First off, thank you for choosing to read a bit about me. If you are even remotely interested in our services and products I recommend that you read these pages, as well as the other pages linked to this bio page. I am the person responsible for this site, this business, our way of thinking and ultimately your engine. The more you know about me the easier it will be for you to see if I’m the person who you want to build your next engine.
Here I am the boss, the machinist, the balance technician, and the guy that dreams up the combinations and finds the odd parts. I don't do all this work myself, but I do have an excellent staff that I trust to do the job as well or better than I can personally. Just like any business owner I get here before everyone else and I leave here several hours after the last employee walks out the door. My days fly by and it seems as if I get nothing done- some days I don’t!
Pictured here is Jake Raby, Owner and founder of Raby's Aircooled Technology, this picture was taken in Hesperia California in 1994
In the early days (which you can read about under that heading on this page) I did everything to VW’s from body work, to engines and full restorations. Since that time I have dedicated myself to engine work only. It has been my passion and my talent. I have used some of the knowledge that the Marines had instilled in me while working on million dollar aircraft in my aircooled engines. Since opening in late 1997, Raby’s Aircooled Technology has become a prosperous and growing business with clients spanning the globe. We have opened the eyes of the world to the versatility and wide range of applications of the VW Type 4 engine and with the aid of the internet have started a campaign to further the development and usage of this engine
Below Jake pilots his sand car in 1995 while exploring the dunes at Pismo Beach California.
During 2001 I was able to work together with the fine folks at BUG ME VIDEO, and successfully built a 2000cc TIV engine for a feature instructional video. Also in 2001 I was featured by a series of articles by VW Trends magazine, in which we built "Project Fourthcomings" . Since this time we teamed up with Bug me video in 2003 to make another Video that focused on the upright conversion of the Type 4 engine into a beetle application and also in 2003 we purchased the rights to the DTM cooling systems and now do all their production within our doors. We have had countless engines featured in magazines around the world and have been the focus of a series of articles by Excellence Porsche magazine in December of 2004. These articles will be written in the winter of 2004. Considering the prestige of Excellence in the Porsche world I consider this one of my greatest accomplishments thus far, especially considering they came to me looking for information!
In 2007 we were invited by The SPEED CHANNEL to a filming of a new TV show called "Blow it up". Our team built a Porsche 550 Spyder replica in less than 3 weeks from scratch and vetured to Iowa to compete. The experience was horrible and I'll never again even consider working with another TV production, but at least we were featured in July 2007 and got 30 minutes of TV time. For more on the "Blow it up" build you can read here.
I refuse to grow this business into a mass production facility, as many of our competitors have. I no longer build customer’s engines personally however I have 2 other employees that are more then capable of exceeding my assembly abilities. They are watched like a hawk and I do my part as quality control, design and operating the dyno. The assemblers have their strong points and so do I. This way we can personally guarantee a 100% finished product to our customers with no guesswork and know that 3 pair of eyes have looked at the finished product before it leaves my shop. I have learned a lot from my experiences with the VW, and have never shied from it. From the Deserts of California to the hills of North Georgia, my VW’s have never let me down- I drive one everyday! My goal is for my customer’s engines to be the same, or better!
Here is Jake pushing his sandrail to the maximum at the Pismo Beach Dunes in 1995
I hope this part of my biography has helped you to better understand who I am and where my experiences have came from. Many of you will find that my views "defy conventional wisdom" something I take pride in. The word “Normal” is not in my vocabulary and is not used at our shop at all. Please see the other pages of my bio for a deep look into who I am, and you’ll see just why I am the man to help make your dream engine come true.
We strive to be the best and dare to be different. I will leave you with my favorite quote.
"If you ignore the so-called rules, and do what you believe is right, rather than what is expected, there will be those who appreciate what you create, and want to share it." - Prof.Dr. Ing.h.c.F. Porsche
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