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Zwicker To Present ‘Embracing the Future’ at Big R Show

Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) President Bill Gager announced that Shawn K. Zwicker, Leader of New Business Development at Cummins, Inc. in Columbus, Indiana will speak on “Embracing the Future” at the Opening Session of the International BIG R Show on October 31, 2010 at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. “Growing environmental concerns and the

JASPER Breaks Ground on Crawford Facility Expansion

Upon its projected completion in March 2011, the Crawford facility will have increased in size to over 408,000 square feet under roof.   The expansion will allow the space needed to merge Jasper Innovative Solutions with the company’s Distribution operations for a more efficient flow of finished product, along with allowing both departments to grow.

How to Degree A Camshaft

These items are:     • A large Degree Wheel, such as LUNATI CAMS P/N 80000     • A Dial Indicator & Magnetic Base Stand, such as LUNATI CAMS P/N 80012     • A Steel Deck Strap Kit, such as LUNATI CAMS P/N 80013     • All of the above is available as LUNATI CAMS DEGREE

HutchBSR Racing Parts and Equipment Assets To Be Sold at Auction

HutchBSR was a major purveyor of automobile and truck racing parts and accessories in the United States.  The ownership recently decided to devote their time to other interests and have contracted with Iron Horse Auction Company, Inc. to conduct the auction. The assets included in the auction are $2.5 million dollars plus in new racing

A View From The Summit

Though they have no moving parts, weigh virtually nothingand rarely, if ever, are seen by the motoring public, the enginebearing may be one of the most important yet least understood partsunder the hood. Inthis spirit, we invited participants from the leading bearingmanufacturers to participate in a roundtable discussion onpre-determined topics. To answer questions and allow

SME Announces 2011 Election Results For Int’l Directors and Member Council

All will be installed on November 13, 2010, at the SME Fall Board of Directors Meeting in Dearborn, Mich. Their terms officially begin on January 1, 2011. 2011-12 International Directors Warren R. DeVries, PhD, FSME, is dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Previously, DeVries was

Competition Is Good, Healthy, Necessary Because It Makes Us Better

While the two tennis greats were friends behind the scenes and theirfriendship is still going strong today, the on-court adversaries playedtough. When asked what effect their rivalry had on their careers, they bothresponded that it made them better competitors. “It made our careerslonger and better,” said Navratilova. “I don’t think either of us wouldhave lasted

OHC Cylinder Head Rebuilding and Equipment

Originally featured mainly in European racing machinery from Fiat, Peugeot and Alfa Romeo in the early part of last century, by the 1960s companies like Fiat and Jaguar had introduced OHC production engines. It was advanced technology for the time, but today OHC is the norm for even the least expensive production engine. OHC cylinder

Three Teams Awarded Share of $10 Million Purse in Automotive X PRIZE for Super Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

The X PRIZE Foundation, aneducational nonprofit prize organization, and Progressive Insurance,the country’s fourth largest auto insurance group, today, at theHistorical Society of Washington, D.C., awarded $10 million to threeteams who successfully completed the rigorous Progressive InsuranceAutomotive X PRIZE. The winning teams – Edison2 of Lynchburg, Virginia;X-Tracer of Winterthur, Switzerland; and Li-ion Motors Corp. ofMooresville, North

Diesel Turbocharging 101

The turbo was used on road tractors for years but I guess it was never really appreciated until it was introduced on mid-size trucks in the late ’80s. Up until that point, most of us knew only diesel engines without the use of a turbo. I recall the diesel engines used in small cars and

John Washbish to Speak at ASPA Luncheon at AAPEX

Theannual Automotive Specialty Products Alliance (ASPA) luncheon heldduring the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) will feature “AMonolog with John Washbish.” Washbish, president and CEO, AftermarketAuto Parts Alliance, will discuss the present state of the aftermarket,as well as his outlook for the future at the luncheon, which takesplace Nov. 3 in the Venetian Hotel. Washbish has

GM 2.2L Ecotec Timing Chain Service

Prior edition service manuals refer to the timing chain index links being colored “silver” and “copper.” With the implementation of the newer chain and oiler assembly, the index link colors have changed. In order to avoid confusion, the service procedure has been modified to refer to the index links as two common colored and one

eBay Motors To Discuss Retail Internet Trends at Upcoming Big R Show

Rhodes will speak on Monday morning, November 1st, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The title of his presentation is “Retail Internet Trends in Automotive Parts in 2010.” He will explain the latest trends in the automotive industry online for 2010 and will also discuss who is buying parts online, and the things you need

Shelby American Opens New Motorsports Speed Shop

Shelby American Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll ShelbyInternational Inc., has announced the opening of its new Speed Shop inLas Vegas. Named the Shelby American Motorsports Speed Shop, the facility on thegrounds of Shelby American headquarters and Las Vegas Motor Speedway,was designed to enhance the performance and styling of a street ortrack car by

SuperFlow Moves Into New Building

The new building will allow SuperFlow to further develop their industry leading engine dynamometers, chassis dynamometers and flowbenches as well as offer a customer education program that is second to none. The building features two state of the art SuperFlow engine dynamometers and an SF-1020 SuperBench for product demonstrations and training. Located directly next to

Saying Goodbye to Jeep TJ: Cylinder Block Casting Information

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 always have TV,

Hastings Upgrades Its Racing Piston Ring Line

Hastings Manufacturing Company, LLC, a nearly 100-year-old maker of piston rings, has improved their Tough Guy  Premium Ductile series to include Napier premium ductile iron 2nd  rings. Hastings’  best selling Tough Guy Premium Ductile racing rings have been dramatically improved with a new offering. The 2nd-groove scraper rings are now made of premium ductile iron

Callies To Host Failure Analysis Conference

Callies Performance Products will host a Failure Analysis and Prevention Conference, sponsored by the Engine Builders Association (AERA) on October 7, 2010. Special guest presenters include, Bullet Racing Cams, Champion Racing Lubricants, Diamond pistons and Trend Performance. Callies and guest presenters will discuss various high performance component failures, reasons and how to prevent such problems.

Valves: When to Reclaim, When to Replace

Performance engine builders can’t afford to take chances with questionable valves because they have to withstand high rpms and temperatures. Likewise, rebuilders who overhaul high dollar heavy-duty diesel and industrial engines want to minimize their comeback risks by making sure the valves they use are either new or have been carefully inspected and reconditioned to

Stroker Strategies for Higher Horsepower

Such strategies are already very popular with those building small block and big block Chevys as well as small block Fords. In the main, it is a cost effective way to deliver what most customers deem as power – that is more low speed torque. Generating extra cubes via a stroker crank is a good