January 2017 Archives - Engine Builder Magazine
Historic Machine Shop Named National Landmark

The W.A. Young & Sons Foundry and Machine Shop in Rices Landing, PA, has recently been designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior, meaning this sprawling factory on the banks of the mighty Monongahela River is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Making the Plunge into CNC

Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machines are changing the way many machine shops build engines. CNC provides a level of automation, sophistication and accuracy that manually operated machines can’t match. CNC also has the potential to dramatically increase productivity and profitability.

Choosing the Correct Camshaft – Bangin’ on the Bumpstick

There are numerous aspects involved in designing an engine combination. Displacement, compression, airflow, etc., and it is the camshaft’s job to ensure that all of these work together properly to achieve optimum performance. That’s why the cam is often referred to as the “brain” of the engine.

Today’s Grassroots Drag Racing Market

Bracket racing is the most popular form of drag racing. Participants in various bracket racing classes make up the majority of NHRA & IHRA land racers in the U.S. Drag races usually cover 1/8 or 1/4 mile tracks on land, a couple hundred feet for mud and usually 1/4 mile for water. Some high-powered land

Big-block Chevy Dragster “Hangs Out” at Green Bay Art Gallery

This “turn-key” mid-engined dragster was built by Undercover Motorsports. It is powered be a 555-cubic-inch 900-hp Chevrolet V8 from Dart Machinery, Ltd.

Preventing Connecting Rod Failures

Connecting rods are some of the hardest working parts inside an engine. Fortunately, rod failures from severe overloading don’t happen that often. However, they can occur in racing or extreme street performance applications. So here’s what you need to know.

Clarkrange Racing Champ Turned Performance Engine Builder of the Year

The winner of the 2016 Performance Engine Builder of the Year was Larry Pritchett, of Mid-South Racing Engines in Clarkrange, TN. Pritchett was presented the award by Engine Builder magazine at PRI in Indianapolis.

Race Engine Warranties

Your customers often spend a great deal of their money and your time on their latest attempt at winning a race. Once it leaves your shop, dyno results attached, what’s next? Do you offer a warranty on your race engines?

Shop Solutions January 2017

You want to seal that flange with an OE MLS gasket? Good luck! The same conditions now exist in exhaust flange technology as when the first MLS head gaskets were being replaced under repair conditions.

Maximize Your Grinding Efficiency

Today’s shop owner is always looking for the edge, the next big business opportunity – and you may not even realize that your flywheel grinder can be one of the most profitable machines in your business.