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hooverbj
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Continuing my thread concerning my spark plug insert coming undone in my 1966 R50/2. I finally got the head off and started making calls... First was Cycle Works in Mo. He said he no longer does heads, he suggested Ted Porter at the Beemer Shop, He said he no longer does them. He suggested Randy Long in PA. He hasn't returned my call.

Does anyone know of a competent machinist that will refurbish an old air head?

Thanks in advance,
Brian Hoover
Cedar City, Utah
R50/2
R1200C

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Vech sends his heads off...I

Vech sends his heads off...I believe he sent my R25/2 head to Memphis Motor Werks. On my R69S, the mechanic (Dave Clark in Missouri, Forever Endeavor Cycles) sent them off to someone he trusted. You could try Bob's BMW and/or Max BMW and see what they do for customers.

This page shows independent mechanics (mostly for Airheads) around the country. A few in the Utah area...give them a call and see if they have any suggestions:

http://micapeak.com/bmw/Airhead-Shops.html

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Thanks schrader, I forgot

Thanks schrader,
I forgot about that list! However, I did contact Memphis Motor Works, and the woman who answered said that the guy who works on machining for motorcycles will be out for the month due to heart problems. But I will try some shops on that list. Unfortunately, all the shops I mentioned earlier came so highly recommended. Still feels like a shot in the dark... but at least its a lead. Thanks again,
Brian

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I'm Sure

I'm sure Scottie Sharpe in CA can fix you up - sort of close. The Barrington folks in NE could also. Everyone historically good on these is getting old and eventually (or sooner) will retire. It is not a problem exclusive to BMWs. All that said, these heads are pretty basic and can be rebuilt by any competent shop.

Dave

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Daves79x wrote:

I'm sure Scottie Sharpe in CA can fix you up - sort of close. The Barrington folks in NE could also. Everyone historically good on these is getting old and eventually (or sooner) will retire. It is not a problem exclusive to BMWs. All that said, these heads are pretty basic and can be rebuilt by any competent shop.
Dave

Funny that you should say that but its true. We have a handful of good mechanics that can do most of the work on our airheads but they are all getting up in age. Before long we will all be sending our stuff overseas if no one picks up the talent.

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Repairing a spark plug hole

Repairing a spark plug hole does not require a BMW specialist. I would still search out a competnet machine shop, but BMW heads use common enough technology that such repairs do not require a specialist. Any good machine shop will do. If you take the head to a shop that works on air-cooled VWs, everything will be quite familiar to them. The spark plug hole inserts were a problem that BMW did not stick with for long. The repair will use much better technology.

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MaxBMW in New Hampshire has a

MaxBMW in New Hampshire has a brand new machine shop. They did my heads including one exhaust flange replacement and valve job. I was very pleased with their work. They do a lot of airhead work at that shop.

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Thanks for all the leads

Thanks for all the leads folks, but I eventually sent my head the Bob's, but it will take the rest of the riding season before I see it again. I hope they do a good job.
Brian

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