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Shop Solutions – The Power of Knowledge

Shop Solutions – The Power of Knowledge
Engine Builder and Engine Pro present Shop Solutions in each issue of Engine Builder Magazine and at enginebuildermag.com to provide machine shop owners and engine technicians the opportunity to share their knowledge to benefit the entire industry and their own shops. Those who submit Shop Solutions that are published are awarded a prepaid $100 Visa gift card. Engine Pro is a nationwide network of distributors that warehouse a full line of internal engine components for domestic and import passenger car, light truck, heavy duty, industrial, marine, agricultural and performance applications. They also produce engine parts under the Engine Pro name that offer premium features at an affordable price. Professional engine builders! Submit your Shop Solution at shop [email protected]. You must include your name, shop name, shop address and shop telephone number. Submitted Shop Solutions not published will be kept on file and reevaluated for each month's new entries.
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UPDATING YOUR GASKETS CAN SAVE TIME AND MONEY The old adage, “Time is money” has never been more true than it is today. With the...

A Hot Cutter Cam I think it’s good practice to test fit a camshaft before assembling an engine I have machined, and we have all...

Removing Dry Sleeves Removing dry cylinder liners by pressing them out can require a lot of setup time. Using your boring bar, offset the centering with...
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Cleaning Keepers When cleaning valve train parts it is so easy to lose...
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Cover Your Glass  To make the glass in our glass-beading machine last...
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Let in the Light(er) When vacuum checking 4-valve-per-cylinder heads, it’s hard to tell...
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Another Dowel Puller We were trying to remove the alignment dowels from some...
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Not Your Father’s Block Repair Sometimes the front of Oldsmobile blocks get warn...
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Resize Cracked Rods? Yes, You Certainly Can! Despite what you may believe, there...
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The Importance of Timing Sprocket Alignment When assembling an engine, one of the most overlooked items is the timing chain sprocket alignment. The upper and...
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Lathes: Not Just For Brakes Anymore Our brake lathe does not see as many rotors and drums as it once did, but we are finding new...
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Don’t Fall Off Your Rocker Pins Several types of Honda heads have...
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APPLY PRESSURE HERE I found myself without a welder to use to remove a check ball staked into the end of an oil passage of...
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Thinking Outside the Book Is your business up to date on your Yellow Pages listing? I hope not! In the good ol’ days if someone in...
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Spring Tester Stand Make your daily life easier with fixtures and setups....
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Old School Head Bench This is very basic and has been in...
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Let The Light Shine In When I’m struggling to see the valve keeper groves on an overhead cam head with “bucket-style” lifters, I attach a...
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Muscle in the Office Can Mean Better Cash Flow Cash flow is a vital part of every business…let’s get better at it. • Cover yourself along...
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Ball Cup Effective Length When working with a ball-and-cup type pushrod from an application like a Ford or Chrysler product with adjustable shaft rockers, it...
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Smoke ‘Em if Ya Got ‘Em In our shop, we don’t have a dyno or engine...