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Ask Away: Understanding Detonation and its Root Causes
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Ask Away: Understanding Detonation and its Root Causes

  I just bought a big-block 454 engine from a friend and I want to put it in my ’69 Camaro with a 4-speed trans. The engine was rebuilt a […]

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The Straight Scoop: The Inside Story on Drag Race Wheel Alignments

For most racers and enthusiasts, a wheel alignment is something that you seldom ponder, especially when it comes to performance. After all, horsepower has become cheap and easy to get. And wheel alignments–well, those are for […]

Quick Tech: Crossplane vs. Flat Plane Crankshafts Explained
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Quick Tech: Crossplane vs. Flat Plane Crankshafts Explained

Flat plane crankshafts are nothing new. However, with the recent introductions of the Shelby GT350 and GT350R, flat plane crankshaft design has been garnering a lot more attention. And it’s been raising […]

Relay Case: How to Use Relays and Why You Need Them
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Relay Case: How to Use Relays and Why You Need Them

An electrical system is only as reliable as its components. One easy way to increase system reliability and performance is by using relays to switch devices (lights, fuel pumps, fans, […]

Pulley Prepper: What You Need to Know When Choosing Automotive Pulleys
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Pulley Prepper: What You Need to Know When Choosing Automotive Pulleys

If you’ve got a stock vehicle, chances are your pulleys and pulley system are fine. Still, there are a variety of reasons to purchase new pulleys for your engine and […]

Quick Test: Dyno Testing Dorman’s LS6 Intake Manifold
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Quick Test: Dyno Testing Dorman’s LS6 Intake Manifold

Ask and you shall receive, LS fanatics. You’ve continued to express a strong demand for the old GM LS6 intake manifold. That’s because the one-piece Nylon intake has always been a […]

Here is dad’s new-to-him truck, a 1974 Ford F100 we scored at the Charlotte Auto Fair this past spring. It’s not pretty, but it is solid and rocks a running 360 FE engine and disc brakes. For $800 it was a pretty good deal.
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Tuneup Tips: A Simple Tuneup Guide for Old, Dormant Vehicles

This past summer my father and I started digging through the classifieds for a truck, either a Chevy C-10 or Ford F100. We weren’t too picky about the body style, […]

Monday Mailbag: Is Your Catalytic Converter Killing Engine Vacuum?
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Monday Mailbag: Is Your Catalytic Converter Killing Engine Vacuum?

Got questions? We’ve got the answers—Mondays when the Summit Racing tech department tackles your automotive-related conundrums. This week, we’re talking about catalytic converters killing engine vacuum.  L.R. Baltimore, MD Q: I have a […]

Quick Tech: A Basic Guide to Engine Paint
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Quick Tech: A Basic Guide to Engine Paint

It takes a special kind of paint to survive under your hood. Engine paint must withstand extremely high temperatures and be able to resist gasoline, oils, and other chemicals. And it has […]

The truth is, pinion angle can move significantly and well tuned cars are setup to compensate. Look at how hard this well sorted Super Modified car is hitting the tire. It didn’t get that way with a wayward pinion.
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Pinion Primer: How to Achieve Proper Pinion Angle and Why it Matters

What’s with big deal with pinion angle? It is a very big deal. In order to keep the driveshaft and U-joints operating in a (more or less) straight line, the […]

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