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OnAllCylinders Year in Review: Top Tech Projects of 2012


Editor’s Note: 2012 was quite a year. Actually, for OnAllCylinders, it was our only year.

We’re putting the finishing touches on our first 12 months of delivering a unique combination of tech articles, tech projects, automotive features, photo galleries, event coverage, news, and lifestyle posts.

We’re looking forward to bringing you that same mix of all things high performance and racing in 2013. But first we’re looking back at our most-read posts of 2012, including our five most popular tech projects of the year.

Factory Five Mk4 Roadster

Factory Five Mk4 Roadster

1. Factory Five Mk4 Build

Far and away, the most popular project we covered in 2012, the Factory Five/Summit Racing Mk4 article series has followed (and continues to follow) the build-up of a Factory Five Mk4 Roadster using Summit Racing parts. Summit Racing even went so far as to make and sell dedicated parts combos so you can duplicate the build. You can catch up on the entire FFR/Summit Racing Mk4 series and then come back for more posts in 2013.

565 to Go

565 to Go

2. 565 to Go: How Summit Racing’s 565 Big Block Came Together

People love engine builds—especially big cube engine builds. 565 to Go showed how to get 942 horsepower out of a 565 big block Chevy. Check out the step-by-step build for yourself and see how you can duplicate it with off-the-shelf parts.

LSX203. Project LSX: Trick Flow Builds a 440 with a Bowtie

LS-based engines are hot. Trick Flow Specialties even used the LS platform to show that 440 cubic inches aren’t just for Mopar guys any more. Using some of their LS components—cylinder heads, valvetrain components, camshaft, and more—Trick Flow proceeded to build a stout 440 LSX. And judging by the readership, you approved.

ford-520-stroker-engine-150x1504. Project Strokers Wild Series

Project Strokers Wild debuted all the way back in January, and it is still one of the most-read posts on the site. This series started with three different Ford engines302, 351W, and 460—and stroked each of them to larger displacement sizes. The stories showed how the process of engine stroking works and once again validated the old saying: “there’s no replacement for displacement.” The proof is in the dyno results.

Completed-440-engine1-150x1505. Mopar 440: The Making of a Mean Big Block Mopar

Another 440 build—this time a traditional Mopar 440 project. We followed our friend Don Lower as he built a 440 big block to stuff into his Barracuda. The goal: use as many Mopar Performance parts as possible to coerce the Barracuda into the 10.5-second range at the track.

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