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1999 Editions

Glad to see you came back after that heavy-duty stuff I threw at you last time. This time it won

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...
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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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The recreational use of nitrous oxide as a horsepower-enhancing compound first came into prominence in the 1960s....
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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...