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Brian Gillespie - Mount Kit Mastery - Profiling

Uncomplicating The Engine Swap

E.John Thawley III
Jun 1, 2008
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Brian Gillespie has served as Hasport's marketing front man and development guru since the company did its first engine swap out of brother Keith's Phoenix, Ariz.,-based salvage yard-Honda Auto Salvage-from which Hasport derives its name. The voluminous flow of fresh donor cars, along with Brian's savant-like memory for Honda models and parts interchangeability, are the combination that has given Hasport the edge in the swap kit market for more than 10 years. Though not alone in the market of Honda mount kits, Hasport has, arguably, long reigned as king. Its careful attention to engineering, sizeable inventory, parts availability, customer service, and, of course, its extensive mount lineup and wiring harness offerings have taken once problematic Honda engine swaps beyond the specially fabricated, swap-shop procedures they once were and put them into the hands of the average do-it-yourself mechanic. Brian has long shunned keeping any Honda swap secrets to himself. His Internet posts and long history of magazine how-tos are but two mediums he relies on to reveal otherwise "secret" swap details to just about anyone who wants to know. His logic is simple: The more knowledge he provides, the more people there will be who need mounts. The results? Let's just say more than a few Hasport customers have walked away grinning from successful do-it-yourself engine swaps.

1. Haas CNC vertical three-axis milling machine with automatic pallet changer: cuts through aluminum at speeds of 1,000 inches per minute.

2. Machine pallets: each one holds eight parts that receive five to 20 operations per part before the pallet is shuttled out and another preloaded pallet replaces it with another eight parts.

3. Mobile shelves: used for taking finished machine parts to the assembly room where custom polyurethane bushings are pressed in. Individual parts are assembled into kits and then boxed and put into inventory.

4. Old machine coolant buckets: used to wash fresh parts of machining coolant. The large trashcan gets filled with scrap aluminum chips for recycling.

5. Manure shovel: great for scooping up aluminum shavings out of the chip and coolant enclosure when the machine's chip auger becomes overwhelmed. Hasport generates about 1,000 pounds of aluminum chips each week.

6. CNC control panel: allows Pro-E production program on the spot editing and tweaking.

7. Gray hair: It was brown just 10 short years ago. That was before Brian gave up the sweet life as a tennis pro, began associating with magazine editors, building deadline press cars, memorizing wiring loom color codes, and working through Letterman.

8. Precut, raw T6-6061 aluminum extrusions: Hasport mounts in the raw. These go into the CNC mills.

9. Backup air compressor: used only when the primary 1,000-gallon centrifugal compressor (with built-in refrigerator and dryer) is out of service or needs maintenance.

10. Finished engine mounts ready for deburring.

11. CNC milling machine: One of three.

By E.John Thawley III
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