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The Market For Commercial/Industrial Diesel is Thriving

Off-highway diesel engines are designed to perform in many different applications across multiple industries. These engines must be able to perform consistently and reliably in extreme conditions where there’s dust, vibration, high altitudes and generally harsh weather conditions. Such engines can be found in excavators, cranes, backhoes, forklifts and others that perform a particular job.

Building Buicks

Under the Hood with Buick Specialist Keith Diabo of Gran Sport Autobody Back in 1970, Keith Diabo’s father came home with a new Buick Riviera GS and sparked what would be Keith’s calling in life – restoring classic muscle cars and engines. Not to be outdone by his dad, it wasn’t long before Keith got

Little Victories – Big Bucks from Small Engines

Finding Performance Potential in 4 and 6 Cylinder Engines Let’s get something on the table right now – I’m a V8 guy. As you’ve read elsewhere in this issue, I tend to also chant the mantra, “There’s no replacement for displacement.” Bigger just seems better and badder. Perhaps you’re like me. But let’s take a

Oil Pumps – Pump Up The Volume to keep Engine in Tune

The Right Oil Pumps and Systems Keep Your Engines In Harmony This month we’re going to take a look at the component that can be considered the heart of your engine, the oil pump. Whether it’s a wet sump, dry sump, crank-driven, shaft-driven, etc. it is responsible for supplying the required oil that no engine

Power Up Those Engines

Selecting the Correct Power Adder for Your Customer There’s no replacement for displacement,” goes the adage. However, this may no longer true considering the kind of horsepower being pumped out of today’s boosted engines. Whether you’re building engines for stock, performance or a diesel application, chances are you’ll be working with an engine that is

Engine Math for Engine Builders

E ngine building is a numbers game. Whether you like math or not, you often have to use it when figuring things like engine displacement, airflow, compression ratios and valve lift. Knowing how to calculate these values and how to use the numbers to match pistons, cylinder heads, cams, carburetors and valve train components can

Cryogenics is Real and It Works – You Just Can’t See It

Cryogenics is a process in which material such as steel and aluminum are exposed to severe cold, down to -320 degrees F to make them more durable and stabilize the metal or aluminum. The closer you get to absolute zero (-459.67 F) the better, but you better not cross that line of -460 F.

We Have Lift Off – Head lift and a look beyond the gasket

In the 1980s, many racers were experimenting with turbochargers on stock engines. Colossal horsepower and torque numbers could be produced for a short period until the engine self-destructed. One of the weakest links they focused on was how to keep the head attached to the block under extreme pressures. Many engine builders experimented with copper

Rocker Arms – Connecting Up Your Valve Train

Understanding how rocker arms work The rocker arms in an engine have one simple but very important function: transferring the opening and closing events from the camshaft to the valves. Well, we all SAY it’s simple, but is it? Questions about what works best are still asked by even the most seasoned professional. With all

Taking Over the World of Engine Building

What you should know if your business is going international Not many businesses are satisfied with simply maintaining a local clientele. Just as customers typically want bigger and bigger engines, engine shops are looking to grow their business reach outside their town, city or state. In some cases, engine shops reach an international clientele, making

Military-Spec Coatings

How thermal coatings can benefit multiple engine areas M ilitary coatings are exponentially better than commercial coatings. At my shop, Hekimian Racing Engines in Watertown, MA, we use what are known as Mil-Coats, proprietary coating combinations for engine components. These are not available through your commercial channels. Hekimian Racing Engines’ coatings are proprietary, and Mil-Coat

Taking Over the World of Engine Building

Not many businesses are satisfied with simply maintaining a local clientele. Just as customers typically want bigger and bigger engines, engine shops are looking to grow their business reach outside their town, city or state. In some cases, engine shops reach an international clientele, making their engines and services available to the world. While there’s