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Valve LeakerMAGNETIC CLEANER
I attach a large speaker magnet in my valve grinder oil tank. This draws any metal particular matter to this area and keeps the oil clean.
Gary Sloat
Auto Supply of Stuart
Stuart, FL

Valve LeakerBUILD A CYLINDER HEAD BENCH
This works well for grinding valve seats with stones and knocking out valve guides. You are able to walk around the entire head. These are simply made with 2 brake drums, some steel tubes and flat steel..
Ron Post
Dave Hiatt Machine
Clovis , CA

Allen Screw Stipped22R SPEEDY SLEEVE TOOL
Installing a speedy sleeve on a 22R Toyota crank can be difficult because of the flywheel pilot flange sticking out of the back of the crank. I used a piece of tool steel, drilled a hole in it then installed a spring and a pin to hold it to the pilot shaft that was turned down and stepped. This makes putting a sleeve on a 22R Toyota crank real easy..
Nick Redenbaugh
Sierra Auto
Modesto, CA

Clean FuelRECLAIMED TOOL
Do you have a balancer puller with stripped out threads? Don't throw it away! You can make a universal engine turning tool out of it. We turned a 1/2" drive extension down in the lathe to fit the inside the bore of the tool, cut it to fit the length, then plug welded the end. Bolt it to the balancer and use a 1/2 ratchet with this tool to turn over almost any engine with the balancer installed.
Dan Matton
D and D Auto Machine
Bloomington, MN

Clean FuelSCRAPING THE BED
To remove burrs and irregularities on machine beds or stanchions, I use a carbide tipped gasket scraper.These carbide tipped scraper are superior to anything out there! Oh, and they do a nice job on gaskets too!
Darin Driscoll
AMS Automotive Machine and Supply
Fort Collins CO


Clean FuelREAR END SETUP MADE EASIER
After I read the article about the 12-bolt rear end in the last issue, I wanter to share a solution to easily set pinion depth, without the hassle of pressing the bearings on and off. When rebuilding integral carrier type differential such as the GM 10 or 12 bolt, after removing the pinion, I remove the original bearings from the pinion (providing they are not destroyed). I take the old bearings and open the I.D. of the bearings with a stone on a die grinder so that the bearings will slip fit onto the pinion shaft. Now I can assemble, and disassemble as needed to set the pinion depth, without having to press the bearings off each time. Then I final assemble the differential with new bearings. I mark the modified old bearings for future use in the same type rear, saving money and time.
Lee Johnson
Pro Performance
Phoenix, AZ