February, 2004 Archives - Engine Builder Magazine
Removal Tricks For Broken Ford Flathead Bolts

First, the flathead design means head hardware is exposed at all times to weather and coolant so corrosion results. Second, several bolt holes in the block on both sides (between cylinders) crack. It’s rare to find any of them NOT cracked and experience says that although these cracks do not create a problem that would

Shop Financials

If someone owes you money you cannot collect, you have a bad debt. A business bad debt, generally, is one that comes from operating your business. A business can deduct its bad debts from gross income when figuring its taxable income. Business bad debts may be deducted in part or in full. Non-business bad debts

PERA’s Core Corner

Have you ever had a tune get stuck in your head and it seems to follow you everywhere? No matter what you do, or where you go, it continues to go around in your head over and over again. For me, that is what it feels like with this month’s subject, the 4.6L SOHC Ford

The New Sport Compact Market

The most popular nameplates are imports such as Honda, Acura and Mitsubishi, but coming on fast are Nissan, Toyota, Mazda, Subaru and Volkswagen – plus domestic models such as Ford Focus, Dodge Neon and even Chevy Cavalier. Nobody is abandoning the small block Chevy or any of the other V8s that have traditionally been the

High Performance Piston Options

Ask the kid on the street what performance is and he’ll raise the hood of his Honda. Ask the Funny Car drag racer about performance and he’ll take you to the starting line to breathe the nitromethane. Ask the mother on vacation and she’ll tell you about driving to California from Indiana pulling a car

How To Maximize The Business Horsepower Available From A Dyno

To many consumers, dynamometers (flow benches and CNC porting too) represent black art. They believe that dyno testing their engine will somehow magically transform it into a producer of unheard levels of power. Others just want to compare their engine to one they read about in a magazine. And still others are seeking bragging rights.

As The Industry Changes, It Really Stays The Same

Think back to what you were doing 36 years ago this month. In the February 1968 issue of Automotive Rebuilder magazine, my predecessors were hinting that some of the new 1969 Dodges might be coming from the factory with turbine technology under the hood. Detroit was beginning to get nervous about a growing acceptance of