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Re: Athens, GA

Post by jimbear » Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:32 pm

Well, I had the heads looked at by Len Hoffman and there are a number if issues: stripped time-sert on #4 plug hole (survivable), time-serts on two other plugs (survivable), multiple cracks in the heads near and in valve seats. I'll take better pics of the afflicted areas. So, I am looking at either a) having these welded and rebuilt--not doing it, b) doling out for a set of Hoffman Blueprint specials, or c) sourcing a set of already rebuilt 1.8 heads. Any thoughts?
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Post by sgkent » Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:16 pm

if you plan to keep the bus and put any miles on it especially traveling, go with new heads from Len. You won't go wrong. His price is right too.
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Re: Athens, GA

Post by Hobug » Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:46 am

Get a pair of Len's heads and get back to enjoying your bus!
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Re: Athens, GA

Post by Jivermo » Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:09 am

I'll be up in Athens next week. Does Len Hoffman welcome people to come by his shop? I'd like to see his work.

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Post by sgkent » Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:46 am

Jivermo wrote:
Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:09 am
I'll be up in Athens next week. Does Len Hoffman welcome people to come by his shop? I'd like to see his work.
I am pretty sure he would especially if the intent is to consider his work for purchase. I can tell you as a former machinist who worked on racing engines, he has the process down the way it should be done, and he speaks the language, both as good as anyone I worked with - and that is a real complement considering that my mentors built racing vehicles and engines for the Unser family, Walker Evans, and repaired indy 500 bound Cosworth heads among other things while I was working for them. Working with you on that exhaust I know you are both the engineering, and artistic type rolled in one so you two should hit it off.


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Re: Athens, GA

Post by Jivermo » Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:14 am

Well, thank you. I'll shoot him an email and ask him, as well.
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Post by jimbear » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:16 am

Jivermo,
Just drop him a line and see what his schedule is. His right hand man is out of town and he may be quite busy. I am just around the corner. Feel to touch base or swing by. PM for my cell.
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Re: Athens, GA

Post by Jivermo » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:25 am

Great. Thanks, I just sent you a PM. Ian

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Re: Athens, GA

Post by Hobug » Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:10 am

Jivermo wrote:
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:25 am
Great. Thanks, I just sent you a PM. Ian
Let me know if you get together, I'd like to join you.
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