Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Troubleshooting Small Block Chevy Compression Loss Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Troubleshooting Small Block Chevy Compression Loss
Starved for More Live On-Track Competition? Cleetus McFarland & Summit Racing Present Burnout Rivals Starved for More Live On-Track Competition? Cleetus McFarland & Summit Racing Present Burnout Rivals
Video: How to Polish a Thrust Bearing (and Why You’d Want to in the First Place!) Video: How to Polish a Thrust Bearing (and Why You’d Want to in the First Place!)
Mailbag: 5 Things to Check When Swapping to Higher Lift Rockers Mailbag: 5 Things to Check When Swapping to Higher Lift Rockers
Q&A

Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Troubleshooting Small Block Chevy Compression Loss

I recently stripped down my 350 small-block Chevy because of loss of compression over the last three years. In 5,000 miles and three different checks of the cranking compression, it […]

How Tos

Video: How to Polish a Thrust Bearing (and Why You’d Want to in the First Place!)

In an earlier video, we covered the process of checking crankshaft end play.  As our partners at Summit Racing explained, crankshaft end play, or thrust, is a delicate balance. Too […]

Tech Articles

Hot Rod Home School (Lesson #5): Firing Orders, Essential Formulas & Other Engine Basics

Next up on our quarantine classroom lesson plan: engine basics. “Engine basics” is a very broad term, and fans on Summit Racing’s Facebook page suggested covering things like firing orders […]

Events

Starved for More Live On-Track Competition? Cleetus McFarland & Summit Racing Present Burnout Rivals

We LOVE drag racing. Roundy-round and Autocross are awesome, too. We haven’t met a flavor race competition we don’t like, actually. But if you need to blow off steam like […]

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Tech / Tech Articles

Hot Rod Home School (Lesson #5): Firing Orders, Essential Formulas & Other Engine Basics

Next up on our quarantine classroom lesson plan: engine basics. “Engine basics” is a very broad term, and fans on Summit Racing’s Facebook page suggested covering things like firing orders […]

Videos & Galleries

How to Check Crankshaft End Play (Video)

Crankshafts are among the most abused engine components because transmissions create tremendous forward force on them, especially in high performance applications. That’s why it’s important to check crankshaft thrust clearance, […]

Product Profiles

A Closer Look at Thule Tepui Rooftop Vehicle Tents

New-ish name. Same great products. Tepui rooftop vehicle tents popularized by camping and overlanding outdoor enthusiasts have been re-branded as Thule Tepui rooftop tents. Outdoor accessories maker Thule acquired Tepui […]

How Tos

Hot Rod Home School (Lesson #4): Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Tools

It’s not as sexy as cracking open a hood and getting your hands dirty. However, the process of cleaning, maintaining, and otherwise taking care of shop tools was among the […]

Q&A

Mailbag: Which Air Intake Tube Material is Better – Metal or Plastic?

Q: Is a plastic or metal intake tube better? … A: Air intake kits are a popular performance upgrade. They are affordable, easy to install, and provide noticeable gains over a […]

Ford Engines

Building a Ford 5.0L for an ’89 Fox-Body Mustang

Do you remember when classic Mustang enthusiasts said late-model 1979-93 Fox Mustangs would never be collectable? Well, there’s nothing quite like the indigestion that comes from eating your own words. […]

Videos & Galleries

Hot Rod Home School (Lesson #3): How to Replace Brake Rotors and Pads

Hot Rod Home School continues with your another job that aspiring home mechanics can perform to get their feet wet: brake replacement. Particularly, we’re talking about brake pads and brake […]

How Tos

Idle Vehicles Can Spell Trouble for Some Hybrid Owners…Here’s How to Avoid Problems

Social distancing might be a good thing for mankind right now, but it’s proven to be troublesome for some hybrid vehicle owners. More specifically, it’s led to issues for hybrid […]

How Tos

Hot Rod Home School (Lesson #2): How to Perform a Basic Tuneup

Lesson #2 in our Hot Rod Home School 101 course for beginning DIY mechanics: a basic tuneup. Again, these are the jobs fans on Summit Racing’s Facebook page helped identify […]

How Tos / Tech

Hot Rod Home School (Lesson #1): How to Check Fluids and Change Oil

For Hot Rod Home School, we enlisted fans of the Summit Racing Facebook page to create a home school curriculum for the next generation of gearheads. This would consist of […]