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Engine Builder, September 2013
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Verne Schumann has been around racing since the mid-‘50s. He knows a thing or two...

In the world of competitive eating, Joey Chestnut stands recognized as the champion hot dog consumer - last July, he set the world record by...

Every engine builder knows the importance of using not only high-quality motor oil in an engine, but also an oil that...

The first test drive of the Shelby Cobra...

Piston Ring Gapping Tip Some of you may know this ring end gapping tip, but I have never seen it anywhere. Not even in ring package instructions. This has to do with checking the flimsy oil rail...
Engine Builder - August, 2013

AUGUST, 2013

The demand for mid-size diesel performance products continues to grow. There tends to be two sides of the mid-size diesel spectrum: on one side there is street performance and on the other there is all-out...

Huge flow numbers may be impressive, but optimizing airflow at mid-valve lift is key to power. If airflow though a valve port is plotted on a graph for the entire valve cycle (from opening to...

Knox family has success from drag racing to tractor pulling with Hemi engine power for 45 years Located in the quiet countryside of Weare, NH, is an engine shop that for over 30 years has...
Engine Builder - July, 2013

JULY, 2013

How to See Through Pistons for ClearanceWith the advent of longer stroke crankshafts, one inch plus lift camshafts, raised camshaft locations, lifter angles, bore spacing, etc., exact camshaft lobe and connecting rod clearance...

Across the nation it seems we don’t always agree on what to call things. For example, when you order a soft drink to some it’s “pop.” To others it’s “soda.”   I know what you’re thinking...

I often hear comments from people about a strange and mysterious fluid called DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) that is used in some late-model diesel trucks. Many owners of these newer diesel-powered vehicles don’t know...
Engine Builder - June, 2013

JUNE, 2013

The call, one of hundreds made every day,  goes something like this: “Hello. This is Billy-Joe-Bob, can I help you?” “Yeah Billy, this is Hank with Smith Machine. I’m working on an F-150 with a 4.6...

Oil is the lifeblood of every engine. Any significant loss of oil pressure can destroy an engine in a split second so the oiling system must provide a constant supply of oil under all...

With all of the bolt-on diesel components that are available on the market these days, why would you get into offering performance engine rebuilds for the diesel market? I’m sure you are asking yourself this question...
Engine Builder - May, 2013

MAY, 2013

Using Multi-Layer Steel (MLS) Head GasketsAs the name implies, MLS gaskets are constructed from 2 to 5 layers (depending upon the application) of heat treated stainless steel. Each layer is separated by a thin...

Originally tagged the “Double Rocker Shaft V8,” it soon became “the Hemi.” It made a lot more power than the rest of the car engines that were available at...

2013 Performance Engine Builder Contest Now Taking Applications When the gun fires, the Christmas Tree flashes down or the green flag flies, you don’t start the race hoping for mediocrity – you expect to win.
Engine Builder - April, 2013

APRIL, 2013

Making Your Own Piston Ring CompressorSome customers have been asking me for piston ring compressors in sizes we do not carry. My suggestion to them is to do what I do.Look...

Diesel engine building will soon see an increase in numbers – very soon!   Why do I say that?   In an effort to eliminate smoking engines and reduce emissions, the EPA came...

The most critical engine gaskets are the head gaskets since they have to withstand the heat and pressure of combustion. And unless the engine is a drag motor with a solid billet or filled...
Engine Builder - March, 2013

MARCH, 2013

Safe Valve Spring Break-InMost engine builders are well aware of the fact that high performance valve springs should be compressed to coil bind through several cycles before being installed.  The problem with this...

Well, maybe not yet. But can you think of anything more boring than the same old 350 Chevy motor in every hot rod at the burger joint on a Friday night? I mean really?...

Is it better to build an engine with tighter bearing clearances and run it on low viscosity synthetic motor oil, or is it better to build an engine with more traditional or even looser...
Engine Builder - February, 2013

FEBRUARY, 2013

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As an engine builder, you get to decide what parts go into the engines you build. If you’re rebuilding a stock engine to stock specifications, you’re probably going to use a reconditioned stock crankshaft...

The resto market can be a good source of extra business or a solid specialization option You might joke that the restoration engine marketplace is a “dependable” business niche. Trying to get a handle on...
Engine Builder - January, 2013

JANUARY, 2013

  Design Engineering Inc. (DEI) will provide instructor training and product resources to help support education and training for careers in the automotive and powersports aftermarket.As a worldwide leader in the...

Detonation vs. Pre-Ignition(Editors Note: the following is in response to Greg Goss's entry in the August 2012 issue) A sharp point or edge that can glow in a combustion chamber or on...