October, 2009 Archives - Engine Builder Magazine
Understanding The Mysteries Built Into The Ford Power Stroke Engine

After servicing and answering questions about these engines for several years, it finally occurred to me that the owners of these engines didn’t understand how they work – and, frankly, neither did many repair techs. I remember when Ford introduced the Navistar engine in the middle of 1994. The rumor on the block was that

Take Care of Your Tooling and It

Let’s face it, when you invest in new state-of-the-art equipment, some or most of that investment is in the tooling. That tooling needs proper care – especially if you want your new machine to perform according to the manufacturer’s specs. These newer machines don’t have a clue that your tooling is dull, bent, nicked, burred,

Gaskets, Seals, Sealants and Fasteners

The factors that typically cause a gasket to fail include age, heat, thermal expansion, abrasion, pressure, vibration, corrosion, material breakdown or poor design. Some gaskets go the distance and others do not. With head gaskets, problems like detonation and engine overheating can damage the gasket very quickly, causing an otherwise good gasket to crack or

Shifter Kart Engines: Opportunities from Spec to Open Classes

Like many forms of racing in this economy, shifter kart racing is in a state of change. With substantially more power, a six-speed sequential gearbox and 4-wheel brakes, they certainly delivered "bang for your buck" performance. Probably the biggest testament to the value of racing shifter karts is the career path of Scott Speed who

A Winning Pair

The Automotive Parts Rebuilders Association (APRA) and the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association (ATRA) will both be holding their annual expositions at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas prior to the AAPEX and SEMA Shows. Combining the two shows – APRA’s The BIG R Show and  ATRA’s Powertrain Expo – into one all-encompassing exhibit

Mysterious Processes, Proven Results

While cryogenics – the technology for producing and using cold in a variety of ways – saw significant achievements in technology and applications in the latter half of the twentieth century?(and continuing, of course, today), scientists have been developing ways to make things colder and colder since the late 1800s. The successful process of liquifying