Automotive technology students rebuild high performance engine

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by jamesc  3/18/2016 6:52:56 AM -- 

NORFOLK – Anyone who stands near a new piece equipment in the automotive technology lab at Northeast Community College may need to speak up a bit. As with any other high performance engine, the decibel level is much higher than with an engine found on most standard automobiles.

Lyle Kathol, dean of Applied Technology at Northeast, said the 454 cubic inch big block Chevrolet engine is part of a new student class project.

“The engine was donated in pieces and it had to be rebuilt to be a high performance training project. The engine currently produces 400-plus horse power, but with further modifications it could exceed 800 horse power.”

Cal Lamprecht, automotive technology instructor, said two of his students rebuilt the engine, Tanisha Loewe, Beemer, and Andrew Brahmer, Wisner.

“This project gave me an opportunity to show the entire class some of the processes, procedures, precision measurements, among other areas that are required when increasing engine performance.”

Kathol said the goal is to use it as a dynamometer demonstration engine to draw interest in automotive technology.

“The engine may also serve as the ‘power plant’ for the next classic car rebuild project automotive technology students pursue. This is an excellent training project in terms of rebuilding a high performance engine.”






Northeast Community College automotive technology students Andrew Brahmer, Wisner, and Tanisha Loewe, Beemer, and their instructor, Cal Lamprecht, stand with the high performance engine Loewe and Brahmer rebuilt. 

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