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Trick Flow engine builder Todd Hodges lowers the Manley Pro Series crankshaft into the block. Forged from 4340 steel, the 4.250-inch stroke crank is heat-treated and nitride before being stress relieved, shot peened, and Magnafluxed. Other features include micro-polished .125-inch radius journals, gun-drilled mains, lightened rod journals for weight reduction, and fully profiled counterweights.
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Rat Race: Trick Flow Assembles and Dynos a 572-Cube Big Block Chevy!

For the third year running, Trick Flow Specialties is building the engine that will be part of the prize package awarded to the IHRA’s Summit Racing SuperSeries Top Class Champion. […]

A similar pump is available for the small block Chevy (and other engines). Melling’s M55HV is also a high-pressure model (high volume, high pressure). The text outlines where and why you need high volume, high pressure or both.
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Oil Well: Choosing the Proper Pressure and Volume for Your Oil Pump

When picking an oil pump for an engine build, what do you select: standard replacement, high pressure, high volume, or both (high pressure and high volume)? That’s a question we […]

This is a close-up of a couple of spark plugs that indicated trouble in the cylinder. You can clearly see those black specs on the center electrodes, but perhaps what is more troubling is the fact that the ground electrodes are melted. The fix for this engine was less timing (which reduces heat in the chamber), a non-projected nose spark plug, and a higher octane fuel.
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Ask Away with Jeff Smith: What’s the Difference Between Detonation and Pre-Ignition?

Okay, I keep reading about there is a difference between detonation and pre-ignition but it seems that whenever I ask anybody about this, they agree but don’t know the difference. […]

Torqued Off: Troubleshooting Some of the Most Vexing Torque Converter Problems
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Torqued Off: Troubleshooting Some of the Most Vexing Torque Converter Problems

We hear a lot of questions about torque converters. That’s why we’ve spent a fair amount of time covering torque converters in the past. Our articles have included advice on […]

Quick Tips for Checking Tire Pressure (Like, the Proper Way)
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Quick Tips for Checking Tire Pressure (Like, the Proper Way)

Whether you drive a custom hot rod or a late model family sedan, it’s nearly impossible to over-estimate the importance of having the correct air pressure in your tires. Proper […]

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Quick Tech: Dirt Bike Clutch Troubleshooting

A motorcycle’s clutch has a huge impact on a bike’s handling and power. Without a smooth-operating clutch, a bike’s rear wheel is more likely to break loose which can lead […]

Ask Away with Jeff Smith: Inside GM’s New 90-Degree V6 Engine
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Ask Away with Jeff Smith: Inside GM’s New 90-Degree V6 Engine

In the ‘80s, GM used a 4.3L 90-degree V6 in many different cars. I know that this engine is basically a small-block Chevy with two cylinders removed. This got me […]

Ignition Basics: Analog vs. Digital Circuitry and What it Means
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Ignition Basics: Analog vs. Digital Circuitry and What it Means

When the average hot rodder ponders a new ignition system, it’s not unusual to migrate toward the most common or publicized brands. While it’s understandable to focus on familiar brand names, […]

Ask Away with Jeff Smith: Fuel Volume vs. Fuel Pressure & How They Relate
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Ask Away with Jeff Smith: Fuel Volume vs. Fuel Pressure & How They Relate

I’m considering buying one of those self-learning TBI fuel injection systems. I’ve heard that the fuel delivery system is the most important part of the installation so I’ve been reading […]

Your suspension needs to be looked at as a system. Everything needs to work together, ensuring it all operated properly. The right bushings are an extremely important part of the puzzle!
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A Solid Connection: How to Pick the Best Bushings for Your Vehicle

So you want to buy a set of control arms. Okay, easy enough. Do you want tubular or boxed arms? Picking a design style is fairly straightforward. Are you going […]

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