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06/26/2024

The Cummins engine is a powerhouse in the diesel world, but even the mighty Cummins can be improved upon. And who better to do it than Jeremy Wagler and Wagler Competition Products. The shop's new Wagler CX billet engine is based on the 6.7L, but utilizes some different attributes for big power and performance. Check out the details in this Diesel of the Week with AMSOIL INC.
https://www.enginebuildermag.com/2024/06/wagler-cx-billet-cummins-engine-dotw/

Following a fire with his Honda S2000 in December 2023, RC Flint spent five weeks in a mad dash to get his turbocharged ...
06/25/2024

Following a fire with his Honda S2000 in December 2023, RC Flint spent five weeks in a mad dash to get his turbocharged L8T engine and the car back together in time for Sick Week 2024. Even with the setback, the S2000 had lofty goals. Check it out in this Engine of the Week via PennGrade 1 High Performance Oil, Elring - Das Original and NPW Companies.
https://www.enginebuildermag.com/2024/06/honda-s2000-turbocharged-l8t-engine-eotw/

Shop Solutions: SHIM ITI make a spacer to set in the recess of my height mics for small retainers. I use two .060″ and o...
06/24/2024

Shop Solutions: SHIM IT
I make a spacer to set in the recess of my height mics for small retainers. I use two .060″ and one .030″ spring shims and I can use it on SB Chevy heads and others with small diameter springs. The A & B 105 work for SB Chevy.

Randy Torvinen | Torvinen’s Machine | Menahga, MN

Engine Builder and Engine Pro present Shop Solutions to provide machine shop owners and engine technicians the opportunity to share their knowledge to benefit the entire industry and their own shops. Those who submit Shop Solutions that are published are awarded a prepaid $100 Visa gift card.

Submit your Shop Solution at [email protected]. You must include your name, shop name, shop address, and shop telephone number. Submitted Shop Solutions not published will be kept on file and reevaluated for each month’s new entries.

Some sights and sounds from Watkins Glen International and the Sahlen's Premium Meats IMSA 6 Hour Championship. Very coo...
06/24/2024

Some sights and sounds from Watkins Glen International and the Sahlen's Premium Meats IMSA 6 Hour Championship. Very cool to watch that many cars run!

06/21/2024

EB Takeover: Trucks on Trucks at Summit Diesel in Weatherford, TX

We recently spent a week in the Dallas area visiting a number of shops in town, including a day out in Weatherford, TX, where we caught up with Alex Null of Summit Diesel. This shop has been around for 5 years and does work on Cummins, Powerstroke and Duramax platforms, from maintenance and repair to full engine builds. Check out the full shop tour!

Operating conditions, duty cycles, driver behavior—it all impacts how an engine ages. The carbonaceous compounds that fo...
06/20/2024

Operating conditions, duty cycles, driver behavior—it all impacts how an engine ages. The carbonaceous compounds that form on various engine components, including pistons, valvetrains, and timing chain covers are a natural occurrence; a consequence of aging that result from the breakdown of oil components at high temperatures, particularly during the combustion process. The highest temperatures occur on the metal surfaces within the engine, where these deposits tend to adhere.

Traditionally the role of engine oil has been to slow down engine deposit development, but in concocting its latest engine-protecting blend, the Valvoline team stumbled upon something… surprising. Read more:

Engine oil slows down engine deposit development, but in concocting its latest engine-protecting blend, Valvoline found something surprising.

06/20/2024

When Cleetus McFarland hurt the engine in Mullet, Steve Morris of Steve Morris Engines came to the rescue. Watch how he removes a few of the hurt lifters!

Check out our latest Drivetime with Randy Breaux, Group President, Genuine Parts Company North America!At NAPA, “Breaux ...
06/19/2024

Check out our latest Drivetime with Randy Breaux, Group President, Genuine Parts Company North America!

At NAPA, “Breaux Knows” business relationships, ABCs to avoid, and serving the automotive professional.

https://bit.ly/3RydQdA

At NAPA, “Breaux Knows” business relationships, ABCs to avoid, and serving the automotive professional.

Tim Krueger's current pride and joy is a 2004 Dodge 2500, a truck with a turbocharged and nitrous-boosted 6.7L Cummins e...
06/19/2024

Tim Krueger's current pride and joy is a 2004 Dodge 2500, a truck with a turbocharged and nitrous-boosted 6.7L Cummins engine that has been fine-tuned at Tim's shop, TK Truck Performance. Check it out in this Diesel of the Week feature, sponsored by AMSOIL INC.
https://www.enginebuildermag.com/2024/06/turbocharged-6-7l-cummins-engine-dotw/

Tim Krueger's current pride and joy is a 2004 Dodge 2500, a truck with a turbocharged and nitrous-boosted 6.7L Cummins engine.

The team at Fast Forward Race Engines has been pushing the envelope on Ford's Coyote engine for quite a while. We stoppe...
06/18/2024

The team at Fast Forward Race Engines has been pushing the envelope on Ford's Coyote engine for quite a while. We stopped in to visit the shop, which won our 2023 Engine of the Year honors, and got the details to FFRE's bread and butter short block – a Gen 3 Stage 3 Ford Coyote. Check it out in the latest Engine of the Week sponsored by PennGrade 1 High Performance Oil, Elring - Das Original and NPW Companies!
https://www.enginebuildermag.com/2024/06/gen-3-stage-3-ford-coyote-engine-eotw/

Shop Solutions: Mini ProtractorSometimes a machinist’s protractor is too cumbersome in cramped spaces to compare angled ...
06/17/2024

Shop Solutions: Mini Protractor
Sometimes a machinist’s protractor is too cumbersome in cramped spaces to compare angled surfaces on a part. A feeler gauge set works very well as a protractor in tight spots. Modify the gauge by adding a screw and nut to lock it in position.

From: Tom Nichols | Automotive Machine & Supply, Inc. | Joshua, TX

Engine Builder and Engine Pro Shop Solutions to provide machine shop owners and engine technicians the opportunity to share their knowledge to benefit the entire industry and their own shops. Those who submit Shop Solutions that are published are awarded a prepaid $100 Visa gift card.

Submit your Shop Solution at [email protected]. You must include your name, shop name, shop address, and shop telephone number. Submitted Shop Solutions not published will be kept on file and reevaluated for each month’s new entries.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, especially the those who are passing on their passion for cars and engines...
06/16/2024

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, especially the those who are passing on their passion for cars and engines!

Firepunk Diesel’s 1970 Duster is now quickest and fastest with an ET of 4.101 and a recorded 194.41 mph.The record holdi...
06/13/2024

Firepunk Diesel’s 1970 Duster is now quickest and fastest with an ET of 4.101 and a recorded 194.41 mph.

The record holding Firepunk Diesel Duster features a D&J Precision Machine Executioner 6.7L Cummins engine, a 5-speed Liberty transmission with a Ty-Drive and a Neal Chance converter. The engine, fuel system and transmission, all performing under extreme conditions, with the protection of a slate of Hot Shot’s Secret diesel performance additives, Adrenaline racing engine oil, transmission fluid and gear oil.

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Firepunk Diesel’s 1970 Duster is now quickest and fastest with an ET of 4.101 and a recorded 194.41 mph.

The folks at Classic Car Studio went to D&J Precision Machine looking for a diesel engine to fit inside this no-expense-...
06/12/2024

The folks at Classic Car Studio went to D&J Precision Machine looking for a diesel engine to fit inside this no-expense-spared build of a 1956 F600. The result was a truck they named Kingpin, and the diesel engine is a compound-turbo Stage 4 6.7L Cummins. Check it the details in our latest Diesel of the Week sponsored by AMSOIL INC.
https://www.enginebuildermag.com/2024/06/compound-turbo-6-7l-cummins-engine-dotw/

06/11/2024

Trevor Branden bought this 2010 Nissan GT-R 13 years ago with 6,000 miles on it. Today, it has over 192,000 street and competition miles on it, and has gone from 800 hp to over 1,600 hp thanks to a twin-turbo 4.1L stroker Nissan GT-R engine build from T1 Race Development. Check it out in our newest Engine of the Week sponsored by Elring - Das Original, PennGrade 1 High Performance Oil and NPW Companies!
https://www.enginebuildermag.com/2024/06/twin-turbo-4-1l-gt-r-engine-eotw/

Shop Solutions: End PlaySetting crankshaft end play on engines that you do frequently can be made quicker easier. If you...
06/10/2024

Shop Solutions: End Play

Setting crankshaft end play on engines that you do frequently can be made quicker easier. If you do enough engines, you will always find yourself lapping thrust bearings to get desired end play. Start recording the width of thrust bearings after you have lapped them and achieved the end play you like. Keep these measurements in your notes. If you prep the bearings before final assembly, you won’t have to play the “crank thrust games” when everything is lubed up and ready to assemble.

Nick Jones | Automotive Machine | Fraser, MI

Engine Builder and Engine Pro present Shop Solutions to provide machine shop owners and engine technicians the opportunity to share their knowledge to benefit the entire industry and their own shops. Those who submit Shop Solutions that are published are awarded a prepaid $100 Visa gift card.

Submit your Shop Solution at [email protected]. You must include your name, shop name, shop address, and shop telephone number. Submitted Shop Solutions not published will be kept on file and reevaluated for each month’s new entries.

06/06/2024

Portions of this year's Ultimate Callout Challenge were lit! This one courtesy of Zeigler Diesel Performance following a record run.

Austin Tate of Tater Built Turbochargers has a drag truck equipped with a stock-appearing turbo that boosts his truck's ...
06/05/2024

Austin Tate of Tater Built Turbochargers has a drag truck equipped with a stock-appearing turbo that boosts his truck's 5.9L Cummins engine to some remarkable times. Find out what's in this diesel engine build in our latest Diesel of the Week sponsored by AMSOIL INC.
https://www.enginebuildermag.com/2024/06/5-9l-stock-appearing-turbo-cummins-engine-dotw/

Austin Tate of Tater Built Turbochargers has a drag truck equipped with a 5.9L stock-appearing turbo Cummins engine.

06/05/2024

Honda guys, listen up!

06/04/2024

Prior to Sick Week 2024, we saw photos of Big 3 Racing co-owner Chuck Stefanski’s wagon, a 1981 Chevy Malibu re-bodied with LeMans parts, getting finishing touches. To help him eventually achieve 6-second ETs, Chuck stuffed a ProCharged 540 cid big block Chevy engine in the car, and you better believe it's an Engine of the Week sponsored by PennGrade 1 High Performance Oil, Elring - Das Original and NPW Companies. Check it out here: https://www.enginebuildermag.com/2024/06/procharged-540-big-block-chevy-engine-eotw/

Congrats to Ken and crew at Capital Diesel Performance on their UCC win!
06/03/2024

Congrats to Ken and crew at Capital Diesel Performance on their UCC win!

Shop Solutions: CNC FEED AND FEED CHARTShops with CNC mills often need to do a “quick” task, such as drilling a few hole...
06/03/2024

Shop Solutions: CNC FEED AND FEED CHART
Shops with CNC mills often need to do a “quick” task, such as drilling a few holes, or taking a cut along one axis, etc. This tip discusses three methods to do so.

1. Most machines have a pendant or hand wheels, which the operator can use to move the tool in one axis. However, this manual motion is often jerky or too slow or too fast, resulting in broken tools, or a poor finish on the part.

2. Another option is using the feed-% override k**b and jog buttons. Turn the feed rate % down and press the axis jog button to make a smoother, more controlled cut.

To help our employees choose where to set the feed rate %, I attached a chart (pictured) to the side of the controls. I obtained the chart’s data by simply timing several feed rate-% settings over 10” of motion.

For example, from the chart, setting the feed rate override at 22%, and pressing the X-axis jog button will move the tool along the X-axis, at 5 Inches/Minute (IPM) with the machine in G98 mode. Note: some machines may require a separate column(s) for the Z-axis rates (drilling/boring moves).

3. An even better way to achieve single or combined axis motion for doing quick jobs is to learn a few basic G-codes, and use MDI (Manual Data Input) to type/enter simple G-code moves.

I strongly suggest operators study the machine’s manual and learn a few very basic M&G codes, such as M3, M5, M8, M9, G00, G01, G90, G91, G98, G99, S, F. Then, practice “cutting air.” Also study how tool offsets work and their related G-codes.
Here’s a simplified format to get started:

*G90 G98 G00 X0 Y0 Z15-sets ‘absolute’ position mode; sets IPM feed mode; sets full rapid feed mode; moves tool, at full rapid feed rate, to the current established X0, Y0, Z15 locations.

*M3 S500-starts the spindle turning CW at 500 rpm,

*G91 G98 G01 X2 Y-1 F12-sets the ‘incremental’ positioning mode; sets IPM feed mode; sets feed-rate mode, incrementally moves the tool along X axis +2” and along Y axis -1”, at 12 IPM.

*G90 G98 G01 Z5 F4-sets ‘absolute’ positioning mode; sets IPM feed rate mode; sets feed-rate mode, ‘absolutely’ moves tool along the Z axis to +5”, at 4 IPM.

After some experience with these simple moves, operators should begin to understand and learn additional simple M&G-code, their machine’s default and modal codes, so they can quickly and easily use MDI to do simple tasks.

From: Tom Nichols | Automotive Machine & Supply, Inc | Joshua, TX

Engine Builder and Engine Pro present Shop Solutions to provide machine shop owners and engine technicians the opportunity to share their knowledge to benefit the entire industry and their own shops. Those who submit Shop Solutions that are published are awarded a prepaid $100 Visa gift card.

Submit your Shop Solution at [email protected]. You must include your name, shop name, shop address, and shop telephone number. Submitted Shop Solutions not published will be kept on file and reevaluated for each month’s new entries.

05/31/2024

Your EGR Cooler Will Fail – Here's Why

In this episode of AMSOIL Garage we discuss the EGR Cooler, an emissions device that reroutes exhaust gases back through the engine to be burned a second time. This device sounds like a good idea, but it can cause issues for your engine, and due to the environment the EGR Cooler is placed within, the device itself can fail for numerous reasons. We tell you what you need to know to better protect the EGR and your engine in this episode.

There’s more than might meet the eye when it comes to diesel fuel lines!On the surface, fuel lines are just various widt...
05/30/2024

There’s more than might meet the eye when it comes to diesel fuel lines!

On the surface, fuel lines are just various widths of hollow metal tube, but when it comes to bending and fitting these lines to an engine for a specific application, there’s a lot of nuance, and the making of these lines quickly turns into a true art form.

Read "All About Diesel Fuel Lines" on our site: https://www.enginebuildermag.com/2024/05/diesel-fuel-lines/

Ross Dunagan and his team at Flyin Diesel Performance & Offroad recently finished a compound-turbo 6.7L Cummins build th...
05/29/2024

Ross Dunagan and his team at Flyin Diesel Performance & Offroad recently finished a compound-turbo 6.7L Cummins build that was more than three years in the making. Customer Erik Santana wanted to go all out, so the shop did, and the result was worth the wait! It's our newest Diesel of the Week sponsored by AMSOIL INC.
https://www.enginebuildermag.com/2024/05/6-7l-compound-turbo-cummins-engine-dotw/

05/28/2024

This 1969 Volkswagen Beetle was just $600 when Steve Dalton bought it in high school. Having tweaked the performance of the car every year, he's gone way past that mark and several iterations of the VW engine inside. Today, it's a 2,662cc air-cooled and turbo'd VW engine with a bunch of aftermarket goodies, and it's our latest Engine of the Week sponsored by Elring - Das Original, PennGrade 1 High Performance Oil and NPW Companies. https://www.enginebuildermag.com/2024/05/air-cooled-turbocharged-vw-engine-eotw/

Shop Solutions: PISTON TO VALVEEveryone knows the clay method for piston-to-valve checks. Some people like to use a dial...
05/27/2024

Shop Solutions: PISTON TO VALVE
Everyone knows the clay method for piston-to-valve checks. Some people like to use a dial indicator with light “checker” valve springs installed, but that method doesn’t tell you about the actual numbers with the real valve spring installed. First, find out the tightest piston-to-valve reading for intake and exhaust with the checker springs and a degree wheel. Usually, 10 degrees BTDC and 10 ATDC. Install the actual valve springs to run, lash the valves. Setup a dial indicator on the spring retainer, and roll engine to the previously found tightest PTV location. Zero the indicator, carefully turn the Allen head lash adjuster (shaft rockers) to open the valve more and watch the indicator reading until the valve lightly stops on the piston. This number is an actual PTV reading. You will be surprised how much clearance you gain over the reading you get with light “checker” springs. Return the indicator to zero and repeat the process for both valves.

From: Nick Jones | Automotive Machine | Fraser, MI

Engine Builder and Engine Pro present Shop Solutions to provide machine shop owners and engine technicians the opportunity to share their knowledge to benefit the entire industry and their own shops. Those who submit Shop Solutions that are published are awarded a prepaid $100 Visa gift card.

Submit your Shop Solution at [email protected]. You must include your name, shop name, shop address, and shop telephone number. Submitted Shop Solutions not published will be kept on file and reevaluated for each month’s new entries.

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05/27/2024

Thank you to all who have fought for our freedom!

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