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School of Automotive Machinists To Host AERA Regional Conference April 28

The  School of Automotive Machinists (SAMs) will host an AERA Tech & Skills Regional Conference April 28, 2011 in Houston, TX. Along with the outlined technical programs, AERA is inviting leading manufacturers of engine building/rebuilding tools, supplies, services, parts and machinery to attend this conference. These suppliers will have table-top displays that will be accessible

Evans Cooling Systems Announces Strategic Alliance with Hydra Technologies Limited

Evans Cooling Systems, Inc. has developed and patented waterless engine coolants to solve overheating problems in high performance applications and heavy duty diesel trucks, and recently expanded into the stationary engine industry. Evans claims its coolants improve fuel economy, reduce maintenance costs, increase performance and are environmentally friendly and never need replacement. Hydratech (www.hydratech.co.uk) was

Egge Hires Ray Garcia as National Sales Manager

Egge Machine Company has announced the addition of Ray Garcia as National Sales Manager. He will be responsible for all outside sales and managing the highly experienced sales staff. Garcia’s passion for cars began at childhood, which has developed into great enthusiasm for the automotive aftermarket. Garcia has an impressive industry resume including working for

Exhausting Emissions Questions

It’s kind of funny because 20 years ago, no one wanted a clacking bucket of bolts, let alone have to work on one of these diesel engines. That was simply how the diesel engine was viewed. Now, mid-size trucks offer reliable power, awesome torque, quiet engines and decent fuel economy from a vehicle that can

Federal-Mogul Launches New Electronic Catalog for Performance Applications

Federal-Mogul’s new eCatalog covers all of its brands and product lines, including Carter, Champion, Fel-Pro, Sealed Power and Speed-Pro. Users can look up and store multiple part numbers for the same job without re-entering search criteria. The catalog’s comprehensive interchange and numerical lookup tools help users identify the correct part even when they don’t have

Today’s Cylinder Block Choices Broader Than Ever

In this case, “best” power means that the engine does exactly what the driver – regardless of racing type – wants it to do,  when he wants it to do it. It also helps the driver’s winning percentage if the engine makes it to the end of the race. Remember that old saying: “To finish

Evolving Crankshaft Designs and Applications

In the early days, a crank didn’t have to be very sophisticated or strong because most engines were an inline design, and the loads and speeds were relatively low. Fast forward to today. The evolution in engine technology, power and performance has led to a whole new generation of performance crankshafts that are a mechanical

2011 PRI Trade Show Booth Count Surpasses Previous Year

PRI Trade Show officials said that buyer attendance has remained strong and stable, despite the sudden downturn in the economy that shocked everyone at the end of 2008. There was even an uptick in buyer attendance at the 2010 PRI Trade Show over the previous year.  For 2011, it’s expected that 40,000 buyers will attend.

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow To Make Debut at GM Nationals in Carlisle

In conjunction with the 2011 Carlisle GM Nationals, the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow engine building competition will take place at the fairgrounds, making Carlisle one of six regional qualifying locations. Regional winners plus two non-winning top time “wild cards” will advance to compete in the championships, November 1-4 at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.

King Introduces Simplified Numbering System

King Engine Bearings has introduced a new simplified numbering system for its performance engine bearings. Under the new system, King Engine Bearings retains the "core number" from the OE replacement bearing and changes the suffix to reflect material and features.   "Our new part numbers make it easier for engine builders and race teams to

Consumers Already Cut Spending Because of Rising Gas Prices

With the national average fuel price at approximately $3.20 per gallon atthe time the survey was conducted (Feb. 25-28) another 18% say theywould reduce spending if gas prices climb to $3.75 per gallon.Forty-one percent place their pain threshold at $4 per gallon or more. “There has been quite a lot of debate about the impact

Still Seats Available For ‘How To Build Horsepower’ Seminar March 11-13

With only little more than a week to go, there are still a handful of seats left in the "How To Build Horsepower" seminar by David Vizard, being held held March 11-13 at the University of Northwestern Ohio. Eighteen months in the making, this seminar will be delivered largely by David Vizard, who claims his

Use Caution When Replacing Ford Diesel Cylinder Heads

According to Ford TSB 06-24-4, some 2003-’07vehicles equipped with a 6.0L engine may require the cylinder head tobe replaced, while design changes can affect interchangeability betweenmodel years and service of 2003-’07 6.0L engines. According to the bulletin, the manufacturer for this engine used twoseparate facilities. And while both locations built engines with thesame design data,

Federal-Mogul Named Supplier of the Year by Parts Warehouse Inc.

Federal-Mogul was recently was named Supplier of the Year by Parts Warehouse Inc. (PWI), one of the nation’s 10 largest distributors of replacement automotive components. Based in Little Rock, AR, PWI operates 165 wholly owned Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts stores in eight states and services approximately 350 independent jobbers. The company offers a full

Honda Performance Development To Continue Support For Quarter-Midget Racers

Support for quarter-midget racers will be offered through Honda Performance Development (HPD), Honda’s racing company within North America, and its Honda Racing Line program. Although the Quarter Midgets of America (QMA) recently announced a plan to phase Honda engines out of competition, both HPD and Honda Power Equipment will continue to support QMA racers and

Dyno Decisions Depend on Business Model

If you need a dyno only  three or four times a year, you’re probably better off renting dyno time from another facility. If you build race engines for a living, an engine dyno is an essential part of how you do your job and ultimately the value you provide to your customer. So what are

The Business Case For Buying a CNC Machine

Like a good chef, a good machinist does a lot by feel and experience. These things can’t be learned in a few hours or even days – it takes years. When it comes to CNC machines, sometimes the sum equals more than its parts – but many  times the parts generate more than its sum.

Balancing And The Bottom Line

Balancing, once considered to be important in this industry only to performance engine builders, has lately become a sought-after service in some segments you may never have considered. Yet good-old-fashioned engine balancing remains an important profit center in many machine shop operations. If the engine components (pistons, rods and crankshaft) aren’t in balance you’ll experience

Federal-Mogul Reports Strong Fourth Quarter 2010 and Full-Year Results

Federal-Mogul Corp. has reported higher sales, gross margin, net income and EBITDA for the fourth quarter and full-year 2010. The company’s sales in the fourth quarter increased $180 million to $1.6 billion with growth in all business segments and all markets, led by a 20 percent OE and 12 percent U.S. aftermarket sales increase versus

House Blocks Sale of E15

The amendment to H.R. 1, the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act 201, was introduced by Oklahoma first district Congressman John Sullivan and was passed by a House vote of 286 to 135. Sullivan said the amendment prevents consumer confusion at the pump and protects the engines of vehicles and outdoor power equipment. “My amendment ensures