Hot Rod Performance



Hot Rod Performance covers the mechanical aspects of the hot rodding process. Students will gain valuable experience from lecture and extensive lab (hands-on) opportunities. Students will explore the automotive drive train including engine theory, both automatic and manual transmissions, and rear-end differential design characteristics. Cylinder head and valve train components are inspected as students delve deeper into the internal combustion engine. Engine performance including component matching with a desk top dyno, intake and exhaust modification, and forced air theory (turbo/supercharger) are all explored. Students will also study common engine diagnostic techniques and repair. Electrical systems are examined beginning with basic electrical theory, wiring techniques, and charging systems duties. Advanced electrical system topics include electronic fuel injection, and computer controlled distributor-less ignition systems. Students will discuss alignment issues, braking systems, steering components, and plumbing techniques. Students are required to keep an hourly work log and document their work with pictures for portfolio development

Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to:

-Understand the Hot Rod and Specialty Automotive Industry

-Have a good working knowledge automotive engine theory and operation

-Demonstrate cylinder head and valve train diagnostic procedures and repair

-Describe engine disassembly, inspection, and reassembly procedure

-Have a good working knowledge of engine oiling and cooling systems diagnostic and repair procedures

-Have a good working knowledge of automatic and manual automotive transmission and the diagnostic, repair, and installation procedures

-Describe automotive transmission clutch system

-Demonstrate basic electrical diagnostic procedures on charging system, starting system, and battery using DVOM

-Have a good working knowledge of factory, aftermarket, and custom built automotive wiring harnesses design and construction

-Describe and diagnose electronic fuel injection and computer controlled distributor-less ignition systems

-Have a good working knowledge of fuel and carburetor theory, function, and adjustment

-Perform automotive brake system diagnostic and installation procedure including flaring of brake lines and brake bleeding

-Describe gear theory and the proper procedure for rear differential setup

-Diagnose tire ware patterns and describe theory and procedure for wheel alignment including caster, camber, and toe

-Set daily and long-term goals and work diligently to attain them

-Properly log completed work hourly for the purpose of documentation and customer invoices