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Centroid A560 Port Block CNC Machine

Cecentroid_engine_builderntroid’s A560 Port Block CNC Machining Center can copy and cut CNC cylinder heads with its hands-off autonomous 5 axis CNC Digitizing. The unit can CNC-machine blocks to ­perfection.

Picking a Racing Oil

How do racing oils differ from everyday motor oils? You might think all racing oils are synthetics, but they are not. Some use conventional mineral base oils, others use PAO and ester synthetics, and some are a blend of conventional and synthetic oils. It doesn’t really matter which way a racing oil is created as long as it meets the criteria for which it was designed.

Melling Releases Five New Part Numbers

Melling, a leading manufacturer of oil pumps and other power train components, has announced five new part numbers. Melling has introduced variable cam timing housing, variable cam timing solenoid, camshaft sprocket actuators and rocker arms.

MAHLE Aftermarket Inc. Names Fourth-Annual Champion Technician

MAHLE Aftermarket Inc. recently named Las Vegas native, Kevin Roche as the fourth annual MAHLE Aftermarket Champion Technician. Roche was awarded the title based on his entry in the MAHLE Aftermarket Champion Technician contest, established to spotlight talented and forward-thinking engine technicians and specialists nationwide.

Could Our Cars Get Two Stroke Diesels?

The diesel engine, once only a bastion of trucks and European passenger cars, is becoming more and more popular every year, even here in the United States. Conversely, one technology that isn’t so popular is the two-stroke. After having a solid run in several cars throughout the decades, the two-stroke engine now seems mostly consigned

AMSOIL Signature Series 5W-50 Synthetic Motor Oil for Ford Mustangs

AMSOIL has expanded its premium Signature Series line by adding a 5W-50 synthetic motor oil specially formulated for high-horsepower Ford Mustang engines requiring the Ford WSS-M2C931-C performance specification. AMSOIL Signature Series 5W-50 Synthetic Motor Oil provides anti-wear protection.

Online Voting Begins in $125,000 ‘Search for a Champion’ Contest

Consumers can help select the 15 finalists in the annual “Search for a Champion” racing sponsorship contest by casting votes for their favorite video entries at The finalist voting period – which will determine 15 $5,000 racing sponsorship winners and set the stage for the $50,000 grand-prize voting round, runs today through Feb. 3, 2015.

A Lucky Pennzoil Fan Drives Home a 2014 Dodge Viper SRT

Pennzoil has announced Michael S. Kicker from Buckley, WA as the lucky grand prize winner of the Pennzoil ‘Dream Machine’ sweepstakes. Kicker will be riding around in-style in his new 2014 Dodge Viper SRT courtesy of Pennzoil, which was awarded to him at his local Tacoma Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram SRT Dealership in Tacoma, WA.

Conventional Gasoline Models Expected To Represent Less Than Half Of Vehicles Sold Worldwide By 2017

New data from Navigant Research shows stop-start capability on vehicle engines is anticipated to be the most important innovation in improving fuel efficiency.

Studebaker Sleeper

A crude-looking ’53 Studebaker drag racing car from Iowa has its share of rust, dings, dents and paint flaws, but under its hood is a one-of-a-kind Pontiac intake manifold that has some very sophisticated engineering behind it. Davenport, IA, resident Jim Allen has owned the Studebaker Starliner Coupe since 1959. It was back in 1964 that he purchased the factory experimental intake to go on the 421-cid Pontiac Super-Duty V8.

Consider a Dyno/Flow Bench for Your Shop

Any engine builder that is doing performance work or high volume engine building can benefit from owning an engine dynamometer. A dyno is not just a tool for plotting horsepower and torque curves. It’s also a tuning tool for plotting and adjusting fuel mixture and ignition calibration, a quality control tool to assure proper engine break-in, valvetrain adjustments and to verify compression, ring seating and gasket sealing. It can also be used as a performance and/or durability research tool.

Selecting Pushrods, Rockers and Springs for Your Build

Everybody knows you need the right combination of valvetrain components to maximize an engine’s power potential. The trick is figuring out which components are the “right” ones for a given application. A high revving engine with an aggressive cam needs lightweight rocker arms and stiffer valve springs to keep up with the cam.

TI Automotive High-Performance Fuel Systems Catalog

TI Automotive, a global supplier of fluid storage, carrying and delivery technology, has announced the availability of its new 68-page high-performance fuel systems catalog. The new catalog can be accessed at the TI Automotive aftermarket website at, using the download tab.

Magnum Performance Gaskets Announces New Catalog

Magnum Performance Gaskets hit the ground running at last week’s Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show in Indianapolis, introducing its first fully illustrated, full-color catalog dedicated to the performance market, along with its retail-ready visual packaging.

Valvoline Launches

Valvoline, a brand of Ashland Inc., has announced the launch of, a new online resource that provides a one-stop destination for racers, engineers and auto professionals and car enthusiasts to gain access to exclusive content from industry leaders and connect with a community of racers and racing fans.

Melling’s MELL-GEAR Timing Components Catalog

Melling has released a new 2015 catalog for the re-launced MELL-GEAR line of timing components. The re-introduction of MELL-GEAR features 150+ new applications. MELL-GEAR offers a complete line of engine timing for all automotive needs. Everything from chains, sprockets, timing gears, timing chain tensioners, guides and dampers.

Renault Unveils Two-Stroke Twincharged Diesel Two Cylinder

The automotive industry is a strange place sometimes. That said, most of the new engines being released these days follow quite predictable patterns- either ultra-high compression turbodiesel or hybrid gasoline engines. However, Renault has just surprised us yet again. This surprise came in the form of the “Powerful,” two stroke, two cylinder diesel engine that uses twincharging technology to boost efficiency.

Shop Solutions – December 2014

In our shop, we don’t have a dyno or engine test stand. We work on a variety of engines from Chevys to Internationals to Continentals, so no engine start stand would suit everything we do. In an effort to find oil leaks, we have started to “smoke” our engines.

Lining Up Sleeve and Liner Work

Whether their purpose is going to be repairing an OE application or to go all out in the restructuring of the engine block, liners and sleeves have to be able to perform a number of tasks. Here are some tips to help you with their installation:

Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket INA FEAD Kit

The new INA FEAD KIT is now offered by Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket as a complete solution for repairing front-end accessory drives (FEAD). This product addresses the increasing complexity of a system supplying vital vehicle functions with ever-increasing loads.