Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: Which part of a (transmission) torque converter catches fluid in its
vanes as it leaves the turbine and redirects it back to the impeller?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: Which Japanese automaker produces the (mini MPV) Cube?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Nissan

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

JASPER Driveline Division Prepares for 2014 Racing Season

Matt Kenseth was the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Runner-up. Kyle Busch was fourth in the final point standings.  Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano finished the season seventh and eighth in points, respectively. What did these four drivers have in common throughout the season? Their cars were equipped with products from the JASPER Driveline Division.

Sprint Cup Series cars equipped with JASPER products accounted for 17 Wins in 2013, 79 top-five finishes, 139 top-ten finishes, and earned 15 pole position starts. “Everyone was very satisfied with our products in 2013,” says Terry DeKemper, JASPER Driveline Division Manager. “We had no issues with any of our components last year and we’re definitely looking forward to 2014.”

The new season preparation has left the division little time to reflect on 2013’s success. Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth will once again have their cars equipped with the JASPER traditional three-rail 4-Speed Transmission. Michael Waltrip Racing drivers Clint Boyer and Brian Vickers will use JASPER’s single-rail version of the 4-Speed. This style of gearbox allows a single external rail to rotate and move two internal forks to engage the four forward gears. “This allows for fewer moving parts outside of the case,” said DeKemper, “and there’s about a pound difference in weight.”

Penske Racing teammates, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, will have their Sprint Cup Series cars equipped with a JASPER Differential for 2014. “We have various models and designs of differentials, whether a cast iron case or lightweight case is called for,” said DeKemper. “We’re working on a new locker and a new differential pump, and both are seeing a lot of testing right now.”

In preparation for 2014, the JASPER Driveline Division has worked with teams on different gear setups in reaction to rule changes on car height. “The removal of bump stops (devices used to stop a car’s suspension travel) will result in faster speeds,” DeKemper said. “Teams will have to change the gearing on their cars. We’re looking at the gears we have in stock for teams, and we try to predict where things could go during the season.”

Though the lineup of teams using JASPER products has remained the same the past few seasons, the Driveline Division found success with leasing components to other teams in 2013. “The top caliber teams can afford purchasing new and maintaining their own equipment, while intermediate teams would prefer to lease at this time,” said DeKemper. “We see this as a continuing trend, and we see a growing market for us at this time.”

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: Which Japanese automaker produces the (mini MPV) Cube?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: In which U.S. city is JASPER's southern-most branch located?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: (South Florida Branch) Pompano Beach, FL -
Latitude (26.2477030)

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

Bassmaster Elite for Morgenthaler in 2014

Morgenthaler Boat & Truck

Look for Chad Morgenthaler's JASPER-Sponsored rig at any of the upcoming 2014 Bassmaster Series events near you.

JASPER-Sponsored professional angler Chad Morgenthaler will compete in the Bassmaster Elite Series throughout 2014. Chad finished seventh in the 2013 Bassmaster Southern Opens division standings, which earned him an invitation to fish in the Elite division this year. Chad was last a regular on the Bassmaster Tour in 2005, a year before the Elite Series was formed.

Bassmaster Elite Series 2014 Schedule
February 21-23, Bassmaster Classic, Birmingham, AL; Lake Guntersville
March 13-16, Elite 1 Bainbridge, GA; Lake Seminole
March 20-23, Elite 2 Palatka, FL; St. Johns River
April 3-6, Elite 3 Branson, MO; Table Rock Lake
May 1-4, Elite 4 Many, LA; Toledo Bend Reservoir
May 15-18, Elite 5 Russellville, AR; Lake Dardanelle
June 11-15, Elite 6 BASSfest Dayton, TN; Chickamauga Lake
August 7-10, Elite 7 Philadelphia, PA; Delaware River
August 21-24, Elite 8 Ithaca, NY; Cayuga Lake
Sept.18-21, AOY Championship TBD

Bassmaster Southern Opens 2014 Schedule
January 23-25, St. Cloud, FL; Lake Toho Kissimmee
March 6-8, Jasper, AL; Smith Lake
October 2-4, Huntersville, NC; Lake Norman

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: In which U.S. city is JASPER's southern-most branch located?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: During the 1980s, which U.S. automaker offered the EXP sport
compact
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Ford

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Dave L.

JASPER Expands Remanufactured Turbocharger Line

JASPER Remanufactured Turbos

Jasper Engines & Transmissions, the nation’s leader in remanufactured drivetrain products, is expanding its line of remanufactured Borg Warner, Garrett and Holset turbochargers.

JASPER has over 100 different stock numbers on hand, including turbos for popular diesel units such as the Ford/International 6.0L, 7.3L Powerstroke, Cummins ISB and Caterpillar engines.

“We wanted to control our own destiny regarding the quality of the product,” said Ryan Dooley, JASPER Fuel and Air Manager. “For years, we’ve relied on several suppliers for our turbo needs. We value those relationships, but if we wanted to take our product to the next level, we had to get in the driver’s seat and brought the process in-house, a couple years ago. Now we’re expanding.”

JASPER’s turbo remanufacturing process includes the complete disassembly of the housings, which are then oven-baked to over 700 degrees Fahrenheit to remove soot and debris from the casting. Each of the internal components is meticulously inspected and then balanced to ensure proper tolerances. The entire center section is re-assembled and a high-speed core balancer is used to balance the entire rotating assembly at speeds in excess of 70,000 rpms.

“When a center section spins at 80,000-120,000 rpm, bearing housing journal finish is essential,” said Dooley. “With our years of experience in engine remanufacturing, both in cylinder walls and deck finishes, JASPER polishes bearing housing journals to a finish of 35 RA or less, which will meet or exceed any industry standard.”

A JASPER remanufactured turbocharger is covered by a one-year parts and labor warranty with no mileage restrictions.

For more information on the remanufactured products of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, please call 800-827-7455.

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: During the 1980s, which U.S. automaker offered the EXP sport compact?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: In which U.S. city is JASPER's western-most branch located?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: (Seattle Branch) Kent, WA - Longitude (-122.2494001)

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

JASPER Calendar Winners for 2014!

Thank you! You have come through again! We had lots of great entries submitted throughout 2013, the winning photographs were selected and the calendar design process began.

Entries received throughout 2013 were judged on adherence to the category, equipment appearance and the quality of the photograph or image.

We would like to acknowledge the 2014 JASPER calendar winners:

Bob & Pattie Drennan
Sonora, CA
1951 Ford Victoria

Brian Schultz
Manheim, PA
1950 Chevy 3100

Chris Butler
Northglenn, CO
1991 Chevy 1500

Chuck Wanamaker
Mahwah, NJ
1940 Ford Coupe

Jyntre Stroud
Collins, MS
1967 Chevy Camaro RS

Noel Clemmer
Lake Lynn, PA
1947 Ford COE Truck

Rick Howell
Lynwood, IL
1947 Ford Super Deluxe

Rosie & Al Cool
Smithsburg, MD
1968 Chevy Camaro

Tom & Jack Breiding
McMurray, PA
1970 Chevy Chevelle Malibu

WC Radford
Beaumont, TX
1978 Pontiac Firebird

Jennifer Hill
Racine, OH
1956 Ford Thunderbird

James Neisler
Jackson, TN
1966 Chevy Corvette

Gregg & Becki Russell
Austin, TX
1950 Chevy 3100

Every qualified entrant received a JASPER hat. Entrants whose work appears in the calendar receive a $100 gift certificate, which can be used to purchase JASPER remanufactured products or wearable items, 24 complimentary calendars and a special JASPER Gift Package.

Congratulations to all our winners!

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: In which U.S. city is JASPER's western-most branch located?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: Lincoln is the luxury division of which U.S. automaker?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: (Ford) Motor Company

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Scott K.

Re-Release of the JASPER Remanufactured Toyota 1MZ-FE 3.0L DOHC Engine, with a Price Reduction!

JASPER is pleased to announce the re-release of the Toyota 1MZ-FE 3.0L DOHC engine. JASPER's Quality and R&D Team are constantly looking for ways to improve new AND existing products. As a 100% Associate-Owned Company, every JASPER Associate is committed to providing you with best drivetrain products available. Don't replace your vehicle, repower it with a high-quality JASPER component, we've been perfecting the art of remanufacturing since 1942.

Applications released include:

1994 - 2004

Toyota:
Camry
Avalon
Solara
Sienna
Highlander

Lexus:
ES300
RX300

This JASPER remanufactured 3.0L engine has several advantages over Dealer O.E. and/or Competition...

  • JASPER re-engineered pistons with larger oil return holes to assist in oil drain back, which prevents the rings from sticking
  • Updated Plasma Moly rings for better durability, reduced cylinder wear and to provide 3X more oil drain back
  • 100% installation of valve covers and PCV valves to reduce the risk of oil consumption
  • 100% installation of NEW Nitrided Valves to provide additional heat resistance, better lubricity and to reduce guide wear
  • 100% installation of NEW water pump
  • 100% testing of camshaft actuators to verify proper performance

For pricing and more information on this Toyota engine or other remanufactured products of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, contact us at 1-800-827-7455.