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New Engine ? Remanufactured Engine is your best choice

OCTOBER 7, 2013 By Powertrain Pro

Modern vehicles are designed to withstand a great deal of wear and tear. They’re more fuel efficient than ever before, and able to milk every drop of gasoline for the most “bang” possible. The average lifespan of a car engine these days is far in surplus of 100,000 miles (many make it to the 200,000-mile mark, in fact). With that being said, any number of things can kill an engine early, and its not only because it was once a used engine for sale.

Maybe you were involved in a serious auto accident, or maybe the engine block had casting errors. Perhaps you threw a rod, or maybe you’re swapping out for something with a bit more power. In all these cases, you’ll want a new engine, but what you’re really getting is a remanufactured engine.

Why Isn’t It New?

Whether you’re doing a new engine install yourself and ordering the engine from your local parts store, going through a dealership, or working with a private repair shop, you should understand that you’re not getting a “new” engine. It’s new to you, certainly, but it’s not brand new, as in never taken out of the crate before. Ford or Chevy isn’t sending you an engine straight from their assembly line. You’re getting a remanufactured engine. What does that mean and why should you care?

The Realities of a Remanufactured Engine

First, let’s take a look at what a remanufactured engine really is. It’s not a rebuilt engine. It’s not “refurbished” and it’s not used. It’s remanufactured – that implies a complete re-engineering of the engine from the ground up. In fact, it’s new in all the ways that count.

In the world of remanufacturing, only certain components are reused, and then only after being completely inspected, ground down, sanded and refinished to the identical measurements and clearances it had when it rolled off the assembly line originally. These are the exterior and housing components – all the internals are replaced with new components.

All remanufacturing takes place in a factory environment, using computer-guided tools. Don’t confuse it with rebuilding, which can take place at your local mechanic shop on the workbench. Remanufacturing is an intensive process that results in an engine that’s as close to “new” as you’ll ever get.

Rebuilt or Remanufactured?

You might think that going the rebuilt route is the better option here, now that you understand a “new” engine isn’t really new. However, there’s a lot to be gained by going with a remanufactured engine as opposed to a rebuilt one.

Lifespan – One of the most important considerations here is lifespan. When you opt for a remanufactured engine, you’re getting the same lifespan as an engine installed in a vehicle coming straight from the assembly plant. A rebuilt engine, on the other hand, might have only a few more miles left in it.

Reliability – Remanufactured engines are hands down more reliable than rebuilt engines. That’s because they’re completely re-engineered, rather than just having failed parts replaced.

In the end, a remanufactured engine is the ideal solution – it’s as close as you’ll get to “new”.

Dodge Engine Replacement Tips

 Dodge Ram 1500, Dodge Dakota and Dodge  Durango

NOVEMBER 22, 2013 By Powertrain Pro

 

While ensuring that your Dodge truck is properly maintained will help maximize engine life, it’s not always that simple. Sometimes, hidden flaws in engine casting or early failure in internal components means that you’re in for an engine replacement. That’s no fun, but knowing a few things ahead of time will help make the process a little less onerous. Owners of a Dodge Ram 1500, Dodge Dakota or Dodge Durango will find the tips and tricks below helpful.

First Things First

The first thing you’ll need to do, whether you’re driving a Ram 1500, Dodge Durango or Dodge Dakota, is get your truck on a lift. If you’re doing this on your own, you can use ramps or jack stands (front and rear). If you’re doing it in a shop, put it on a vehicle lift.

Next Up

Before you raise your truck, make sure to pop the hood and disconnect the battery. You can also go ahead and begin the teardown. You’re replacing the engine, so everything has to come off, including:

  • Thermostat/radiator hoses
  • Belts
  • Cowl
  • Electrical connectors/wiring harness
  • Alternator
  • A/C compressor
  • Starter

In some instances, you’ll need to remove the valve covers as well, but verify what components are supplied with your replacement engine.

Raise It Up

Now it’s time to put your truck in the air. You’ll need to remove quite a few things from underneath. These will include the driveshaft (to give some play), and the exhaust. You should also drain the oil while the truck is in the air. If your replacement engine does not come with an oil pan, you should remove the old one after draining the engine oil.

Dodge Ram 1500, Dodge Dakota and Dodge Durango owners will also need to remove the mounting bolts that secure the engine to the transmission. Double-check the bottom half of the engine for any wiring connectors that haven’t yet been removed, as lowering the engine with them still attached can add significant costs.

Don’t forget to remove the headers from the engine (after disconnecting the rest of the exhaust and the O2 sensors, of course).

Replacing your engine might not be your idea of a fun time, but it doesn’t have to be a terrible experience. You can also use this time to replace any other components that are damaged or in danger of failing (engine mounts, transmission mounts, exhaust components, etc.).

Repowering Your Boat? Here are Five Helpful Tips!

Whether you have an older boat you wish to keep, or if you bought a "fixer-upper" you'd like to revive, replacing your marine engine and getting back on the water can be easy if you know what to look for. Accessibility is a huge concern, it can add unwanted costs to your repower aspirations. A good portion of boat repower projects are simply related to the prospect of reselling, as a good engine will make your boat more appealing to potential buyers. Whatever your reason, these tips will help you focus on getting the most out of repowering your boat.

1) Boats are not commonly viewed as sound financial investments. If you aren't an avid boater, it may not be a very good 'investment' at all. Boat owners are often stunned to learn how much they cost to operate and maintain. Currently the used boat market is overrun with more boats than buyers, and every small issue is magnified to the new buyer. An older boat with engine issues may be almost impossible to sell. Usually, marine engines represent more than 50% of the boats value. So knowing the price range for the boat, with the engine in excellent condition, is valuable before repowering.

2) When considering your repower budget, keep in mind costs beyond the engine, and its installation. If your engine is older, the parts are older, as well. When working with mature inboard engines, replacement of old components should be considered...while you have the engine out and accessible. Wiring, fuel tanks, cutlass bearings, shafts, mounts or transmissions, these can be costly as they pile up. You'll want to match the new engine's horsepower to the shafts and props, and you could certainly consider a little engine makeover: new paint, new lights, and new sound-proofing can make all the difference. Slightly increasing your budget can make sure the bellows are watertight, adding budget for outboard brackets, transom repairs/adjustments, and controls can help you in the long run. Of course, it may not be necessary to replace any or all of these things, but keeping accurate costs in mind BEFORE you buy, planning for all contingencies, will help you keep costs under control.

3) Engine access problems can add up to big money. Would you be surprised to learn some engines are installed before the deck is in place? While an inspection hatch is common on all watercraft, without cutting out a bulkhead or deck, removing the engine can be a monumental task. For wooden boats, you must factor in the carpentry costs, and with fiberglass, it will be even more expensive to make the boat look new. No crane access? Staging a rail system to hoist the engine may be your only option.

4) When it comes down to it, some are hesitant spending a great deal of their hard-earned cash on a new engine, often opting for the more economical product. Purchasing a used or rebuilt marine engine can lead to headaches, a brand new engine with a ten year old gasket is an accident waiting to happen. New or remanufactured engines can provide peace of mind for a buyer because of their warranties and testing, increasing the value of the engine, and covering any mishaps that may occur. And with the majority of a boats value in the engine, a new or reman engine is more attractive to a potential buyer.

5) Installing the engine yourself may seem like a time saving gesture, but ultimately you may have to get the engine inspected by an authorized dealer to activate the warranty. Often, these authorized installers can submit the warranty paperwork on your behalf. While the cost of installing a new or used engine is relatively the same, used or rebuilt engines rarely have proof or hours, condition, or warranty information.

For improving fuel efficiency, safety and longevity, the installation of a new or remanufactured marine engine will help you enjoy your boat for years to come. If your goal is a quick sale, following these tips can help you attract more potential buyers. Either way, repowering your marine engine can be a worthwhile and valuable experience if you're informed and educated in the process. Repower your boat today with Eagle Engine Sales, Inc, and fall in love with your boat all over again. Call 1-800-811-9328 today, we look forward to speaking with you!

Volvo Penta Unveils Three New Sterndrive Gas Engines

Written by Chris Landry

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Volvo Penta of the Americas today gave a dozen journalists a sneak peek at its new sterndrive gasoline engines — two V8 5.3-liter engines in 300- and 350-hp models and a V6 4.3-liter engine with 280 horses. These powerplants use General Motors Generation V engines with increased technology.

“Not only are we bringing new technology to the market, we are allowing the downsizing of power in boats,” Marcia Kull, vice president of North American marine sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas, told a roomful of media and Volvo Penta marketing, sales and engineering representatives at the Volvo Penta test center in Chesapeake.

The V8-350 is 119 pounds lighter than its predecessor, according to Tony Kelleher, director of marine leisure sales for Volvo Penta, who outlined the improvements in the Gen V engines. Their benefits include switching from cast-iron blocks to lightweight aluminum, from multi-port fuel injection to direct fuel injection and from fixed-cam to variable-valve timing.

Journalists will get a chance today to test the engines in five boats, including a Formula with the V8-350, a Cobalt with a V8-300, a Stingray with a V6-240 (a Gen V engine that was introduced earlier this year) and the V6-280 pushing a Cobalt. The engine-maker also had a Regal 2100 Surf Boat equipped with its forward drive technology (powered by a V8-300).

About a dozen journalists, including two from Brazil and one from Canada, were in Chesapeake, Va., for the introduction of new gasoline sterndrives from Volvo Penta. Despite the gasoline sterndrive’s waning sales numbers, Volvo Penta and Mercury Marine have stepped up their post-recession development of improved modern inboard/outboard power packages. Competition between Mercury and Volvo Penta is heating up — and Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas, brought up that very issue in his opening presentation.

“Competition is a great thing — it’s what drives us here at Volvo Penta,” Huibers said. “We are a technology and innovation company — and innovation is our passion.” Mercury Marine last month debuted its second in-house-built sterndrive — the MerCruiser 6.2L V8, offered in 300- and 350-hp configurations.

Mercury rolled out its first in-house-built engine about a year ago — the 4.5L 250-hp MerCruiser. Mercury formerly used General Motors blocks to build its marine gasoline engines. Volvo Penta has stuck with General Motors, introducing the first of a fleet of sterndrives with the fifth generation of GM motors. The first engines — 200- and 240-hp V6s with a 4.3-liter displacement — were introduced at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show and they hit the market earlier this year.

Since 2011, sterndrive boat sales in the United States have dropped by 5,000 units (from 17,500 to 13,000 units), according to Jack Ellis, managing director at Info-Link Technologies. The numbers indicate that “outboard power is king these days,” he says. But the weak state of the market has not stopped the research, development and introduction of new inboard/outboards.

Volvo Penta will debut the three new sterndrives at the Sept. 15-17 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference in Louisville, Ky. The Swedish engine maker, which operates from a U.S. headquarters in Chesapeake, plans to have a full family of the next-generation gasoline engines by next year.

Call Eagle Engine Sales today at 1-800-811-9328 for all your marine needs, we look forward to speaking with you!

Are you still having cruise control problems with your Ford?

The NHTSA is still urging owners of affected Ford vehicles to respond to recall notices, saying that several million cars, trucks and SUVs are still a fire risk.

The initial recall occurred September 7, 2005, when the Ford Motor Company announced a massive safety recall on 1994-2002 vehicles to correct a problem that could cause the cruise control deactivation switch to overheat and create an underhood fire. These fires started when owners parked in their garages, sometimes spreading  to their homes. The root of the problem? A leaking pressure switch mounted on the break master cylinder, this pressure sensitive switch deactivates the cruise control after the brakes have been applied.

Their investigations found that brake fluid could leak through the cruise deactivation switch into the cruise system's electrical components and cause corrosion. Corrosion can cause a short and keep the cruise control from working, but in some cases it can lead to a higher flow of current that can overheat and cause a fire at the switch. Expanding the recall, Ford started inspecting the afflicted vehicles to confirm the leaking pressure switch.

If not leaking, a fused harness was employed, preventing a fire if the switch began leaking in the future. So dealerships could either replace the switch or install the harness, often opting for both. With the repair, the updated cruise switch proved effective, preventing leakage and ensuring proper safety.

To repair certain trucks, Ford will install a jumper harness between the cruise control deactivation switch and the cruise mechanism. The harness will act as a circuit breaker and will turn off the current at the switch if the switch becomes shorted.

Ford is still asking customers to take their vehicles to dealerships to have the cruise control deactivated until the repair takes place.

Then in August of 2006,  Ford added 1.2 million more vehicles to the cruise control recall.

Even with the updated announcement, several million vehicles still haven't reported in for the free repairs, despite notification. Consequentially, stories of the cars catching fire still turn up on the news, fires causing damage to vehicles and property alike.

An inexpensive repair kit is available to the general public, so car owners can either bring it to a dealership or repair it themselves. We believe there are plenty of reasons to take a vehicle into the dealership, even if it's inconvenient. Type "Motorcraft SW-6350 Speed Sensor Switch Repair Kit" into Ebay or Amazon, and the kit can arrive at your door. For the novice, this installation is not recommended, but if you know what you're doing, then this fix is better than none.

In 2009 another 4.5 million vehicles were added to the Cruise Control Recall List. To check if your vehicle is involved in the recall, you can click on the following link to check for any open Ford recalls. Reaching out to friends and family by word of mouth or social media will help get the millions of unsafe vehicles repaired, preventing further damage.

Here is an updated list of vehicles effected by the Ford recall:

Trucks

  • 1997-2002 Expedition
  • 1998-2002 Navigator
  • 2002-2003 Blackwood
  • 1993-1996 Bronco
  • 2000-2003 Excursion (built prior to 11/4/02)
  • 1992-2003 Econoline E-150/250/350
  • 1996-2003 Econoline E450
  • 2002-2003 Econoline E550
  • 1998-2002 Ranger
  • 1998-2001 Explorer/Mountaineer
  • 2001-2002 Explorer Sport (2 door) & Sport Trac
  • 2003-2004 F-150 Lightning
  • 1993-2003 F-Series (Under 8500 lb. GVW)
  • 1993-2003 F-Series (over 8500 lb. GVW) – all plants except Cuautitlan
  • 1994-2003 F-Series (over 8500 lb. GVW) – Cuautitlan built only prior to 1/7/03
  • 1995-2002 F-53 Motorhome

Cars

  • 1992-1998 Town Car
  • 1992-1998 Crown Victoria
  • 1992-1998 Grand Marquis
  • 1993-1998 Mark VIII
  • 1993-1995 Taurus SHO (automatic transmission)
  • 1994 Capri

*equipped with speed control. Diesel engine equipped vehicles are excluded from recall

At Eagle Engine Sales, Inc, customer safety is always first and foremost. Keeping up to date with recalls effecting the automotive industry, and passing that information along to our customers is a responsibility we don't take lightly.

Whether its Takata recalling their air bags, or Ford recalling their cruise control switches, the focus of Eagle Engine Sales is clear: we take the safety of our valued customers seriously. If these articles can help even one person prevent a catastrophe, we deem it time well spent, and will continue to provide up-to-date industry information and safety recalls as they appear.

Over land, or by sea, let Eagle Engine Sales move you in the right direction! Call 1-800-811-9328 today, we look forward to speaking with you!

Four Causes of Cracked Engine Blocks

By: Powertrain Pro

Engine blocks are designed to handle the rigors of ordinary driving and then some. However, while rare, failure does occur. Cracks in engine blocks usually require replacement (either with a crate engine, a rebuilt engine, salvage engine or remanufactured engine). Repairs can be done in some instances, but it’s not always possible. What causes engine blocks to crack, though? Here are four culprits.

While there are many underlying causes of cracked engine blocks, they almost all involve excess heat. Engine coolant is what’s supposed to keep the overall engine within operating temperature, but extreme overheating changes things. In these instances, the coolant isn’t enough to keep all of the block cool (because it can only cool the immediate area through which it runs). The overheated portions expand while the cooler areas don’t. The result is stress on the block and then an engine-killing crack. So, what causes overheating?

Low coolant is the primary cause of overheating. If your customer runs their engine with the low coolant light on, they should expect to suffer some very serious problems. Whether the situation was caused by failure to maintain their coolant properly or their radiator failed, the situation can be very serious if not caught in time, especially in used car engines for sale.

Water pump failure is another thing that can cause a cracked block. Even if the coolant level is fine, without a functional water pump, the coolant can’t flow through the system and cool as it is designed to do. This can lead to severe overheating and a cracked block.

Casting failure is the third cause of engine block cracks. While rare, it does happen. During the injection molding process, a shift in the mold’s sand can cause the block’s metal to be thinner than necessary in certain areas. Over time and with the application of heat (expansion and contraction), these thin areas can crack.

Overheating due to overpowering is another cause of cracked engine blocks. Adding a supercharger or turbocharger to an engine not designed for one can create a situation in which the engine has more power (and generates more heat) than it can handle. This creates extra flexing and expansion in the block (because the coolant can’t handle the amount of heat generated by the added power), resulting in a cracked block.

In most instances, replacing an engine with a cracked engine block is the best solution, particularly if your customer is interested in a salvage engine or a rebuilt engine (both of which are more economical than crate or remanufactured engines).

If you have a cracked engine block, call Eagle Engine Sales at 1-800-811-9328, we look forward to talking with you!

 

Are plastic roads on the horizon?

Going green is worthwhile and progressive, and understanding our environmental short-comings while planning for the future can safeguard our future generations.

Lately, we've heard of self-driving cars, smart highways, and now we have a whole new product to speculate about: Plastic Roads.

VolkerWessels is a Dutch construction company, and they've recently announced their intentions to build roads made entirely from recycled plastic bottles. They claim plastic roads have a lifespan triple that of asphalt roads and can easily handle temperatures from 176 degrees Fahrenheit to 40 degrees below zero. The Netherlands have long been known to be on the cutting edge of sustainable technology, from ground breaking discoveries in wind farm tech to the world's first solar road, a 70-meter stretch of cycle path between two suburbs of the city that generates solar power from rugged, textured glass-covered photovoltaic cells. Add plastic roads to their list of innovations.

"Plastic roads offer all kinds of advantages compared to current road construction," said Rolf Mars, director of VolkerWessels’ roads subdivision. "Rotterdam is a very innovative city and has embraced the idea" of plastic roads," said Mr. Mars. "It fits very well within its sustainability policy and it has said it is keen to work on a pilot."

VolkerWessels details a long list of potential benefits of pure plastic roads. First, it is claimed the road could better withstand extreme temperatures, as low as -40° C (-40° F) and as high as 80° C (176° F). It would also be more resistant to corrosion and last three times as long as asphalt, while minimizing the need for maintenance. The material would also be lighter and allow better control over factors like road stiffness and water drainage, while a hollow space within could be used for all sorts of things. Some of ideas offered up by VolkerWessels include running cables and pipes and housing traffic loop sensors.

Increased production and availability are two advantages, since these plastic roads can be built in a matter of weeks-not months. Building pre-fabricated sections in a factory and transporting them wherever needed seems like a great idea. Being virtually maintenance free is another perk, easing congestion by reducing construction crews blocking traffic.

“It’s still an idea on paper at the moment; the next stage is to build it and test it in a laboratory to make sure it’s safe in wet and slippery conditions and so on. We’re looking for partners who want to collaborate on a pilot – as well as manufacturers in the plastics industry, we’re thinking of the recycling sector, universities and other knowledge institutions,” Mars said. The company hopes to produce pavement within the next three years.

Somewhat surprising is the toll asphalt takes on our environment: asphalt is responsible for 1.6 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year, and two percent of all road transport emissions. To the green community, plastic roads is such a fantastic idea given the fact asphalt is so harmful to the environment.

To look to the Netherlands for future automotive applications is always exciting, and maybe their innovations and commitment to the environment will rub off on the old United Stated of America. Who knows? Smart Highways and plastic roads may just be our future. Who thought someday we'd be driving on Tupperware?

Can your car be hacked? You'd be surprised!

The first remote hacking of a vehicle has occurred, and as we move towards a more computerized society, our worst fears are being realized, prompting another huge automotive recall. Like many carmakers, Fiat-Chrysler is doing its best to turn the modern automobile into a smartphone. Uconnect is an Internet-connected computer feature in hundreds of thousands of Fiat Chrysler cars, SUVs, and trucks.

Citing "an abundance of caution," Fiat-Chrysler voluntarily recalled over 1.4 million cars, trucks, and SUVs this week. The issue, a Uconnect touchscreen entertainment system vulnerability that allowed hackers to assume control of a Jeep Cherokee's brakes and other systems. Uconnect is an internet-connected computer feature that controls the vehicle’s entertainment and navigation, enables phone calls, and even offers a Wi-Fi hot spot. The prompt recall came swiftly following a hacking demonstration the day before, the manner of infiltration open to anyone possessing a Fiat-Chrysler vehicle with the Uconnect system installed.

The recall focuses on the following vehicles equipped with 8.4-inch touchscreens:

  • 2013-2015 Dodge Vipers

  • 2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups

  • 2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500, 5500 Chassis Cabs

  • 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Cherokees

  • 2014-2015 Dodge Durangos

  • 2015 Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans

  • 2015 Dodge Challengers

Scary. Very scary. With such timely topics as automated driverless vehicles, smart cars, and breaking our dependency on foreign oil dominating our headlines, eliminating traffic crunches and improving the safety of our highways is a worthwhile endeavor. But is giving up so much control worth the effort?

Initially Fiat-Chrysler downplayed the news, mentioning that only a small number of vehicles were affected, and quietly offered owners a free software update from their local car dealer, like a traditional recall.

Then the very next day, the announcement to recall over 1.4 million of their cars, trucks, and SUVs shows the seriousness of the vulnerability, with affected car owners now getting an update directly from Chrysler via specialized USB drives.

“The software manipulation addressed by this recall required unique and extensive technical knowledge, prolonged physical access to a subject vehicle and extended periods of time to write code,” Fiat Chrysler said in a statement. So apparently this isn't something that can be done on a whim...but the inherent danger is still present, as Fiat-Chrysler also changed its controls over the network-level access to block the technique used by the hackers.

Fiat-Chrysler has been under increased scrutiny of late, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration already embroiled in a back-and-forth regarding Fiat-Chrysler's handling of safety recalls relating to more than 11 million vehicles, threatening fines and other punishments for what the NHTSA calls "foot-dragging." And now a separate probe has been launched to monitor the new hacking issues.

Connected cars, smart highways and automated vehicles will be coming our way in the very near future, and with these advancements come new flaws to exploit. In this case, the researchers were hired to hack, but say they did so to raise awareness about security questions surrounding connected cars.

With new laws on vehicle software safety being considered by Congress, this problem won't go away anytime soon. It's one thing to have hackers constantly striving for our personal information, but having hackers competing for access to our lifesaving brakes is another thing, entirely.

TOP TEN RULES FOR YOUR CLASSIC CAR PURCHASE

Part Two of Two

Buying a beautiful, classic automobile can be as simple as typing into Google and pressing enter. Websites will have every classic car, in every color, from Craigslist to CarMax. But you could be buying a lemon, and not even know it...without specific experience of buying and selling vintage cars, overlooking even one aspect of the process can have you crying. Here is part two of our article on the top ten rules for your classic car purchase.

DON'T NEGLECT YOUR HOMEWORK
With auto-auctions becoming more popular, both from exposure on television and the internet, classic car statistics and specifications are often a few keystrokes away. "We live in the age of technology and there's all this available data," says Allen. "You can put a car model name and 'sold for' into any search engine, and you're going to pull up all these forums and articles that are written on these vehicles. You can get pretty in-depth and figure out if it's the car for you." An accurate assessment of condition is key. "I always put them in a one to four category," says Allen. "One is a perfect car, and to this day, I've never met a "one." Two is a very good car, three is a good car, and four to me is a fair-condition car."

RARE OPTIONS = MONEYMAKER
Perhaps it's counter-intuitive, but special additions to rare and exotic vehicles can really be a boon to your bank account. Power windows on a model that didn't originally have power windows? Jackpot! "It could be horsepower-related, it could be power-window related, it could be comfort-related," says Allen. "Back in the Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies, you could go order cars and make them very unique. If there's a Mustang that pulls up on the auction block and it's a "one of one" because it had some kind of unique option, it'll bring more money than any of the other ones."

DOES PAINT JOB COUNT? YOU BETCHYA
It rarely comes down to simple color, but many buyers do care about the paint job, and if it's rare, even better. "You'd be surprised how much that can drive up the value of a vehicle," says Allen, who once bought a Ford Galaxie 500 XL with a bright pink with a white interior. "It had original paint and the original interior," he recalls. "The car was ordered by none other than Hugh Hefner to give to the Playmate of the Year. That car we sold for four times the amount of what a normal one would have brought. That's a one-of-one car. As far as an investment goes, that's a great one."

TERRIBLE GAS MILEAGE? NO PROBLEM
Huge engines use a good amount of fuel, and classic cars have some of the biggest. Again, the reality might be a surprise. "Right now the money's really into original big-block cars, which is cool," says Allen. "Camaros, Corvettes, Chevelles, Mustangs...those are considered the big blocks. They're the bigger cubic inches and have more horsepower, and they were produced less than the smaller-size motors. You know, these are the cars that don't get great gas mileage. We've seen those cars come back around and be worth a lot of money."

PREDICTING THE FUTURE OF CAR INVESTING
Navigating the latest investing trends, and understanding what's in demand with his customers is a large part his success. "There's going to be a lot of people who are going to hate what I'm about to say, but I think the next up-and-coming collectible car we'll see in the next five to 10 years is going to be those Eighties performance cars," says Allen. "The 1980s Camaro IROC-Zs, Buick Grand Nationals. Right now they're really affordable, and if you like those cars, then I would definitely recommend buying one. Don't think you're going to be able to turn it around and make all your money next week. That's going to be a five to ten year investment."

TOP TEN RULES FOR YOUR CLASSIC CAR PURCHASE

Part One of Two

Buying a beautiful, classic automobile can be as simple as typing into Google and pressing enter. Websites will have every classic car, in every color, from Craigslist to CarMax. But you could be buying a lemon, and not even know it...without specific experience of buying and selling vintage cars, overlooking even one aspect of the process can have you crying. If only you had some handy rules of thumb when making these important purchases! Well, thanks to Jeff Allen of Flat 12 Gallery in Lubbock, Texas, now you do!

Jeff Allen is an up-and-coming television personality, and an expert on classic car negotiations. With Flat 12 Gallery and his restorer Perry Barndt, Jeff travels the country buying, fixing and then reselling classic cars, creating his empire. Now with his television show, "Car Chasers" airing on CNBC, Jeff and his crew are sharing their hard earned experience with the car enthusiast crowd. "The show is not just about cars," says Allen. "It's about the negotiation process and where to invest."

When the focus shifts from enjoyment to an investment, fun weekend road trips are put aside for practical fiscal knowledge. When the investment has to make money down the road, there are a few rules to keep you on the right track.

CAN YOU LIVE WITHOUT IT? IF YES, THEN WALK AWAY

This car buying strategy can be different for each car enthusiast...when each investor has his own likes and dislikes, it can come down to one thing: Buying what you like. "I have lived by this motto, and after all these years of doing it, I've never been disappointed," he says. "I know other car dealers who have sold cars at auctions and lost thousands of dollars, and I always want to ask them, 'Did you really like that car, or did you buy it because you saw it and thought there was money there?'"

BIGGER ISN'T ALWAYS BETTER

Various vehicles have production runs much larger than others, and some are smaller, limiting the amount of vehicles in existence. In terms of investing, a car with a limited quantity from the manufacturer is the more worthwhile investment. "The lower the production numbers, the higher the value of the cars," says Allen. "Depending on the make and model, there's a book out there that'll tell you all the production numbers, all the options, how many were made of each color. It's amazing the breakdown you can find. Now, with the Internet, you can find more."

CAN'T MATCH THE NUMBERS? LOOK OUT!

In a perfect world, a vehicles engine, transmission, and rear axle will all correspond to the vehicles VIN number. "Number-matching" cars are in demand. "True investment cars are going to be numbers-matching cars," Allen says. According to Allen, the last six digits on the VIN number are simple to check on the motor. Rear end and transmission are slightly more of a challenge, being stamped with time codes, which you can investigate, and make sure the dates sync correctly. "It's not a problem if not everything matches," says Allen. "It's just not going to bring the bigger money that an all-matching car will. You can never lose if you find an all-numbers-matching car. It's a way safer bet."

BIG BUCKS FOR SMALL MILEAGE

This piece of advice is seemingly universal, almost everyone understands that the fewer the miles, the better the vehicles value. Allen dismisses this advice, and adjusts his bids accordingly. "I've bought Porsches with 200,000-plus miles on them," he says. "I never worry about it. It just has to be reflected in the price. I've bought some cars that from the outside and inside you'd go, 'Oh, that car's got 40,000 miles on it.' You get in and you go, 'Oh my gosh, 200,000 miles!' But the person maintained it. They kept it up. From an investment point of view, when you're looking at what you can do to turn your money into more money, low-mileage vehicles are like a sure thing," he says. "They're only low-mileage once."

WHY RUST IS A RED FLAG

Want an easy way to steer clear of potential problems? Keep your eyes open for rust damage. "Rust is a killer," says Allen. "I always walk away when I see it. It's not because I don't know how to fix it. I do. But it's not going to be the same. You can replace panels, but once you start with a rusty car, in my opinion, it's always a rusty car. It will never be factory-original again." Allen then softened his stance slightly.

"If I saw a bubble or two on a quarter panel that would not bother me," he says, "but when you can see through the trunk and floors and the sides are all eaten up, there comes a point when your money is better spent finding a nicer car. It can just become a money pit."

Marine Engines and Ethanol, what you need to know!

While ethanol is widely accepted and integrated into the automotive landscape, we still have a way to go when factoring ethanol into the marine industry. E10 is a 10% ethanol blend designed for use with most marine engines. Even with significant testing and study, ethanol is still the cause of several serious marine engine maladies, including corrosion, unwanted deposits, loss of octane, and an accelerated destabilization of fuel.
 
Ethanol treatments have seen increased popularity for marine engines, allowing boaters peace of mind when using ethanol blended gasoline. These treatments are formulated to help prevent all the problems caused by ethanol blended E10 gasoline, with old fiberglass tanks being the exception. Fuel treatments cannot prevent the issues with fiberglass tanks.
 
These ethanol gasoline treatments have been proven in independent laboratory tests to help solve the four ethanol problems: phase separation, corrosion, build-up of carbon deposits and fuel destabilization. These tests are proven to help prevent moisture and ethanol in the fuel from dropping to the bottom of the tank, where it can build up and cause problems. They also possess a preventing corrosion inhibitor, counteracting the corrosive nature of the ethanol and moisture. Utilizing new gasoline detergents, these treatments help clean up the deposits in the intake valve and the fuel injector.
 
Rounding out the treatments are fuel stabilizers created to prevent oxidation, improving the storage life of E10 when docked or in storage for up to a year.
 
Bottom-line is that boat owners should be ready to embrace E10 ethanol gasoline without fear. Keeping fuel tanks topped off will help stop excess moisture from entering the system, and treating their fuel with an ethanol gasoline treatment will help keep boaters safe and sound for years to come!
 
Call Eagle Engine Sales Inc. at 1-800-811-9328 today, we look forward to speaking with you!

Mustang vs. Camaro, Battle of the Century!

Two powerhouses, famous throughout the years...the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.

Introduced in the ’60s, they have been subject of the timeless debate to determine which is better. With every innovation, one or the other takes the lead for a time, until the next unveiling, and the debate starts all over again!

This year is no exception, the debate for supremacy will rage once more, with both the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro both off of complete redesigns. With the new emphasis on lightness, both sport new innovations including four-cylinder options, and both are still extremely powerful.

With smoother lines, the Mustang has a new sporty look, veering away slightly from the muscle car dynamics, especially the controversial front end, which some fans hated.

The Camaro remains true to its muscle car look, with aggressive and muscular lines, and the Camaro has a very powerful looking front end.

Let's first compare their specifications:

2016 Ford Mustang:
3.7-liter V6: 300 horsepower, 280 lb-ft torque
2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder: 310 hp, 320 lb-ft torque
5.0-liter V8: 435 hp, 400 lb-ft

2016 Chevrolet Camaro:
2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo: 275-hp, 295 lb-ft torque
3.6-liter V6: 335-hp, 284 lb-ft torque
6.2-liter V8: 455-hp, 455 lb-ft torque

At first glance, perhaps the Camaro edges the Mustang in performance. But the driving test is the ultimate decider, and both cars were incredibly fun to drive.

Driving the 2016 Camaro imparts a sense of newness from this year's incarnation, the difference between the fifth generation to sixth gen is immediately evident. The steering is tight and responsive, the roar of their V6 is like music, and body roll is gone.

Now compare that with the 2016 Mustang, and you'll see a difference. With a new independent rear suspension, the Mustang's handling is definitely improved from last year. To the testers however, the Camaro appeared stronger on the track.

There's no question both vehicles are impressive and refined. We here at Eagle Engine Sales are huge fans of both automobiles.

Where do you fall on the great "Mustang vs. Camaro debate? Call Eagle Engine Sales at 1-800-811-9328 today!

Who will win? Only time will tell...until next year!

Take boating safety seriously!

The US Coast Guard recently reported there were 4062 recreational boating accidents in the U.S. last year, where 560 lives were lost and 2,620 injured. Hindsight is always 20/20, but would you be surprised to learn 84% of those fatalities were not wearing a life jacket?

Life jackets are the proven number one way to save a life in the event of a sudden, unexpected capsizing or fall overboard. Often overlooked, life jackets are our first line of defense, and a must for all boating enthusiasts.

A disturbing factor in those boating fatalities was alcohol. Boating While Intoxicated statistics have been climbing of late, and BWI incidents are no joke. Operators under the influence of just two or three beers can be up to 10 times as likely to be killed in a boating accident as a sober boater. It's very easy to justify a few cold ones when the sun is shining and the water is gorgeous, but being responsible and operating your boat in a safe manner will benefit you and those around you for years to come.

Other factors may seem trivial, but are nonetheless important to take in mind when enjoying your boat. Operator inattention, operator inexperience, and excessive speed issues seem to plague newcomers to boating, while improper operation, faulty equipment, and inadequate safety systems hound even the most experienced boater.

The National Safe Boating Council and the American Boating Association are the leading agencies promoting boating safety, and Eagle Engine Sales would like to assist in their movement to keep everyone safe and sound on our highways and waterways.

We encourage every boater to take their boating safety seriously, starting with appropriate training. No one wants a boating accident to occur, but the consequences are the same. Remember, as a responsible boater, your obligation is not to just yourself, but to those around you, as well.

Eagle Engine Sales would like to remind all boaters to B.E.S.A.F.E. By following the B.E.S.A.F.E movement, all responsible boaters will know their:

Boat = B
Equipment = E
Safety Devices = S
Alcohol Limits = A
First Aid = F
and Environment = E

So make sure to B.E.S.A.F.E, and fall in love with your boat again! Eagle Engine Sales Inc. takes boating safety seriously...and so should you!

The Biggest Recall in the History of the Automotive Industry!

It's the biggest recall in the history of the automotive industry!

By last count, a total of 33.8 million vehicles are affected by the Takata airbag crisis.

33.8 million. Thirty-three point eight...million. We're still having trouble processing the logistics of such an endeavor. This being the largest consumer product recall in the history of the United States, it's going to be a rocky road.

As we've mentioned in previous articles, a new era of transparency is transforming the automotive industry, and in light of the recent scandals and cover-ups, these big moves by the automotive industry are generally well-received.

But the logistics of such a task is almost mind boggling...who is paying for everything? The dealer? the manufacturer or the client? How are they coordinating ordering the parts? Because of the immediacy of the issue- the all important air-bag-how will the dealerships handle all the volume in a timely manner?

It's one thing to TALK about all of this, but how does this break down to the gearheads and the auto mechanics?

Moisture infiltrating the inflators is the prime suspect, so the humid regions will be hit first.

Moisture in those inflators causes the propellant to degrade over time, with the potential of an shrapnel explosion. Hundreds of injuries have been confirmed, and unfortunately, six deaths. Pending ongoing investigations point to more injury in result of the faulty air bags.

Either way, as for Takata, we always appreciate when the big car guys take responsibility and do the right thing. The concerns and safety of our clients and their vehicles is something we take very seriously...and apparently, so does Takata.

Rebuilt vs. Remanufactured!

"You CAN afford to do it right the SECOND time!

It's the great debate...year after year. Rebuilt engine or remanufactured engine? That is the question!

Many confuse the two terms, but make no mistake, rebuilt and remanufactured are two totally separate concepts. We here at Eagle Engine Sales take these terms very seriously, so let's discuss their definitions and exactly what they mean to John Q. Public.

Here's how we differentiate rebuilt and remanufactured:

A rebuilt engine is cleaned, parts are inspected, and extremely worn or broken parts are replaced. If a part is still serviceable, it's reused to the manufacturers specifications and wear limits.

A remanufactured engine is made as close to new as possible. A standard list of parts, regardless of condition, are automatically replaced. All materials are closely inspected and checked against the original specifications. Replacement parts are brand new, produced in the same process as the original equipment.

So here's the rub...why would you purchase an automotive engine, and rely on someone's opinion if the part in question should be reused, or not?

To ensure you get the most from your automotive products, remanufactured is the way to go. New gaskets, new pistons, new rings, new everything! NOW you're getting the most value from your purchase.

Many share the belief that our remanufactured engines are BETTER than new. With excellent availability, exacting standards, rigorous testing, fast delivery, and comprehensive warranties, Eagle Engine Sales high-quality automotive products ARE better than new!

Over land or by sea, let Eagle Engine Sales move you in the right direction! Call us today to discuss rebuilt vs. remanufactured, we look forward to speaking with you!

Be careful with your marine fuel pump!

Our technicians have recently reported their caution when replacing fuel pumps on their clients’ marine inboard engines. This issue revolves around a dangerous scenario if a boating operator doesn’t properly clear the bilge of dangerous fumes before starting their equipment. Earlier marine inboard engines had a fuel pump that, when their diaphragm would rupture, it would fill the bilge with fuel. This can be extremely dangerous and could lead to an explosion, so watch out!

The good news is that now newer fuel pumps have this covered, with excess fuel from the failed pump spilling into the intake manifold. Presto! The marine engine may choke out, but the fuel stays out of the bilge, preventing the dangerous situation. A cleverly designed hose barb routes the fuel through a tube, and the dangerous scenario is avoided.

Can we update older marine systems to maintain safety and reliability? Yes we can, replacing the older version with the newer hose barb equipped fuel pump.

But while there are a multitude of fuel pumps out there on a variety of marine inboard engines, special attention is needed for the inlet, outlet, and separator fittings, which is located differently in relation to the rocker arm. Even on the same engine, the location of these fittings can be different, so keep in mind to use the old pump for reference.

Although the blower system will clear out the dangerous fumes, even with these precautions, gasoline that has not pumped overboard by the pump can still accumulate in the bilge.

When the boat is engaged and you’re sailing along, most often the blower system is turned off. It is much safer to leave the blower system on when people are on your vessel, and the engine is engaged. Sniffers are a wonderful product and should be installed when possible, because an alert will sound with the fuel pumps fumes are approaching dangerous levels, signaling when the blower system should be activated.

Bottom-line, with a little foresight, we can continue to enjoy the water responsibly and safely. Call Eagle Engine Sales today and we can discuss marine fuel pumps! We look forward to talking with you!

A letter from the President of Eagle Engine Sales, Inc.

To Our Valued Customers:       
   
Honestly, one of the pleasures of building the nation’s premier automotive and marine powertrain sales company is serving the people who make up this great community. At Eagle Engine Sales Inc., our commitment to creating better relationships with our customers means we will always go the extra mile to make sure your needs are met. As our company grows, you can count on us to keep our focus where it belongs-on you, our customer. 

It is our distinct pleasure to announce the unveiling of the new Eagle Engine Sales Inc., 2.0! 

We are increasing our commitment to reaching our customers on the platforms and devices they enjoy using every day. As we continue to grow our social media audience, we vow to post on a consistent basis to keep our clientele updated with the latest automotive and marine information, along with technical information important to our industry.

Updated channels of communication, improved response time, streamlining of operations…we’ve listened to your feedback and we’re making improvements that actually have value. By incorporating newsletters and announcements, offers and promotions, events and community outreach programs, and even feedback and surveys, we’ll be taking care of our customers like never before! 

At Eagle Engine Sales Inc., were not just engines! Call us today and ask about our improvements, we look forward to talking with you!

"Is your Subaru making a weird tapping sound?"

“Is your Subaru making a weird tapping sound?”

You’re not alone...2013-2014 Subaru 2.5 L engine owners across the country report a strange tapping sound from the left side cylinder head. From our testing, the noise isn’t related to any cold engine or start-up issues, the tapping can only be heard when the engine is warm.

In response, Subaru made some changes: redesigned rockers, a longer intake valve, and a longer exhaust valve. With these refinements, the strange tapping is ...eliminated, making happy customers smile from ear to ear.

Could they of simply said “What tapping sound?” Sure, it happens all the time!

It’s nice to see accountability from the large automotive companies, in light of the recent recall scandals showing up across the country…Subaru has shown they take their responsibilities seriously, and listened when they could of simply ignored the issue.

The valve clearances of the intakes should be set to .0039-.0059” and the exhaust should be set to .0078-.0094”. You won’t find those numbers in the service manual, these are the latest revised specifications. It’s also critical to resist the temptation to mix the new parts with the old, having the correct intake valve clearances is extremely important, and extremely difficult to calculate when the new and old parts are assembled.

Used vs. Remanufactured

Often drivers who have relatively old cars break down may be left with a choice between a used engine or a remanufactured engine and want to figure out which choice offers the better value in the short and long term. The answer is that it depends, but that remanufactured engines are usually going to be the better deal in the long run.

While used engines are cheaper up front, there are also greater risks in terms of the quality of the motor and that can lead to bad surprises. Remanufactured engines on the other hand are tested to certain specifications and may include warranties from the remanufacturer. As a result, they are more reliable in general than used engines.

Used engines are simply pulled out of a car that is no longer running and tested to make sure that they are working, then placed into a new vehicle. Depending on the reliability, depth and accuracy of the testing, used engines can be a big gamble.

Still, there are situations in which each option clearly makes more sense than the alternative.

Junkyard engine? Why risk it?

Junkyard engines are one solution to re-powering your vehicle; however, with a pullout or scrapped engine, there is usually no warranty and no history available as to how the engine was previously used.

While this option may save you a few dollars in the short term, do you really want to risk having to go through another engine swap and the downtime that goes with it?

With an Eagle Engine Sales Inc remanufactured engine, you get a product that is remanufactured to exacting specifications and subject to numerous quality checks - and backed by one of the industry's leading warranties.