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Everyone is looking for balance in their lives – balance between work and family, between responsibility and recreation, between give and take. Too much...

Most automotive guys understand the principles of an internal combustion engine. Whether it is gasoline or diesel these are fuel, fire, and compression! Without...
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Most engine builders have strong opinions and brand preferences when it comes to choosing a crankshaft and bearing combination for a performance engine application....

Back in the late 1800s, the director of the U.S. Patent Office was said to remark “Everything that can be invented has been invented.”...

As we reported in our 2009 Machine Shop Market Profile, the total number of engines built is down, however, savvy engine builders know that...
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November 2009  Download complete Tech Guide here.  
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November 2009  Download complete Tech Guide here.  
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Today’s engines are being designed with more valves per cylinder with smaller valves to reduce valve train weight and increase intake volume. Cylinder heads...
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Nothing makes this truer than the changes in automobile engine design over the last 20 years or so. For example, in the early 1970s,...
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It is said to be one of the last great open frontiers. Many experts say that it’s just about the last place on Earth...
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From the budget six-cylinders that get 300 hp and 28 mpg for less than $25,000 to the 600 hp Viper V10 to the 630...
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The SB Chevy ball and stud stamped steel rocker arms were a revolutionary departure from the shaft mounted rocker arm systems of that era...
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The Automotive Parts Rebuilders Association (APRA) and the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association (ATRA) will both be holding their annual expositions at the Riviera Hotel...
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While cryogenics – the technology for producing and using cold in a variety of ways – saw significant achievements in technology and applications in...
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After servicing and answering questions about these engines for several years, it finally occurred to me that the owners of these engines didn’t understand...
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Let’s face it, when you invest in new state-of-the-art equipment, some or most of that investment is in the tooling. That tooling needs proper...
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The factors that typically cause a gasket to fail include age, heat, thermal expansion, abrasion, pressure, vibration, corrosion, material breakdown or poor design. Some...
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Like many forms of racing in this economy, shifter kart racing is in a state of change. With substantially more power, a six-speed sequential...
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Building championship-caliber engines isn’t a new concept to Jeff Williams. Since he started building his first stroker 302 Ford at age 14, the West...
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When rebuilding a cylinder head for a stock automotive application, a performance engine, or a heavy-duty diesel, what kind of replacement seats should you...