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tank
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I live in the Portland area and need to have my 1968 R60 engine rebuilt. Does anyone know of some reliable shops.

Thanks

Allan.Atherton
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R60/2 Engine Rebuild in Oregon???

The following person in your metro area specializes in the welded aluminum repair of /2 heads. If there is a qualified local person to rebuild your engine, he might know:
Paul Sturges
1906 Birch Lane,
Newberg, OR 97132
503-538-5160 Wife
503-550-9674 Cell

It would help if you had some idea of the degree of rebuild wanted or needed. There could be local shops that are capable of doing the heads, cylinders and pistons. To remove the crankshaft to replace slingers and bearings takes an experienced shop, of which there are a few on the West Coast and around the country. If the crankshaft should need to be rebuilt, there are only two places I know of that can do that.

If your budget allows, it is best that a specialized, experienced vintage BMW repair shop do any work on the engine. This is because in addition to doing the work right, there are problems and needs that only such a shop might recognize.

Ideally it would be best to remove and pack the engine:
http://members.aol.com/vechbmw/pack.html
And ship it to:
Bench Mark Works
3400 Earles Fork Rd
Sturgis, MS 39769
Craig and Elaine Vechorik
662-465-6444 Shop, Tech Advice and fax
vechbmw@aol.com
http://members.aol.com/VechBMW/index.html

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Thanks for the info

Alan Thanks for the info. I don't know how extensive the rebuild needs to be but I imagine pretty deep. I've had the bike for over 20 years. It has 126,000 miles with no history of a prior major rebuild. The slingers are due. It has a sidecar with sidecar gearing as an added load. It's all original and in nice condition but am thinking about a full restore. I'll keep you posted.

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Re: Thanks for the info

"tank" wrote:

... It has 126,000 miles with no history of a prior major rebuild. The slingers are due...

The slingers are no doubt past due. They have surely been filled for tens of thousands of miles. Luckily the oil passages through the crank pins have not plugged up, or the con rod bearings would have been toast.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/roundel/437668052/
But the dirty oil has worn those bearings out of tolerance. You may be able to hear some rod knock, or the excess clearance will be apparent when the crankshaft is removed.

I am sure you will need a complete rebuild of all areas of the engine, including the crankshaft. In that case, I would either send the engine to Vech at Bench Mark Works and let him find a crank person. Ed Korn's Cycle Works in Wisconsin used to do Vech's cranks, and Ed may still do them after selling the business to a buyer in Kansas. Or, you could send the engine to Guenther Wuest in Indiana who does cranks as a part of a complete rebuild (did two cranks in my bikes).

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R60/2 Engine Rebuild in Oregon???

I know of the guy....a real old pro....and real fair with his labor...

Fred Carr he lives in Cave Junction, Oregon works on bikes in his home shop.... used to own a BMW dealership .... and really knows /2 bikes.

Joel Rapose MZ-B Guy

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