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Bill Maynard
2012-08-03, 22:06
Let me just start my story by saying that TYPE 4's ROCK!!! Especially in a 62 Beetle!

Back a few years ago, I started a 62 Beetle project. As time went on and things progressed, I started investigating power plants. I ran into Jake at a show and was immediately drawn to the type IV with the DTM shroud sitting on the engine stand at his booth. Nothing I had seen looked like this - My first thoughts were "What the F@$K". Jake must of seen my dazed look and began to explain to me what I was staring at. After a long discussion and lesson, I thanked him for his time and went on my way thinking to myself - I wish I had one of those.

Fast forward 9 months and lots of research later on getting a reputable builder to build me a RELIABLE type 1 and I once again ran into Jake. We got to talking again and once again I was given an even more in depth lesson finally culminating into a ride in the "Bubonic Plague".

After that ride I was hooked.

We started formulating a plan and a short time later, I was riding high in a 62 with a TYPE IV 2056. The power and reliability of my type IV has been unbelievable and I have one of the smaller ones (displacement size) available. This was without a doubt the BEST thing I could of done. My experience with Jake before and then during the build was great. We discussed many different routes to take with Jake explaining the pro/cons of each the whole way through. There is nothing like showing up to a show, raising the rear deck lid and then watch the looks you will get.

I can say without a doubt or hesitation that I recommend (and have) Jake to anyone interested in having someone build a QUALITY power plant that will LAST.

I am so happy with his work that I have since sold the 62 but WITHOUT the type IV as I want to keep it for another project to begin shortly.

Thank Jake, I am definitely a happy customer!!!

Bill Maynard

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Carl Ericsson
2012-08-03, 22:05
Several years ago, I purchased a 1970 Westy to use for Camping in the North Georgia, North Carolina Mountains. On a trip to Florida the engine gave out. I took it to Jake and asked him to rebuild it. He showed me where the case was cracked and that the engine was worn out. I then asked him to build a new engine for my bus.

In our discussion, we settled on these performance requirements. I wanted the engine to push the bus in the mountains. So I wanted guts and power on the hills. I didn't want high speed, as above 75mph any VW bus is a handful, being such an aerodynamic beauty. I wanted guts. Jake wanted to build an engine that could take the heat and strain of pushing a 5,000 pound vehicle, plus camping gear up the mountains. Jake came forward with the requirements, a 1600 cc with a strong case, heavy duty heads, pistons, connecting rods, etc. He also recommended dual Weber Carbs to give the engine the power it needed.

What was the result? Here's an example. I was on the Blue Ridge parkway with a bunch of other buses and Kathy Jacobs (President of SEVWC) in a VW Rabbit. It was during the cruise part of the High country Bus Festival. I was in front and over the hills and turns of the Blue Ridge, I just pulled away from the group and eventually lost them. Later Kathy would email all participants in the HCBF that either Carl had a rocket in his bus or one powerful engine. Yes, as I repeat this story to others, it was the second, a powerful, rugged Jake Raby engine.

Here's a second example. Our daughter goes to college in Asheville, NC, so we drive between Atlanta, GA and Asheville NC several times a year in the bus. There is a hill just north of Franklin, NC on Hwy 23 that is a steady climb for about 3 miles then a steady down hill. I just put the bus in 3rdgear and at 40mph the bus effortlessly climbs the hill. I can leave all but the V-8 powered cars behind. I definitely run away from any VW bus on that hill.

The engine how has 25,000 miles on it and it has been trouble free. I adjust the heads, change the oil and tune it up regularly. Once the carbs/ engine combination were dialed in they have been great. I get 18mpg on the highway. I cruise at 70mph at 4,000 rpm and the engine doesn't even get warm (yes it has an extra oil sump). At 40,000 miles the engine goes back to Jake for overhaul and adjustment, then I should look forward to more years of good service.

I have been very pleased with the performance of the engine. My next project (dream) is a Squareback with a Jake Raby Type IV engine in it. That will be a highway screamer!

Carl Ericsson's herd
1970 Westy
1970 Bug Convertible
1971 Ghia Convertible

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Dave Lovato
2012-08-03, 22:05
"Jake's asked us to provide honest, and unvarnished reports on the RAT experience, from start to finish- but most importantly on the suitability of the engine he and his team built to the specifications we provided. From the very first email to the last 'after action report' this whole deal has been a genuine (if not inexpensive) pleasure. Finding a builder with the experience, dedication and track record Jake and his team enjoy is NOT EASY. After much consideration and comparison-shopping I decided to have my 912E motor rebuilt to RAT 'stock' specification in the hope that many of the slowly emerging problems I was suffering from might be resolved. The car had run about 120,000 miles of very mixed motoring, from many years in California (where it hardly went any miles at all) to the Alps of Switzerland and the Autostrada of Italy (where I racked up 50,000 miles in just a few years!!) and was in need of a refresher. I use 9126000496 as a touring car, having racked up 4200 miles in 10-days on my last 'round the USA' sojurn- so reliability is a BFD (Big Darned Deal) to me. Ultimately, I needed the 912E to cruise comfortably and reliably at +/- 90mph and NOT OVERHEAT! Especially since so much of the touring I do takes me literally cross-country and or (probably stupidly) hugging the Mexican border or in and out of Arizona's many gullies and hill-climbs, but inevitably on B-Roads that are infrequently traveled by anyone with any sense!

Jake explained much of the history of the Type-4 motor, his reasons for enjoying working with them, and his strategy for improving the performance of mine. If he promised anything it was based on a deep well of experience and in my case, since I sought only stock performance his vision for my motor was necessarily limited. Although there was a small layer of haze over the subject of costs, and what ultimately the motor rebuild would amount to- it was well within the bounds of our generally discussed expenses, and although definitely not cheap, turned out to have been pretty much as expected- give or take a thou! (Just kiddin' Jake!)

I visited the RAT Palace in Cleveland, GA for a couple of hours at Jake's invitation to get a look at the scene of the crime, and was very much impressed by the scope of the facility, the cheerfulness of the RAT Team, and the quality of the work (as well as the amazing engine development) underway. Raby and his assistants LURV this stuff, and that devotion to doing it right, and wringing every sensible ounce of performance (with reliability) from a VW/Porsche motor is visible at every stage of the process. I swear I felt privileged to visit and fork over the thousands of bucks!! Most unusual, I assure you.

The concern that Jake brings to his business is the preserve of the true enthusiast. Enthusiast business people are peculiar because they love the idea of what they can accomplish as much and perhaps more than they love the money they earn. If you love cars, and love getting it right by sticking a great motor in it, you gotta admire the formula. Integrity in shaping an agreement, technical insight and innovation (that no amount of money can easily capture), as well as a friendly and hugely well-informed personality kinda describes the RAT MAN.

My rebuild has geared up barely 1000 miles since I took receipt, but clearly this is a different driving experience. I will withhold judgment on the reliability of the motor, as well as its suitability for cross-country travel until after my late April 'Road Rage Tour' to Arizona via Missouri when I will make another report (with photos!) in the spirit of Raby's request for the "real deal" on his stuff. Meantime- I'm lovin' rowing this thing along!"

5 February, 2003

R/Dave Lovato
9126000496
December, 2002
2056cc RAT rebuild

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C. Scott Hollander
2012-08-03, 22:04
Jake,

Thank you very much for time, dedication, and quality you put into Raby’s Aircooled Technology product. I am very impressed with the dedication to detail in your product. I purchased a 2007cc Type I engine from you to power my 1966 VW Beetle sedan, by far it is the highest quality VW engine I have seen, worked with, and driven. VW’ s are my hobby and I would have built the engine myself, however, do to a lack of time I had to contract the engine to someone else. I spent a few months searching for an engine builder that was a perfectionist, like I am. I wanted someone who would build the engine as if it were going in his or her own VW. When I found Aircooled Tech., I knew quickly that I had found the company I wanted to build my engine. Our first conversations during the development process I appreciated the time you took to answer every question.

At one point in time I had you explain dynamically balancing, you stated that when I started the engine I would think that I started a Ferrari; did I ever!! The first time I started the engine I felt like a kid getting my first Star Wars figure, it was great!! The engine fired up on the first try and purred…growled like mountain lion. A smile grew from ear to ear, and I couldn’t wait to take it for a spin. After a few more adjustments to the car, I was off. I pulled out of the driveway and eased down the street, turned the corner and gave it a little gas. Immediately I was put into the seat, and I was only pushing the throttle a quarter of the way! Love at first sound, dedicated love at first spin.

I do and will highly recommend Aircooled Technology to anyone looking for a VW/ Porsche engine builder. I have sent a few people your way already, as I know word of mouth advertising by far gives the greatest return. Throughout the process I felt as though you treated me like I was your only customer, while I knew you were over your head in projects. Jake, again I want to express my gratitude for your dedication to my engine and I look forward miles of service and fun from it. Thank you and may the Lord bless you with more and more success.

Your Dedicated Customer,

C. Scott Hollander
Jacksonville, FL

P.S. All I need now is an Aircooled Technology T-shirt and few Aircooled Technology decals for my shop and for the rear window of my Beetle (I am happy to advertise for you).

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Dr. Christopher Sloan
2012-08-03, 22:04
I wanted to take the opportunity to say a few words about my experience with Jake Raby and his shop. I bought my Vintage 550 Spyder second-hand in 2001 and it came to me with a number of problems that Jake was able to straighten out. He even helped me sort out some non-engine-related items, including a problem with the front suspension (his particular fix required a lot of custom fitting and late hours on his part).

In 2002, I made a decision to replace the original 2109cc motor that came with my car with a 2109cc Raby Type 1. Jake helped me address some specific needs and wants, including sourcing the big Dellortos that I was looking for and hooking me up with Sharpbuilt who were able to prepare a beautiful carbon fiber shroud for my 911 cooling system. Through the build process, Jake and his team met every deadline and regularly kept me abreast of progress. Jake even invited me up to his shop (I live about 90 mins away) to participate in the dyno-testing of my motor.

After getting the car back, I have to say that I was literally stunned with the difference in performance. I thought it was quick before, but it is now literally a BEAST. I swear it feels twice as fast as before and revs like there's no tomorrow. It is amazing to me that the same size motor could feel so different.

I should also mention that during this project, Jake and Brent also helped me address another issue, which was replacing my original cable shifter with a Jamar rod-type setup. This is obviously not the kind of work that Jake likes to spend his time on, but he and Brent jumped right on it and got the shifter installed to where it works perfectly.

I want to give my complete endorsement to anyone who may be thinking of using Jake and Raby's Aircooled Technology. I can say from many years of working with folks in the automobile repair and restoration business that he is one of the most quality-oriented, hard-working, and honest guys I have encountered. He has gone out of his way on multiple occasions to help me and has been accessible at almost any day or hour (including weekends, one 4th of July, and even when he was out on a date!).

Dr. Christopher Sloan

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Sean Harris
2012-08-03, 22:04
I first met Jake about six years ago. It was at a car show and he was standing beside his truck with an engine on a stand that had been at full-rev for almost the entire show. I thought that was pretty brave so I talked with him for a bit and ended-up taking home a business card. Two years later, I had an unfortunate situation with a less-than-honest mechanic and was looking for someone who could get my car back on the road. I found Jake's card in the back of my glove box and gave him a call. One bug, one bus, and several thousand miles later, I'm still happy...

I had my 1973 Super Beetle for seven years; and it had served me faithfully as a part-time daily driver and show car. After all that time of driving it though, I was looking for something with a little more power. I called Jake to ask for a simple quote, and ended up describing my car to him and the type of driving that I normally do. I explained that I wanted something I could drive on a regular basis, but would also have plenty of power.

After a few more phone calls I decided to visit him in person. The first thing I noticed was the amount of detail and care that went in to keeping his engine room clean. I had never seen anything like that before in a garage. The countertops and floors of his engine room were spotless, and it smelled of cleaning solution. I then got a tour of the rest of the shop and same amount of detail was evident behind each door.

When we finally started talking about my engine, it turned out that Jake asked more questions than I did. I eventually settled on a 1776 that would run with dual carbs, re-worked heads, and a bunch of go-fast goodies on the inside. The engine never failed me. After driving it the 150 miles home, then back up to Jake's for it's first scheduled check up, I joined him and some other people in Hippie Days, a multi-state drive. I pushed the car to its limits that weekend - often hitting triple-digit speeds with Jake in his car right beside me. I drove a total of 700+ miles that weekend and not once did I have to raise my deck lid for anything other than to show someone my new engine. For the next year and half, I drove that car more than I did my new Jeep. I took it everywhere, no matter how far away - and never once had a problem.

I eventually traded my bug for a great looking 1972 Campmobile with 82K miles. One of the main reasons the guy agreed to the trade was that my car had a Raby engine in it. As luck would have it, my new bus had a bum engine. After six weeks of owning it, the bus landed at Jake's shop. Once again, he was the one asking all the questions. Knowing that buses typically have a reputation for being less than dependable, I wanted something that was not going to leave me stranded. This time I went with a 2.0 Type 4, dual carbs, even more power modifications, and again - the heads got a ton of attention. In the past two years, I've put over 9K miles on my bus and new engine with no worries. Among other mountains, it's climbed the Blue Ridge Parkway fully loaded with my family, dogs, and stuff in 4th gear and never once stumbled.

I've met several VW mechanics in my travels. Some good, some not so good. Jake takes the time to stand above and beyond them all. His level of air-cooled engine knowledge is pretty high, and he's always testing things to make it even higher.

Sean Harris
1972 Campmobile

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Stephen Cook
2012-08-03, 22:03
Update September 2003!

Good Morning Jake,

Wow!! It's been almost a year since we began our relationship; I can hardly believe it. I just wanted to touch base and let you know how things are going.

The engine is running great. I have almost 20,000mi on her and have had no problems at all. Truly amazing for a 914. I am still commuting to St. Louis 3 days a week for school and other than the really hot days (no air-conditioning in the 914, of course) I'm in my little green machine tearing up the highway. In December I will be finished with school, and back out to find a job.

The only maintenence has been oil changes, spark plugs, filters, and valve adjustments. There has been the occasional carburator adjustment, but that's to be expected. I purchased a syncrometer from John and it made easy work of that.

Well I hope you are doing well and business is successful. Take care and thanks for making me a GREAT engine! Hope to meet you some day and shake your hand in person.

Stephen Cook

Original letter

I wanted to write and personally thank Jake for his excellent work and craftsmanship he did rebuilding my 914 engine.

When my 914 daily driver finally gave up the ghost I knew I needed a new engine. I searched the web pages for an engine rebuilder. After reviewing a number of web sites for 914’s one name stood above all others, Jake Raby.

I found Jake’s website and spent many hours reviewing its pages. Although I was a little concerned over the prices, I decided to give Jake call and talk about the possibilities. We spent more than an hour on the phone during our first conversation where I became very comfortable with Jake and his expertise of air-cooled engines. It was abundantly clear that Jake was providing much more than just a typical engine rebuild, but a custom engine built for my personal driving tastes.

After several long discussions about my driving characteristics we determined that the 2270 type C was the best for me.

When the engine arrived I couldn’t wait to get it installed and go for a ride. When Jake says he provides a complete turn key motor he isn’t kidding. I started getting everything put back together and over of a couple of weekends I was ready to crank it up. She fired right off (thanks to Jake’s extensive dyno testing) and purred like a kitten on steroids. I ran it for awhile then shut it down and checked for any leaks or loose items; I found none. After contacting Jake to let him know it was in and running and said, “well what are you waiting for, go drive the hell out of it.”

My first drive was one of total amazement. Never had I felt so much power and torque out of my little engine. Mind you I was being careful with the rev’s, but when I turned onto the interstate I was doing 90 mph by the time I hit the end of the ramp.

Since then I have put abut about 1000 miles on the engine and it has performed flawlessly. Other that oil changes and the required valve adjustment at 500 mi., the engine has been “tinker free.” For the first time in a long time I can get in and turn the key without feeling like I need to say a prayer. Finally I no longer worry when my drive takes me farther than 100 miles from my home.

So, was it worth the price? All I can say is I would happily do it again. Jake provided me a superior product, excellent customer service, and a binding friendship.

Thanks Jake, I wish you much success.

Stephen Cook

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John Stafford
2012-08-03, 22:03
I've been involved in strictly air-cooled engines since I was a kid over fifty years ago, but I limited my endeavors to motorcycles until six years ago when a third back injury finally put me out of the sport. Of course, I've had a number of ACVWs and still have three in good condition, including a spendy 1776 built by (*self censored*). Jake makes engines of another world by comparison to this 1776, which is still good by 'consumer' standards.

But in all those motorcyle building years I always wanted a unique, expert built ACVW T1 engine, if it could be done, and I doubted it could be. While I could spend years learning to build one, at this point I wondered if there were enough years left. So that little dream was on hold, maybe forever.

Then I learned of Jake Raby. I read all his posts for a year, looked at his site, read customers' comments and finally made the call. It still took me a year to commit, and Jake was just perfectly helpful, guiding me away from some stupid ideas I had and into a 2165cc T1 engine. Then I wanted Nickies, and he made it happen. (I think mine was the first T1 with Nickies.)

The engine is just plain _amazing_. Jake built it to be a streetable 165HP, and it is. I'd recommend this engine to anyone who tools around town. But I don't, and it is still very, very good. Read on.

Too many things strike me as impressive to list them all, but the first thing that struck me before I even started iw was the meticulous assembly, then there is the 'invisible', the combination/configuration and trade secrets I can only sense in the sound (I run dual ceramic plated QPs and while these are quiet, the rest of the engine _growls_ in a very mean voice) and the seat of my pants tells me this is a serious damned engine, and the smoothness says it is balanced to the nth degree.

Of course, the Nickies - this engine runs surprisingly cool. No, not just surprisingly - AMAZINGLY cool. I work hard and I play hard. I beat the hell out of this engine every day I can in the local twisties, living between 4,000R PM and 6,500 RPM in 2nd and 3rd gear all the time. It does not overheat! Nor does it leak. It was out-of-the-box perfect and still is.

If anyone else is considering a T1 with _high_ horsepower I cannot imagine a better person to build it than Jake Raby. And the Nickies - IMHO an absolute neccessity. I'll never, never go back to iron.

Jake, thank you so very much for making this engine for me.

Very Best,

John Stafford
Winona, Minnesota

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Mark Peebles
2012-08-03, 22:02
Here is an update from Mark…
Even with all used parts, the massIVe Type IV still came out on top!

Jake is pushing new developement when it comes to racing and my 914 in SCCA F Production. In 2004 we have campaigned the car in quest of the championship for the Southeast Division of SCCA(8 states). We fell short in points due our catastrophic oil system related engine failure at Barber in Birmingham. Jake and I still wanted to beat the 6 year running F Prod champion at the championship race this past weekend, even though we could not win in points. With JE Pistons not getting our pistons to us in time, it looked bleak. Jake felt my pain and suggested that he had enough junk yard parts to come up with some type of engine to at least get me around the track, maybe! With one week until the race, Jake and Brent worked day and night to come up with enough parts to get it together. They even found some piston rings in the garbage can. All bearings and bushings were used as was a very used and abused crank. The case was even in need of a align bore. My carbs and heads were bolted onto the junk yard dog and still hot from the dyno put in the crate for shipment. I installed it the next night and headed to the championships at Savannah.
Jake blessed the engine and said it would smoke a lot and lose power throughout the race but would stay together. Saturday, belching smoke and fingers crossed, I went out to qualify. Knowing the lack of power later on, I held on for dear life for the first 3 laps and qualified 4th out of 38 cars. Of course, everyone came and told me I was smoking for most of the run. Normally, a smoking race car has very limited life span. The junk yard dog came through and I finished first in class and 1400 feet in front of the past champion. Way to go Jake and Brent. Thanks for all your support and encouragement to try and go for the win with a trash can parts engine. Only the team at Aircooled Technology could pull off such a victory.

And Yes, Jake, I owe you big time. Mark


I have known Jake and Co. for over a year how. I met him over the Internet and we started a dialog on building a FULL RACE 914, SCCA race car with the rule book as your guide. I had been led astray by some other engine builders that had promised to build me an engine and then built it 40% over budget. Not a good idea for us working stiffs. We spent many a night on the phone in discussions of how he wanted to build this unique engine. He delivered a great running and reliable engine on time and on budget, more power and torque then I thought possible. I have used this car and engine to Finish 2nd in F Production for all the Southeast SCCA, that is 8 States. As a bonus I took the class win at the Porsche Parade this summer and came in the top ten best times of over 300 Porsches, both 6 and 4 Cylinder. The car is reliable and easy to maintain. Jake is always there to answer my calls, even if I am at the track. And you know, He has been right every time in diagnosing the problem over the phone. I consider Jake and Brent good friends. And as a bonus, they are the only people that are still advancing the art of Type technology. Tell him I said hello when you order that engine.

Mark Peebles

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Sean Simpson
2012-08-03, 22:02
I have a 1973 VW Thing which I purchased in 1992 and successfully drove cross-country three times. Upon close inspection of my engine, I found that I had a replacement case and displacement was probably smaller than original. Ultimately, I wanted a heart-transplant to get a reliable engine with more juice over my original (replacement). I heard about Jake Raby through the VW community on the web and then checked out this website. I quickly decided that a 2270cc Type 4 conversion engine was the engine for me.

After a nice refund from the kind people at the IRS, my purchase process got into motion. I called Jake and discussed my options. Jake was very energetic and very helpful. He said that the 2270 would really wake up my Thing and would be a great mix of reliability and power. After discussing all aspects of the motor I wanted, a wire transfer of funds got my engine "started."

Delivery of the engine came in a very sturdy crate and the engine looked beautiful. After initially trusting someone I shouldn't have to put the engine in (it's a long story), I took my car to a full-time VW garage. They installed the engine properly and had it running smoothly in no time.

I immediately set out on a road-trip from NYC to Pittsburgh to attend a co-workers wedding. The engine ran very well and has lots of power. People are surprised when a Thing passes them going 70 uphill. After a few interations of the throttle pedal / throttle cable / carb return-springs combination, the engine is immediately responsive and begs me to ask for more. I'm planning on purchasing a transmission from Jake to better harness the power of the Type 4 conversion power plant. My car is now limited by the transmission and I think the engine would spin it into the ground if given a chance.

A testimony to this engine has been given by 3 different VW shops that have seen it. The comments were all to the effect that it is a hell of an engine, solidly put together, with more than enough power. All the shops reminded me that it's a good time for me to convert to disk brakes.

Overall, I'm very satisfied and thank Jake and his RAT crew for pumping up my Thing, as it were.

Things to be aware of:

The conversion engine does not have a stock exhaust setup. As of the time I bought my engine, there were two ways to go and neither were cheap. I went with the setup Jake recommended and it has done very well.
This engine requires an external oil cooler, fuel pump and crankcase breather box, which are not included in the purchase price.
Shipping is not included in the purchase price...at least it wasn't for me ;)
Sean Simpson

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Michael Keats
2010-08-03, 17:33
Jake,

I am writing to let you know that you ROCK! The 2316 motor you made me
is a rocket! It spins fast, pulls hard to the red line and idles
smooth as silk. I want all of your prospective customers to know that
if they want the best air cooled motor in the world built for their
car, they can't go wrong with RAT. As they say, you get what you pay
for, and this could not be more true when dealing with RAT. You have
been great to work with, and it is refreshing to have the good old
fashioned customer service that seems to have fallen by the wayside in
todays' world. You have been honest, up front, and although my motor
took a little longer than planned, you always let me know what was
going on. When it came time to get the motor, I could not have been
happier. I have about 1500 miles on it now, and it still amazes me
every time I drive it. I took it to my first autocross, and it revs so
fast, I had to shift into 3rd where all the other cars were using 2nd.
I really have to be gentle with the right foot since it has so much
torque, I can easily roast the tires in a hard corner under load.

I have attached a picture of what happens if you use too much RAT power
in the middle of the turn. Keep up the great work. I will refer
anyone I know to you without hesitation. If they say it is too
expensive, I will tell them they can't afford NOT to use RAT!

Thanks again!

I would love to be included on your testimonial page, and I want you to
post my dyno run so all can see what MassIVe Power is all about. Had I
not been there to see it, I would probably not believe it, but it is
true!

Sincerely,
Michael Keats
Marietta, GA
1976 Porsche 914/916

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Charles Gittings
2010-08-03, 16:53
After having three unsuccessful rebuilds for my 79 Westfalia, I finally heard about Jake through friends at autocross meets and vw shows that expressed there happiness with his engines as far as reliability, power and drivability. I began researching Jake more and more and started chatting with him on the Shoptalk forums. I had built a few engines prior to this and honestly have a very strong passion for mechanics and really wanted to do the building myself as I had had so many bad experiences before that I wanted to put all the love into this engine. Right from the get go Jake persuaded me to build my engine after some through conversations which immediately showed me that he was so confident in the parts that I would receive, that I could get the engine that I was looking for and build it myself. Well what was I looking for? My wife and I have owned many buses and have always strived for a bit more power, as bus drivers know can be somewhat frustrating when out on the freeway. I told Jake that I would be doing a lot of long trips out on the freeway at speeds of 75mph in a fully loaded camper. Jake immediately had a configuration which was more then perfect for my situation. The engine reccomended was a version of Jakes Camper Special paired with a set of Len Hoffman 7424 Heads, Len I must give credit where it is due, those heads are pieces of art, I hated having to bolt them onto the engine. I will admit at first I was blown away by the prices that I was going to have to put down for this engine, but I had a good feeling after talking with Jake on the phone many times and via email, I knew he was in this game to make me satisfied and enjoy my engine. As parts started arriving I could not believe the attention to detail that Jake had put into the parts as to what I had previously seen. I will admit I am hard to please but, I was in awl with the attention to detail. Well I got the engine built in a few months and had it back in the car. I installed and entirely new L-jet fuel system, Mallory Unilite, Thunderbird Ceramic coated exhaust and stock bus heater boxes. The engine performs way beyond my expectations. I never see oil temps above180 and they usually hover around 155-160, my CHT's max at 330 screaming up a hill and it drives 80 mph and I can barely hear the engine running. I find that the bus now feels more like a modern car and I am not constantly being pushed off the road, I actually am doing the passing. There is nothing like driving down the beltway doing 70, slamming the pedal and passing people with ease. I must say that I have never met a person that is so helpful throughout the entire process. Jake never ignored my emails or phone calls, and he was always ready to solve whatever problems or provide knowledge. Even months after my engine completion Jake is always ready to help and make sure that I am happy. Recently I had a distributor problem I sent it to Jake and he sent back within one day fixed. For anyone that is searching for a Type IV engine builder Jake Raby is the guy. I plan on building many more Type IVs and they will all be Raby powered.

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Randy Unthank
2010-08-03, 16:38
I'm writing you a note to let you know how happy I am with your Type IV Motor in my '60 356 Porsche. I have a total of five 356 Porsche cars, including a '64 Carrera II four-cam. While all of my cars have strong engines, none of them can compare to the power and torque your engine produces. It surely adds to the enjoyment of driving a 356. My '60 with your engine is faster than my '64 Carrera II and at a fraction of the cost of a 4 cammer-- plus it is also much simpler and easier to work on.

Randy Unthank

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Joe Page
2010-08-03, 16:37
I bought my white and black 1976 2 L 914 at Brumos Porche in Jacksonville, FL when I was 29 years old. After many patch ups, repaints, repairs, etc.; it got to the point to either restore it or sell it. I could not sell that old car after all we had been through so I decided to restore it. I found Jake on the internet and I was very skeptical at first. I am a true believer now and he is a straight shooter, no BS, type of guy. Yes, there will be a wait, there may be snags, but he will tell you one price in advance. Now, my 914 does not run like a 1976 stock 914 anymore. The 2270 powerhouse with the tangerine headers growls when I crank it and I feel that I'm being launched as I blast down the highway going through the gears. Even at 60 mph in 5th gear you stomp the gas to pass and you still feel the tourque. That old 914 now has a new youth and new soul like never before. Living in Statesboro, GA a with GSU here it could be a fine chick wagon if only Jake could restore my youth, but nohope there but I still ride around and droole. I am not a mechanic so I didn't get into technical stuff but its sheer sports driving pleasure!

Joe Page
Statesboro,Ga

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J. Shelby Kaplan
2010-08-03, 16:37
There were approxiamately 2000- 912-E Porsches made in 1976 and of those only about 1500 imported to the United States. They were not popular because they lacked the major reason we like these cars--PERFORMANCE. When my 912-E finally needed a major overhaul due to burned heads and oil bleeding from the crankcase vent pipe I had to make a decision. Did I want to junk a rare beauty that needed a engine, or did I want to take a chance and find an engine builder? I decided to do the latter--locate a builder.

I searched the internet, ask local mechanics, and ask friends what to do with this rare engine and their recommendation was- junk it! I was told "Nobody" can get that 2 liter engine to do anything. Then I located Jake-through his website. I sent him the small required binder deposit so he would call me, and we discussed my car and engine. He said " Can do" from the first conversation. He told me he could get the amount of performance I was willing to pay for. I was skepical--whoever hear of somebody that knew Porsches who did not live on the West coast? After several conversations I gave him the go ahead. Jake also told me that if I was in a hurry--to go somewhere else. He had a 10 month backlog at the time. I was patient, and besides I rather have it done right- than screwed up in a hurry. He stuck to his guns. I waited the full timeframe. But he did not expect his payments until each phase of the rebuilding process was completed.

I received the engine back two weeks ago. Jake helped me by phone to re- install the engine , and even tried to locate for me a lost wiring harness. After I finally got everything back together right and hit the key-that engine literally "roared" to life. I backed the car out of the driveway and antisipated double clutching the engine to start the uphill grade from my house. The engine never bogged down. I was delighted at my first straightaway to feel the torque of that engine. I could not floor the accelerator in 1st gear before peaking my RPM, second gear was the sameway , and third gear was " get the hell out of my way". Fourth and fifth gear just keep going and pulling. I never felt a 2 liter engine still pulling this strong at the high end. I was never ever able or should I say brave enough, to find the top end of these two gears. I am using the stock 5 speed transaxel. The engine is strong, smooth, and great looking. It was a professional job. It is beautiful, all new wires, engine spotlessly clean, and a delight just to look at. It makes my Porsche look like a new machine. I wish I could sleep in it!

If Raby had built this 912-E engine in 1976 for Porsche there would have been 20,000 912-E's sold instead of 2,000. This car weights approximately 300 pounds less than the 1976- 911(s) and with Raby's engine you have basically the same 911 performance, better handling and a better ride. Bottom line: Money well spent.

J. Shelby Kaplan

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Chris Wye
2010-08-03, 16:36
Dear Jake:

This engine is incredible. As you know I drive a 1976 912E, and searched the country looking for an engine builder. The consensus among those who know the Type Four engine is that you are the best. I heard the same thing from my local 912E group where one of our members also as a Raby rebuild. The engine looks beautiful - in fact it looks brand new. The engine is superb! My local shop said it was the smoothest 912E they have ever run. Last week one of our local Porsche experts who races 911's asked to drive it and came away really impressed. It is just a pleasure to drive.

All good wishes,

Chris Wye
Washington, DC

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Dr. Robert Sime, PhD
2010-08-03, 16:36
During the spring of 2006 I decided the money I was throwing into attempting to make the stock 2.0 liter Type IV engine in my Porsche 914 run right was a waste. Nothing was solving the issues I had. I took a few minutes and added up the receipts. Wow! I made the decision to build a new engine. I was chasing my tail with the stock one. It would never be what I wanted.

I went to an event called Bugorama here in the Sacramento area. I had heard that Jake Raby would be there fresh from a drive all the way across the country from Cleveland Georgia with one of his engines in the car. The engine had been written up over a few issues of Hot VW magazine and although I didn't buy the magazine, I managed to check out the articles when I was in the bookstores. I found Jake chatting with some VW guys but I noticed a silver 914 that looked exactly like mine idling with a laptop attached and a guy demonstrating some tuning to a few guys. It caught my interest. It turned out to be Dave Hunt. Dave had been having some trouble with an engine he had purchased in kit form from Jake and had driven down from Washington with his son Gerry to meet with Jake at the event. I recalled hearing of Dave's problems and I was impressed at how Jake, Len Hoffman, and Charles Navarro had stepped up to try and solve Dave's issues. After the event, Dave, Gerry, and I went to have a burger. We chatted a bit about his engine and although I didn't tell anyone, I made the decision to look into Jake's engine kit program.

It didn't take long to come to the decision. Jake had gotten 170HP out of the 2270 Type IV in that Bug he drove across country. His head temperatures were lower than the stock motor. In short, it was so much better designed that it put out nearly twice the stock motors power and had monstrous torque all more efficiently than the stock motor. I placed my order.

I did things the hard way. I gathered parts from internet sources so I could keep the stock motor in place for the duration. This was an interesting adventure. The cylinders I bought and had sent directly from the guy in Southern California to Jake in Georgia arrived with most of the fins broken off. Engine cases arrived with the oil tower broken off. If I did it again, I would just pull the stock motor.

Once all of the needed core parts were at Jake's Aircooled Heaven the process began. Jake and his staff actually turned my kit around a bit faster than they had predicted. One evening late in 2006 a Fed Ex truck arrived with a bunch of boxes. I had been in the garage when the truck arrived and the driver was chattering away about all of the cars I have. I practically ignored him because I wanted to see those boxes! After the inventory I found that everything was there and in good shape. But because the kit was so complete I wondered out loud to my wife why Jake had not included the six pack of beer you would need to celebrate with when you finished.

I had an advantage that many of you will not. Not that you will need it because with Jake's engine prep service all you need do is bolt your kit together with the proper torque specs and good sealant technique. I live fairly close to Mark DeBernardi of Original Customs in Napa California. Mark works in conjunction with Jake to build 2056 motors for guys who want one of Jake's kits but don't want to put it together themselves. Mark had expressed an interest in helping with mine. I think he wanted to see the motor and experience the differences between the 2056 build and the 2270. Anyway, Mark and I built the motor in his shop and shared a few burgers at Red Rock Cafe in Napa.

The results were amazing. This is the motor that VW-Porsche should have put in this car from the factory. It isn't an unruly monster as some performance motors can be. It is very happy sitting quietly idling in traffic (though you will not be). But when that traffic clears up and you get back into the cruise, the motor shines. It pulls like a train in all the gears. In fifth gear? Need to pass? No problem, just punch the gas pedal. Want more? Downshift and hang on!

Is there a downside? If there is, it is that now that I am done I want to build another. It was fun, a very satisfying accomplishment, something that will make you proud. Of course, another downside is that you have to learn to drive all over again. I used to be a couple seconds off top time of day at the autocrosses. Now, I find myself another couple seconds back. The car is so much faster, I am having to learn new lines through corners. I am finding new limits every time I drive it.

I highly recommend Jake Raby's engine kit program. Now, if we could just get him to include that six pack!

Dr. Robert Sime, PhD

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Wayne Garcia
2010-08-03, 16:35
Driving without worry

You may think that's impossible in a 1979 VW bus, but I'm there. My last road trip put me on the road to believing. You see, with my old, high mileage stock engine, I was constantly worrying how hot the heads were, and if I was pushing it too hard toward a breakdown leaving me and my family stranded in the middle of nowhere.

When I finally installed my CHT sender, that did not bring about any peace of mind. In fact things got worse. I would routinely see the temps go up past 400, to 425, while my white knuckles squeezed the steering wheel harder hoping that would somehow inject cooler air into the intakes.

Well, when the inevitable finally happened and compression dropped to zero on #3 and 30 on #1, I knew I needed a new and improved solution. And I found it.. or rather him.. Jake Raby. Jake will be the first to tell you his engines are not cheap. And that even with the turnkeys, you will have to do some of the work. But what Jake may not tell you is the incredible feeling you'll have once your new Raby engine is installed and broken in.

You see, most guys I know who have a Raby engine in their bus, only talk about how fast you can go. Or how well it climbs hills in 4th gear. Or how fast it accelerates in 3rd gear. And it does all that. But the thing I like the most about it, is that when you're on a trip, you don't feel like you're on the edge of disaster. You feel like the engine can take all you can give and more. I'll give you one example. It was my trip last weekend to Lincoln City out on the Oregon Coast. It was a nice 60 degree day outside not a scorcher by any means. But on climbs over the Coast Range, the hottest temperature I saw was 351. 351! That's going uphill in 4th gear. 4th gear because I never even slowed down below 55 Mph. When I did slow down for stop signs or red lights, the CHT's actually went into the 290's! I couldn't believe it. Then finally, I started to relax and watched the beautiful scenery outside my window instead of the glowing numbers on my temperature gauges.

I've had the engine 2 years now and it just keeps getting stronger. It purrs along and really gets up and goes when you need it. And yes, it is fast. I crack up so many times now when cars are behind me and think just because it's a bus they have to pass it. Then they realize I'm already going about 10 MPH above the speed limit. I let them pass me, of course, to prevent an accident, but it's funny to see them really having to chug to get around me.

I know you've heard most of this before. And no doubt you've read up about Jake and his reputation. Well thought it's all hard to believe, let me tell you, believe it. Jake is a true pro, and an honest one at that. Jake, thanks for this engine, which is a product of your years of dedication. I'll crack an Oregon Micro in your honor this summer.

Wayne Garcia
10 O'clock News Anchor
Beaverton, OR 97006

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Michael Keats
2009-09-03, 21:38
Jake,

I am writing to let you know that you ROCK! The 2316 motor you made me
is a rocket! It spins fast, pulls hard to the red line and idles
smooth as silk. I want all of your prospective customers to know that
if they want the best air cooled motor in the world built for their
car, they can't go wrong with RAT. As they say, you get what you pay
for, and this could not be more true when dealing with RAT. You have
been great to work with, and it is refreshing to have the good old
fashioned customer service that seems to have fallen by the wayside in
todays' world. You have been honest, up front, and although my motor
took a little longer than planned, you always let me know what was
going on. When it came time to get the motor, I could not have been
happier. I have about 1500 miles on it now, and it still amazes me
every time I drive it. I took it to my first autocross, and it revs so
fast, I had to shift into 3rd where all the other cars were using 2nd.
I really have to be gentle with the right foot since it has so much
torque, I can easily roast the tires in a hard corner under load.

I have attached a picture of what happens if you use too much RAT power
in the middle of the turn. Keep up the great work. I will refer
anyone I know to you without hesitation. If they say it is too
expensive, I will tell them they can't afford NOT to use RAT!

Thanks again!

I would love to be included on your testimonial page, and I want you to
post my dyno run so all can see what MassIVe Power is all about. Had I
not been there to see it, I would probably not believe it, but it is
true!

Sincerely,
Michael Keats
Marietta, GA
1976 Porsche 914/916

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Chris Sutton
2009-08-03, 16:58
A few years ago I embarked on a project to build a Porsche Speedster replica. I'm one of those people who as a little kid liked to take everything apart and then put them back together, just for the fun of it. Building the speedster was not about shelling out a bunch of money so I could drive this neat looking car, it was about the fun (and
heartache) of doing as much of the work myself as I could and learning about engines, transmissions, paint, bodywork, etc, along the way.

My doner car (a '69 bug) did not have an engine. One option was to buy a crate motor or rebuild a junkyard engine. The problem was I could not find anyone who offered a kit to do this. There are probably kits out there, but getting people to help you put them together is another story. That's when I found the Aircooled Technology site and Jake's engine kits.

The price was a little more than I was ready for, but after doing a bunch of research I decided that Jake's 2056 TIV kit was going to be the perfect engine for my speedster, and worth the price. At the time Jake was also ramping up the DTM production and had all the parts I needed to complete the upright cooling conversion on the TIV. Jake either had the parts I needed or could tell me where to get them, and was always happy to help.

In the end it took me almost a year between getting all the parts together and actually firing up the engine and taking the car for a drive. There were frustrations, and delays, but in the end the support and expertise that Jake provided me helped make the entire project a success.

Thanks Jake!

Chris Sutton
Seattle, WA
http://speedster.chriskate.net

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Dave Hunt
2009-08-03, 16:57
A little background. I have a 914/4 and I wanted to assemble an engine with my son who is 14. I wanted something we could do together and I had no experience with engine building. So, I purchased 1 of Jake's 2270 kits. Jake tried to encourage me to have him assemble it but, I didn't want to miss the opportunity with my son. As it turned out my son did most of the wrenching and I did most of the deciding. At any rate we had a ball and it will be an experience that I will never forget.

Saturday night we invited all of the local 914 guys over for a start up party. The engine fired up and we worked out a couple of problems and now it purrs.

So, first, Thanks to Jake. Your support along the way was great. You gave us the info we needed but made us make decisions and figure things out first. I appreciate the prompt replies. I also appreciate that you never spoon fed us. We had to do the math as you say. Most importantly, thank you for you dedication to providing a great product and service. Most of the parts were entirely too pretty to put in a running engine.

Thanks to all of you guys for being so open with your information. There is a wealth of experience in these pages.

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Ron Roberts
2009-08-03, 16:57
The engine I was fortunate to have Jake build for me is my recent addition to my '73 WV Karman Ghia. It started with a tired stock engine which for me was severely under powered. After the demise of this engine due to an inability to retain oil, I had it rebuilt as a mild 2017. This engine was an improvement, but still not enough, and it always seemed to run hot and suffered pre-ignition. Back to the drawing board, I discovered the T4 possibility and Aircooled Technology on the Shoptalk forums (www.shoptalkforums.com) From reading the forums I was able to learn the great potential of the T4 engine for power and long term reliability. I also discovered on the forums that Jake along with being the mad scientist of T4 development, had a reputation for excellent quality, and standing behind his work. This was all over 4 years ago. After a couple years saving up the funds for my dream engine, Jake and I were exchanging the proposal outlining the engine build. I was that close when my business hit a slow period that took another couple years to recover to the point that I again had the funds to proceed once again. Looking back on it though I am very happy with this delay. During this time Jake was doing alot of R&D, and pushing the envelope with his engine program. The 4 year wait resulted in a much more developed engine than I would have had at the beginning. To briefly outline just some of these developments that we included in my engine: In the past 4 years Jakes basic 2270 has been improved upon with cryogenic treatment, improved cam choices, ceramic lifters, the Mallory distributor, advancements in cylinder head design, and advancements with the DTM fan shroud for better cooling, as well as the long awaited development of some good exhaust systems.



At last I got on the list for Jake to build the engine. There was about a month delay due to a back order on the cylinder heads, but the build started a month early due to another customer changing his mind so in the end it was right on time. Finally the day came (on my birthday as a matter of fact) that I took delivery of the engine. The install went smoothly for my first time, and the engine fired right up. I was amazed with the power across the full range, from idle to 6500, as well as how smooth it ran. In case you haven't gathered. I am very pleased with this engine and Jakes service has proven to be top notch. To me it is obvious that Jake takes customer satisfaction to heart.



For anyone attempting the T4 conversion, I recommend the T4 conversion video Although the video does not address the nitty gritty of every detail you might encounter in the process, it serves as an excellent outline to keep you on the right track. I found myself referring to it often. My only suggestion of improvement would be a full page drawing of the sealing tin around the engine, for those of us that work better from pics rather than written directions.

I hope to be back with updates over the years, and encourage all of the Alumni who have bought one of Jakes engines to stay in touch. I know I certainly am happy to be part of the "proving ground"!

Ron Roberts

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Mark Stockbridge
2009-07-03, 22:01
I just completed the BMW brake upgrade on my Raby "Annihilator" powered 914 and drove it for the first time yesterday... and OH MY GOD!!! This thing has enough power and torque to roast the tires in 1st, 2nd, and third gears! Thank goodness for good brakes! I just hope the tranny holds up to the newly added oomph. I will be driving it "in anger" at its first track event at the Gainesville Raceway later this month and I can hardly wait. The car may not be pretty to look at right now, but as fast as it is, no one will time to study the cosmetic blemishes!

Jake has been extremely knowledgeable and helpful throughout this engine upgrade process and I recommend that anyone who wants insane power and torque to give him a call. He stands behind his work and it shows.

Thanks Jake and keep up the great work!

Mark Stockbridge, satisfied RAT customer
Orlando, Florida

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Steve Allen
2009-07-03, 22:01
I purchased a single owner 1968 VW bus in the summer of 2002. The engine was severely corroded from being filled with water during a flood on the creek where it had been parked for several years. Upon disassembling the engine, I found very few usable parts, so I chose to have the engine built. I researched magazines, asked local machine shops, and surfed the net diligently for an engine builder. My search eventually led me to Jake Raby and Air Cooled Technology. Following an e-mail introduction and a response from Jake, we agreed upon a date for a visit. I like to communicate with people face to face and usually trust "first impressions." Jake and Brent were very knowledgeable of their craft and the shop was well organized. Their dedication to the profession of re-building Air Cooled engines was very obvious.

Air Cooled Technology requires a written proposal for each engine built but I felt confident I had made the right decision after a handshake. I completely trusted Jake and Brent to build my engine correctly and professionally. My engine requirements were different than that of most customers. I wanted a stock, single port 1600, with some beneficial up grades such as an oil filter, no contact points, and a better exhaust system. I needed a dependable, basic engine, built to the same meticulous standards, along with attention to detail, which I saw being used to build other MASSIVE engines in the shop. That is exactly what I got!!

Three months later the engine build was complete and I received an invitation from Jake to come and observe its performance on the dynamometer prior to bringing it home for installation. I was very impressed with the attention to detail by a visual inspection. No doubt, both Jake and Brent take tremendous pride in their work. The dyno run was informational as well as being very educational. The engine had no vibrations or leaks and was very smooth up to 6000 RPM. The balancing service was a big factor in my decision to allow Jake to build the engine and quality workmanship is the standard used in Jake's shop. To say I am very happy with the quality and service I received would be an understatement.

Putting around in my VW bus, with its stock 1600 single port engine, is very satisfying. It runs super cool, has great oil pressure, and is free of any vibration. MASSIVE it isn't. But it IS built with the SAME attention to detail as if it was.

I'm a retired Marine and can say with some authority that the pride Jake and Brent put into their craft is very refreshing to see nowadays. Semper Fi

Steve Allen

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Ken McMillion
2009-07-03, 16:59
"A long time coming, and well worth the wait. Talking about the 2563cc Massive Type 4 Jake built for me. I must say that if you ever want an engine built right, with a road and dyno proven combo then Jake is the man up for the task. Throughout this project which took close to 3 yrs to complete Jake has persevered though some serious setbacks. I think we went through 3 sets of heads which included some shoddy welding by a company which I won't name they know who they are and will never again get my business, waited over 6 months to get a set of paper weights. Next set dropped valve seats from another best in his field tuner. And the final set works just fine. This engine has a lot of one offs and first time on a bug bleeding edge technology in it. One of the first sets of LN Engineering's "Nickies", Tangerine Racing super header with phase 9 and quiet can. Jake had to tear this engine down at least 4 times during the building process do to some part that wasn't up to par with his standards and the demands this engine. One of the best parts of this engine is the custom one off DTM he had to make do to the unique and sometimes frustrating engine compartment of my car. With the DTM my heads never see 300 deg. (barely 275) Even on a 85 deg day in Baton Rouge, La doing more than 90 on the high way in 5th gear at just about 3500 rpm (remember ) this engine redlines at 7500. On the dyno it was rated at 201 hp and around 200 lbs of torque (a bit more than 200) . Unless you've ever been in a type 4 powered bug there is really no way to explain the feeling, trust me it is better to be in the driver seat when you step on the gas, because passengers are looking for something to grab onto when you take off. Throttle response is instant and the power band is very smooth - It just accelerates with no effort. People look in wonderment as I cruise past them. Even at the car shows It's nice to see the expressions on the peoples faces when I tell them is a 2563 type 4. All in all if you need an engine built right Jake is the man to do it."

Ken McMillion

"Ken actually was a part of our DTM vs. 911 cooling system testing. His engine wwas machined for a 911 system, and we were able to test the DTM against it on this 201BHP engine. As you can see the 911 system was ditched for the DTM that we had to custome make just for his car. That's just how well the DTM performed over the 911 system on his engine, and why he chose to go with the DTM, even though it cost him more due to the work we had already done for the 911 modifications! That should speak volumes for the DTM!"

Jake Raby

06/30/04 Update:

"Well it took a trip from baton rouge, La to Orlando, Fl to finally get the heads to go past 300 deg - hottest was around 315 - this was on sat the 19 in 90+ deg heat running between 85 and 90 mph in 5th gear most of the way. I only stopped to fuel up every couple of hours oil temps stayed below 220. I'm just going to do a check on the carbs for Fl weather and check the valves but everything is running nicely - for those of you that dont know this is a Jake built 2563 with a dtm (no internal oil cooler) , Nickies , dual setrab oil cooler (mounted in the back "luggage compartment") , tangerine racing exhaust, with a berg 5speed(built by rancho tall gearing)."

Ken

8/20/04 Update:

Hey Jake,

The still car is running great - its been in the hi 80's and the head temps still haven't reached 300, mostly just under 275. And the setrab keeps the oil temps around 180, with oil pressure around 50-60 when its warmed up and drops to about 30-40 once I come off the hi-way after along run.

Thanks

Ken McMillion

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John Cloonan
2008-08-08, 22:08
While I haven't had a RAT engine built myself, I've driven or ridden in a great variety of Raby-built vehicles, from a bone-stock 1500cc single port in a Karmann Ghia to the 2332 he built for the Bluebonic Plague, to one of the first few MASSIVE TYPE 4s, the 2613 that was also debuted in the Plague. During this time, I've always been impressed with many things about Jake and his engines. One, he will always give it to you straight what he thinks, whether in regards to parts you're considering, engine combinations, or methods of doing things. Anyone who knows Jake will tell you this, and are also likely to tell you that they've benefited from his experience - Jake is always willing to help with an engine problem, whether he's building it or you are.

Jake's integrity is also incomparable, a rare thing with people in any business. He very simply does what he says he's going to do, and if for some reason things go wrong, he makes them right, often at his own expense.

I've purchased a good amount of parts from Jake, and he's also helped me at various times with machine work. I always find that I get a good value for my money, simply from the peace of mind I get from doing business with someone I know I can trust.

John Cloonan

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John Martese
2008-08-08, 22:07
Hi,

First off let me introduce myself. My name is John Martese I bought my first VW Bug about 3 years ago now. That was one of my life long dreams. Anyway first off with the bug was to re-build the type1 engine. Did that and everything was cool. But one day my Mother in-law brought over a type4 out of a 914. So I started doing research on the web when Jake saw me on a VW forum and convinced me to ask my question is the Talk shop forum. Well to make long story a little shorter after 2 months of research and questions I decided to go forward and build this type4 and buy one of Jakes 2270 kits.

Let me tell you I am the kind of guy that will only buy something from someone that shows respect and makes me feel comfortable. Jake was all that. He was a phone call or e-mail away the whole time while I built this engine. He was always there with short cuts or fixes to a problem I created. That was and still is true customer service. I still call or e-mail Jake with a question and he is still right there for me. THANKS JAKE.

It was great the day I started that engine. WOW the power was and still is insane. I have scared the crap out of my Mom, Dad, and daughter. Watching them hold on to the handle above the glove box is awesome. The engine fires up every time I turn the key, its very reliable. Not sure what the gas mileage is cause the car is raced hard all over the place. I run a DTM cooling system witch is perfect for this engine. So let me sum this up real fast. The engine rocks if I had to do it all over again YES I would. Jakes had everything delivered on time he promised awesome horsepower (I didn't know this much horsepower though). The reliability, horsepower, and toughness of the engine are my favorite part. After having built this engine and driving it the price is soooo wealth worth it. But the best thing about this experience is that I built it and had a friend there for me the whole time.

Thanks again Jake

John Martese
Tustin, California
www.advantagedetailing.com

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Alan Merklin
2008-08-03, 22:06
I am employed as a vocational auto shop teacher at a non profit alternative school where, we have two auto shops that serve as a venue teaching "at risk youth" basic automotive skills. This is acomplished in a unigue setting by building speedster repicars from the shortened type 1 pan up to completion.

My post regarding Jake Raby's is accurate to the "T". I aquired my "attention to detail attitude" dad was a man of perfection........ the "old german" occupation of tool and die maker. I must admit at times working along side of him was P.I.T.A Being "my father's son" what I did learn......was to reconize high quality when I see it.

Jake Raby is to be praised and applauded for his engine knowledge skills and attention to the customers needs. Prior to selecting Jake's engines, my counterpart from our other vocational auto shop, Rocky, Jake and I spent and hour on a 3 way phone call discussing the Raby T-IV engine and believe me we grilled Jake with details!. After our conversation we were impressed beyond doubt! Jake also took the time to keep in contact as the build's progressed at his shop. We received the engines in a timely manner and found them to be all that Jake assured us they would be.The engineered Type IV engines we have purchased are an excellent product, the attention to detail is astounding.

To conclude ....Do your homework, spend time with other suppliers ASK questions and make you own conclusions.....we did and without hesitation would do so again!

Alan Merklin



Update!! April 21, 2003:

Hey Jake !

This is Alan Merklin from Youth Services Agency ...I thought I would give you an update of the two engines we purchaed form you. The bigger of the two that we installed into Roger's Speedster is flawless after some 7-8 months! No cooling issues , no leaks , just excellent all around performance!

The second engine was finally installed into our show quality Speedster a few weeks ago ,I fired it up last week for the first time. We had a slight problem ...12v into coil, voltage back out but 009 or Compufire was faulty so, I pulled it out as a unit , replaced it with a new in the box 009 and Pertronix Ignitor and it fired right up !

Reason for this email is to send any inquiries our / my way for a positive referrence! We are pleased as punch !

Best regards!

Alan Merklin Youth Services Agency

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Alan Merklin
2008-08-03, 22:06
I am employed as a vocational auto shop teacher at a non profit alternative school where, we have two auto shops that serve as a venue teaching "at risk youth" basic automotive skills. This is acomplished in a unigue setting by building speedster repicars from the shortened type 1 pan up to completion.

My post regarding Jake Raby's is accurate to the "T". I aquired my "attention to detail attitude" dad was a man of perfection........ the "old german" occupation of tool and die maker. I must admit at times working along side of him was P.I.T.A Being "my father's son" what I did learn......was to reconize high quality when I see it.

Jake Raby is to be praised and applauded for his engine knowledge skills and attention to the customers needs. Prior to selecting Jake's engines, my counterpart from our other vocational auto shop, Rocky, Jake and I spent and hour on a 3 way phone call discussing the Raby T-IV engine and believe me we grilled Jake with details!. After our conversation we were impressed beyond doubt! Jake also took the time to keep in contact as the build's progressed at his shop. We received the engines in a timely manner and found them to be all that Jake assured us they would be.The engineered Type IV engines we have purchased are an excellent product, the attention to detail is astounding.

To conclude ....Do your homework, spend time with other suppliers ASK questions and make you own conclusions.....we did and without hesitation would do so again!

Alan Merklin



Update!! April 21, 2003:

Hey Jake !

This is Alan Merklin from Youth Services Agency ...I thought I would give you an update of the two engines we purchaed form you. The bigger of the two that we installed into Roger's Speedster is flawless after some 7-8 months! No cooling issues , no leaks , just excellent all around performance!

The second engine was finally installed into our show quality Speedster a few weeks ago ,I fired it up last week for the first time. We had a slight problem ...12v into coil, voltage back out but 009 or Compufire was faulty so, I pulled it out as a unit , replaced it with a new in the box 009 and Pertronix Ignitor and it fired right up !

Reason for this email is to send any inquiries our / my way for a positive referrence! We are pleased as punch !

Best regards!

Alan Merklin Youth Services Agency

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Tom Perso
2007-08-23, 22:08
I would like to share one of my many good experiences with Jake.

I considered having Jake build a 2270 Type 4 for me. After much thought, I decided to bite the bullet and build it myself. I was not questioning Jake's ability to build me a good motor, I just felt I wanted to do it for my own satisfaction. In retrospect, it would have been cheaper and easier to have him build me a motor, but we all have to learn sometime.

After gathering parts and receiving large amounts of information from Jake and others on the STF, I slowly began building my motor. It went thru many iterations and design changes. During this time, I communicated with Jake via email and over the phone for advice. I had yet to spend one penny with his company.

I was able to have the pleasure of having Jake do some machine work for me; I received it within a quick time period and the craftsmanship was to the highest caliber.

Once my motor was together I started it and began to break the cam in. Due to a cam and lifter incompatibility, the lifters failed almost immediately from the initial startup. I asked Jake his opinion and he walked me through things to check to try and figure out this situation. A car show was coming up in a few weeks and I was planning on taking my car there to show off the new motor. Jake graciously shipped a new cam and lifters (Next Day air, BTW) without even asking for any money for it. He wanted me to make that car show with a strong T4 running in the back of my Bug. He simply asked that I replace the set that he sent.

Unfortunately, the damage was much more severe than we had both anticipated and the motor needed more attention than just cam and lifters. Again, Jake helped me through this setback in my motor buildup and helped me get it back to a stronger state than it was before.

I have met many VW enthusiasts (many in person and more over the internet) and none are more gracious than I have experienced with Jake Raby. He is a honest, dedicated, and intelligent individual who's passion is VW's and all associated with them.

I will continue to support Jake's cause and do business with him.

Tom Perso

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Lenny Cuccureddu
2007-08-08, 22:09
Hi, My name is Lenny and this is my story.

In the year of 2000, it was decided I had to have a toy. I have always had a passion for German cars: their engineering just makes sense. I wanted something special, so when the 550 Spider caught my eye I did some research and ordered a vintage spider from Greg Leach. I ordered it motor less. I had to have something special. After checking on the Internet most everyone told me T1 was what I wanted but I have had a T1 in the past and was not happy with the durability. A stock engine might due but I wanted 150 hp beast. I started talk about a TIV and was told locally and on the Internet that they sucked. The valves dropped, did not make power and were expensive.

Well, that all changed when I talked to Jake Ruby. He told me that's the way it used to be. He had done research and had many engines out in the world that run without problems. I told him what I needed for power and he said 2270 would fit the bill. Jake said T1 and TIV power are not the same, T1 was very violent where TIV was smooth. Jake helps make you feel comfortable, his knowledge and passion for what he does is incredible.

We agreed on the price of the engine and got the ball rolling. Jake would call once a week to let me know what progress had been made on the engine. We did have a small set back when Adrian from Headflow Master broke his leg. Jake would not have anyone else do the work on my heads. I got a call late one night and it was Jake, he said do you want to hear your motor. He had it on his test stand to break in the cam, it was so great to be part of the whole process even if it was by phone.

I sent Jake the balance for the engine and shipping. When the engine arrived it was in an incredible homemade bulletproof enclosure. I built a small addition with all the lumber.LOL

My engine sat for five months waiting for the car to arrive. When the car arrived I now had to wait for the car to be painted, another four months. The car was finally done in February of 2002. I took the car to a car show and it took best in class, I was very happy.

Weather was finally good enough to take the car out in March. Let me tell you how she runs. Well, I started by babying the car, taking it easy with the new engine. I stopped by to see Jake on my way to Florida, nice set-up. Jake said what are you doing, get on it, drive it like you stole it. When I got back home I did just that,

Wow, the car runs wicked quick, it squats and goes very fast. I enjoy slipping it in to the turns, Mustang's and Jap cars with wings are getting to know me. They don't like me... In 2003, I plan on getting in one of racer Chris's Super header to unleash even more potential of my 2270 giant killer.

In closing if any of you are looking for a "power" plant for you're a/c, VW, TIV is the only place to be and Jake Raby is the one who in my opinion should build it. Thanks for making my engine.

Your friend,

Lenny Cuccureddu

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Lenny Cuccureddu
2007-08-03, 22:09
Hi, My name is Lenny and this is my story.

In the year of 2000, it was decided I had to have a toy. I have always had a passion for German cars: their engineering just makes sense. I wanted something special, so when the 550 Spider caught my eye I did some research and ordered a vintage spider from Greg Leach. I ordered it motor less. I had to have something special. After checking on the Internet most everyone told me T1 was what I wanted but I have had a T1 in the past and was not happy with the durability. A stock engine might due but I wanted 150 hp beast. I started talk about a TIV and was told locally and on the Internet that they sucked. The valves dropped, did not make power and were expensive.

Well, that all changed when I talked to Jake Ruby. He told me that's the way it used to be. He had done research and had many engines out in the world that run without problems. I told him what I needed for power and he said 2270 would fit the bill. Jake said T1 and TIV power are not the same, T1 was very violent where TIV was smooth. Jake helps make you feel comfortable, his knowledge and passion for what he does is incredible.

We agreed on the price of the engine and got the ball rolling. Jake would call once a week to let me know what progress had been made on the engine. We did have a small set back when Adrian from Headflow Master broke his leg. Jake would not have anyone else do the work on my heads. I got a call late one night and it was Jake, he said do you want to hear your motor. He had it on his test stand to break in the cam, it was so great to be part of the whole process even if it was by phone.

I sent Jake the balance for the engine and shipping. When the engine arrived it was in an incredible homemade bulletproof enclosure. I built a small addition with all the lumber.LOL

My engine sat for five months waiting for the car to arrive. When the car arrived I now had to wait for the car to be painted, another four months. The car was finally done in February of 2002. I took the car to a car show and it took best in class, I was very happy.

Weather was finally good enough to take the car out in March. Let me tell you how she runs. Well, I started by babying the car, taking it easy with the new engine. I stopped by to see Jake on my way to Florida, nice set-up. Jake said what are you doing, get on it, drive it like you stole it. When I got back home I did just that,

Wow, the car runs wicked quick, it squats and goes very fast. I enjoy slipping it in to the turns, Mustang's and Jap cars with wings are getting to know me. They don't like me... In 2003, I plan on getting in one of racer Chris's Super header to unleash even more potential of my 2270 giant killer.

In closing if any of you are looking for a "power" plant for you're a/c, VW, TIV is the only place to be and Jake Raby is the one who in my opinion should build it. Thanks for making my engine.

Your friend,

Lenny Cuccureddu

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Kevin Iocovozzi
2007-08-03, 22:09
I wanted to take a few moments to offer my support for your customer forum. As you know when I started my Spyder project, I did not know the diference between a Type one and a Type four motor. My main issue was warranty, dependability and support. As you know the standard turn key Vintage Spyder comes with a CB Performance motor. They make a good product, but living in Georgia, the thought of removing my motor and shipping it back to CA for warranty work was unappealing. I was releived to find out, through internet sites dedicated to air cooled motors and Spyders, that you made a good motor and were located in Georgia. I can honestly say that from our first phone call I was happy to be speaking with both the owner and the builder of my engine. You educated me and provided a good fit of motor to my driving requirements. Every call and question was answered accurately in a timely fashon. The build and delivery was right on schedule and the quality was first class. In fact, your engine sat on Greg's floor for five months, was installed and fired up on the third try!

I also appreciate you traveling down to Savannah for the first tune up and teaching me how to maintain the engine, including adjusting the carbs and valves.

AS far as perfprmance, I have put over 6000 miles on the car since March of 2002 and can say over 1000 miles are hard, race track miles. I drove your motor hard, kept it on the red line but always sem to find a little more power when needed. I'v put over 2000 highway miles on the car and spent a weekend in the mountians giving the car a good thrash. The motor still runs strong and cool, the valves stay put and she feels more powerful.

I brag on your 12,000 mile 12 month warranty but don't think I'll have to use it. Please use me as a reference as I am very happy with your product and the support provided. I can't wait till we hit 12,000 miles as I'm going to send it back to you and let you install a turbo!

Good luck Jake,

Kevin Iocovozzi
Savannah, Georgia

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Danny Rosado
2007-08-03, 22:07
Well here's my story and my experience with JAKE RABY (www.aircooledtechnology.com). First, let me introduce myself. I'm "Danny" Rosado (Daniel Rosado), papun5880pr (on the shoptalkforum)and danny5880pr(on this one). How i got to choose JAKE'S for my new engine. I was posting on other forums asking where, who and what the other VW owners recomend. My first choice was "MOFFOCO" but i got so many negative feedbacks about them that i decide to search a little more,until i got a recomendation to look up Raby's Aircooled Technology, and i did so. I went to his page and looked all the possibilities and after a good look i decide to give it a try,so i e mail him and got and answer, "DANNY,CALL ME"". I did and the communication was very warm and friendly. After some talking we agree on the details and the inicial down payment so my "BABY" could be on its way. Time went on and telephone calls were exchange, all to ask for details and how it was comming out, some changes to be done and some recommendations, the expected delivery date and so on. After a couple of months (you don't rush perfection!!!) i got the "engine is ready word" from Jake and we arrange the pick up and delivery for what it was the FIRST SIGNATURE SERIES in PUERTO RICO,USA. (i have to mention that since the engine was going out of the US mainland, the warranty was not on the deal, even when PR is a COMMONWEALTH of the USA, but anyhow, it will be expenssive to send it back for WARRANTY matters). I search for a company to pick and deliver to PR and i found EMERYWORLD (www.emeryworld.com) which did the job for a fair price. After much effort and work the engine was home and it arrived in perfect conditions (except for the ussual check from US CUSTOMS) and ready to go on my 1978 VW BUS. My engine was good, but my brother gave me this one as a birthday present which arrived one day before (HAPPY BIRTHDAT!!!!!). What started as a 2165CC finished as a 2270CC "B" TYPE IV with DUAL 44 WEBBERS, a great YELLOW and GREEN paint, MALLORY UNILITE IGNITION, 96 MM JE PISTONS and some other goodies i can't tell since i don't know to much from it. I get 25 miles per gallon on city (if i don't push it). It is so powerfull (130HPof TORQUE and 107MPH at 4,500RPM's )that it has BROKEN 2 TRANSMISSIONS (ONLY THE FOURTH GEAR). The experience with jAKE was and is still good (sometimes i expect a little more) for a man that has a lot of work, stress, family problems and personal stuff as we all (including myself). One detail i have to mention is that the "PAPERS" that the engine needed where sent by mail and never arrived, so i had to do some guess work and calls to complete the installation (WITH JAKE'S HELP). I really will appreciate if at least i got a copy of them (JAKE told me they were about 20 or so pages of information and for me is as important as the engine itself). I got some detail from JAKE but is not what i expected for an engine with the details and performance as his engines. Some communication was some times impossible due to COMPUTER PROBLEMS (Jake, get a DELL), bussy lines and some "NOT RECEIVED E MAIL", but sooner or latter we did make contact and we discuss our points of view and he allways did gave me the right information and help needed. I remember when i e-mail him with an oil leak problem (it wasn't an oil leak after all!!!) and after some pictures and talking we found out that an oil breather was to be hooked up to 2 oil preassure release valves on the heads!!!!(REMEMBER THAT JAKE??). That's why i insisted on the lost papers (which made me a pain in the butt!!), because i think does little steps were explain on them. I know the oil grade, the valve adjustment and proper milage check ups and milage to do so to keep it running (so far is running perfectly), but from there, i don't know anything else (SORRY BUDDY). I wonder, JAKE keeps records on all the engines he does?, and have imformation of each engine he makes?. It will be great if i can get all the information from my engine. I CAN'T SAY NOTHING NEGATIVE FROM HIS ENGINE(S), HIS SERVICE, HIS SUPPORT, HIS COMMUNICATION, HIS FRIENDSHIP AND HIS PRODUCTS. RECOMENDATIONS AND SUPPORT ARE GREAT EVEN WITH HIS SHOP RUSH. HE IS ALLWAYS THERE FOR HIS CUSTOMERS AND HE ALLWAYS ASK THE CUSTOMER BEFORE ANY CHANGES TO AN ENGINE ARE DONE. I consider JAKE my friend and if i need another engine, which i know it will be hard due to the excellent work he did on the currently owned, 'I WILL", without thinking it twice, go to www.aircooledtechnology.com and get it (EVEN IF I GET TO BE A PAIN IN THE BUTT!!!!!! again). Hey, after all, that's the way I do bussiness and so does HE and anyone who wants to be succesfull on a bussiness. When you whant positive feedbacks and do the best you can for your customers and friends to be you have to put frienship beside for the time you are working and keep it all on the bussines (THIS CASE IS NOT ALLWAYS SINCE WE HAVE FRIENDS THAT ARE MORE THAN CUSTOMERS). He has been great so far for the importance he gives to the details and his work. It is so that he is getting all the "TOYS" he needs on his shop to do the things himself and have no problems at all. FORGET THE ISSUE OF THE PAPERS, FORGET THE TIME TO COMMUNICATE, HE IS AND WILL BE (since he is still youngh enought) THE BEST BETWEEN THE BEST TYPE IV BUILDERS IN THE USA. Do you want to see his works "of art", go to his web page and look for yourself, get the copies of VW TRENDZ and fallow his work from top to bottom. A MONEY WELL SPENT. I am in his "GALLERY" (that's how i call his "customers engines link" and proud of it. To JAKE, "keep the perfect, great, excellent job" and to everyone who read this, my recommendation when to getting a new engine for your ride is JAKE RAKY from Raby's Aircooled Technologies". GOOD LUCK BUDDY; papun(that's how my friends call me. If you call me DAnny is because you are a friend to be and if you call me DANIEL, you are not my friend at all!! PS; THE ICOM DOESN'T HAVE TO DO WITH MY POST, IS JUST MY FORM OF TAKING STREES OUT AND IDEAS OF MY HEAD!!!.

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Jason Pollard
2007-07-03, 22:10
My name is Jason Pollard a.k.a. 56Stroker... I own a 1956 Beetle(Oval)...

I want to spend a few minutes talking about my 2165cc/Venom Performance from Raby's Air-Cooled Tech.

It's been almost a year since my first thoughts of building a perfromance engine started. I was looking for the right person to handle the job. I had a chance to meet and become friends with Jake back around Nov. of 2001.

At that time I had no interest in building a 2.0 engine. However, things soon changed after I road in one of my friends cars at Bug-Jam. I was hooked!!

I makes no bones about the fact I'm a Type 1 man and always will be. When I began my search for someone to build my engine I knew of only one person. Jake had really impressed me when we first meet. However, more important than impressed is trust!!!

Whenever you decide to make the jump from what was traditionally put into a vw beetle, you better have someone you can trust. I talked with Jake for several weeks about what to build. i.e. 2165cc, 2275cc or bigger. I decided 2165cc.

The decision was pretty simple. It's streetable and dependable. Now Jake has all the specs and graphs on the engine. Let me just say this...... It's dam impressive!!! 170hp on the charts, 9:1 compression and I LOVE IT! I've had it in my car since April 2002. The only problems I've had is that I destroyed my stock tranny and that I'm not quite comfortable with the power yet. But I'm working on it. Remember, my car came with a 36hp engine in 1956. That's a wake-up call.

To conclude: If your thinking about building an engine and just aren't sure what you would like to have keep one thing in mind. TRUST! It's going to take money to build it. However, more important is it's going to take someone that you can trust to spend the money for what you payed for......

Thanks,
Jason

BKCRUIZERS.COM

this letter was added after Jason sold his RAT engine. The new owner wanted to share his thoughts. - Webmaster

ok, here's the deal. my good friend Jason Pollard sold me his 2165 that Jake built for him. it's only got about 800 miles on it. it's now in my 1953 split window rag top bug. i was running a 2110, so it wasn't slow by any means. i didn't really know what to expect from the new engine but i knew it was better than what i had, i just didn't know how much better. i was total amazed when i put my foot down!! it seemed that i couldn't find the top of the power curve, it just kept pulling, 6000, 6500, 7000+, it just kept making power. another thing that i am so impressed with is that it is as smooth at 7000 rpm as it is at idle. jake says we can make it bigger and lots more powerful, i can't see a need for more. i have been playing with these cars for more than fifteen years and i have never felt the power in a street car that this one now has. great job Jake, no cooling problems, no leaks, no complaints!! you definitely get what you pay for!!!

Thanks,

Allen Ragsdale

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Gary Monshine
2007-06-03, 22:09
I'm writing to this to give a short account of my experience dealing with Jake Raby.

I hooked up with Jake after reading several of his posts to a 181 mailing list. I've owned a couple 181's but my current one has been mine since 1982. A couple years ago, I installed CIS fuel injection which I picked up from Gary Miller. The car ran fine, but with the top down maintaining 65mph up hills was a challenge for me and for my stock 1600. That's 'til I met Jake.

After a few discussions we decided on a 88 x 74 type 1. (I know you guys are mostly type 4 types but I wanted to keep the fresh air heat on my '74 181.)

Jake certainly knows his stuff with these engines and the depth of his experience became obvious after just a few minutes on the phone. I love to buy things from people who know way more about it than I do... and I've been around VW's for 30 years.

The engine was delivered on time, on budget and performs as promised. The only problem I experienced was with some "SCAT" pushrods with improperly hardened tips. (Maybe "SCAT" refers to what they were made of.) I've since replaced them with Manton pushrods which are so far ok. I do not blame Jake for the funky pushrods, just bad luck.

To sum up, I highly recommend Jake for his honesty, experience and for the quality of his work. While I don't really want to buy another engine from him next week, I'm sure I will again.

I'm looking forward to participating in his forum; best regards and happy motoring.

Gary Monshine

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Bob Goulet
2007-05-03, 22:07
I'm a 50something tinkerer, not a real mechanic by any stretch of the imagination, who decided to rescue a nearly abandoned 914, perhaps as a means of recapturing a portion of my youth that was entwined with a 62 beetle and a lifelong fascination with Porsche. I figured I could do nearly all of the restoration, although slowly. I even considered rebuilding the engine, which I alway wanted to attempt. As I looked at options, I came to the conclusion that I could rebuild a Type IV, but it wouldn't give me the power that I wanted. A well modified 914 engine that would put out considerably more than 100 hp seemed beyond my grasp. So, I started to look for a builder. I heard of Jake from posts on the Pelican Parts bulletin board, and started to ask some questions. Jake was generous with his time in the fall of 01, and asked quite a few questions about how I was going to use the 914 and how hard I was going to drive it. I chose a version of the 2270, then went about the task of pulling the engine, crating it, and shipping it to Georgia. Throughout the building process, Jake kept me well informed of its progress, answered my questions promptly, and extended a great deal of patience to a customer who was obviously ignorant of the process of building a 2270. I never felt that he was talking down to me, or that he was too pressed for time to thoroughly answer my questions. Jake more than met the agreed upon deadline for completion, and I had my engine back in my garage long before I had the chassis ready to install it. I take a good deal of comfort from what I've heard about Jake on the bulletin boards that I frequent. I've seen that he stands by his work, and that he stands by his customers. Though I paid a large sum for the engine, I have a feeling that it's going to be a bargain in the long run. I'd like to offer comments about the engine's performance but, as I said, I'm not a real mechanic, and my project is dragging way behind. I have to learn to weld and take care of some structural rust on the unibody below the battery tray before I put the engine back in, but that's another story .......

Go with Jake - you won't find a performance builder who is as knowledgeable, honest, and as true to the VW community and spirit as he is. I regret nothing from my dealing with him, and would like to consider myself one of his friends, even though we've never shared a beer yet. I hope to write another E-mail about the engine's performance once I finally get my act together and the 914 is completed.

Bob G

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Bob Barker
2007-03-13, 21:09
I had purchased a Vintage Speedster with a Type 1 engine about a year and a half ago. The Speedster was a great car except it didn't have the HP of a sports car. I was surfing the web looking for options and also looked at some of the type 4 engines in VW magazines. This is how I came to find Jake Raby. What impressed me about Jake was that he built and tested each engine and used the best parts that could be found. I gave Jake a call and went over what I had and he addressed all my concerns. My mind was made up and I purchased a 2270cc.

When I was just about finished installing the engine, Jake said he was coming down to Florida on vacation and would stop over to help me finish the last few items and look at my work. Jake came over, and we got the engine started. It fired right up! We were going to take a test drive, but my oil cooler started to leak where I inserted the temperature probe. Now Jake coming over to see me shows his dedication to his customers.

I've had the engine running for about 5 months now. This is a great engine with power to spare. The other day Jake asked me if I had taken it to 6,500 RPM. The answer was no. Today I took up to red line and the acceleration is nothing but awesome. I now have a Speedster with looks and the performance to match.

For those looking for a Type 4 engine, you should give Jake Raby serious consideration. You will be buying from a man who cares about his work and cares about his customers. Take a look at my Speedster and engine on Jake's web site and if you are in Florida, send me an e-mail and you can see a Raby Type 4 up close and on the road.

Bob Barker

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Bill Fulton
2006-08-03, 22:11
Unfortunately, I did not have Jake rebuild my 914 engine. But he did answer many questions and did his very best to help me repair my 1.8. A short time later, Jake posted a "good used" 2.0 liter longblock for sale. Relying on Jake's reputation for honesty and integrity, I snapped it up. I'm a good customer, but I can also complain when things aren't right. In this case, Jake did exactly what he said he'd do; my expectations were met fully. He IS honest, and a high integrity business person. I'll do business with Jake again in the future without any hesitation. Next time, I hope he can build one for me.

Bill Fulton
Tazewell Co, Virginia

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