Here's what Barry has to say about his ride!
My Dad and I used to build Mustangs together back in the early 80's. I think we built almost 10 ranging from 1966 Coupes, and Fastbacks to a 1970 Mach 1. He passed away in 2005 and this build is a tribute to him. We always wanted to build a Street/Strip car but never had the money or the time to build what we envisioned. So in 2014 I found this beat up 1967 Mustang Coupe in the back of a guys property and bought it. I've spent the last 5 years building the car my Dad and I always wanted to build. The car originally had a 289 engine it, but I wanted something with more cubic inches and a lot more horsepower. I found your website and the Ford 408 Stroker was exactly what I was looking for. The price and the quality of parts that your company uses to build your engines was hard to beat. But what made the deal for me was your great service from your Sales rep Ryan. He was extremely helpful and answered all my questions.
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2007 Saturn Sky 383 Stroker (built by Tri Star)
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Our freight services are experiencing some interruptions due to the record breaking temperatures this Winter, and these ice cold problems are not uncommon with diesel engines.
Winter comes with all sorts of automotive and engine based risks. From the slipping and sliding on that "this is nothing!" level of snow to the huge amounts of corrosive salt dumped. With all of these risks there stands a much more specific, and nefarious card up father winters sleeve: when diesel fuel starts to gel.
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Diesel engine owners, and big rig drivers everywhere are a perfect target for this and will have to be wary, especially with the record temperatures we're getting here in the Midwest!
What is it?
Diesel gelling is a unique issue where the paraffin (a waxy liquid made from petroleum) starts to solidify due to the extreme cold. It begins to crystallize at near freezing, or 32 degrees Fahrenheit. This leads to sluggish feeds and overall poor performance. But that's just the beginning. Starting around 15 degrees Fahrenheit it begins to freeze up and become a thick gel like material. Think of the stuff you see 1950's movie bad boys jamming their hair full of. This leads to it clogging and clouding the fuel lines, and tank itself. Eventually causing the engine to stall up, and refuse to run. This gel is especially annoying as it wont go away just by heating the engine up a little bit. It will have to reach it's full melting point before it begins to run efficiently again.
Signs of diesel gelling
One of the most obvious, and common signs is the engine refusing to start. This is caused by the fuel lines being so thick with gel that they are unable to flow. On top of refusing to start, you may also begin to encounter reduced performance. Chugging, or slow acceleration are very common. This is due to a difference in the desired fuel rail pressure and what the actual rail pressure is when accelerating. This pressure difference is once again due to the fuel being stuck, and unable to be pushed through the system.
Now that you know your enemy, you can truly defeat him.
Or at least prevent it!
You are probably thinking the best defense is a good offense, or at least to keep your engine running while idle. But this is actually one of the worst options long term. It doesn't just burn fuel, it can also tear up your engine over time and lead to unnecessary damages. It also creates quite a large amount of emissions.
There are multiple fuel additives you can use to keep your lines flowing. Most work as a preventative, but you can always add more in an attempt to save an already gelled engine.
There are also multiple filter types you can install to help break up gelling and prevent it in fuel lines. Your local shop can help you out with their selection.
As a final measure you can add a little kerosene to your diesel mix. A premixed formula is recommended to avoid any incidents. Most gas stations in cold weather climate areas offer winter ready diesel fuel which should be used when the temperature starts to drop.
All three of these defenses are suggested, but a combination of all three is going to be your best bet. Make sure you are well prepared before you go into any cold regions!
If you missed this article until your lines were already frozen, or you drove into a scene out of "The Day After Tomorrow". You are not out of luck quite yet (well, hopefully!).
There are thawing agents, and anti gelling formulas that start acting right away. These can still take close to an hour to fully thaw and remove the water from your lines. But are the quickest option if you're already frozen solid. They should be used as an emergency and not as a preventative.
Tri Star Engines offers a wide variety of expertly re manufactured diesel engines. Cuddle up with a diesel engine from Tri Star Engines and ride out this polar vortex!
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Question 1: Guess what line of high performance engines has been the most popular for us in 2018.
That's right Chevy lovers! Maybe the owner being a Mustang fanatic sways our marketing? In any case the most popular selling engine we have offered so far in 2018 has been the big blue oval!
Question 2: Guess what engine inside this line has been the most popular.
Answer: 408 stroker small block!
Ohhh we love to see this. 302's and 351W's are great, but there's nothing like the horsepower and torque gains from a Scat stroker crankshaft and Dart Pro 1 heads. Our customers certainly have the 'show,' but they also have the 'go' to back it up!
Question 3: Guess what build level has been the most popular.
Answer: Complete and Dyno Tested!
Man, we have some smart customers! For 2018 more people have bought our Complete and Dyno Tested build than any other. Out of the box reliability? Check. Proven performance? Check. Plug it in and have some fun!
Question 4: Approximately how many engines does Tri Star build in a YEAR? (based on current capacity)
We don't just build bad ass engines, we build a lot of them! Our current production capacity is just over 6,100 engines a year! Over 6k engines and we still have the best service in the industry? We'll thank our employees for that one.
Question 5: Where was Tri Star founded?
Answer: Plum City, Wisconsin!
It looks like we stumped even some long time Tri Star fans with this one. Our original production facility was founded in a little town of about 500 people called Plum City over 30 years ago in 1988! We have inhabited two different facilities in Baldwin, the first of which we moved to almost 22 years ago, but it all started in that little town. Maybe that's what helps us keep our small town service.
Question 5: How long has Tri Star been a member of the Production Engine Remanufacturers Association?
Answer: Over 20 years!
We've been a proud member of PERA for over 20 years. This organization means so much to us because (as you've probably seen in previous emails) it really separates the true high volume engine remanufacturers from smaller rebuilders. The owner is a past president of PERA and our general manager is currently on the board of directors!
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Question 5: How many American workers are employed at Tri Star Engines?
AND PROUD OF IT! We currently have just over 70 amazing team members in production and the office. If there's one thing we're passionate about (and you can tell it from our marketing) it's American made products, and we've been MADE IN AMERICA since day 1 in 1988.
The response from this survey has been astounding. Thank you so much for taking the time to learn a little more about us, now tell us more about you! Connect with us on Facebook or contact us today!
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An ALL WISCONSIN top 3? We sell engines from Baldwin to New Zealand, but we're proud to see the top 3 scores are right here in our home state!
The following runner-ups can get a FREE T-shirt if you see this post and email us at email@example.com from the email address you submitted on the quiz. That's right, no charge! Just show us some love and email us that you were a runner-up and we'll at least hook you up with a T-shirt!
This has to be one of the most amazing drag cars we've ever seen. What's even better about it? They can drive it from track to track!
While I would love to say this was our engine design I can't. We are total gearheads and one of the most rewarding things for us is seeing the awesome rides our engines end up in, and the creative and gorgeous creations our customers come up with.
The most popular pictures we receive from customers are for our high performance engines, but we want to see what you have our stock replacement engines in as well. Whether it's mild or wild, "Frankenstein" or ahead of it's time, share your pics and we'll make you "Tri Star" famous!Continue Reading
Airbag theft is on the rise, what are you you doing to protect yourself, your family, your customers and your business?
Check out this article we were reading from auto.howstuffworks.com -
"...many law enforcement agencies are calling airbags "the new car stereos." It's largely due to their growing popularity among auto thieves. If you've ever had your car broken into, you know that feeling of anger and frustration that comes over you when you see that gaping hole in your dashboard; however, the theft of an airbag reaches another level of horrible. Why? Because you'd never know your airbag is missing until the worst possible time. If you are involved in a serious crash, that stolen airbag could lead to a severe injury or even death."
-Read the full article here: https://auto.howstuffworks.com/car-driving-safety/safety-regulatory-devices/airbag-theft.htm
While the article had our jaws on the floor it really had us thinking, what other automotive parts are popular on the black market? While "doing the right thing" is inherent in most people, how can you be sure you aren't buying products that could have filtered through these avenues? And maybe most importantly, what kind of risk could you be exposing your friends, family and BUSINESS to?
The third page of the article talks about how to prevent exposure to airbag theft. While we aren't experts on preventing fraud or theft, we are experts on engines! Vehicle owners, repair shops and parts distributors often compare our engines to others they find online, but in so many cases they are referencing companies that don't actually BUILD engines! When it comes to engines, one easy way to find the real MANUFACTURERS is to research the associates they are part of. We've been a member of the Production Engine Remanufacturer's Association for over 20 years. Our owner is a past president and our GM is currently on the board of directors for PERA. If you follow our posts you'll know that we talk about this subject a lot - Why? Because every day we hear horror stories of people buying engines from one of these distributors.
Do your research and be safe!
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