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For over 20 years Darryl's™ has built its reputation hand-crafting the finest in zero-mile, all-new replacement engines for the air-cooled Volkswagen for sale anywhere. 

Darryl's has hundreds of satisfied customers from all over North America.

Here are some stories, directly from happy Darryl's customers...

Dennis R., from East Millinocket, Maine

posted Sep 8, 2012, 7:11 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Sep 8, 2012, 7:21 AM ]

"I spent a lot of time researching VW engine builders and finally settled on calling Darryl in the spring of 2011.  We spec'd a longblock for my 1974 Super Beetle convertible, I ordered it and patiently awaited it's arrival.  It arrived as advertised and well-crated.  The only scary thing is that the transport company somewhere had put a set of fork-truck forks through the crate...fortunately nothing was damaged.

All the reused and new components fit without many problems.  I installed the new engine and it started without any problems. I called Darryl asked for his break-in instructions and followed them...once again without a problem.  I've run the engine for approximately 300 miles and have adjusted the valves, changed the oil and put it in storage for the winter.  I can't wait for spring.

The whole experience working with Darryl has been entirely enjoyable.  He was always willing to answer any questions as they came up or just chat for a while about the project. 

I have been and will continue to recommend Darryl to any VW enthusiast I meet."

December, 2011

Monte O., from Oakland, Michigan

posted Sep 4, 2012, 7:38 PM by Site Administrator   [ updated Sep 8, 2012, 8:30 AM ]

"My wife and I have a 71 Super Beetle Convertible...bright yellow with a black top!  Like many VW's it has a nickname:  "BUMBLE BEE". Early this summer the "Bumble" left the "Bee" when the old engine decided it was time to stop. It had many, many miles on the motor. 

We debated rebuilding the old motor, or buying a rebuilt motor...but the overall age of my motor or a rebuilt is always uncertain.  Some VW motors have been rebuilt a dozen times! We opted for a zero miles, new motor for the Bee.

Our experience with Darryl has been outstanding. He has assisted me with tips and his experience as I installed the replacement motor, clutch and other related parts. The car made its first trip to get Ice Cream recently!

Thanks, Darryl for getting the "Bumble" back in the "Bumble Bee"!"

August, 2012

Steve C., Neosho, Missouri

posted Sep 4, 2012, 1:07 PM by Site Administrator   [ updated Sep 4, 2012, 7:16 PM ]

"Darryl restored my 1970 VW Bug - it looks and drives great. We have shown the car and won trophies. So if your thinking of going VW checkout Darryl's"

December, 2008

Stephen M., Fitchburg, Massachusetts

posted Sep 4, 2012, 1:05 PM by Site Administrator   [ updated Sep 4, 2012, 6:58 PM ]

"Three years ago I cooked the engine in my 73 superbeetle. I got on the computer and started looking for repair shops. I came across Darryl's site and gave him a call. He answered the phone himself and in no time I had ordered a turnkey 1600 from him. He built it and shipped it to Massachusetts, it was about 6 weeks from order until the time it was in my car. The engine now has about 7000 miles on it and the only problem I have experienced is with the fuel pump cracking. I couldn't be happier with his service and product."

February, 2010

Joe K., Brooklyn, New York

posted Sep 4, 2012, 1:03 PM by Site Administrator   [ updated Sep 4, 2012, 7:35 PM ]

"I bought a turnkey replacement dual port 1600cc engine from Darryl's a few years ago for my 63 baja bug and its been running great ever since! I really like that when you call with a question Darryl will pick up the phone himself, I had one question about the carburator and he sorted it out in about 2 seconds." 

June, 2010

Kyle W., Murray, Utah

posted Sep 4, 2012, 1:01 PM by Site Administrator   [ updated Sep 4, 2012, 1:01 PM ]

"In 2010, I started the process of trying to find a replacement engine for my 1974 Std beetle so that my 17-year old daughter could have a fun car to drive for her senior year in high school.  I found a place in California offering turnkey engines.  I contacted them and after I had saved enough money, they were either out of business or just didn't want my business. 

I did more research and came across Darryl's website.  I contacted Darryl and explained my situation.  He understood exactly what I was trying to do the cost range that I was dealing with.  He gave advice on things he thought should be included on the engine, and we literally designed the engine from scratch.  Throughout the building process, Darryl would send me pictures of the progress and even sent me a video of the engine running on the stand in his shop.

I have enjoyed my association with Darryl.  There is tremendous trust required when you are doing a transaction like this over many miles without ever looking the individual in the eye.  I had no worries with Darryl.  He is a man of his word."

August, 2011

Bill S., Bentonville, Arkansas

posted Sep 4, 2012, 12:40 PM by Site Administrator   [ updated Sep 4, 2012, 7:12 PM ]

"Darryl has taken my Son's 73 Beetle and given it new life. We had a truly "broken down" engine barely keeping the Bug moving. Darryl installed a new engine and fixed up a lot of other "loose ends" that has her going the highway at "slightly" above the speed limit!!

Great guy to work with; explains things so my Son can understand them and lets me know all my options when working on the car."

October, 2008

Joey, Tulsa, Oklahoma

posted Sep 4, 2012, 12:39 PM by Site Administrator   [ updated Sep 4, 2012, 12:50 PM ]

"Darryl is one of the best Volkswagen mechanic/restorers that I have met. I met him at the Tulsa show a few years ago noticing first, the detail and craftsmanship that showed on the vehicles he was involved with. It was after that I realized he and his wife were awesome, down to earth people. We have since then shared many good times.

Darryl is constantly searching for new ways to make VWs better. I am amazed at his tireless dedication in this area of our industry. I would definitely recommend Darryl's shop to anyone needing any facet of auto repair."

September, 2008

Linda L.

posted Sep 4, 2012, 12:38 PM by Site Administrator   [ updated Sep 4, 2012, 12:52 PM ]

"I purchased my first VW (also my first car!) in 1969. It was a vintage 1957 VW which had been very well maintained. My Dad and I picked it out and I paid $600.00 for it - a lot of money at the time. I had two other VW's in the 70's.

In May, 2000, my husband surprised me on our wedding anniversary with a beautiful yellow 1970 VW which I've named "LadyBug" (I know ladybugs are red - but the name seemed to suit her!!). This car had been owned by only one other person - an accountant who had bought the car new when he started college. He drove the car to and from college and for several years thereafter. At some point the car was parked in his garage where it sat for some time - until she became my little treasure. We've refurbished the car and she's really something I am proud of. I love driving her - I always get stories from previous / current VW owners. About 3 years ago, we discovered Darryl. He has worked on the car on the occasions she's needed repairs.

Darryl has a wonderful talent for working on these cars. He obviously loves VW's - it shows in the way he cares for the car while he has it in his shop. The shop is neat and clean. Darryl has always been very fair in his pricing. I would recommend Darryl to anyone who needs VW repairs."

October, 2008

Bill G., Northwest Arkansas

posted Sep 4, 2012, 12:27 PM by Site Administrator   [ updated Sep 4, 2012, 7:04 PM ]

"I have owned air-cooled VWs my entire driving “career” and have had many great (and not so great) mechanics over my history. There has been an ebb and flow to the VW hobby, and as these wonderful cars age, the people involved in them do too. Retirement, lack of interest, and even failure are common place as this marquee approaches its 64th birthday.

I had noticed in one of the free regional weeklies a few years ago an advertisement for a VW restoration shop and made a mental note. On a trip back from KC MO last year I took an incorrect exit and actually found Darryl’s shop! 

Fast forward, after a less than successful (complete/enjoyable or productive) experience with another “restoration” shop, I dropped by to see if the shop was still there, and then shot a couple emails to Darryl’s website to arrange a visit. Upon arrival at the shop, I was immediately comfortable with the nostalgic ambiance. After meeting Darryl I was impressed with his patience and knowledge. Seeing his work, meeting his customers, and getting an extensive shop tour, I fully understood why he has these glowing testimonials. 

The commitment to his shop, including the development of a future business model, and a web presence are signs of progression which is a scarcity in the hobby. Though we have not done any “business” yet I am sure there will be projects in the future. Next visit I plan to pass along some memorabilia and hope to meet Erv!"

November, 2008

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