Tel: (206) 545-3500

Regular Maintenance

Old Hammerhand

We believe our tune-ups are the most comprehensive possible. We follow the factory recommendations for the 6,000 mile service (air-cooled) or 12,000 mile service (most water-cooled): inspect and lube front suspension and steering, inspect tires, inspect and adjust brakes and V-belts, inspect drive axles and boots, inspect for rust, adjust valves and clutch, check engine compression, replace ignition parts as necessary (usually points and plugs), adjust timing and idle, check lights and fluids, replace any bad bulbs or fuses. Mike is also fully versed in fuel injection systems used through 1992, and in all stock and popular aftermarket carburetors (Solex, Kadron, Weber, Dellorto), including adjustments, rebuilding, and re-jetting.

Automotive repair is seasonal. Winter is the slow time, and the warmer months are busy—sometimes too busy. I'd like to encourage customers with bigger jobs (engine rebuilds, resurrections) to bring them to the shop during this time.

2021 Typical Prices, excluding tax

Hourly Rate:$140

Full tune, w/valve adjust$220$10-30$230-250
no valve adjust$180same as above$190-210
Oil change$35$32-45$67-80
Brakes, per axle$180$30-120$210-300
pads only$90$30 - 40$120-130
Rebuild brake calipers, w/pads$240$275$515
Replace clutch: —
   Types I, II thru 1971, III$350$50 - 350$400-800
   Type II, 1972-1990$450$50 - 350$500-800
   Porsche repairs subject to 10% surchargeplease phone
   Golf, Jetta, etc.please phone

Carburetor Rebuilding

In our experience most carbs do not need replacement! Usually cleaning and inspection will reveal any problems. Occasionally gaskets or diaphragms will need changing, and quite often larger main jets are needed to compensate for throttle shaft wear or high-performance exhausts or cams. Aftermarket carb kits typically present no special difficulties. If rebuilding is necessary, most can be done in one hour or less.

Engine Rebuilding

Laying a crank

Mike is especially experienced at custom engine rebuilding. Most customers are happy with a stock rebuild, but he has built many high-performance engines as well, from mildly upgraded 1600cc versions all the way to 2-liter stroker motors. These are not race engines, but meant to give driveable and reliable street performance. A great deal of experience is necessary to choose the parts and modifications compatible with these requirements. Very few in the Seattle area have more experience at this than Mike.

Robbie Lowery's 2-liter Type 3 motor

Type I Rebuild Prices, 2021 (Beetle, Ghia, Thing, Type III, Transporter through 1971)—Typical price, stock rebuild, including installation: $4000-4500
Basic engine rebuild, stock 1600cc, normal parts, machining & labor$3500
Head cores$150-250
Crankcase core$350
Clutch kit$250

Possible performance upgrades:

Kadron kit (twin solexes)$500-1000
Narrow fan shroud (better access to carbs and plugs)$150
Performance cam and swivel-foot adjustors$200
Solid rockershaft kit, installed$400
Counterweighted crank, 69mm$350
Precision balancing of rotating parts and pistonsno longer available
Full-flow filter modification, parts and installation$275
90.5mm piston and cylinder set (1776cc)$300
Convert to larger Type IV oil cooler$300
Big-valve heads (CBPerformance 044s)$800-1000
Weber carbs, IDFs or DCNFs$400-1000
Convert to stroker crank, 78mm (2006cc)$800
Custom exhaust$500-1000
Core engine for rebuilding$250-400

Compression ratios and cams matched to your needs and available fuel.

Type IV Rebuild Prices, 2021 (Transporter and air-cooled Vanagon, 1972-1983. Porsche 914, $1000 additional)
Basic rebuild, parts and labor$4500
Cracked or otherwise unusable heads$200-400 ea
Replacement piston and cylinder set$275
Re-ground crankshaft$100
Replacement crankcase (unusual)$350
Upgrade 1.7 or 1.8 liter engine to 2 liter$350
Clutch kit$250

Other engine external parts (mounts, compartment seal, etc.) are additional. Average price is $5000-5500 before tax.

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