Articles written by: Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith has had a passion for cars since he began working at his grandfather's gas station at the age 10. After graduating from Iowa State University with a journalism degree in 1978, he combined his two passions: cars and writing. Smith began writing for Car Craft magazine in 1979 and became editor in 1984. In 1987, he assumed the role of editor for Hot Rod magazine before returning to his first love of writing technical stories. Since 2003, Jeff has held various positions at Car Craft (including editor), has written books on small block Chevy performance, and even cultivated an impressive collection of 1965 and 1966 Chevelles. Now he serves as a regular contributor to OnAllCylinders.

Tech Articles

How to Read a Cam Card to Understand Camshaft Specs

The world of high performance engines can be a very confusing place, where terms and specifications seem to be full of obscure references that appear to make no sense. But […]

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Ask Away with Jeff Smith: How to Choose the Right Pushrod Length for Taller Lifters on a Big Block Chevy 454

I’ve got a 454 big-block Chevy that I’ve installed a hydraulic roller cam which also meant I had to also use taller hydraulic roller lifters. With it all bolted back […]

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Ask Away with Jeff Smith: Setting Up a Throttle Valve (TV) Cable on a GM 700-R4 Automatic Transmission

I’m considering a 700-R4 overdrive for my C-10 pickup project since I have a trans that I got for a really good price. I know that a lot of people […]

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Ask Away with Jeff Smith: Why Do Some Cars Only Spin the Right Rear Tire Under Hard Acceleration?

I’m new to the old car hobby (cars of any kind really) and I’m trying to learn all I can. One thing I’ve noticed is that some rear wheel drive […]

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2003-08 Mopar Gen. III 5.7L Hemi Engine Guide: Bore & Stroke, Cylinder Heads, Cam Specs & More

When Chrysler announced it was bringing back the legendary Hemi in the early 2000s, it was a big deal. This new series of Hemi engines is often referred to as […]

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Ask Away with Jeff Smith: Choosing a Torque Converter for an LS-Swapped Chevy S-10 with a 4L60E

I was wondering if you could help me. I have a ‘99 Chevy S10 with an LS1 engine that has a long crank and iron heads. We are trying to […]

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Ask Away with Jeff Smith: Choosing Cylinder Heads for Bottom-End Power on a Mopar 340

I have a ‘73 340 ‘Cuda. The motor is bored 0.030-over with headers, an Edelbrock dual plane intake and a matching cam, roller timing chain, and Holley double pumper carb. […]

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Ask Away with Jeff Smith: How to Fix a Rich Idle on a Big Block Chevy

I’ve got a Chevelle with a 468ci big-block with a pretty big cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, a Holley 750cfm HP carburetor, and an HEI ignition. The engine idles way […]

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Ask Away with Jeff Smith: Lining Up Intake Manifold Bolt Holes on a 427 Chevy

The Holes Don’t Line Up! I’m assembling a 427ci big-block Chevy for a friend. It’s an original engine with block and heads that have been in storage for decades that […]

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Eccentric Ways: The Best Way to Break-In a Flat Tappet Camshaft

The automotive world has totally embraced the notion of hydraulic roller lifers. Yes, rollers reduce friction and present the opportunity to employ a more aggressive lift profile compared to a […]