February, 2003 Archives - Engine Builder Magazine
Profit Center

One of the most common questions I get when talking to machine shop owners and engine builders is, "Where can I find a trained machinist for my shop?" Well, I think I have an answer. Attend AERA

Washington Way

Occasionally the rebuilding industry needs to sit back and review what has occurred over the past few years to get some perspective on events that loom on the horizon. This is especially true in the legislative and regulatory arena where past successes or failures often foreshadow future events. The beginning of a new year and

PERA’a Core Corner


The 354 and 392 Chrysler hemi engines do NOT use the same cam because the lifter bore angles are different.

You know how life sometimes allows you to bumble along like a big dumb puppy and then suddenly drops something on you to surprise you and stir things up? Well, a little while back Bill Hancock called me up with a piece of tech info that made me reassess what I thought I knew. That

The Valve Refacer Makes A Good Valve Job A Great One

The most critical part of any valve job is the ability to make concentric contact to the valve seat for proper sealing. Without that concentric contact all your work literally goes up in smoke in the form of black smoke from out of the exhaust system. All valve refacers do basically the same thing

What Cleaning Equipment Do You Prefer?

When it comes to cleaning engines, there seems to be as many processes and machines to get parts clean as there are hair loss treatments. However, finding what works is what really matters to most engine builders. Since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began regulating the handling of hazardous waste in ernest, it has added

The Honda 1.6L VTEC Engine, Steve Fox

At this year’s AERA EXPO 2003, which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center April 23-26 2003, the exciting sport compact performance market and the potential that it has to offer will be highlighted. In that spirit, AERA is building a high performance Honda 1.6L DOHC VTEC engine that will be stroked out

Mclaren Heads

McLaren, like Cosworth and Ferrari, is a name that for both pro engine builders and race enthusiasts alike is synonymous with high tech performance. Although long a separate entity of McLaren International, one of the most successful teams in the history of Formula One, McLaren Performance Technologies was originally the engine development division of Bruce

Gaerte Engines

In the world of sprint cars and midget racing, the name "Gaerte" is recognized as one of the innovators. With a history of building winning motors for such names as Jeff Gordon, Ken Schrader, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell, it

Compact Diesels – Not So Compact Profits!

"Compact" may not be the first thing you think of when you think of a diesel engine, but today more and more products are being powered by these types of engines. For most people when they hear the word "diesel" they think "big rig" or something that weighs as much as a small building. Though