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Engine-related technical information and machining procedures hosted by Steve Fox and Chuck Lynch from AERA Engine Builders Association. AERA is the preeminent technical resource and industry voice for internal combustion engine builders, remanufacturers, machine shops, OEMs, suppliers and service providers worldwide. Established in 1922, AERA is the industry’s oldest and most authoritative organization, serving an international membership made up of thousands of small and large businesses serving industries ranging from mining and manufacturing to Formula 1 racing.

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United States

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Engine-related technical information and machining procedures hosted by Steve Fox and Chuck Lynch from AERA Engine Builders Association. AERA is the preeminent technical resource and industry voice for internal combustion engine builders, remanufacturers, machine shops, OEMs, suppliers and service providers worldwide. Established in 1922, AERA is the industry’s oldest and most authoritative organization, serving an international membership made up of thousands of small and large businesses serving industries ranging from mining and manufacturing to Formula 1 racing.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 25 – Cylinder Sleeves and Liners

2/7/2024
In this episode, Steve and Chuck discuss the difference between dry and wet sleeves, as well as replacement cylinder liners. A recap of the PRI and HDAW shows – including who won the 2023 EREF Engine Giveaway!

Duration:00:49:16

Episode 24 – PRI 2023 Preview

11/9/2023
Steve and Chuck discuss all the happenings at PRI involving AERA. Starting with EPIC – the Engine Professional Industry Conference on Wednesday, December 6; the EREF Engine Giveaway; as well as the VIP Party on Friday evening. You will not want to miss all that is happening at PRI this year for AERA!

Duration:00:19:20

Episode 23 – Engine Testing

5/31/2023
Steve and Chuck continue from their last episode on engine assembly to engine testing. Now that the engine is assembled, they discuss what the next steps are for testing the engine to make sure that there are no leaks and everything is running smoothly. They also recap recent industry events, as well as announce the retirement of one of AERA’s long-tenured employees.

Duration:00:32:05

Episode 22 – Engine Assembly

3/2/2023
Steve and Chuck provide some important tips to consider when assembling an engine. Recap of the Liberty regional conference as well as a preview of the CWT conference where attendees get a chance to win an engine balancing machine!

Duration:00:40:50

Episode 21 – Engine Warranty

1/14/2023
It has been a while as AERA has been very busy with travel and trade shows, but the guys are back! Steve and Chuck discuss the SEMA and PRI shows as well as the 100-year celebration at the Engine Professional VIP Party during PRI. Engine Warranty is the topic of discussion this month and the importance of educating your customers on the warranty and getting all the information you can if there is a comeback. In our history segment: the first diesel trip in the US was an 800-mile trip from Indianapolis to New York on just $1.38 of fuel in January of 1930.

Duration:01:00:41

Episode 20 – Engine Analysis

10/1/2022
Steve and Chuck, along with special guest Dan Begle from MAHLE, discuss engine analysis. Dan tells us about when he worked in the NASCAR world doing engine analysis, documenting his findings, and why this is important. They also answer tech questions received on the AERA techline that deal with surface finish for head gaskets and gasket thickness. For the history segment this month, they take a look at when the Small Block Chevy came to life and how big was it!

Duration:01:21:47

Episode20-EngineAnalysis

10/1/2022

Duration:01:21:51

Episode 19 – Compression Ratio

8/3/2022
In this episode, Steve and Chuck introduce a new segment of the podcast called “Ask The Tech” where they take questions received on the AERA techline and explain the answers. This episode is on compression ratio, understanding what it is and how a machining process can change the compression ratio. Our history segment covers an invention that we all probably like in our vehicles – the cruise control!

Duration:00:42:27

Episode 18 – Fernando Curello

6/7/2022
Steve and Chuck introduce you to AERA’s newest technical specialist, Fernando Curello. Fernando comes from the manufacturing side of our industry but has a vast knowledge of engine building – and he speaks Spanish. Junior Johnson makes our history segment for the month of June with his moonshine and NASCAR history.

Duration:01:10:26

Episode 17 – Small Diesel Engine Opportunities

5/2/2022
Steve and Chuck interview Paul Kelly from Maxiforce Engine Parts, who supplies diesel engine parts, about the opportunities that are out there for machine shops in the small-bore diesel engine market. Paul enlightens everyone about how one engine can be used in several different pieces of equipment from one manufacturer. Also, this month’s history segment pertains to the Indianapolis 500 and how one of our longtime associate members participated in the Indianapolis 500 in the early years.

Duration:01:07:10

Episode 16 – API Engine Oils

3/14/2022
Chuck Lynch and Dave Hagen interview Jeff Harmening from the American Petroleum Institute (API). Jeff explains licensing of engine oils, proper storage and handling, engine oil specifications, diesel engine oils, and what should engine builders expect with new engine oils. Steve and Chuck also discuss the Ford Flathead V8 engine during the history segment of the podcast. They also let you know about the upcoming AERA Regional Tech & Skills Conferences.

Duration:01:03:28

Episode 15 – Magnetism

2/17/2022
Chuck and guest co-host Dave Hagen, AERA’s Senior Technician (filling in for Steve for this episode), discuss how parts can become magnetized and how to demagnetize those parts. February is the month of NASCAR as the Daytona 500 kicks off the 2022 season, so they also cover the formation of NASCAR. Plus, one little nugget about the 2021 Ford Bronco Engine!

Duration:00:26:05

Episode 14 – Incoming Part Inspection

12/16/2021
Steve and Chuck discuss the importance of inspecting and checking your incoming parts before you start to assemble that engine. Making sure that that the parts you ordered are correct by taking measurements and comparing is a vital step in making sure that engine runs and last. Also discussed is the finishing of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway which was completed in December of 1909. Take a listen and learn a little history as well as checking and inspecting parts coming into the machine shop!

Duration:00:48:07

Episode 13 – AERA Online Training

11/12/2021
Steve and Chuck discuss the AERA Engine Machinist Online Training and Certification Program with AERA’s Rob Munro and special guest Dave Capitolo, who is an instructor from De Anza College. Dave goes into detail about how he uses the program in his classroom to help teach engine rebuilding. The group discusses the program and how it can benefit you moving forward when looking for job placement in the engine machining/building industry. Steve and Chuck also discuss the BOSS 302 and everything happening at the upcoming PRI Show for AERA!

Duration:01:07:25

Episode 12 – Torque Plates

9/14/2021
Steve and Chuck take a deep dive into why you should use a torque plate when honing the cylinder block and its importance. Also, do you know which car manufacturer and model just hit the 50 million mark in sales? They will inform you as well as which engine hit the 2 million production mark in 1955. Take a listen and subscribe to the Engine Professional podcast!

Duration:00:56:06

Episode 11 – The Importance of Balancing Engine Components

8/6/2021
Steve and Chuck talk with Randy Neal from CWT Industries about the importance of balancing engine components. Randy goes into detail about balancing and why it is so important. Take a listen and subscribe to the Engine Professional Podcast!

Duration:05:51:16

Episode 10 – What is Tribology

6/30/2021
Steve and Chuck talk with Lake Speed Jr from Total Seal Piston Rings about Tribology and what it is, piston rings and bore sealing. But before the discussion with Lake, they take a step back in time to enlighten the listeners on some history for July when the first Ford vehicle sold back in 1903!

Duration:00:46:18

Episode 9 – Engine Break In

5/20/2021
Steve and Chuck discuss important precautions that should be looked at during engine break in. Making sure your engine is broken in correctly and properly will help make that newly rebuilt engine last longer.

Duration:00:40:08

Episode 8 – Engine Blueprinting

4/13/2021
Steve and Chuck interview Norris Marshall of Blueprint Engines in Nebraska about the importance of engine blueprinting. Norris shares how he got started in the business as well as some key points when blueprinting an engine.

Duration:00:51:48

Episode 7 – Diesel Engines

3/3/2021
Steve Fox, Chuck Lynch and special guest AERA Senior Technical Specialist Dave Hagen discuss the evolvement of the diesel engine — older diesel engines compared to the newer diesel engines and how things have changed over the years.

Duration:00:49:56