June, 2012 Archives - Engine Builder Magazine
Sleeves & Liners

I often hear customers ask about the difference between a sleeve and a liner. It’s an understandable question. Automotive guys call them sleeves and diesel guys call them liners. And while they may be used for similar purposes, the perception of what they do may be very different among different groups. Many automotive enthusiasts understand

When Choosing Racing Oil, A Systems Approach Is Best

Today’s engine builders are skilled at creating performance powerplants to win at any level. But just as one size engine isn’t right for every racing series, the oil you use will vary based on application as well. Lake Speed, Jr., Certified Lubrication Specialist with Driven Racing Oil, Huntersville, NC, says choosing the right oil is an important process. “Today’s passenger

Diesel Motorsports: Pulling in Profits or Just Blowing Smoke?

Let’s take a look at the diesel market’s history. A dozen years ago, when the first organized event was held for diesel pickups in Muncie, IN, there were a couple of hundred trucks. And most of  were lucky to hit 500 to 600 horsepower. Fast-forward to today and you will find close to 40 diesel-only

2012 Machine Shop Market Profile – Part 1

Because of the years of continuous data we’ve collected, we believe the information in this study is the most reliable data available for tracking trends in the production of engines, cylinder heads and crankshafts, as well as specific business data. While it isn’t always a rosy one, the picture that develops from our survey gives

Power Adders: Turbos, Blowers and Nitrous

The engine can only inhale so much air because the atmospheric force that’s pushing air into the engine is only 14.7 lbs. per square inch at sea level. To make matters worse, atmospheric pressure decreases with elevation. Air density also decreases with temperature because hot air is thinner than cold air. Most stock naturally aspirated engines

New Products for Modern V8 Engines

The numbers aren’t there yet, but engine builders and suppliers are taking notice of the new V8s. What has taken so long? For one, the new engines are more expensive and more complex. Some shops do not have the capability or expertise to work on them just yet, but more and more shops do. One

Diesel Engines: Dino Fuel or Bio Fuel?

  Though they lately seem to be going the other way, with rising fuel prices, consumers are constantly looking for inventive ways to cut fuel costs and consumption. That’s the American spirit: we love to look for ways to beat the system. There is nothing wrong with this attitude, because this is where inventive minds