Engine Reconditioning & Rebuilding

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When engine reconditioning goes wrong


You get DIY car engine reconditioning that will get the nod from most mechanics, and then you get engine fixes like those below that make us cover our faces in embarrassment! From using cable ties as a cam belt, to a G-clamp being used as a battery terminal connector, these ridiculous engine repair fails will make you laugh out loud (and leave you wondering what ever happened to these poor vehicles). Ready for a laugh? You’re in for a few:

An empty can chips in

No pipe? No problem! This DIY mechanic needed a hose in a hurry, and decided to use a Pringles tin with duct tape to solve the issue.

We’re un(c)able to believe this

This is arguably the craziest DIY engine repair fail we’ve ever seen, and should NEVER be tried at home. Seriously though, this is dangerous!

This car battery is terminal

We’re not exactly sure what is going on here, but it’ll be fun and games (more like sparks and flames) when the bonnet touches this G-clamp!

That’s one way to pop corn

Air filters are pretty important to keeping an engine in good condition, so we guess this popcorn tub serves the purpose (but it’s certainly not a long-term fix).

If we foil his can plan, he’ll be gutted

Imagine how bad this exhaust issue must have been for the car’s owner to use a coke can, foil, and FISHING LINE to fix it up!

We couldn’t think of heading for this one

As Durban’s leading engine reconditioners and engine repairs experts, we take SERIOUS offense to this absolutely crazy cylinder repair job.

Possum me the leaf blower, Marge!

We doubt that any of our engine repair tools are suited to fixing this engine issue! Good thing the owner of the vehicle checked under the hood before driving off.

Expert engine repair and reconditioning in Durban

Temporary engine repairs should only be used in dire circumstances, and then only to get the car going so that it makes it to an engine repair workshop. Eagleharm Engineering has the machinery to recondition any engine – from automotive vehicles through to earth-moving equipment and long-distance logistics vehicles. Don’t DIY something that could end up damaging more components in your engine. Instead, contact Ryan or Todd about fixing your engine right the first time!

Why line boring machines aren’t boring


Line boring: a fascinating trade with an unfortunate name. For those who are complete strangers to the concept, line boring machines are used to enlarge holes that have already been cast or drilled into a variety of substances. Large-scale boring is commonly used when drilling underground subways, and in the Eagleharm Engineering workshop we use our line boring machine to refurbish damaged engine blocks. Let’s take a look at a few facts that might just take the ‘bore’ out of line boring:

  1. They’ve been around since the 1700s

It was John “Iron-Mad” Wilkinson who, way back in 1775, introduced the concept of precision boring. Wilkinson was an industrialist in England at the time, and was a pioneer of cast iron goods during the Industrial Revolution. His precision boring invention, that changed the world of machining forever, is considered to be the first-ever machine tool.

  1. There’s more than one type of boring

Two main types of boring are used today, namely line boring and back boring. In back boring, the bar is supported on one end. When it comes to line boring, the bar is supported from both ends – and line boring only works if the existing hole is a through-hole (back boring works even if it’s a blind hole.

  1. There are multiple machines that bore

Line boring devices are many, and come in various different shapes and sizes. For example, Eagleharm Engineering’s new TS-1000 CNC line boring machine from T&S Machines uses a right angle line boring system for precision boring. Then there are tools like lathes, milling machines, boring mills, and jig borers.

  1. They have multiple purposes

Something countless people ask, once you grab their attention with a snazzy-sounding title like TS-1000 CNC, is what the machine can actually do. We use ours to refurbish engine blocks from a range of industrial vehicles, including trucks and earth-moving equipment. Line boring machines are also used for excavator buckets, turbine casings, gearboxes, and others.

At Eagleharm Engineering, we ask one question: why replace when you can repair? Our machining capabilities enable us to refurbish any engine block – no matter the size – to manufacturer specification. We’re a trusted name in the industry, and we’ve been around for over 50 years. Also, with our new programmable TS1000 CNC, engine block line boring is literally twice as fast. Get in touch with Ryan or Todd to start a project with us!