2003 Editions Archives - Engine Builder Magazine
Valve Guide Reconditioning

A valve loses about 15 to 30 percent of its heat through the stem. On the exhaust side where there is no cooling effect from the incoming air/fuel mixture, the guides are critical, because cooling through the stem is especially important for valve longevity. Worn intake guides or ones with too much clearance can also

PERA’s Core Corner

During our research of the General Motors Gen III engine family we continued to run up against a stumbling block of exterior identification between the 4.8L and 5.3L engines. It seemed that no matter who we spoke with, be it core suppliers, wrecking yards, engineers or rebuilders, when asked how they differentiated between the 4.8L

Getting Aluminum Clean: There’s More Than One Way

Cleaning aluminum creates special challenges for engine builders because of its corrosiveness and soft metal properties. There are several effective ways to clean this non-ferrous metal but there is no magic solution. You will more than likely have to combine several processes to get the kind of clean that you demand. The methods that will

Performance Doesn’t Always Mean "Race Cars"

When discussing high performance engine work, most shop owners instinctively think about racecars. It might be circle track racing, drag racing, tractor pulling, boat racing or many other forms of "off-street" motorsports. It

PERA’s Core Corner, Roy

In the September 2003 installment of "PERA Core Corner," I provided both information and a chart to help with Ford casting and part numbering identification. I mentioned that the center portion of every Ford part number includes an identifier number, which indicates what that component part is. I also stated that I was unaware of

Performance Machining


Low, Loud and Fast – Karting Isn’t Kids’ Stuff

Karting, like car racing, offers potential opportunities to engine builders willing to make the commitment to a growing sport. If you

What’s Wrong With Our Industry

What’s wrong with the engine building industry today? It’s a simple question that has no simple answer. Like many other – if not every – industry facing difficult times, the factors impacting this market are varied, complex and frustratingly hard to pin down. Are the woes of the industry the fault of customers or suppliers?

Club Racing Engine Builds: Where Excitement Meets Opportunity

When you think of fast food, you think of McDonald

Getting Your Head Straight About Head Straightening

Along with new-style aluminum cylinder heads came a few inherent characteristics

Align Yourself

The crankshaft main bores are the foundation of every engine block. The alignment of the main bores is important because their position establishes the centerline of the crankshaft and how the crank aligns with the cylinders, deck surfaces and camshaft. Misalignment in the main bores can cause binding and premature main bearing wear. Misalignment occurs