Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Cylinder Wall Glazing – What it is and How to Get Rid of It

This may sound like a simple question, but what is cylinder wall glazing and how is it created? I hear about it all the time when people talk about piston […]

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Mailbag: Transmission and Gearing Recommendations for a 454-Powered ’74 Impala on Big Wheels

Q: Recently, I purchased a 1974 Chevy Impala 4-door. It’s a pretty big car, so I decided to swap the small block 350 with a big block 454. I had […]


Mechanical Water Pump FAQ: Pump Rotation, Increased Flow, Measuring & More

The water pump wizards over at Tuff Stuff Performance field a ton of questions about things like pump sizes, flow rates, belt routing, and all sorts of other cooling-related issues. […]


Mailbag: How to Make 400 HP in an SBC-Powered ’86 Camaro

Q: I have a 1986 Chevy Camaro RS. I’d like to build a 350 for it that puts 400 horses on the ground, and I’d like for it to be […]

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Mailbag: Can You Use Block Filler to Improve Engine Cooling and Bottom-End Strength?

Q: I’m getting ready to build a 406 small-block to put into my Camaro. My question is about the use of block filler. I’ve read that if you fill the […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Why Do I Keep Killing Alternators?

I did a LS2 swap in my ‘54 Belair. The engine came from an ‘05 GTO. It has a modest stereo system operating on a 10-amp fuse. It has a 16-inch […]


Mailbag: Finding a Transaxle & Turbo for a Lotus with a Ford Engine Swap

Q: I have a 1970 Lotus Europa S2. It’s a mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive car. With a little cutting and welding, I managed to take a Ford 302 (bored .30 over) and […]


Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Engine-Building Strategies for 700 HP in a ’71 El Camino

I’m asking this for a friend and I know you will have suggestions. He’s building a ’71 El Camino and has decided on an LS swap. He wants 650-700 hp […]

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Mailbag: Tech Advice and Upgrade Recommendations for a ’67 Ford Galaxie

Q: I’m finishing a build on a 1967 Ford Galaxie convertible. Here’s what I’ve got so far: a 1971 351W, bored .030 over, flat top pistons, stock 69cc heads and […]


Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Bottle Brush Honing vs. Machining Cylinders on Used Engine Blocks

I just bought a used 5.3L iron block engine out of a truck. I’ve decided to put new replacement pistons and rings because I found a set of cheap take-out […]