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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.

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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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There is nothing really

There is nothing really revolutionary about an airhead. They are quite simple. If a machine/engine shop can work on a VW Beetle head they can typically work on an airhead. Maybe search for a VW resto place in your area?

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I realize you're not looking

I realize you're not looking for a shop anymore, but for what it's worth, I had Randy Long do mine within the last year. Seems to have done a great job and was very responsive:

Randy Long
Long's Mechanical Services
R.D. 1, Box 685-K
74 Risbon Road
Honey Brook PA 19344

610-286-5870

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Randy is great! scott

Randy is great!
scott

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paul25g wrote:

I realize you're not looking for a shop anymore, but for what it's worth, I had Randy Long do mine within the last year. Seems to have done a great job and was very responsive:

Randy Long
Long's Mechanical Services
R.D. 1, Box 685-K
74 Risbon Road
Honey Brook PA 19344

610-286-5870

Just curious. Whats an average price to have that done and what does he do?

Im assuming your removing the top end yourself, mailing the parts to Randy then reinstalling everything yourself.

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Yes, I removed the head

Yes, I removed the head myself and plan to reassemble myself. I saw Bob's BMW had a price break-down for many services on their website. They have a "Head Refurbish" service that installs new valves, springs, leaded gas compatible seats and new modern material guides, all for about $525. However, when they got my head he quoted me $800-$900! He (Darryl) said there was some fine print that says "prices may change."...and boy did they! In the end it was about $800.35 including shipping and a new head gasket.

I'm not gonna trash them here, but I did feel like they did misrepresent themselves by the prices posted on their site. If the head comes back in great shape. I'll be happy.

Thanks for all the advice,
This site and you guys are great!
Brian Hoover
1966 R50/2
Cedar City, Utah

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I paid around $850 for head

I paid around $850 for head work on my R69S...and that was over 12 years ago (has it been that long!!). I dropped all of the engine parts off with the mechanic but the heads had to be mailed back to me later. If I wanted to be more accurate, I'd have to include the car rental and motel days in the costs for me to drive the engine to the mechanic. But the $850 was his parts and labor, so that's the basic price.

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Please tell me the $800+ was for both heads? That would be a lot more reasonable. Its still a lot but if its quality work it should last for years ..... many years.

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Yes, both heads.

Yes, both heads.

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