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EREF “Money for Machinists”
Hi Team! Our industry needs a little help. In fact, all trades need some help. Finding qualified help has become increasingly difficult. The need for trained employees is an issue owners of machine shops confront every day. Training is key for all businesses and to help, AERA founded a 501c3 charitable foundation named The Engine Rebuilders Educational Foundation (EREF) back in 1997 with a mission to establish scholarships and provide grants to assist those who desire training in the field of engine building and rebuilding.
EREF Goals:
1. Increasethenumberofqualifiedmachinistsentering our industry.
2. Providecontinuingeducationopportunitiesfor current machine shop employees.
3. Raisethelevelofprofessionalismthroughoutthe industry.
4. Promotemachiningasaviablerewardingcareer choice to students.
Now, to give money away for training you must first bring some money in. No better way to raise money for engine machinists than to raffle off a mean custom street engine. So, EREF has once again teamed with engine builder Mike Mavrigian, several AERA machine shops and Associate Members who have donated their time, expertise and products to create the “Nighthawk II LS” engine.
Two years ago, we built a 408 CID LS engine, dubbed the “Nighthawk”. The build was detailed in Engine Professional magazine, displayed at the AERA booth at the PRI show, where it was raffled off to a lucky winner.
Well, we’re at it again, this time with a vengeance. While the previous build boasted a relatively mild 408 cubic inches of displacement and posted 621HP on the dyno, we anticipate quite a few more ponies for the current build. As in the recent past, the current engine will be displayed at this year’s PRI show in Indianapolis, to be raffled off for the benefit of the EREF. The engine will
be on display at AERA Booth #5514 and the drawing will take place in the AERA booth at 1pm on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Need not be present to win. FREE shipping is included within the continental U.S. to transport engine from Indiana Convention Center. All proceeds go directly to EREF to fund scholarships and grants.
The current build, labeled the “Nighthawk II LS,” features a 4.131-inch bore coupled with a 4.000” stroke, for
a whopping 428 CID. A substantial upgrade centers
around the foundation of a super-stout Dart SHP LS Next iron block, monstrous-flowing AFR Mongoose LS3 heads and a Holley Sniper EFI.
As a tribute to the initial Nighthawk build, and a continuation of the appearance theme, this build will feature an all-black color base, contrasted with red MSD coils and wires and a gold-coat central EFI unit.
For more information about the Nighthawk II LS, go to page 12 in this issue. Mike Mavrigian once again details the entire build, as well as lists all the components
and sources. We wish to sincerely thank all of these sponsors! Your support is greatly appreciated!
Now, I need your help by purchasing a few tickets to help support the industry you love. The easiest way to purchase tickets is to do it online. Simply go to and you can quickly be eligible to win this engine while doing a good deed to help fund training.
For online ticket purchases, a confirmation will be sent via email upon completion of the transaction. Actual printed tickets will be kept on file with AERA for future verification, if necessary. Ticket stubs will then be added to the drawing at the 2018 PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition, tickets will be sent to all AERA members for purchase and tickets will also be available at the AERA booth during the PRI Show, December 6-8. But don’t delay as a limited number of tickets are available.
The EREF Engine Giveaway is a direct fundraiser to benefit EREF. All proceeds from this engine raffle go directly to the scholarship and grant program to assist those who desire training in the field of engine building and rebuilding. Again, don’t delay — take a chance
to win this Nighthawk II LS engine today! Thank you for helping our efforts to train and educate engine machinists.n
Jim Rickoff, AERA President 815-526-7343
JULY-SEPT 2018 engine professional

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