Pontiac Excitement! used to be a company slogan and Pontiac engines caused a lot of the hubbub. The first Pontiac in 1926 was called the Chief of the Sixes. It had a split-head six that was advertised as costing only pennies less a day than a four.
Anyone with a Sunnen diamond hone head can gain more clearance on the bottom of the cylinder to main web area by taking off the factory spring setup and replacing it with the spring from a small block Chevy front cover seal.
Which antifreeze should you use in your diesel engine? It seems just when you think that things are starting to settle down, something else changes.
If we were to sum up the role that the valve spring plays in regard to its function as part of the overall valve train with one word, that word would be control. Considering that it is the predominant part responsible for keeping all of the valve train components in constant contact with the camshaft lobe, it’s easy to see how important getting the correct amount of spring pressure can be.
Aluminum engine blocks have been around for many years for both stock and performance applications. Aluminum has a number of advantages over cast iron, the most obvious one being weight.
When Van and Patty Haisley started their diesel engine and machine shop in 1985, diesel engine work wasn’t quite like it is today. Haisley Machine was founded in Fairmount, IN at a time when diesel engines used to only be mechanical. Today, of course, diesel engines have added plug and play electronic devices for more power.
SCAT was born in 1962, created by Tom Lieb who ran an auto parts business out of his parents garage while still in college.
Chevy strokers are pretty common. But how much do we hear about Chevy’s less produced engine, the 348/409 W motor? Surprisingly, they offer a pretty impressive number of options.
Folks have been stroking engines as long as hot rodding has been around. Swapping Merc cranks in Ford Flatheads was a surefire recipe for a fast car. And as you can see from this as well as past Engine Builder Stroker Resource Guides, there is a kit for virtually any engine worth modifying.
Because of weight and size of their creations, diesel engine builders can be faced with some unique challenges.