I pulled my A4 last winter and replaced it with an electric motor. Everything runs really smooth and I did not need the pillow block. I almost tossed it a couple of times. I guess I was saving it for you Win. Let me know of you are interested.
There are a few of us interested on electric conversions.
Would you mind starting a new thread and giving some details
distances you can run
anything else you can think of we might want to know.