2011 Editions Archives - Engine Builder Magazine
Using Your Next Best Marketing Tool

If you look at anyone you know under the age of about 30, just take a look at your kids, their lives are in the palm of their hands in the shape of a cell phone. Most use it for all their communications these days, including email, texting and Internet, particularly with the smart phones

A Million Here, A Million There

First, Fisher’s a former winning sprint car driver running with the top-gun World of Outlaws and All-Star groups. Then, there’s the fact that he’s got the mind of a skilled surgeon when he probes the innards of his engines looking for more performance. The guy is a graduate engineer (Ohio State – 1975), but his

Designing and Building a World-Record Beating Porsche V8

We would build for the Blown Gas Modified Sports (BGMS) class where the record is currently 231.5 mph. Another record we were after was the Porsche marquee record for the 928 of 205.6 mph. Our math told us that – because we knew our final drive ratio, tire diameters and engine redline; and if our

Hydraulic Camshafts and Lifters 101

Closing up the gap between the tip of the rocker arm and the top of the valve stem reduces the pounding effect that can accelerate valve and rocker wear. Because of this, most of the push rod engines that have been built for the last 60 years have come factory-equipped with hydraulic camshafts and lifters.

Cracked Cylinder Head Repair

It seems as if many cylinder heads are doomed to crack from the very start because of their lightweight construction and design. Aluminum overhead cam (OHC) heads, in particular, are often found to be warped as well as cracked. But so too are many pushrod cast iron heads. Cracks are often blamed as the cause

Engine Rebuilding Technical Guide 2011

    November 2011         GM 3.4/3.5L Back in 1980, GM introduced an all newV6 that originally displaced 2.8L/173 cubic inches, but over time it grew into a 3.1L/191 cid, a 3.4L/207 cid, a 3.5L/213 cid and finally a 3.9L/237 cid version in 2006. Contributing Editor Doug Anderson takes us through the

2011 LS Engine Parts Buyers Guide

  This directory is composed of companies who told us they supply various parts for the LS?engine. You’ll want to check with them for their latest offerings. This isn’t an exhaustive list – only companies who responded to our survey (or our advertisers) were included. For more company contact information, visit our exclusive online resource,

Subaru WRX Engine Mods & Dyno Testing

Balancing ultimate performance within legal parameters and practicality is what Z Sport (www.zsport.com) is all about. I spent several hours being shown their clean and well-equipped shop in Everett, WA. Manager Charles Damewood and Owner Gary Watts both were very helpful in explaining what it is that Z Sport does, and how their shop makes

Gasket Surface Machining is Critical to Cylinder Head Repair

According to this representative, the relatively short production life of modern engines also shortens the time that an aftermarket gasket company needs to remedy application-specific cylinder head sealing problems. Another issue is that, if the company develops a superior gasket sealing design for specific applications, the engine might disappear from the market before the company’s

Cam Drives and Timing Components

Cam timing plays a huge role in an engine’s power curve. Advancing cam timing shifts the power curve more toward the lower rpm range, while retarding it moves the power curve higher up the rpm scale. If an engine is being built for a particular application (stock, street/strip, drag race, circle track, you-name-it), how the

The Greatest Show(s) On Earth

Every time, it seems, one way or another, the announcer always managed to get in those lines. I always wondered which was the “Greatest Show” and which was only the “Second Greatest Show” on Earth. Well the year is rapidly coming to an end, but before it’s gone, we’ll have made our decisions about which

IMCA Engines: Building Engines to Modified Racing Rules

We will point out any differences in rules for the other organizations as we go along. As always, it is a good idea to check with your local track regarding rules in ANY of the divisions you are building engines for. IMCA is the oldest active automobile sanctioning organization in the U.S., which started in