Engine Pro Shop Solutions - June 2018 - Engine Builder Magazine

Engine Pro Shop Solutions – June 2018


I attach a large speaker magnet in my valve grinder oil tank. This draws any metal particulate matter to this area and keeps the oil clean.

Gary Sloat

Auto Supply of Stuart

Stuart, FL


After I read the article about the 12-bolt rear ends in an earlier issue of Engine Builder (March 2018, page 32), I wanted to share a solution to easily set pinion depth, without the hassle of pressing the bearings on and off.

When rebuilding integral carrier type differential such as the GM 10 or 12-bolt, after removing the pinion, I remove the original bearings from the pinion (providing they are not destroyed). I take the old bearings and open the I.D. of the bearings with a stone on a die grinder so that the bearings will slip fit onto the pinion shaft.

Now, I can assemble and disassemble as needed to set the pinion depth, without having to press the bearings off each time. Then I final assemble the differential with new bearings marking the modified, old bearings for future use in the same type rear – saving money and time.

Lee Johnson

Pro Performance

Phoenix, AZ




This works well for grinding valve seats with stones and knocking out valve guides. You are able to walk around the entire head. These are simply made with two brake drums, some steel tubes and flat steel. Just check the picture.

Ron Post

Dave Hiatt Machine

Clovis, CA


To remove burrs and irregularities on machine beds or stanchions, I use a carbide-tipped gasket scraper. These carbide-tipped scrapers are superior to anything out there. Oh, and they do a nice job on gaskets too!

Darin Driscoll

AMS Automotive Machine and Supply

Fort Collins, CO


Do you have a balancer puller with stripped out threads? Don’t throw it away! You can make a universal engine turning tool out of it. We turned a 1/2˝ drive extension down in the lathe to fit the inside the bore of the tool, cut it to fit the length, then plug welded the end. Bolt it to the balancer and use a 1/2˝ ratchet with this tool to turn over almost any engine with the balancer installed.

Dan Matton

D and D Auto Machine

Bloomington, MN



Installing a speedy sleeve on a 22R Toyota crank can be difficult because of the flywheel pilot flange sticking out of the back of the crank. I used a piece of tool steel, drilled a hole in it then installed a spring and a pin to hold it to the pilot shaft that was turned down and stepped. This makes putting a sleeve on a 22R Toyota crank real easy.

Nick Redenbaugh

Sierra Auto

Modesto, CA

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Engine Builder and Engine Pro present Shop Solutions in each issue of Engine Builder Magazine and at enginebuildermag.com to provide machine shop owners and engine technicians the opportunity to share their knowledge to benefit the entire industry and their own shops. Those who submit Shop Solutions that are published are awarded a prepaid $100 Visa gift card. Submit your Shop Solution at [email protected]. You must include your name, shop name, shop address and shop telephone number. Submitted Shop Solutions not published will be kept on file and reevaluated for each month’s new entries.

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