These days, OEMs push the envelope in terms of precision engine building techniques. Will machine shops be able to pass added technology costs on to their customers?
After a recent tour of the DaimlerChrysler Kenosha, WI, engine plant, I came away with a lot more questions than answers about the future of engine rebuilding, especially for small and medium shops. The procedures I saw may even cause problems for the large production rebuilders.
I watched two different production lines in operation. One line produced the 4.0L six-cylinder used in the Jeep. The other line made the 2.7L V6 used in the new Chrysler 300M, the Concorde and the Dodge Intrepid.
The 4.0L won