Comments

One of the nicest cars we've had a privilege working on this year.

1 Comments

New Arrival: 'IZZY'

Read More 0 Comments

Auric is assembled! Runs great, awaiting final touches and a good thorough cleaning

2 Comments

Auric TDI Conversion: Status update.

TDI engine is in! Wiring almost completed. R32 Control arm bushings installed. And look at those VR6 brakes!

Read More 0 Comments

Auric's new engine getting cleaned up and prepared for installation!

Read More 0 Comments

Auric TDI Swap, Status update, September 11, 2012

Read More 1 Comments

Auric's heart and intestines are out. awaiting transplants.

0 Comments

New Arrival, a VR6-manual wagon, a future TDI, named AURIC!

Auric has arrived, awaiting heart transplant
Auric has arrived, awaiting heart transplant
0 Comments

Carbon Build Up Intake Manifold / EGR Cleaning Service

Read More 0 Comments

A3 Electric Pilot Program

Read More 0 Comments

Timing belt destruction

Read More 0 Comments

Brake Lines - Check yours!

Read More 0 Comments

More FR-S goodness!

0 Comments

A mini get-together at our shop.

0 Comments

No soap/rinse wash FTW - our friend stopping by with his new FR-S

0 Comments

The right oil goes a long way for your engine

Read More 0 Comments

Finishing touches.

TDI badge and Fuel lid stickers are on
TDI badge and Fuel lid stickers are on
0 Comments

Jake hard at work polishing Gandalf. not as dirty as it sounds, but almost.

0 Comments

TDI Swap Gandalf is completed, who wants a 5-speed manual diesel wagon?

0 Comments

Car visiting LLC

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Nice chunky wheels.. Just couldn't leave them dirty

0 Comments

Beautiful A6 V8. Brake Job, before and after

0 Comments

Silver#3 "Gandalf" has its face back on, reborn as a Diesel, drives awesome!

0 Comments

Silver Wagon #3 awaiting new fuel tank and exhaust system

0 Comments

In the midst of another TDI swap. Future TDI Silver Wagon #3 awaiting its new Engine; Jake removing intake manifold for a thorough clean

0 Comments

In the midst of another TDI swap. Gas tank and exhaust: OUT

0 Comments

New Arrival: 'GRETA', a 2004 TDI wagon with no compression. Nice Indigo Blue, GLS with sunroof and ESP!

0 Comments

Looks like our donor car has had its head examined (and replaced) only a few years ago.. And looks like the timing belt kit was done at the same time...

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