Shop Solutions – January 2024 - Engine Builder Magazine

Shop Solutions – January 2024

Before installing cam bearings, make sure to chamfer any oil holes and clean up back grooves of any sharp edges.

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KNOCKING OFF THE EDGES

Before installing cam bearings, make sure to chamfer any oil holes and clean up back grooves of any sharp edges. This is especially critical with aluminum blocks. I like to give these areas a little buff on the mounted wheel to finish. This will prevent pulling or peeling that could contaminate an oil galley.

Ron Flood
Cedar Machine
North Branch, MN

EASY MOUNTING

When I need to mill something that’s hard to set-up and hold, I use this 19″ 3″x4″ 3/8″ thick angle iron. I just bolt on the head, ex manifold or whatever won’t work out on the machine’s mounting plate. I’ll mill slots for even more universal mounting if I make another one. Mine has many holes, slotted holes and whatever it takes to get the job done. I’ve even milled piston domes by setting them on a ring and a round bar thru the pin bore with a redi-rod threaded into that.

Randy Torvinen
Torvinen’s Machine
Menahga, MN

LUG STUD DRILL GUIDE

I made this drill guide to quickly center existing lug stud holes when upgrading to larger lug studs in axles. To begin, the round bar needs to be approximately 2″ long, and approximately 1/4″ larger in diameter than the drill bit’s size. Drill 1″deep into the short length of steel round bar. Taper the other end ~10 degrees. To use, slide the tool over the drill bit, then insert the tapered end into the existing hole to accurately center the drill bit.

Tom Nichols
Automotive Machine & Supply, Inc.
Joshua, TX

RELUCTOR WHEEL INSTALLATION TOOL

We made our own reluctor wheel installation tool for LS engines, and it works like a charm. We used junk materials from around the shop, including an old valve stem, and have about 2 hours of labor into making it. A chunk of 1/2″ plate steel drilled to fit the flexplate/flywheel register on the crank, a valve stem that fits the locating hole on the reluctor wheel, and a pin that fits the blank hole on the flexplate/flywheel flange. It would be just as easy to make the same for other engines such as the Mopar Gen III Hemi.

Rich Jones
Redline Automotive, Inc.
Davie, FL

IT’S BETTER TO SUCK AT YOUR JOB

Sometimes, it is better to suck at your job instead of using an air blow gun to remove debris or chips away from your work piece. Using a vacuum will keep your work area cleaner along with reducing air borne irritants and possible eye damage.  I rigged up this foot switch operated vacuum to save time and my back. I have placed a vacuum by every “dirty” machine, which encourages cleanliness without the hassle of moving one around the shop.

Josh Mitchell
Mitchell Machine Works & Custom
Neligh, NE

CARBIDE SCRIBE

My head porter and I developed this tool to keep all valve job bowl cuts identical. Very simple to make and quickly scribes exactly where to make cuts. Scribe is made from a carbide point from pocket metal scribe. It is epoxied into a drilled hole in the adjusting screw. An assortment of cut valve stems allow the tool to be used in a variety of different guides.

Eric Gartner
Performance Off Road
Shadyside, OH

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