Friends of the house

Thanks for all Christmas cards!

Its that time of the year again.

Christmas trees been pulled down, all lightening dismanteled and stowed a way for a mere 11 months…

Christmas cards go from their hangers into their files… but not before telling a …

….BIG Thank YOU ….

….to all of you that took the effort to write us a card…

Thank you so much!

A visit to BBT Hungary

Between Christmas and the New year Bob visit BBT Hungary.

Michi and his team distribute all BBT parts in Hungary for over 20 years out of Budapest.

Budapest can be considered as one of most beautiful cities in Europe.

Clean and too many nice buildings to lose counting!

The visit was followed by a marvelous dinner cooked by Michi’s wife and enjoyed by the whole company in Michi’s home. Bob only had one word; delicious…

A very special thank You goes out to Monika for the perfect translations as always!

What is Bob doing in USA? Visit to Engle camshafts and TriMill exhaust

Last week I visited plenty of suppliers and customers and yes some cool projects are “in the works”. But I save you the boring stuff…

I paid also visit to our supplier So Cal Imports, who make the Engle camshaft and TriMill exhaust…

So Cal Imports is ran by Andy and his wife Candaces. Two of the best people you can meet in your life!

The factory tour was real nice and I learned a lot…

Engle Cams was founded by Joe Engle in the forties as he wanted better cams for his Flat Head engines to race the salt lakes…

It turned into a bussines and an expansion to Volkswagen was just around the corner in the sixties with so many beetles around and too many young blood testerones that want to make their babies faster…

So Joe bought more and more machines and specilised into cams with an experience never seen elsewhere.

When Joe passed away Andy took over the machines and the entire Engle team moved to his premises in Carson, California, where they still grind and treat the Engle camsĀ  till today!

This is the treasurie of Engle cams.

All dies to put on the copygrinders,

Every ring you see is a different cam lay out…

…. and there is three cabinets like this…

Copygrinders are very intersting machines…

People who know me definitely understand I spend quite some time there …:)

42year of experinece grinding cams… irreplacable…

Many machines not frequently used been packed in plastic to stay clean and free from dust and moisture… good work starts on a good machine!

What brings us to TriMill,

Started by John Miller many moons ago who had three sons, (hence TRI MILL….)

Some excenter presses to make the side covers for the silencers…

This guy welded more silencers in his life as probably anybody on planet earth, unfortunately he will retire in February…

With this result…

To properly stack away for the next step….:)

So many processes have to go through…

These are the tube benders.

I want to say a BIG BIG Thank you to Andy and his team to show me around and explain me all details, SO-Cal is a beautiful company. They make a genuine product as proven above!

From your local guy here to you, all the best!