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Take a Deep Dive into Engine Building with Concord Engines

Auto Pros on the Road puts the Babcox Media team on location in shops across the USA. This episode is sponsored by Autolite.


While tire dealers tip their hat on quality customer care, undercar expertise and knowing all aspects of tire sizing and service, other automotive shops are focused on one part of the car. And for engine builders, an engine’s power, speed and performance are what define their success. In this episode of Auto Pros On The Road, get an inside look at how a custom engine shop operates with Babcox Media’s Joe Keene and Jacqui Van Ham. This round, the two visit Tony Paladino, owner of Concord Engines in Kannapolis, NC.


Concord Engines specializes in engine rebuilding and custom engines for residents of Kannapolis, Concord, China Grove, Davidson, Mooresville, Statesville, Charlotte, Salisbury, Lexington and the surrounding areas in North Carolina. A member of AERA Engine Builders Association, Paladino’s shop has been serving the Kannapolis area since 2014.

Paladino explains that he began his career at age 15 when he bought a junkyard Mopar 440 engine to breathe new life into his underperforming Chrysler. A local machine shop rebuilt his motor and Paladino was so intrigued by the process that he started learning the machining and rebuilding trade. Now, 30 years later, Paladino, his son A.J. and machinist Jennings Herman offer great service at a competitive price, Paladino says.

Tony talks about teardowns, tolerances and taking care of customers, and together, the Concord Engine team rebuilds a 2000 4.0L engine.

This episode is sponsored by Autolite.

Auto Pros On the Road is a new original video series that will showcase stories of automotive aftermarket service professionals. Throughout the series, viewers will follow the Auto Pros into repair shops as they speak with shop owners and technicians about their challenges, their stories and their values. This series is brought to you by ShopOwner, in collaboration with our sister brand TechShop – Equipment, Tools & Supplies, sister brands of Tire Review.


New episodes will be available monthly. Take a look at past episodes here.

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