Articles written by: Dave Matthews

Dave Matthews was a mechanic for the U.S. Army, a Ford dealership, and served for many years as a fleet mechanic for construction companies. Now a technical content producer at Summit Racing, Dave has spent decades working on everything from military vehicles to high performance race machines.

Engine & Exhaust / Q&A

Mailbag: Does My High-Performance Engine Need a High-Volume Oil Pump?

Q: I’m rebuilding a Dodge 360 engine for street performance applications. How do I know if I need a high volume oil pump? A: A stock volume oil pump is […]

GM Differential Ring Pinion Size Measurements
Driveline / Q&A / Tech

Mailbag: How to Identify GM Differential Carriers

Q: I have a 1970 El Camino with a 12-bolt differential and 4.11:1 ring and pinion. I’m not sure if it’s the original gear ratio, but I want to change […]

Ignition & Electrical / Q&A

Mailbag: Ford 302 Firing Problems After Cam Swap

Q: I have a 1994 Ford F-150 with a 5.0L engine and factory mass airflow sensor. I just had the heads redone and installed a Trick Flow Stage 1 camshaft. […]

Engine & Exhaust / Q&A

Mailbag: Advice for Building a Ford 427 Clevor Engine

Q: I’m building a Factory Five Mk4 Roadster and I would love to install a Boss Nine 427 engine, but it’s way out of my budget. Ford Performance offers a very […]

Exterior / How Tos

Time to Shine: Advance Your Paint-Restoration Skills

National Car Care Month is here and hopefully soon we will be cruising the town and headed to our favorite car shows. Now is the time to get that ride […]

Driveline / Engine & Exhaust / Tech Articles

Flywheels 101: Choose the Best Flywheel for your Engine and Application

Chances are you don’t give much thought to that metal disc spinning inside of your bellhousing. However, choosing the best flywheel for your vehicle application will greatly affect performance, drivability, […]

Ford Engines

How to Identify a Ford Coyote 5.0L Engine

The Ford Coyote is a 5.0L V8 engine powering the 2011-2020 Ford Mustang GT and Ford F-150 pickup trucks. Since the Coyote engine’s inception, Ford has made several upgrades and […]

Induction / Q&A

Mailbag: Upgrade Advice for Adding Larger Throttle Body to Late Model Challenger

Q: I’d like to install a larger throttle body on my 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T with an automatic transmission. The car currently has a Summit Racing exhaust system and a […]

Exterior / Q&A

Mailbag: Headlight Replacement Tips for Better Night-Driving Visibility

Q: I have a 1978 Ford F-250 that I have owned for 30 years. My vision isn’t what it used to be and lately I’ve found myself struggling to see […]

Brakes & Suspension / Q&A

Mailbag: Brake Pad Recommendations for Multi-Purpose Driving

Q: I have a 2015 Subaru WRX that I occasionally take for spirited drives in the mountains near my home. I am looking for replacement brake pads that will provide […]