Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: What retired, three-time, Indianapolis 500 winner will be driving the
pace car in this year's Indy 500
?

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

Last Week’s Friddle: In 1948 Ford introduced the F-Series Truck. What other name
was this vehicle known as
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Ford Bonus Built

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Dave B.

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: In 1948 Ford introduced the F-Series Truck. What other name
was this vehicle known as?

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

Last Week’s Friddle: Which German automaker produced the (compact executive
car) 190E
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Mercedes Benz

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Dan

Call for Entries in 2015 JASPER Calendar

The Jasper Engines & Transmissions 2014 calendar is out. We had some great entries, and a big “Thank You” goes to everyone.

But we can’t rest on our laurels, we’re in the preliminary stages for our 2015 calendar. Do you, or your customer, have a vehicle that’s calendar worthy? Don’t hesitate! Send us your entry!

Entrants must submit a color photograph (35mm or larger) and information about their unique vehicle, or performance car or truck, along with the JASPER remanufactured product that has been installed. Vehicles should be placed in a “show” type setting. Low resolution digital images transferred onto photo paper cannot be accepted. High-resolution digital images, 8” x 10” at 300 dpi, are preferred. All entries will be judged based on adherence to the category, equipment appearance and the quality of the photograph.

REMINDER!!! The deadline for 2015 Calendar entries is August 1st. If you have vehicle images, and would like to request an entry form, or for additional information, contact Jennifer Hohl at jhohl@jasperengines.com.

 

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: Which German automaker produced the (compact executive car) 190E?

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

Last Week’s Friddle: What Swiss engineer is credited with inventing the
turbocharger
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Alfred Büchi

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Jayme K.

Brad Keselowski Takes First in NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series Events

It was a very good weekend for JASPER Race Products at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. Brad Keselowski, running a JASPER Differential, took the checkered flag in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series events. Joey Logano, also running a JASPER Differential, placed fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, while Kyle Bush, running a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission, followed Keselowski finishing second in the Nationwide race.

A recap of the NASCAR Series' finishes follows.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series -  Kobalt 400 - Las Vegas Motor Speedway

1st     Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
4th     Joey Logano (JASPER Differential)
10th   Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
11th   Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
12th   Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
13th   Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
23rd   Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
43rd   Michael McDowell (JASPER Differential)*

*Michael McDowell is running in the #95 car as a test team for Penske Racing

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Standings

2nd    Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
4th     Joey Logano (JASPER Differential)
7th     Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
8th     Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
10th   Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
20th   Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
22nd  Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
42nd  Michael McDowell (JASPER Differential)

NASCAR Nationwide Series - Boyd Gaming 300 - Las Vegas Motor Speedway

1st   Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
2nd  Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
6th   Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
13th Elliott Sadler (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

Next up...

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - March 16: Food City 500 - Bristol Motor Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series - March 15: Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Presented by Lilly Diabetes - Bristol Motor Speedway

Ford 4.6L/5.4L 3-Valve VVT Oil Pump Update

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Above: The standard OE pump, with an aluminum backing plate, leaks oil at 2,500 rpm compared to the JASPER pump with a cast iron backing plate. Click on the link to view the video: http://youtu.be/6QPahVJJqFw Below: The cast iron backing plate is on the left; the aluminum backing plate is on the right.

M360 Comparison

One of the primary issues with Ford’s 4.6L/5.4L 3-valve VVT engine surrounds its Variable Valve Timing system, and the lack of oil pressure which can touch off an engine code. Since the VVT is driven by oil pressure, any decrease in oil pressure, provided by the engine, can result in a failure.

To combat this issue, JASPER installs a new Melling M360 oil pump on its remanufactured unit. “At face value, the pump doesn’t look very different from the OE unit, other than the fact it is a high-volume pump,” says Randy Bauer, Gas Engine Division Manager of the Jasper, Indiana, Facility. “The biggest difference is that on a JASPER 3-valve VVT unit, the oil pump utilizes a cast iron backing plate, replacing the aluminum plate found in the OE pump.”

“With the standard OE pump, engine oil starts pouring over the top of the pump at around 2,500 rpm,” said Bauer. “This is caused by pressure buildup inside the pump, making the aluminum backing plate flex; allowing oil to flow over the top.”

“The Melling M360 pump, with the cast iron backing plate, is more rigid,” added Bauer. “The backing plate does not flex until the engine goes beyond 5,500 rpm, which is past the normal operation the engine is going to see.”

“The addition of the Melling M360 pump to our JASPER remanufactured 4.6L/5.4L 3-valve VVT engine provides many advantages to the longevity and performance of the engine,” he said.

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: What Swiss engineer is credited with inventing the turbocharger?

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

Last Week’s Friddle: Regarding ignition timing, what does the acronym BTDC
stand for
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Before Top Dead Center

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Gerry M.

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: Regarding ignition timing, what does the acronym BTDC stand for?

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

Last Week’s 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
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Stator

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Steve D.

A New Race Season Begins...

January may ring in the New Year, but it's February that brings NASCAR back to our attention, TV screens, radios, computers, mobile devices and, of course, the tracks filled with excited fans.

JASPER 4-Speed Transmissions enjoyed a second place finish by Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing, in Sunday's celebrated Daytona 500.

In the Daytona races leading up to the big event, the JASPER 4-Speed Transmission had three wins in three races. Denny Hamlin won the Sprint Unlimited and the second Dual Qualifying race, while Matt Kenseth won the first Dual Qualifying event.

A recap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup finishes follows.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Daytona 500

2nd    Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
6th     Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
19th   Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
30th   Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
41st   Michael Waltrip (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
42nd  Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Standings

2nd    Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
3rd     Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
6th     Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
11th   Joey Logano (JASPER Differential)
18th   Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
28th   Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
38th   Michael Waltrip (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
39th   Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

Penske Racing drivers are under a separate differential program for superspeedway races and will return next week with their JASPER Differentials.

Next up...

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - March 2: The Profit on CNBC 500 Presented by Small Business Fueling America - Phoenix International Raceway

NASCAR Nationwide Series - March 1: Blue Jeans Go Green 200 Presented by Cotton, The Fabric of Our Lives - Phoenix International Raceway

2014 Scheduled Car Shows & Performance Events

2014 JASPER Rolling Showcase

 

JASPER’s Rolling Showcase will make at least eight appearances at high-profile car shows and performance events from April through October.

Jasper Engines & Transmissions will be on the road for 2014 celebrating over 70 years of business in the automotive remanufacturing industry.

As a way to better educate the public on our remanufacturing capabilities, JASPER has updated its mobile marketing rig, appropriately named the “JASPER Rolling Showcase.” The “Showcase” will make at least eight appearances at high-profile car shows and performance events from April through October.

This year, the JASPER Rolling Showcase will include two new flat screen monitors with interactive media, several product displays, including components from the Gas Engine, Transmission, Performance and Authentic Custom Drivetrain divisions. JASPER Associates are on hand at each event, so visitors can walk up and ask about our remanufacturing processes.

What began as one man’s insight has evolved into the largest mass remanufacturer in the world with an ongoing commitment to quality.

JASPER’s Mission Statement is simple: “Do It Right... And Have Fun!” For over 70 years, JASPER has been committed to being a leading force in the automotive industry.

April 3-6  Charlotte, NC (Charlotte Spring Auto Fair and Swap Meet)
April 23-27  Carlisle, PA (Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet and Corral)
June 21-23  St. Paul, MN (MSRA Back to The 50s)
August 1-4  Louisville, KY (NSRA Nationals)
August 23-25  Evansville, IN (Frog Follies)
September 6-7  Pigeon Forge, TN (Shades of the Past)
October 1-5  Carlisle, PA (Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet and Corral)
October 10-12  Biloxi, MS (Cruisin’ The Coast)