Specializing In WISSOTA Engines For All Classes

From All The Dirt! Racing News
November 26, 2013

Johnson (Brad Letcher)

MILBANK, SD - The employees at Sturdy Engines of Milbank, SD take great pride in sending a powerplant out the door and welcoming it back after the season is completed.

“It’s a nice feeling to know when an engine is finished it can go race, be pushed as hard as it can, and be returned in the fall for freshening after serving the whole summer,” manager Kevin Schuelke says. 

Sturdy Engines has been working with WISSOTA engine combinations for 30 years, and has the ways and means to give customers state of the art products and services – one step at a time. And everything they do, with every engine, is done in-house.

“The difference between any engine and an engine of the utmost performance and quality is not one that can be machined at one location and assembled in another,” Schuelke says. “Those days are gone.”

“Nearly all of our maching processes are now digitized,” notes Schuelke. That means when Sturdy is done with it, your piece will be more accurate and straighter than factory specs - bores and decks will be perfect on your Sturdy engine, according to Schuelke. The experienced staff will then assemble it all into a finished race engine.

World Products, Dart, Callies, Brodix, Edelbrock, Wiseco, Ross, JE, Federal Mogul, Clevite, Crower, Oliver, Eagle, Sealed Power and Scat are just a few of the major brands they carry in stock every day.

“When done, it’s onto the dyno. Then another process in itself begins, meaning horsepower gains and driveability issues are addressed. Dynoing is also mandatory with today’s flat tappets for cam break-in; not doing this guarantees failure,” says Schulke.

“There is a calling today for more affordable engine packages, and there are many ways of accomplishing goals like that,” Schuelke states, “including limiting the RPMs, planning for more frequent freshening and others - whatever the customer would like.”

Sturdy Engines has been serving midwest racing customers for 30 years, first as the machine shop of Sturdevant Auto Parts and now as a division of Hedahl’s Auto Plus parts stores.

World Products, Dart, Callies, Brodix, Edelbrock, Wiseco, Ross, JE, Federal Mogul, Clevite, Crower, Oliver, Eagle, Sealed Power and Scat are just a few of the major brands they carry in stock every day to help construct the most potent Late Model, Modified, Super Stock, Midwest Mod, Street Stock and Mod Four engines.

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“We don’t just build motors, we build relationships,” Schuelke says.

“The cost of racing is not just what it cost to put a car on the track, but what it costs to keep it there,” Schuelke notes. “We do not like repairing things in the middle of the summer, so we have learned in the past 30 years what works and what doesn’t. We try to help customers understand what will work best, and sometimes a little extra cost up front means a lower expense over the course of several years.”

“But every customer is different, with different needs, a different budget and different goals. We can help ANY racer get a great engine which fits his needs, budget and goals,” Schuelke says.

“We don’t just build motors, we build relationships,” Schuelke says. “I myself sit up until late at night now that results are usually on the computer and see how our friends are doing. Obviously, we can’t be at all tracks but we want to know how all of our customers are doing.”

Schuelke emphasizes that racers who feel comfortable assembling their own finished engine are also welcome at Sturdy Engines.

Sturdy Engines is located at the junction of Highways 12 and 15 in Milbank, SD.

Sturdy Engines • PO Box 72 • Milbank, South Dakota 57252 • Phone (605) 432-4584 Fax (605) 432-6167 • Email kevin@sturdyengines.com