How It’s Made - Engine Builder Magazine

How It’s Made

My wife gets mad at me but I will regularly turn off “The Notebook” to watch an episode of “How It’s Made.” If you’re not familiar with either of them, “The Notebook” is a sad movie that seems to have something to do with Jim Rockford (from “The Rockford Files”) and a painter. Apparently there’s also some time travel involved – I’m not really sure. It’s on TV in my house at least five times a week, thanks to the insatiable appetites for emotion of my wife and two daughters.

My wife gets mad at me but I will regularly turn off “The Notebook” to watch an episode of “How It’s Made.”

If you’re not familiar with either of them, “The Notebook” is a sad movie that seems to have something to do with Jim Rockford (from “The Rockford Files”) and a painter. Apparently there’s also some time travel involved – I’m not really sure. It’s on TV in my house at least five times a week, thanks to the insatiable appetites for emotion of my wife and two daughters.

“How It’s Made,” on the other hand, is the best thing ever.

I doubt that I’m alone here, but I think watching something get invented, designed, manufactured and distributed is much more satisfying than bawling your eyes out again and again.

It doesn’t matter whether I’m learning how a micrometer is built and calibrated, how a kayak is determined to be watertight or an old stick is turned into a didgeridoo, if they’re making it, I’m watching it.

Watching experts ply their crafts is very reassuring to me. Whether it’s my neighbor who is an excavator use his backhoe like an extension of his arm, any of our advertising partners manufacture parts in their factories or our readers assemble and dyno test engines, I’m fascinated with the process of taking nothing and making something.

At Engine Builder, we are in a constant state of creation. Our monthly magazine is countered with weekly e newsletters and daily web site updates. We tend to work several months out on feature articles and photography requirements, though last minute changes are a constant reality as well. A phone call from a reader this morning often results in an email to an advertiser this afternoon which may create a news item next week which spawns a cover story idea for next year.

And it’s next year I want to talk to you about.

Even though we are less than halfway through 2017, we are already starting to look toward the horizon that is the 2018 editorial calendar. In this sacred document, we outline what topics we cover editorially, what supplements we need to produce and what engines are most important to discuss in print and online.

Whether you know it or not, every time you send an email, make a phone call or “like” a post online for any of our Engine Builder people or properties, you are helping us determine what’s of greatest interest to you.We have some savvy market research people in our office and they undersand how to use individual data points to help guide our direction, which, we theorize, will help YOU in your businesses.

It’s great to get unsolicited comments from readers, whether filled with praise and satisfaction for a job well done or with constructive criticism for instances where we have, perhaps, crashed our tooling. Keep those notes and messages coming. But I also invite you to visit us online (www.enginebuildermag.com) and look for our new “Pros Only” password protected tab. Enter your subscriber number from the mailing label on the front of this issue and your zip code and you’ll have the opportunity to give our staff some specific suggestions for articles that interest you most.

No guarantees every suggestion will make the list, but we want your input as we continue to make Engine Builder relevant to the engine builder and machine shop operator of the future.

“Behind the Scenes for 2018” sounds like a great name for a movie – one that none of us will want to miss. No tears needed. ν

You May Also Like

America’s Best Engine Shops 2022 | Choate Engineering Performance

This shop’s dedication to quality engine work, its growth, its machining capabilities and its impact in the diesel industry, all make Choate Engineering Performance well deserving of Engine Builder’s and Autolite’s 2022 America’s Best Diesel Engine Shop award.

Necessity is the mother of all invention, and it certainly played a role in the founding of Choate Engineering Performance. The diesel engine and machine shop was founded by shop owner, Cass Choate, after finally becoming fed up with having to rely on others for certain aspects of his work.

America’s Best Engine Shops 2022 | 4 Piston Racing

The 4 Piston Racing facility in Danville, IN houses two buildings – one is 12,000 sq.-ft. and the other is 2,500 sq.-ft. The shop is very heavily focused on Honda cylinder heads and engine work to the tune of 300+ engines and 1,000 cylinder heads annually!

Randy Bauer Shares His Experience as PERA President

We recently spoke to Randy about his PERA presidency and what some of the biggest hurdles are facing the engine remanufacturing industry right now.

Women in Motorsports: Mattie Graves

Mattie Graves competes in the Outlaw Diesel Super Series (ODSS) dragster class, and is the only female doing so in a class that already has very few competitors in general. Find out more about this up and coming diesel drag racing star.

Women in Motorsports: Johnna Dunn

She got her drag racing license before she got her regular license, and that tells you everything you need to know about Johnna Dunn. She’s a drag racer and clutch specialist for her grandfather’s NHRA Top Fuel Funny Car team, Jim Dunn Racing.

Other Posts

One-on-One with Jillian McLaughlin of Precision Machine Engine

Earlier this year we caught up with Jillian McLaughlin of Precision Machine Engine (PME) out in North Highlands, CA. Jillian is just a few years into her engine shop journey, but she’s picked up the ins and outs of numerous engine work quickly, and can be seen on Instagram doing her thing for PME. We

King to Host PRI Tech Seminar and Launches Can-Am Bearings

King Engine Bearings will be hosting an engine builder roundtable at the 2022 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in Indianapolis.  “Master the Engine” seminar will be hosted by King’s Technical Manager, Ron Sledge, with six engine builders in a Q&A format, uncovering the latest engine building trends, best practices, and insider tips and tricks.

Women in Motorsports 2022 Class

Women in motorsports… need we say more? These nine women do some awesome things in this industry.

Women in Motorsports: Kayla Blood

A veteran of the military, a former track star, an MMA fighter, Motocross and ATV racer, and now a Monster Jam driver, Kayla Blood has packed a lot into her still growing career. Now the driver of Soldier Fortune, she strives to make a name for herself and for other women looking to make motorsports a career.