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Automotive Trivia 7/29/16

Friddle: What model year did Nissan introduce the full-size Titan pickup truck?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle: Enzo Ferrari founded the Scuderia Ferrari racing team in 1929.

What is the definition of a Scuderia?
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Stable
Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: To Be Announced

 

 

Automotive Trivia 7/22/16

Friddle: Enzo Ferrari founded the Scuderia Ferrari racing team in 1929. What
is the definition of a Scuderia?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle: Which German engineer first patented the horizontally-
opposed engine?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Karl Benz
Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

 

 

Automotive Trivia 7/15/16

Friddle: Which German engineer first patented the horizontally-opposed engine?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle: In what year did Jaguar introduce the first XJ6?
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 1968
Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

 

 

Willys-Overland-Knight Registry Visits JASPER Facilities

Nearly 160 members of the Willys-Overland-Knight Registry (WOKR) held their 56th Annual International Meet-up in Jasper, Indiana. During their June 20-23 visit, many of the members took time to tour JASPER's Wernsing Road and Power Drive facilities.

The WOKR was established to bring together people interested in the preservation of vehicles powered by "seeve-valve" engines, or the related family of Willys-Overland vehicles from 1903 to 1942. Nameplates included: Willys, Overland, Whippet, Stearns, Marion and other vehicles powered by a Knight sleeve-valve engine.

By definition, a sleeve-valve fits between the piston and the cylinder wall of an engine where it rotates, or slides. Ports, or holes, in the sides of the sleeves come into alignment with the cylinder's intake or exhaust ports at the appropriate stage of the engine cycle.

Thanks again for the visit WOKR, we appreciate your efforts in the preservation of these historic vehicles!

 

 

Automotive Trivia 7/08/16

Friddle: In what year did Jaguar introduce the first XJ6?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle: The Cayman is the coupé version of what Porsche roadster?
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Boxster
Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

 

 

JASPER Offers International MaxxForce DT Running Complete Diesel Engine

 

Jasper Engines & Transmissions is proud to announce the availability of the International MaxxForce DT 7.6L Running Complete Diesel Engine.  

This quality remanufactured engine is available for the following 2007-2010 applications:

International 4300 Series
International 4400 Series
IC Corporation 300 Series Busses

“Each Running Complete engine is completely remanufactured using a standard set of new parts,” said Brad Boeglin, JASPER New Product Group Leader.  “All other castings and components are remanufactured to meet, or exceed, OEM specifications.”

Key updates and features to this engine include the installation of double thick tappet guides for strength and to ensure the tappets will not rotate and damage the camshaft lobes.  JASPER also includes the installation of the crankcase breather assembly and provides a finishing gasket set.

A JASPER Running Complete diesel engine is dynamometer tested. “Live-run dynamometer testing of every running complete diesel engine assures trouble free engine performance,” said Boeglin.  “Engines are tested under varying loads to simulate in-the vehicle operation.”

“The test is concluded with a final engine run-in and inspection to assure peak performance and operating efficiency,” he added.

For more information on the remanufactured diesel products of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, contact us at 800-827-7455 ext. 97165.

 

 

Automotive Trivia 7/01/16

Friddle: The Cayman is the coupé version of what Porsche roadster?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle: What is the name of Hyundai Motor Company's luxury
vehicle division?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Genesis Motors
Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

 

 

Gas Division Renovation/Relocation Nearing Completion

The renovation and relocation project within the Gas Engine Division at JASPER’s Wernsing Road remanufacturing facility is nearing completion.

For the past year, the five reconfigured major production work areas, called PODs, have been laid out with open aisleways, improved daytime lighting fixtures and greater accessibility for materials. The project takes advantage of space left behind by the Drivetrain Divisions (Transmission and Differential) when they moved to Power Drive last year.
 
“What’s left to be done involves moving the production groups that remain on the second floor of our building to the main floor,” said Matt Weinzapfel, JASPER Vice President of Engine Manufacturing. “Our JASPER Authentic Custom Drivetrain Engine Group will move to the main floor and be set up like a regular production POD, in order to take on additional volume. The Lifter and Variable Valve Timing (VVT) support group will also move to the ground floor, which will make them more accessible to the engine remanufacturing work areas.”

Weinzapfel said the process of driving improvement in production has really happened over the last 3-4 years, with a lot of workshop activities and LEAN manufacturing methodologies in those areas. “What we lacked was the floor space to really configure a layout that was conducive to support the changes we were making,” he said. “We’ve driven a lot of improvement in setting standards, making tools available to the operator and having visuals in place for inventory control,” added Weinzapfel. “By making these layout changes, it’s opened up the floor space, allowing the operator a more visual work environment. It’s allowing a Team Leader to effectively lead his team and provide support to the operators who are working in the PODs.”
 
A major goal of the project was the accessibility of Associates to deliver necessary materials to work areas within each POD. This is done through the planning of wide, open aisleways between each set of PODs from which materials can easily flow, and give Associates more room to operate within their respective work areas.
 
Each production POD includes work areas for disassembly, parts prep, block machining, head machining, inspection, final assembly, and live run testing. Supporting departments, including crankshaft, camshaft, rod and pump, are located at the head of the production lines, allowing conveyance Associates to pass through one area of the plant, pick up necessary materials, and deliver to the remanufacturing work areas.
 
 
 

Automotive Trivia 6/24/16

Friddle: What is the name of Hyundai Motor Company's luxury vehicle division?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle: What year was the Volvo Car Company founded?
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 1927
Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: To Be Announced

 

 

Automotive Trivia 6/17/16

Friddle: What year was the Volvo Car Company founded?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle: 
Which German automobile manufacturer produced the
Ur-Quattro?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Audi
Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner