Something to ponder:
Our engine is worthless without a properly arranged vehicle for it to be installed into; this is true with any engine. A few things that one must consider are the updates that should be made to a car that is to be outfitted with an engine with the capability of what I will create for you.
Over the years I have found that the installation portion of the engine is a critical time for my engine. We do everything within our means to create a perfect engine but all of that can be ruined by a sloppy install that is not well planned or accomplished in haste, to meet a deadline or attend a car show/ race.
Who is the best person to install your RAT engine?
This removes a ton from the installer and makes it possible for 90% of our engines to be installed with no cutting and special tools, just a bit of time and patience. I have had customers from all walks of life install their own engine, this spans from Cardio-thoracic Surgeons to Lawn Care workers, both of which had never done the job before!
So yes, the normal person with a 119 piece craftsman tool set, floor jack and pair of jack stands can typically install our engine with no issues at all and don’t worry if you have never done it before because we all had to start somewhere! Heck many times a trip or two to an online forum will find someone in your area that’s also an enthusiast and most of them
Can “My mechanic” install the engine???
Absolutely!! As long as he has an open mind and is open to our direction and instruction! And we’ll even help walk him through the process as well and make sure he understands all the pertinent information concerning the engine and its custom nature. I will also assist the customer further by screening potential installers prior to the engine being shipped from my facility to ensure the person they have chosen is up to the task at hand.
Many customers have a misconception and that’s generally that a Porsche shop is the best to complete the install of their RAT engine. This is generally not a true statement because most Porsche shops charge incredible prices and know LESS about this engine than a VW shop or enthusiast may. The Porsche shops only want to work on 911s generally and most of them are far from the best choice to install my engine.
Do to varying build quality we do not install engines into
Do we have recommended installers for our engines??
Yes, we do but the list is not very long at all and these really aren’t recommendations. This is because it takes one heck of a lot to impress me and not very many installers have been able to do that over the years. Most of the issues were simple but if left alone they could have been detrimental to the engine in short order. Some of these things include hooking up fuel lines incorrectly, not wiring the ignition correctly and even running oil lines where they can contact the road!
The shops you will find below are shops that are familiar with my engine and have completed this job in the past. These shops are not affiliated with Aircooled Technology in any way, they are good guys that I have worked with in the past that have direct communication with me in case they have a question.
982 N. Batavia – B1A
Orange, CA 92867
POC Dave Greiner
Located in Napa California
Serving customers from So Cal to Seattle and, of course, our local enthusiasts.
Salt Lake City Utah
This business was formerly owned and operated by Art Thraen, a former (and fellow) USMC Helicopter CrewChief. A few years ago he sold the business to his crew, who
This team shares our desire for perfection and carries out business in the same manner that we do.
We care enough to make the recommendation, so please care enough to listen.
2,270cc Performer engine fitted to a 1963 Porsche 356B.
2270cc Type 4 Into a late beetle
Underside of a 356 Outlaw with 2270ccs of RS power by RAT
Simple “Camper Special” equipped with a V1 DTM & installed into a 68 TII
Type 4 Power for a VW Thing “181”
RAT 2316cc TIV installed by Original Customs
RAT 2270cc engine installed into a Pristine 1956 Porsche 356 as shown at the Dana Pointe Concourse. Under there