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Cleaning Bucket Style Hydraulic Lifters  Unlike their flat tappet cousins, bucket style hydraulic lifters can often be...
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Organize and Save  Organizing your parts inventory in your shop, building or warehouse is difficult whether it's...
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In Depth Deck Discussion I've found another use for a deck height bridge. When replacing seats...
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Plastic Fantastic For many years, bolt boots have been the primary way to protect the crankshaft journal...
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Combustion Chamber Molds When making chamber molds for a variety of purposes, including holding up the valves...
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Serve Up Cylinder Support on a Torque Plate Honing motorcycle or powersport cylinders can be difficult. The...
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Replacement Head I.D. for Ford 6.0L Diesel Identifying a Ford 6.0L head by dowel size alone does not...
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Piston Ring Gapping Tip Some of you may know this ring end gapping tip, but I have never seen it anywhere. Not even in ring package...
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Jeep 3.8L Oil Pressure Problem Many late model 3.8L Jeep engines are losing oil pressure at the oil pump due to failure of the bypass...
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A Video from John Edwards of Cost Mesa R&D Automotive Machine Shop, Costa Mesa, CA that shows How to Resize OHC Oversize Lifters According to...

Balloons Belong at Birthday Parties Not in Transmissions I rebuilt a 454 GM engine that went into a motorhome application. It ran well, and no...
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The Jaguar XK inline six-cylinder engine had one of the longest ­production runs of any engine.
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Surface finish roughness instruments use a roughness specimen, or "patch," that is certified for a known wave form to provide a specific surface parameter...
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How to See Through Pistons for ClearanceWith the advent of longer stroke crankshafts, one inch plus lift camshafts, raised camshaft locations, lifter angles,...
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Removing Stubborn Dowel PinsDo you ever have solid dowel pins that are worn or tapered, and the slap hammer slips off no matter...
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Using Multi-Layer Steel (MLS) Head GasketsAs the name implies, MLS gaskets are constructed from 2 to 5 layers (depending upon the application) of...
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Making Your Own Piston Ring CompressorSome customers have been asking me for piston ring compressors in sizes we do not carry. My suggestion...
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Safe Valve Spring Break-InMost engine builders are well aware of the fact that high performance valve springs should be compressed to coil bind...

5 Tips For a Manual Milling MachineEditor’s Note: A manual milling machine is typically at the heart of every machine shop. In the...