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Post by speedtalk » Thu Nov 13, 2003 1:21 pm

Jim is going to be on the show sometime in Dec. The interview will be on the subject of intake manifolds.

If you've got some interview questions for Jim, post them below.

Jim's career highlights:

1965 - Associate Editor - HOT ROD Magazine

1966 - Technical Editor - HOT ROD Magazine

1966-present - Author of 400+ automotive technical feature articles including SAE Papers, general performance automotive publications dealing with motorsports, RV, outdoor and truck markets

1967 - Editor - HOT ROD Magazine

1968 - Publisher - HOT ROD Magazine

1969 - Director of Engineering - Schiefer Manufacturing (design of automotive clutches & driveline components - racing and high performance street)

1969-1988 - Vice President R&D - Edelbrock Corp. (designs automotive induction and exhaust systems, camshaft, valve train components, cylinder head development, extensive interfacing with exhaust emissions controls regulatory agencies including the Federal EPA and CARB)

1969-1990 - Freelance author of CAR CRAFT Magazine 'Tech Talk' technical letters column (monthly)

1989-1992 - President - McFarland, Inc. - An R&D company serving automotive OEM and aftermarket companies in development of engine and powertrain components and environmentally-sensitive integrated engine systems.

1993-1995 - Director of Marketing & Motorsports - Flowmaster, Inc. - (automotive exhaust systems for motorsports and traditional aftermarket passenger car/truck applications including RV and outdoors vehicles)

1995-1999 - Director of Engineering, Marketing & Media Relations - Hypertech, Inc. (manufacturer of on-board computer controls and reprogramming for engine and powertrain performance enhancements in on-highway passenger cars and trucks)

1995-present - Owner - AutoCom (engineering research, consultation and journalism services for the automotive OEM, aftermarket and motorsports communities)

1995-present - Engineering Consultant - Hedman Manufacturing (manufacturer of high performance, racing and traditional car/truck exhaust systems)

1996-present - Technical Marketing Consultant - Nanotech Fuel Corp. (producer/marketer of automotive chemicals for gasoline, diesel and 2-stroke engine applications)

1996-1998 - Editor-at-Large - HOT ROD Magazine (author of monthly technical and feature articles)

1996-1999 - Engineering Consultant - PaceSetter Exhaust Products (manufacturer of high performance and traditional car/truck exhaust systems including import vehicles)

Industry Recognition and Activities

1972 - CAR CRAFT Magazine "Hi-Riser" Award for contributions to high performance automotive and drag racing industry

1975 - CAR CRAFT Magazine "Ollie" Award for career contributions to the sport and technology of drag raci.ng

1979 - Selection as "Hi-Riser"in 30th Anniversary issue of CAR CRAFT Magazine

1971-1979 - Chairman, SEMA Exhaust Emissions Committee

1972-1976 - SEMA Representative to the EPA - National Automotive

Liaison Counsel for Federal & State automotive environment regulatory issues affecting the aftermarket

1985 - SEMA "Person of the Year" Award

1984-1992 - Member, SEMA Technical Committee

1988-1994 - Board Member, SEMA Board of Directors

1994-present -Board Member, World Motorsports Society

2001 - Elected to SEMA "Hall of Fame"

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Jim McFarland Interview

Post by speedtalk » Fri Jan 02, 2004 10:47 am

The interview with Jim was great - he spent quite a lot of time preparing for our talk. We talked for almost two hours on the subject of intake manifolds. Make sure you catch the broadcast.

Thanks for being on the show Jim!

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Post by rmbuilder » Sat Jan 10, 2004 10:03 am

Don,
Great interview with Jim! It was like being at AETC. I will certainly spread the word about your site to others with similar technical interests. Best of luck and continued success with the growth of this project.
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Post by speedtalk » Sat Jan 10, 2004 5:51 pm

Thanks Bob! The second part of Jim's interview is on the 16th. Jim has also agreed to come on the show again in a couple months.
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Post by Lasher... » Wed Feb 04, 2004 12:01 am

Don,

If Jim does do another interview I would really like to know what he thinks about that time pressure trace on page 13 of his book....The amplitude being so high after the intake closed.... Was that A/F that " bounced off the valve " or a valve closing reversion spike ... or just what caused that ?

Also was curious he has has ever done any research on torsonial dampners
...harmoic balancers .... what ever one cares to call them...

I dont know if you recall the " Dampner Wars " fought in " National Dragster " back in the 80's when everyone and thier brother got involved with selling them..... All kinds of good and not so good stuff being thrown around....claims of extra HP and other such stuff....

Well just a couple months ago I was talking with two guys who produce elastomer dampners for both street and race use....... I kinda pinned them down on just how these work......not the normal generic answer but more in depth..... they really didnt know......at least they were honest...... Several years ago we asked the same thing to a GM engineer...... he couldnt honestly say that they totally understood it......

Was curious if Jim had ever done any research on this subject ?? Does he have any insight into the hows and whys of them ?

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