About the Author
This page is primarily about my credibility. This
is where one would expect to find a degree in physics or engineering
along with a list of qualifications and professional experience
in the automotive industry. Instead, I have a surprise. I'm formally
an artist. I have a BA from a small liberal arts college with a
focus on studio art. How does this qualify me as an automotive expert?
It doesn't. My work experience was primarily running a metrology
lab where I measured machine tools, turbine blades, and engine components
with structured-light scanners. That doesn't really qualify me as
an automotive expert either. My credibility is in what is presented
on this site. I am entirely self-taught about cars and engines (among
many other things). Engineering is something that comes naturally
to me. I did not have the interest to attend an engineering school
because I was much more interested in figuring it out on my own
than having it spoon fed to me on a schedule. Engineering textbooks
do help though. Art provides me a whole different set of challenges
I enjoy. And I have mastered my own creative process. Professionally,
I reinvent myself as needed.
My point here is that I'm good at what I do. My work
speaks for itself. I have amassed a great deal of knowledge and
understanding about automobiles and I'm providing some of that back
to the public for free. My goal here is to have a comprehensive
beginner's guide to understanding technologies and the engineering
compromises that make up automobiles. I encourage everyone to expand
their knowledge beyond this website.
I'm a curious skeptic. I want to know what's possible.
I will always want to know 'what else can it do?' The best way to
find out is to get my hands dirty and test my creations to the natural
forces. And I encourage others to do the same. If I screw it up,
I do it over until I get it right. The human mind can only make
abstractions of nature. Absolute understanding of nature isn't necessary
for survival. So we humans need to tinker to understand the world
around us. The best way to do this is deductively. I feel the scientific
method was the greatest human invention. Of course this requires
belief in "cause and effect." And even then, the best
we can do is simply to know something beyond a reasonable doubt.
I have made a significant effort to make this website
as data-centric as possible. The focus is primarily on the data
recorded, measured and calculated. It is unbiased, unlike me. My
opinions and biases will seep through the text from time to time.
And I won't make any apologies for it. However I will correct any
incorrect data if it's pointed out to me.
My expertise is on the Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth 2.0L
and 2.4L engines. However the forces of nature are universal. The
forces at work in these engines are the same forces at work in any
other engine. There will always be some outliers where some of the
usual stuff may not apply to rotary engines, diesels, multi-displacement
engines, and two stroke engines. But those will earn their own web
pages on this site.
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