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Fast Lane: A Web Site Can Add To Your Business Bottom Line

Hopefully everyone out there is familiar with the Internet. While there are some things about the Internet that most of us would rather not deal with, the value it has provided far outweighs any bad. A Web site is also the most cost-effective advertising you can do. As a journalist, the Internet is the first

Performance Drag Racing Heads

A quarter-mile strip of asphalt is not a great distance. But drag racing isn’t about distance. It’s about time. The car that reaches the finish line first wins the race. But the car that wins isn’t always the fastest car or the quickest car. It’s usually the car that runs with the most consistent elapsed

Grow Your Shop By Getting Away From It

He appreciates the fact his employees feel the same way and, frankly, he feels this industry would be a whole lot better off if more shop owners followed his lead. Okay, so the guy is obviously crazy or from out of this world, right? Take time off from the shop when it’s a struggle to

How To Eat an Elephant

Over the past 13 years, readers of this magazine have come to expect creativity, innovation and a healthy “gee whiz” factor from the annual Machine Shop of the Year Award winners. From technical expertise to absolute professionalism, the winners of this prestigious award have been great representatives of this industry. New last year at MMM&P

Tech Notes

Engine Builders: After 75,000 miles, your customers’ engines can begin to show their age. They may consume a bit more oil or oil could leak past intake valve stem seals. Higher Mileage specialty motor oils typically contain additives that condition the rubber seals to help reduce oil consumption. They can also have high quality base

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Q: I’ve had difficulty getting the main bearing clearances correct on some Ford 2.5L engines. Do you know of any updates? A: The AERA Technical Committee offers the following information regarding the main bearing bore for 1993-2002 Ford 2.5L VIN B and KL engines. This engine is made by Mazda and has been used in

Vizard’s View: Avoiding Flat Tappet Cam And Lifter Failure

There is nothing worse than building a cost effective engine for a customer, shipping it, and then having it come back a short while later with the installed flat tappet cam wiped out. Even if the cam and valve train was warranted by the cam manufacture, you, as the engine builder, will bear the brunt

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Q: I have experienced problems with blowing oil filter seals off some 4.2L Ford engines. Any solutions? A: The AERA Technical Committee offers the following information regarding high oil pressure on 1997-2004 Ford 4.2L VIN 2 engines. This condition occurs immediately after engine front cover/oil pump replacement. In some instances, this higher than normal pressure

Line Boring Equipment: A Boring Subject?

But as the British philosopher Bertrand Russell noted, "Change is one thing; progress is another." While some might say the basic techniques for line boring main and cam bearing bores in engine blocks hasn’t changed much in 30 years others say that isn’t such a bad thing. A horizontal boring bar with cutters mounted on

Tech Notes

Engine Builders: The AERA Technical Committee offers the following information regarding additional crankshaft bearing undersizes for 1967-2005 GM Chevrolet V8 engines. This information refers to Chevrolet engines that are also designated as “Big Block” and “Small Block” engines. To allow engine builders increased flexibility to select fit engine bearings for desired oil clearance during assembly,

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I’ve noticed the crankshaft pulley on some Mazda engines don’t have keys. What is the proper installation procedure? The AERA Technical Committee offers the following information regarding crankshaft pulley replacement for 2001-2005 Mazda 2.0L and 2.3L engines. The crankshaft pulley is not keyed to the crankshaft on these engines. If the crankshaft pulley bolt is

Machine Maintenance, Follow The Clues To Avoid The Comeback Blues

Even before you start the teardown, you can gather many clues about what needs to be done. Encourage your counter guys to engage in as much conversation with the customer as possible. Just listening to him tell why he is bringing you this engine will yield tons of information that goes a long way toward

PERA’s Core Corner: It’s Time To Say Goodbye To An Old Friend

by Roy Berndt I have a La-Z-Boy recliner that I probably should have retired ten years ago. Yet even today, it’s one of the most comfortable chairs that I have ever sat in. Because I hate the thought of giving it up, my next move will be to put it in the garage, where I

Advances in Cleaning Equipment

You could argue that the dishwasher is one of the greatest inventions of the twentieth century. Up until its introduction in households, people had to wash each dish individually, by hand, and dishpan hands were common among women and children. But the dishwasher changed all of that for families, and on its arrival, children everywhere


I have experienced some problems with piston failures on DDC 12.7L engines with iron pistons. Are you aware of any updates? The AERA Technical Com-mittee offers the following information regarding Series 60 iron piston failures on DDC 12.7L engines. DDC has made an improvement by adding piston cooling nozzle machining to all Series 60 cylinder

PERA’S Core Corner: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words; Real Money, Too

After attending the 2006 PERA Spring Tech Program in Dallas, TX, at the end of March, I came back with information that must be shared with everyone. Imagine being able to have something that will provide you a thousand times the return every time that you use it? Do you think that you could get

AETC Wrap-Up: AETC A Hit In New Venue

It’s always great to get away from the blustery cold weather during the winter months, and even better if you can learn something new while you work on your tan. After 15 years in the same Colorado Springs, CO, location, the Advanced Engine Technology Conference (AETC) decided on a move to a much warmer climate

Balancing Equipment: a weighty matter

Everybody knows what balance is, right? You maintain your own balance by centering your body mass over your feet. If you lean too far forward or backward, or too far to the left or right, you’ll lose your balance and fall unless you grab hold of something or reposition your feet. Moving your center of

The Enthusiast’s Motor Market

Street Rods, customs, muscle cars; even their names are different. When it comes to cars – and we’re including light trucks – from the early 1900s on up into the ’70s, it’s not enough to just call them old cars. How cars from this time span are rebuilt can often make them their own separate

Coretalk: Consolidated Mfg. Cuts Staff, Shifts Focus Away From Remanufacturing

During a plantwide meeting in late February, company officials told 100 workers their jobs were eliminated. The company retained 20 employees for 30 to 60 days to handle the transition, said Greg Gordon, company president. Consolidated will retain 18 employees. The company, founded in 1940 and one of the nation’s first Ford Motor Co. engine