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1999 Editions

If you listen close, you can hear the approaching thunder. It
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"Ten years ago, when there wasn’t that much aluminum, people were scared," said Mike Wigert, sales manager of spraywasher manufacturer LS Industries. "They didn’t...

Glad to see you came back after that heavy-duty stuff I threw at you last time. This time it won
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The recreational use of nitrous oxide as a horsepower-enhancing compound first came into prominence in the 1960s....
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The things you overhear on crowded buses! While attending two recent rebuilding conventions, I had the opportunity to discuss many of the industry
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The performance market is hot these days. No doubt about it. Motorsports is the number one spectator...
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Valve, guide and seat repairs are the cornerstones of rebuilding cylinder heads. It makes no difference if...
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Defective returns. These two words have many undesirable connotations to the power steering rebuilder. Starting with a replacement part request, other claims could be...
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Although it shared many common dimensions, looked much the same and even had a few common parts, it...
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Cleaning is the cornerstone of every rebuilding operation, be it a small one or two man shop...
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Those of us who have been in the valve business all of our career tend to forget...
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Sometimes we need to exceed even our own expectations. That’s the message from Jim Ormsby, incoming Production...
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A year ago, we described the term "application specific" as the buzzword of the aftermarket brake business. It was, and still is an important...
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The numbers speak for themselves. The annual replacement market for front-wheel drive axle shafts, all-wheel drive axle shafts and four-wheel drive shafts is estimated...
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The usual core supplier issues are all alive and well, and the talk among those in the core business continues to revolve around supply...
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These days, OEMs push the envelope in terms of precision engine building techniques. Will machine shops be able to pass added technology costs on...
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As often as not, a high performance or race engine is built to replace one that already exists. When that
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In Part I of our annual profile of the custom engine rebuilder/machine shop market (see June, 1999...
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Each year, the staff at Automotive Rebuilder magazine recognizes one machine shop that displays business practices that go above and beyond the norm. This...