Serving Professional Engine Builders & Rebuilders Since 1964
Engine Builder Issue: January, 2012
Valve Seat Selection, Finishing & Materials
Valve seats are a wear component that often have to be replaced if they cannot be remachined. Exhaust seats, in particular, suffer the most abuse because of the higher operating temperatures they must endure.
Making Dollars and Sense Cleaning Blocks, Heads
While it can be difficult to rank the most important part of the engine rebuild process, consideration certainly has to be given to the cleaning process.
Cylinder Bores – Machining to Sleeving
The function of a cylinder bore is fairly simple yet quite demanding. The bore is nothing more than a cylindrical void which contains the engine’s air/fuel mixture as it undergoes compression and combustion.
Diesel Engine Glow Plugs: Not Just For Starting Anymore
Since diesel engines ignite by using the heat of combustion, they usually need help when the climate changes to the cold of winter.
HPBG: Grassroots Engine Market – The Grass MAY be Greener
The scope of what constitutes grassroots is different for everyone, but in Engine Builder’s case – and we’ll argue that we’ve got the correct meaning – a grassroots racing series is anything that is not the top professional ranks.
HPBG: Racing Piston Technology
In the movie "World’s Fastest Indian," Burt Munro (played by Anthony Hopkins) spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle, all the while trying to improve the pistons that he made in his garage.
HPBG: Engine Builder Fuel Injection Maintenance
Even a perfect engine will not perform like it should unless each cylinder has the correct air/fuel mixture the engine needs.
HPBG: Don’t ‘Torque’ Me Off!
I recently spent some time discussing gaskets with people who make them and are pretty much at the leading edge of technology. Their NASCAR style head gaskets are being translated into current OE production and replacements because they work.
Protecting Your Customers’ Info: Understanding The ‘Safeguards Rule’
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enacted Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information (“Safeguards Rule”) on May 23, 2003.
Understanding – And Explaining – Diesel Performance To Customers
So there you are, sitting at a stoplight when a mid-size diesel truck pulls up beside you. The exhaust has a unique sound and you can hear a slight whistle of the turbo as the truck idles.
HPBG: Becoming a Better Engine Builder at 22nd Annual AETC in Orlando
I’m not a professional engine builder, though I play one in the media and have spent many years at racetracks around the country in various capacities.