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Date:         Thu, 11 Jan 2001 15:11:48 -0500
Reply-To:     Robert Donalds <bostneng@FCL-US.NET>
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From:         Robert Donalds <bostneng@FCL-US.NET>
Subject:      More Bearing and AMC head Issues
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Ron wrote I can't speak for the Factory, but I know that AVP (whose engines I sell) has continued to use German bearings. They have been buying them for whatever price they have to in order to maintain production, picking up one or two sets at a time where they can find them. So far they have been able to get enough to meet their demand, but just barely. Despite the temporarily higher cost, they have not raised the price of their rebuilds. However, I am told that at least one aftermarket rebuilder has been substituting "no name" bearings of unknown quality, which have no track record in terms of long-term reliability. It comes down to the issue of sticking with a quality rebuilder with a solid reputation. It is a safe bet that a reputable rebuilder like AVP or Boston Engine would sooner not rebuild the engine, than use old worn bearings or junky new ones. However, not every rebuilder is quite so ethical.

- Ron Salmon

Ron thank you for the kind words. unfortunately it may come down to the fact the 2.1 1.9 engines may not be available for a time if KS does not sell the bearings separately or speed up the process and deliver bearings to the retailers I have also heard that rear main bearings for the 1.9 are made by individuals from aluminum but that is the only bearing that I heard of as for marnel selling bare heads first of all they don't have any in stock at this time and I don't know of anybody that has been able to get bare heads from them. I am also told that they typically have the shipment sold before it arrives at there loading dock so much for great deals on heads

Bob Donalds http:/ as always all right reserved

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