July, 1996 Archives - Engine Builder Magazine
Turn of the Wheel: Automotive Parts Rebuilders Association (APRA) CV and Rack Clinic

Once again the Automotive Parts RebuildersAssociation (APRA) CV and Rack Clinic held May 4-5 in Chicago,was a huge success.Rich Lovely of Powerline, Inc., Roebuck, SC,and chairman of the APRA clinic did a fantastic job recruitingspeakers and handling the many program details. The topic on grinding did not seem as heatedas discussions that have been held

Valve Guide Repair Options

  One thing you can almost always count on when rebuilding a cylinder head is worn valve guides. The guides experience a lot of wear because of the constant friction between the guide and stem. To make matters worse, positive valve seals on late model engines prevent the guides from receiving much lubrication. Side forces

Making Power From Big Block Fords

As noted last month,the first part of a big block Ford power program is to selectthe appropriate components and machine them properly. Part twoentails coordinating the camshaft and valvetrain with an engine’sintended use, and then bolting everything together using provenhigh performance techniques. According to high performanceFord specialist Norm Wizner, Wizner Performance, Lilburn, GA,improper camshaft selection

Lane Parts Co.: Many Rebuilders Are In A State Of Transition

It seems that many rebuildersare in a state of transition. Whether it’s due to changing ownership,technology, products or markets, almost all machine shops andengine rebuilders are facing increasing competition in an increasinglyconsolidated market. Lane Parts Co., Eugene,OR, AutomotiveRebuilder’s1996 MachineShop of the Year,is no exception. This Northwest heavy duty machine shop beganlife in the early ’50s

Machine Shop Performance: This Month We Complete Our Extensive Market Profile

Part I of last month’sprofile of the machine shop market revealed that engine productionin business year 1995 was almost identical to that recorded in1994. Based on a universe of 6,000 to 8,000 full-service machineshops, custom engine rebuilders produced between 1.4 million to1.87 million engines in 1995. Last month’s data provideddetails on cylinder head and crankshaft