Midstate Machine Shop Services of Des Moines is proud to
announce the addition of a new state-of-the-art Chassis
"Until now, race teams and car enthusiasts were forced
to go out of state to have their vehicles put on a dyno,"
states Bill Robertson, owner of Midstate Machine. "We
are excited to be able to provide this technology to the
people of Iowa. It was long overdue."
A Chassis Dynamometer differs from the common engine dyno
by accommodating the entire vehicle. It allows operation
of the power train while the vehicle remains stationary.
The chassis dyno can measure horsepower, torque, and wheel
speed. It can perform diagnostic tests and can even simulate
a quarter mile race track. It is a great way to test performance
The chassis dyno will also allow testing of adjustments
or modifications done on a vehicle. It can identify areas
of power loss, measure air/fuel ratio and allow the testing
of different engine components (i.e. carburetor/fuel injection).
Tests results are displayed on a computer screen and performance
graphs can be printed out for the customer.
Technician, Jesse Robertson, son of owner Bill Robertson,
explains how a Chassis Dyno works: "The vehicle is
secured to the floor of the dyno room with tie down devices
and the drive wheels sit on a pair of rollers. The rollers
are connected to the measuring system that the dyno uses
to test drive wheel output. Various devices can also be
hooked up to engine components to perform specific tests.
The customer then drives his "stationary" vehicle
as he would on the street or race track and the performance/data
is recorded on the computer."
Race teams, car clubs, repair shops, motorcyclists, ATV
owners and anyone else who wants to test the performance
of their vehicle will benefit from this new piece of equipment.
The dyno also provides a legal alternative to street racing!
Machine Shop Services is now taking appointments. The dyno
can be reserved for a singe "pull" for $50.00
or spend an entire hour testing for $125.00. Clubs and groups
can reserve the dyno room for a half day. Call for rates
at (515) 265-2669 or stop by Midstate Machine at 4045 Delaware
in Des Moines to experience first hand the sounds and excitement
of Central Iowa's first Chassis Dynamometer in operation.