Mini Series (Season 1 – 2021)2023-06-01T11:16:50-07:00

Engine Performance Expo
Season 1

(Aired live in January 2021)

Episode 1 – Block Selection and Machining Considerations

Hosts Joe Castello and Lake Speed, JR. welcome Andy Rottler and the viewing audience to the first Engine Performance Expo. Topics include a visit to Dart Machinery's manufacturing facility, a live Q&A on block selection with David Lewis and Robert Lewis of Roush-Yates Engines, and discussion on cylinder bore coating and sleeving with Jake Raby of Raby's Aircooled Technology.

March 4, 2021|Categories: Machining How-to's, Mini Series, Season 1, Tech Features|

Episode 2 – Block Machining

This episode is all about engine block machining We take a trip to BES Racing Engines and Roush-Yates Racing Engines facilities to learn how these winners machine their blocks, then we head back to the studio for an audience Q&A session with Embry Harrick of Straub Technologies.

Episode 3 – Surface Finishes & Sealing

In this episode the AERA's Chuck Lynch takes us through the ins and outs of surface finishes and sealing, and takes Q&A on their effect on gasket seal in an era moving away from the thicker, less flexible gaskets of old.

Episode 4 – Surface Machining

This episode is all about surface machining and includes a live head surfacing demo, a visit to Creason's Racing Engines in MO for tips on head surfacing, then up to Larry's Auto Machine in CT for a block surfacing demo. The episode closes with live Q&A with Larry Creason and Ed Kiebler of Rottler Mfg.

Episode 5 – Engine Builder Interview with Doug Yates of Roush Yates Engines

In this episode we sit down with the legendary Doug Yates of Roush Yates Engines to talk NASCAR, the business of performance engine building, and take a couple trips down memory lane with a man who grew up with some of the most notable names in auto racing.

Episode 6 (Part 1) : Cylinder Honing and Surface Considerations

In Episode 6 the masters of performance engine building share the science and their secrets for perfect cylinder honing and surface finishes

Episode 6 (Part 2) : Cylinder Honing and Surface Considerations

In Episode 6 the masters of performance engine building share the science and their secrets for perfect cylinder honing and surface finishes

April 8, 2021|Categories: Machining How-to's, Mini Series, Season 1|Tags: , , |

Episode 7 : Rotating Assembly & Balancing Considerations

This episode features an educational session in the basics in techniques in rotating assembly balancing followed by a live Q&A with Randy Neal and John Callies

Episode 8 : Rotating Assembly & Balancing Demonstration & Q&A

Randy Neal demonstrates engine balancing, talks ISO tolerances, materials and engineering changes that make last decade's racing specs OEM standards today.

Episode 9 : Pistons, Pins, Clearances and Coatings

It's all about pistons, pins, clearances and coatings this week. A visit to Diamond Pistons, talk piston design and live Q&A with Total Seal and Roush Yates.

April 29, 2021|Categories: Mini Series, Season 1, Tech Features|Tags: , , , |

Episode 11 – Engine Lubrication System – Pumps, Pans, Clearances, Filters & More

Episode 11 is all about Engine Lubrication System - Pumps, Pans, Clearances, Filters & More. We go to Melling Auto Parts for oil pump school and have live Q&A

May 13, 2021|Categories: Mini Series, Season 1, Tech Features|

Episode 12 – Custom Parts Manufacturing

Episode 12 is custom parts machining. We build billet main caps for a Duramax diesel, port an LSA blower, and create custom deck inserts before taking live Q&A.

Episode 13 – Cylinder Head & Manifold Porting

In this episode we sit down with the Professor of Pro Stock, Warren Johnson, to get his insights on everything performance engine and his tips, tricks and keys to success.

May 27, 2021|Categories: Mini Series, Season 1, Tech Features|Tags: , , , , |

Episode 18 : Valvetrain – Cams, Pushrods, Rockers, Lifters & Springs

COMP Cams’ Billy Godbold does an educational session on valvetrains and low shock technology. He tells a few stories and gives great insight in a Q&A session

July 1, 2021|Categories: Mini Series, Season 1, Tech Features|Tags: , , , , , |

Episode 19 – Engine Testing With Spintron

Ben Strader of EFI University goes through the cost savings and advantages you get from engine testing on the Spintron before going to the dyno or the track

Episode 23 – Block Sleeving

We dive deep into block sleeving. First with a Coyote block at MPR Racing, followed by an LT block at BES Racing. Afterwords, we take live Q&A from the viewers.

Episode 26 – Engine Builder Interview: John Callies

In episode 26 Joe Castello sits down with the legendary John Callies to talk about his amazing career in motorsports

August 26, 2021|Categories: Engine Builder Interviews, Mini Series, Season 1|Tags: , , , , |

Episode 28 – Tool Hacks, Tips & Tricks From Jon Kaase

We take a visit to Jon Kasse's shop where he shares some of his amazing tool hacks, tips & tricks for engine building, followed by a live audience Q&A

September 9, 2021|Categories: Best Of, Mini Series, Season 1|Tags: , , , |

Episode 29 – Ring End Gaps and Dyno Testing Do’s and Don’ts

This week it's setting ring end gaps with Total Seal's Lake Speed Jr, and dyno testing do's and don'ts with "dyno" Don Mac Askill of Shaver Racing Engines

Episode 30 – Dyno Tools and Diagnostics

Dyno Don Mac Askill takes us through the entire process of putting an engine on the dyno, running it through its paces, and the proper removal procedures.

September 23, 2021|Categories: Dyno & Spintron Testing, Mini Series, Season 1|Tags: , , , |

Episode 31 – Closing Roundtable and Show Finale

In the final episode we sit down with our guests for a wrap-up of what we learned and share a few final thoughts from the three days of the first Expo event.

September 30, 2021|Categories: Education & Careers, Mini Series, Roundtable Discussions, Season 1|

The Lost Episode – Ben Strader Dyno Tests EFI vs a Carb

During the inaugural Expo technical difficulties prevented Ben Strader's Holley carburetor vs a Holley throttle body EFI system. We found the missing footage!

October 7, 2021|Categories: Best Of, Dyno & Spintron Testing, Mini Series, Season 1|Tags: , , , , |

Expo 2021 – Episode 1: Block Selection & Machining Considerations

Revisiting our first Expo in 2021, we head to Dart Machinery to select our engine block for our featured engine build, then it's back in studio for live Q&A

August 18, 2023|Categories: Featured Engine Build, Mini Series, Season 1|Tags: , , , |

Expo 2021 – Episode 3: Block Machining

We take a deep dive into block machining with the pros from CNC Blockworks, BES Racing Engines, and RoushYates Engines before holding a Q&A with the audience.

Expo 2021 – Episode 4: Surfaces Finishes and Sealing

The AERA's Chuck Lynch takes us through the ins and outs of surface finishes, sealing, and the effect on gasket seal.

August 29, 2023|Categories: Mini Series, Season 1, Tech Features|Tags: , , , , , |

Expo 2021 – Episode 5: Surface Machining

We go back to January of 2021 for a deep dive into surface machining tips, tricks, and techniques from a trio of the world’s best engine builders.

September 1, 2023|Categories: Machining How-to's, Mini Series, Season 1|Tags: , , , |

Expo 2021 – Episode 6: Engine Builder Interview – Doug Yates

We climb in the wayback machine once again to re-visit our very first engine builder interview -- the legendary Doug Yates of Roush Yates Engines.

September 6, 2023|Categories: Engine Builder Interviews, Mini Series, Season 1|Tags: , |

Expo 2021 – Episode 7 Part 1: Cylinder Honing and Surface Considerations

In part 1 of a 3-part series, Ben Strader, Ed Kiebler, and Keith Jones hold a whiteboard session to explain the science behind honing and cylinder finishes.

September 8, 2023|Categories: Mini Series, Season 1, Whiteboard Sessions|Tags: , , , |

Expo 2021 – Episode 7 Part 2: Cylinder Honing and Surface Considerations

In part 2 of this 3 part series we visit three master engine builders to learn how they approach cylinder honing and surafacing

September 8, 2023|Categories: Machining How-to's, Mini Series, Season 1|Tags: , , , |

Episode 7 Part 3: Cylinder Honing and Surfacing Demo

In the final episode of this 3-part series, Rottler Manufacturing’s Ed Kiebler gives an in-depth demonstration on how to get the perfect cylinder surface finish

September 8, 2023|Categories: Machining How-to's, Mini Series, Season 1|Tags: , , , |

Expo 2021 – Episode 8: Rotating Assembly & Balancing Considerations

We learn the concepts and proper techniques in balancing rotating assemblies, get a demo of cutting an aero wing camshaft profile, and close with a Q&A session

September 12, 2023|Categories: Machining How-to's, Mini Series, Season 1, Tech Features|Tags: , , , |

Expo 2021 – Episode 9: Rotating Assembly & Balancing Machine Demo

CWT Industries’ Randy Neal walks host Joe Castello through a live demonstration of balancing the Expo engine's rotating assembly on CWT’s 5500 Multi-Bal machine

Expo 2021 – Episode 10: Diamond Pistons

We took a trip up to Clinton, Michigan to visit Diamond Pistons, see the facilities, learn about their R&D, and get a look at their custom piston designs.

September 19, 2023|Categories: Featured Engine Build, Mini Series, Season 1|Tags: , , , |

Expo 2021 – Episode 11: Pistons, Pins, Clearances and Coatings

Lake Speed Jr is joined by the guys from Roush-Yates Engines to talk about everything piston—materials, design, heads, skirts, rings & oil—plus an audience Q&A

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