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Originally Posted by speednme1 View Post
Best place to go is Ruf if you donít want to use anything else. Make the call. You would need the Motronic and Harness. Then have a shop twin plug it for you. Discuss it with Ruf in Germany you may get surprised at their cost for doing the work. It may be comparable to a Porsche specialist in your area.
Funny you answered first! Incidentally, I just PMed you half an hour ago.

Well, point taken, but if I can avoid it for the moment I will. I'll explain. In my area, Ruf wants me to use their dealer in Kyoto. When I didn't have a motor at all and on the phone numerous times with Ruf Germany in Feb./March, they said about 35000 Euro, but I'd have to take my car to Ishida. It's only about an hour from here. I finally went to meet the Ishida brothers for the first time in late March when I got this answer from Manual Mayer, straight from the mouth of head of the workshop Mr. Ruf, not Aloise, I just can't drag up his first name at this moment on memory.

When I finally sat down with the Ishida brothers and told them what Ruf Germany told me, it all stopped in a heartbeat. Now I remember, his name is Marcel. Anyway, the brothers are two of a kind. One is an ambassador for the company who is fluent in English, the other won't utter a word in English. He's the Shacho or boss. So it was like good cop, bad cop if you will. The boss just shook his head, said it's too cheap at 35000 Euro. So they called Marcel Monday week, came back to me with a better price!

60.000 to 80,000 Euro and perhaps more since some BTR parts are out of production! My heart just fell through the floor when I got that phone call. They even said finding a crankshaft for a BTR motor would be like 10K or a million yen. Of course I didn't believe that bullsh-t!

Regardless, I found a motor in Europe, or perhaps it found me. Either way, it's still in Europe, so there is possibly a way to engage Ruf Germany and have little or nothing to do with the dealer here hopefully. I told Manual on the phone after this event -- I'm not Japanese, I'm an American living in Japan and I'm not going to give up on my car! He replied -- Yes, don't give up!

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