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Engine builders in the UK and how they operate?

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I would like to learn some more about  the 911 engine re-building industry model in the UK and would be keen to hear peoples experiences and thoughts.

Having watched some of "Home built by Jeff" s Youtube videos, I have been particularly impressed by the engine build videos and the fabulous skills of Neil Harvey of Performance Developments. Rather like the Edd Pink Singer engine build video, its clear that these US engine building companies do all of their machining on site and have lots of amazing, heavy, precision equipment to do it all, some of which, whilst clearly old, is mega accurate. The knowledge and skill these guys have is phenomenal. Jeffs videos in particular show Neil's amazing attention to detail, lots of his little extra engine touches and how that skill and his machinery enables him to tackle lots of problems as they crop up during a rebuild. Having the whole engine build done under one roof seems the ideal model, but maybe the industry is just not big enough for that type of business model in the UK?

In contrast I have visited 2/3 Porsche UK specialists that do engine re-builds but all had very small engine building rooms with no heavy, precision machining equipment to be seen. The engine building part of their business seems to run along a servicing/restoration business. Chris at Fenn Lane was completely open with me about their use of an outside company to do their machining and so I assume that is how most British engine builders work? Is that correct?

If so, is there any UK Porsche engine builders that do all of their machining in-house? 

 

 

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The engineering facilities at BS Motorsport are impressive but heads and porting work are farmed out.

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In terms of the bigger machines a lot of it comes down to space in UK (the south for sure), I have friends with businesses in the US and they penny's for the space that they have compared to what we pay in Buckinghamshire. The space we have we have to work out the most profitable use for it, rather than have an abundance of it.

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