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Dear VW Bus Family,

I have run into a long series of bad mechanics who have left me right where I started 3 years ago.  Everyone I know says to give up on my VW Bus, but I am not.  I have a new/rebuilt long block, I just need someone who knows how to work on old VW's like ours and what they are doing and put it all back together. 

I had 1.7 liter Porsche high performance pancake engine, and we tried to upgrade it to a 2.0 liter long block.  Long sad story, but I need to tow it from the shop to a reputable honest mechanic as soon as possible.  I live in Pacifica, CA.  My bus is in Rancho Cordova, CA.  I am willing to tow it anywhere for a good, reasonable honest mechanic would like to get her running again.

I have replaced the transmission, all of the electrical, the brakes, went down to one new carburetor, all new parts.  We just had trouble with the Camshaft.  We had one reground twice and still are having trouble with the Cam & Lifters. 

I will also be restoring her custom interior and could use some help there as well.

Thank you for your help.

Tre Taylor

510-658-JAZZ (5299)


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Comment by regis101 on October 19, 2015 at 4:34pm
I'm not sure who works on these things in that area. maybe Kombi Haus in Sacto. You might try thesamba for tech advice since this is more of a camping forum. Hope you get things sorted . Peace,
Comment by Laura May on October 19, 2015 at 5:44pm

Try Valley Wagonworks in San Rafael. I've been very happy with them and the work they do. They might know someone closer to where you are. 

Comment by Marty Vandermolen on October 31, 2015 at 10:43pm

You might check in with Bugformance.  They have a San Jose and a Sacramento location. I had them build me up an 1835 shortblock that I finished up and installed.  Prior to that had three "mechanic failures" in a row with fewer than 150 miles out of each.  www.bugformance.com

Comment by Gene Burris on November 22, 2015 at 8:12am

Tre, I also recommend Valley Wagonworks or Bugformance. We need you with your bus, and your voice at

Bus City this year.

Gene; Bob and Joys friend.

Comment by Gene Burris on November 28, 2015 at 8:28am

Tre, check with Bob, he has a guy who works on his Ghia, who Knows his stuff, and is reasonable.



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