20 ENGINE BUILDING TIPS YOU CANNOT DO WITHOUT
Improve your technique with these pointers from the pros
What makes great engine builders great engine builders? Sometimes it’s inborn talent. Most of the time it is decades of raw experience and the lessons learned from both success and failure. Great engine builders apply what they’ve learned over a lifetime practicing their craft.
The best, seasoned engine builders employ techniques that work time and time again, which is what makes them some of the best around. We’re going to share some of their protocols with you in hopes you can apply it to your engine-building regimen.
Gregg Jacobson of PHD Speedcenter, an experienced engine and race car builder in Southern California, stresses that being a successful engine builder is not only about experience, but always being willing to think outside the box.
Do you want to be just an engine assembler or do you want to be an engine architect and builder? That’s what this article is about.
Absorb what you’re about to read and see how you can apply some of these engine-building tips to your project. CHP
(Left) Gregg Jacobson of PHD Speedcenter in Bakersfield, California, suggests checking all corner bores for true top center—not just one bore. It is always good to check all eight bores to ascertain consistency, time permitting. Most builders check just one bore. Gregg suggests checking at least four.