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2004 Editions

As I sit here pondering the many topics I could choose to write about for my last column of 2004, I'm suddenly struck by...

It's an old story. A customer brings in a rebuild job and you do your normal quality job. You dot all the I's and...

There comes a time in the life of every valve when it must either be replaced or reconditioned. Valve faces become worn and eroded...

In nearly all aspects of today's competitive consumer market, the customer is king, brand means everything, and warranties on parts and services are a...

As I sit here pondering the many topics I could choose to write about for my last column of 2004, I'm suddenly struck by...
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The camshaft is really the heart of every performance engine because the cam defines the engine's breathing potential, its torque curve and peak horsepower....
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The engines in NASCAR's newly introduced Strictly Stock class of stock car racing in 1949 were literally stock, right off the dealer's showroom floor....
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Tractor pulling has been with us for as long as there have been tractors. Farmers used to...
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  The 4.0L came on the scene in 1987 and is still being used, however 2005 may be...
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In this fast-paced world, keeping up with any industry can be very trying. Keeping up with the latest trends can be the difference between...
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Valve seats seem to be a fairly simple engine component but they play a critical role in sealing compression and cooling the valves. When...
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Engine rebuilding may be your career, but component cleaning may be one of your biggest jobs. Ever since the earliest days when engine builders...
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With gasoline prices in the U.S. bouncing around the two dollars per gallon mark, record high oil prices and growing uncertainty over the price...
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Some months back (December 2003 Engine Builder, to be exact), I wrote about some of the identification features of the Gen III GM V8...
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So if a customer is driving a vehicle that is more than 5 or 6 years old, he may be driving on borrowed time...
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The 3.0L Ford pushrod motor has been around for nearly 20 years. It was originally introduced back in 1986 and millions of them have...
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Over the past several columns, I've talked about a variety of shop machines and their maintenance schedules. I've talked about how to get your...
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While some engines are relatively rare in machine shops, the big Cadillacs have remained a consistent source of income. These engines are Cadillac's last...
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A full-line of flat mechanical tappets, lash adjusters and encapsulated hydraulic roller lifters are again being produced...
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Lately I've been noticing an increase of instances where an engine may be the same from one year to the next, with the exception...