Category Archive: DIY Garage

Apr 22 2014

Video 101: How to Install a Timing Chain

They say timing is everything. But it’s particularly important when building your engine. Watch this Summit Racing Quick Flicks video and learn how to install a timing chain and gear set. In this video, the crew at Summit Racing is using a small-block Chevy, but know that a timing set installation in a small-block Ford …

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Apr 21 2014

Monday Mailbag: Understanding 304 vs. 409 Stainless Steel

You’ve got questions. We’ve got the answers—Mondays when the Summit Racing tech department tackles your automotive-related conundrums. This week, we cover the differences between T-304 and T-409 stainless steel. K.R. Fort Wayne, IN Q: When shopping online, I notice a lot of stainless steel parts, such as exhaust components, are classified as “304 stainless steel” …

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Apr 18 2014

Dump the Idiots: Installing Summit Racing Gauges in a Jeep JK Wrangler

Jeep builds JK Wranglers with engine temperature and fuel level gauges, but provides warning lights—the infamous idiot lights—for oil pressure and battery voltage. Even back in the good old days of AMC, an oil pressure gauge or a voltmeter were optional equipment on Jeep CJs. The problem with idiot lights is they only pop on …

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Apr 17 2014

One Good Turn: How to Convert to Manual Steering

In these days of cars with power everything, the idea of converting a car to manual steering might seem quaint. But there are instances where manual steering is better than a power setup. For example, manual steering on a drag race car will save weight and free up a couple horsepower (no power steering pump …

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Apr 15 2014

Video: How to Choose a Rocker Arm Mounting Style

Which rocker arm mounting system is best for your application? You’ll find out by watching this five-minute Summit Racing Quick Flicks video. In it, the Summit Racing crew will explain the difference between pedestal-mount rocker arms versus stud-mount rocker arms versus shaft-mount rocker arm systems. Click play and learn the difference!    

Apr 14 2014

Monday Mailbag: Tips for Properly Routing Fuel Lines

You’ve got questions. We’ve got the answers—Mondays when the Summit Racing tech department tackles your automotive-related conundrums. This week, we offer up tips for routing your fuel lines. J.H. Boston, MA Q: I am getting ready to plumb my fuel system and can use some advice on routing the fuel lines. What’s the best way …

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Apr 11 2014

How it Works: Better Performance with Moroso’s Air/Oil Separator

Positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) systems were created for a reason. These systems alleviate combustion pressure from an engine’s crankcase by using engine vacuum to suck the pressure out of the crankcase. Once the air pressure is drawn out of the crankcase, it is reintroduced into the intake charge as it enters the engine. While PCV systems play …

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Apr 10 2014

8 Tips for Properly Installing Copper Head Gaskets

When stepping up to performance cylinder head gaskets, your first order of business will be choosing the gasket material best suited for your application. See our How to Choose the Right Gasket post for a quick reference as to which material makes the most sense for you. Because of its durability, copper gaskets are commonly …

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Apr 07 2014

Monday Mailbag: Tips for a Better Cruising Car

You’ve got questions. We’ve got the answers—Mondays when the Summit Racing tech department tackles your automotive-related conundrums. This week, we help a reader get ready for summer cruising with a few upgrades to his Ford Torino. T.P. New Brighton, PA Q: Recently, I purchased a 1970 Ford Torino, completely stock and original, with 84,000 miles, …

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Apr 04 2014

Ask Away: Can I Use a Rectangular Port Intake with Big Oval Port Heads?

I am thinking of using a big block Chevy rectangle port intake manifold on a set of aluminum Edelbrock heads that have big oval ports. Will that be okay or will there be a big horsepower loss? I’ve read that you shouldn’t do this because the engine will suffer a big power loss. I was …

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