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.

Turbo 400 Kickdown
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Ask Away: How Do You Hook up a Turbo 400 Kickdown? (Hint: It’s Not Like Other 3-Speeds)

I have a TH400 trans that I just bought to replace the ailing TH350 in my ’70 big-block Camaro. A friend told me that there’s a special way to set […]

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How to Fix a Stripped Head Bolt (Ask Away with Jeff Smith)

I finally collected all the parts to assemble my small-block Chevy 350 but when I torqued the head bolts, one of the holes stripped. I’ve heard there’s a way to […]

Parts / Product Profiles

Ask Away with Jeff Smith: Inside the New Chevy ZZ5 Crate Motor

I was looking through all the different small block Chevy crate engines from Chevrolet the other day and noticed there’s now a ZZ5. I know there have been a whole […]

Q&A / Tech / Tech Articles

Ask Away with Jeff Smith: Capacitive Discharge vs. Inductive Ignition

My buddies and I got into a discussion the other day about why all the new car companies went with individual coils for each cylinder as opposed to sticking with […]

Q&A / Tech / Tech Articles

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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Q&A / Tech

Ask Away with Jeff Smith: A Basic Guide to Ignition Advance

I hate to admit that I’ve been working on cars for more years that I care to admit and yet I still don’t understand all the different things about ignition […]

Q&A / Tech

Ask Away with Jeff Smith: Why Does My Car Torque Steer So Badly?

I have an all-steel ’41 Willys with an all-aluminum 498ci Keith Black HEMI with a Don Hampton 8-71 supercharger and an EFI system using electronic fuel injectors located under the […]

Tech / Tech Articles

Ask Away with Jeff Smith: Peak Power vs. Torque Curve — What Matters Most for Your Application?

I recently read a story in a national publication that struck me as interesting and worth dissecting. The story tested the addition of a tall, long runner EFI intake manifold […]