Pacific NW rebuilder for A4 - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance > Engines > Gas > Atomic 4
 Not a Member? 
  #1  
Old 11-16-2010
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
calgryphon is on a distinguished road
Pacific NW rebuilder for A4

I'm looking for a reputable rebuilder for my A4 here in the PNW. I don't mind a days driving to get there but I want someone who has an intimate knowledge of these motors. I'm on the South Oregon coast.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 11-19-2010
QuickMick's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: California
Posts: 1,381
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 6
QuickMick is on a distinguished road
while you would have to ship it, you may wanna check these guys out:

Moyer Marine Atomic 4 Engine Rebuilding and Parts

im sure others will agree. if she is not too bad off you very well may be able to DIY, but i would certainly get moyers manual.

good luck
__________________
How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean ~ Arthur C. Clarke

Quinn McColly
Macgregor Venture
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 11-19-2010
CalebD's Avatar
Tartan 27' owner
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: NYC
Posts: 4,616
Thanks: 4
Thanked 93 Times in 85 Posts
Rep Power: 7
CalebD will become famous soon enough
Agree with Quinn (aka QuickMick). Call Moyer on the phone. They are very nice and friendly and best of all I think they have some kind of presence out in the WA/OR area. You might find someone else who is cheaper but you likely will not find anyone better.
__________________
"The cure for anything is salt water~ sweat, tears, or the sea." ~Isak Denesen

Everybody has one:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 11-20-2010
newhaul's Avatar
islander bahama 24
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: bremerton wa
Posts: 1,311
Thanks: 7
Thanked 39 Times in 39 Posts
Rep Power: 5
newhaul is on a distinguished road
check with waterhouse motors in tacoma they have been in bussiness for 50 years friends of my family own it. they are about the best in the northwest. the worst they could say is take it to these people.
WATERHOUSE | OUR SERVICES
__________________
Illegitimus Non Tatum Carborundum.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 11-20-2010
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
calgryphon is on a distinguished road
Thank you all for your replies. I have done business with Don Moyer before having bought tons of misc parts from him (gaskets etc.). Unfortunately he is on the other side of the country and the cost of freight both ways really adds to the price. It costs a couple hundred to ship a Harley motor cross country and that's just a little more than half the weight of an A4. I will call Don though and perhaps he can steer me in the right direction. The engine was running well but smoked and the smoke had a very definate burned oil aroma to it. I have built more than a few engines myself and feel capable of doing the job though finding time isn't always easy. I also worry about the machine shop doing my work. I prefer to use a machine shop that has experience with the type of motor I'm working on. The town I live in has a working harbour and a lot of marine related businesses. Unfortunately it mostly involves commercial fishing with very little knowledge of sail related issues.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 11-20-2010
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
calgryphon is on a distinguished road
Funny. I was just looking at prices for overhaul parts on Moyer's site. Compared to parts for a Ford or GM small block V8 they may seem high. However, after having dealt with Harley engine parts for so many years my first impression at Moyer's site was that the prices seemed realistic. In fact they are less expensive than I imagined they would be. Perhaps I will simply "find the time" to do it myself over the winter. Hopefully, finding a reliable machine shop with knowledge of A4's won't be difficult.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 11-20-2010
CalebD's Avatar
Tartan 27' owner
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: NYC
Posts: 4,616
Thanks: 4
Thanked 93 Times in 85 Posts
Rep Power: 7
CalebD will become famous soon enough
calgryphon,

By all means do it yourself if you've got the time and inclination.
I thought I read on the Moyer forums (similar to SN) that they had an affiliate in the PNW somewhere. That is why I recommend you speak to Don M.
BTW, I find their forum to be a really good resource as the discussions are almost 100% A4 or boat related. The member base that posts a lot seems to be quite knowledgeable.
You may find some A4 parts slightly cheaper some places other then at MM but you can buy with confidence that the after market parts they sell are good.
__________________
"The cure for anything is salt water~ sweat, tears, or the sea." ~Isak Denesen

Everybody has one:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 12-01-2010
LakeSuperiorGeezer's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 551
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 5
LakeSuperiorGeezer is on a distinguished road
The A4 is a simple engine. Good automotive machinists are able to do just about anything that comes in the door as the basic principles are the same. The only thing they have to have are things like bearing and piston clearances plus torque specifications and there are databases of engine manuals available online for that. The fact that you live in a place that does commercial boats is to your advantage. Large diesels are very expensive to rebuild so these folks have to get it right or the problems with guarantees will drive them out of business. Talk to some of the commercial boat owners and see whom they recommend. Also, a machine shop can usually get parts at almost manufacturers prices so check with them about parts prices before you order anything. If time is a problem, see if they will do a long block where the head and covers such as pan, valve side cover and timing chain cover are removed and installed by the shop. One additional advantage of this is cleanliness, very important on a rebuild. On a long block you will have to remove the accessories such as water pump, filters, alternator, etc.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Universal Engine Rebuilder in PA tbirg Diesel 2 08-29-2010 12:23 AM
grampian 30 owner rebuilder,,Please help me afsam Introduce Yourself 0 11-01-2009 09:51 PM
Pacific Seacraft kwaltersmi Boat Review and Purchase Forum 20 02-27-2009 04:15 PM
Yanmar Injector Rebuilder SteveInMD Gear & Maintenance 5 12-14-2008 01:57 AM
Anyone Going on the Pacific Cup? GeorgeB General Discussion (sailing related) 6 07-05-2008 03:32 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:27 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.