Goodson Gazette

Race Engine Challenge & Technical Engine Conference

Goodson is once again sponsoring the Race Engine Challenge & Technical Engine Conference September 16 to 21, 2019 in Charlotte, NC. This 6-day conference is your chance to learn from technical experts such as Harold Bettes, Steve Sousley, Richard Glady, David Vizard and many others.

Get FREE Tickets to the 2019 Cornbelt Classic Sponsored by Goodson & DMP Awnings

Get FREE Tickets to the 2019 Cornbelt Classic Sponsored by Goodson & DMP Awnings
Goodson & DMP Awnings are teaming up to sponsor the 20th Annual Cornbelt Classic Drag Race at Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa. This is an NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Race Series, Division 5 Points Race. Check out this regional race September 6 to 8, 2019.

Sonoma Homecoming for Ahten at LODRS Regional Race

Sonoma Homecoming for Ahten at LODRS Regional Race
There is a reason Sonoma Raceway is one of Johnny Ahten’s favorite tracks. Way back in 2004 it was the scene of Ahten’s first national event. This weekend, Ahten returns to wine country to race, reflect and feel the rush of his AFuel dragster known as the Stump Puller.

Latest News from NHRA's Jerry & Casey

Stay up-to-date with NHRA teams on the Goodson Gazette Blog. Read about NHRA's Jerry & Casey recent outing. It has been a long time since I have been excited and enthused about reporting on our week-end of racing but the time is here. We made a multitude of changes and improvements since our last outing.

NEWS RELEASE: Goodson Tools & Supplies for Engine Builders Authorized To Ship Sunnen Products to Canada

NEWS RELEASE: Goodson Tools & Supplies for Engine Builders Authorized To Ship Sunnen Products to Canada
Goodson is now the authorized Sunnen Distributor for all of Sunnen’s Automotive Engine Building Products in Canada. According to Dave Monyhan National Sales Manager for Goodson Tools & Supplies, “This is something we are very proud to have earned, and we will service the Canadian automotive market with Sunnen OEM products going forward."

Snyder with Memorable Father’s Day Win

Mick Snyder and the Snyder Motorsports Team have had a strong start to the 2019 Season, with multiple top qualifiers in the Mid-West Pro Mod Series and now picking up the big W last weekend with Texas Outlaw Pro Mod Association.  The Team ventured to their local track of Xtreme Raceway Park in Ferris, TX for a heads up Outlaw Pro Mod Event over Father’s Day Weekend.  The 6-time Season Champs and their Supercharged, Electronic Fuel Injected, Lencodrive equipped Top Sportsman combination proved to be super consistent and fast enough to land the Evolution Race Development sponsored team in the Winner’s Circle.  Read on for more!

Checklist for Flywheel Grinding Maintenance

If you are going to tune up your flywheel grinder, we have a checklist to ensure your flywheel grinder is ready to earn you dollars! Print yourself a copy by clicking on the pdf version.

6 Essential Summer Car Care Tips

Road trip season is almost here! Make sure your vehicle is ready to handle some sun-drenched driving. Summer’s high temperatures, flurries of dust and dirt, and the occasional rain can all take a toll on your vehicle’s most important systems. With these essential services, though, you can better prepare your car and help it run smoothly and safely through summer and into fall. Ready to get started?

Tip #1: Get your oil and oil filter changed. This is particularly important if your last oil change was awhile ago, because intense weather conditions of any kind (wet, hot, or cold) can put extra demands on your oil and oil filter. Your oil works to keep your engine parts lubricated while the filter works to capture harmful debris, dirt, and metal fragments that have finagled their way into the oil system. A clean filter means more material gets picked up. More material getting picked up means cleaner oil. Cleaner oil means a healthier, happier engine!

Tip #2: Double-check your fluid levels. Seasonal weather changes can lead to low transmission fluid, power steering fluid, coolant, and even windshield wiper fluid, so check them all! Coolant fluid, in particular, is an especially important one to keep an eye before the heat of the season. According to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, the greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. If you’re not comfortable performing these checks on your own, stop by your nearest Firestone Complete Auto Care and let one of our technicians take a look. 

Tip #3: Check and monitor your tire pressure. Between hitting hidden potholes and dealing with difficult road conditions, your tires deserve a good check-up. The truth is, tires lose or gain pressure daily depending on the outside temperature. In cool weather, for example, a tire will typically lose one or two pounds of air per month. Make sure your tires (including your spare!) are properly inflated before hitting the road for a big summer road trip, because tires with low air pressure tend to wear out much more quickly. Get started by finding your vehicle’s recommended tire pressure.

Tip #4: Evaluate your alignment. If your car pulls to one side, your steering wheel vibrates, or your steering wheel isn’t centered when you’re driving straight, get your vehicle’s alignment checked out. Alignment can be thrown off by general wear and tear, as well as run-ins with rough roads, potholes, and curbs. Proper alignment can help extend the life of your tires, make for a smoother ride, and even save you a few bucks on gas. A quick check-up can let you know if your car is due for an alignment service.

Tip #5: Test your battery. “Summer heat accelerates the rate of fluid loss and resulting oxidation of battery components, which can leave you stranded without warning,” says Steve Fox, Director of Automotive Services for AAA Oregon/Idaho. “Most people don’t realize that heat is the number one cause of battery failure and reduced battery life,” he adds.

Tip #6: Get your brakes inspected. At the end of the day, is there anything more important than good brakes in your vehicle? Stop-and-go traffic, long holiday road trips, and inclement conditions may have done a number on your brakes. Whether your brakes are making eerie noises or demanding extra pressure, it’s may be time for some fine tuning.

You can’t always guarantee that life will run smoothly, but you can do your best to make sure that your car does. Basic maintenance services, like oil changes, are the perfect place to start before summer. Firestone Complete Auto Care’s full-service oil change includes an oil and oil filter replacement, a top-off of important fluids, and a courtesy 19-point inspection. If there’s something “off” with your brakes, battery, alignment, or tire pressure, there’s a good chance our technicians will catch it during the courtesy inspection and bring it to your attention. Summer car care couldn’t be more convenient! 


Visually Identifying Your Flex-Hones®

Problem: You have several flex-hones on your bench. They're all about the same size but you know they aren't all the same grit or the same abrasive. How can you tell which one is which?

Solution: Brush Research has made identification of its Flex-Hones quick and easy by color coding the stem to indicate the abrasive formula and the tip to identify the grit. 

Selecting Honing Stones for Your Next Job

Selecting Honing Stones for Your Next Job
Selecting the right honing stone for the material being worked should be relatively easy. Though when you look at the Goodson catalog it can seem a bit overwhelming since we do have over 150 different honing stones listed just for cylinder honing. Add in rod honing, align honing, lifter bore honing and valve guide honing stones and you’ve got quite the assortment to choose from.