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Trans Am Engine Rebuilds with Flex-Hone® Tools

Posted by Team BRM on Apr 30, 2018 5:33:19 AM

The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was an iconic muscle car with a reputation for speed and flair. In 2002, the Trans Am’s final year of production, Pontiac powered its pony car with an 8-cylinder, 16-valve, 5.7-liter, 347-cubic inch engine called the LS1.

Even today, restoring this all-aluminum engine block is a labor of love. As ls1tech.com, an automotive website, a mechanic shared a story that’s familiar to many do-it-yourselfers (DIYers). For surface finishing cylinder walls, there’s no substitute for BRM Flex-Hone® tools.

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Topics: Automotive, Flex-Hone

Restoring Main Bearing Bores with Flex-Hone® Tools

Posted by Team BRM on Mar 12, 2018 11:15:52 AM

Bearing bores are engine components that house the main bearings, mechanical elements with grooves for passing oil to feed-holes in the crankshaft. For optimum engine performance, bearing bores or tunnels must meet tight tolerances and have an oil-retaining surface finish. 

Line boring with a rigid hone is the right choice for bores that are out-of-round or that require significant material removal. To impart an oil-retaining final finish, however, automotive experts like MSB Tuning in Queensland, Australia recommend the “world’s best cylinder bore” – the BRM Flex-Hone® tool. 

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Topics: Flex-Hone, Automotive

Glaze Breaker Hones for Engine Cylinders 

Posted by Team BRM on Mar 5, 2018 10:16:14 AM

Engine cylinders need a substantially smooth surface finish that’s free from cut, torn, and folded metal. Yet cylinder walls can be so smooth that engine performance suffers.

Over time, the up-and-down movement of pistons creates an overly smooth surface finish. Piston rings skate along cylinder walls and fail to seat and seal properly. The “glaze” that forms can also prevent engine oil from adhering properly.    

The solution to these challenges is the Flex-Hone® tool from Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM). This Made in the USA glaze-breaker hone removes burrs, deglazes cylinder walls, and improves surface finish at the same time. That’s why bloggers like The Bug Boys use BRM Flex-Hone® tools for engine rebuilds.

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Topics: Flex-Hone, Automotive

Camaro Brake Valve Rebuilds with Flex-Hone® Tools

Posted by Team BRM on Feb 26, 2018 10:20:38 AM

Camaro brake valves can confound even experienced mechanics. Part of the problem is that some of these valves are known by more than one name. For example, metering valves are sometimes called pressure regulator valves or hold-off valves in different GM publications. 

At Muscle Car Research, an on-line automotive community, a mechanic described a successful metering valve rebuild for a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro. To impart the ideal cylinder surface finish, the brake mechanic used a ball hone – a tool that’s better known as the BRM Flex-Hone®. 

Made in the USA by Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), the Flex-Hone® tool has its share of nicknames. Yet no matter what you call this flexible honing tool, you can improve cylinder surface finish by following some basic guidelines. 

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Topics: Flex-Hone, Automotive

Porsche Wheel Cylinder Rebuilds with Flex-Hone® Tools

Posted by Team BRM on Feb 19, 2018 11:31:52 AM

Porsche wheel cylinders support braking in sportscars that pack plenty of power. In classic cars like the Porsche 356, these cylinders have pistons that are connected to brake shoes. If a wheel cylinder lacks the right surface finish, however, more than just piston ring sealing can suffer.       

At the Porsche 356 Registry, an on-line community, the owner of a Porsche 356B asked for advice about honing brake cylinders. A few users suggested honing stones, but a German mechanic recommended the Flex-Hone® tool from Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM).

“I use this tool,” the Porsche mechanic explained. “This works better than all others.”

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Topics: Flex-Hone, Automotive

Honda D-Series Engine Rebuilds with Flex-Hone® Tools

Posted by Team BRM on Feb 12, 2018 2:50:16 PM

Honda D-series engines once powered compact cars like the Honda Civic. These four-cylinder aluminum engines were fuel-efficient and lightweight, but could be modified with high-compression pistons for increased power and performance.

At D-series.org, an on-line community for Honda enthusiasts, the owner of 1991 Honda Civic explained how he bought a 1.5L D-Series engine after the original powerplant “died”. The engine rebuilder inspected each cylinder and then asked for advice.

“Everyone said that good honing will take care of the rust and anything else left in the bore,” he said. To finish the cylinder walls, the DIYer used the BRM Flex-Hone® tool. The mechanic admitted he “had some doubts” about flexible cylinder honing, but using the tool made him a believer.

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Topics: Automotive, Flex-Hone

Rebuilding an International 7.3L IDI Engine with Flex-Hone® Tools

Posted by Team BRM on Feb 5, 2018 10:34:30 AM

Diesel Power magazine provides professional diesel mechanics with in-depth examples of engine rebuilds. Do-it-yourselfers (DIYers) also read the world’s largest diesel magazine for tips, techniques, and recommendations about engine tool selection and use.

In an article entitled Rebuilding International’s 7.3L IDI Engine Heads and Crank, Diesel Power described what the author called “the key” to a good engine rebuild – the Flex-Hone® tool from Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM). These flexible cylinder hones impart an oil-retaining surface finish that promotes piston ring seating and sealing in big diesel engines like the International IDI.

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Topics: Flex-Hone, Automotive

Engine Remanufacturing with Flex-Hone® Tools

Posted by Team BRM on Dec 11, 2017 9:50:32 AM

Holman Parts Distribution of Pennsauken, New Jersey remanufactures car and truck engines. Known formerly as RMP Powertrain Solutions, this division of Holman Automotive Group, Inc. wanted to improve the quality of cylinder liners in rebuilt engines.

During a typical month, RMP was remanufacturing 1300 gasoline-powered engines made by Ford and Chrysler. The New Jersey company was using a rigid honing machine, but discovered some problems with the final finish. If these conditions weren’t corrected, engine damage could occur.

That’s when RMP asked Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM) about Flex-Hone® tools, a Made in the USA solution for cylinder surface finishing.

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Topics: Flex-Hone, Automotive

Five Reasons to See BRM at the SEMA Show (Booth #16510)

Posted by Team BRM on Oct 23, 2017 10:19:26 AM

Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), maker of the Flex-Hone® tool, will exhibit at the 2017 SEMA Show, the world’s premiere trade event for automotive specialty products.

From October 31 to November 3, BRM will showcase automotive surface finishing and parts cleaning tools in Booth #16510 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

When you visit BRM at the 2017 SEMA Show, you’ll see videos of our products in action. You’ll also have a chance to talk to our Technical Team. 

There are plenty of reasons to visit BRM next week, but here are five you won’t want to miss.

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Topics: Automotive

SUV Engine Rebuilds and Flex-Hone® Tools

Posted by Team BRM on Jul 31, 2017 9:02:52 AM

When the engine in an old sports utility vehicle (SUV) started knocking, the owner answered with an engine teardown. The source of the knock, some worn-out bearings between the connecting rods and the crankshaft, could be fixed. The project needed new parts, the right tools, and some automotive know-how.

The SUV’s owner, a former auto mechanic, bought a remanufactured crankshaft from a local auto parts store. The crankshaft came with journal bearings, but required removing the cylinder heads and pistons. So the owner of the 1999 GMC Jimmy bought some new piston rings and engine gaskets, too.

To hone the engine’s cylinders, the mechanic used the BRM Flex-Hone® tool.

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Topics: Automotive, Flex-Hone