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.

Q&A / Tech

Ask Away with Jeff Smith: Micron Ratings and What They Mean for Your Oil Filter

I’ve been looking at aftermarket billet aluminum oil filters with a stainless mesh filter that you can disassemble, clean, and re-use. Are these any good? I don’t mind taking a […]

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Ask Away: Diagnosing Excessive Distributor Noise

I have a question. My 1970 SS Chevelle has a 350 crate motor. When I start the engine now, there is a loud whiney sound coming from my distributor. Is […]

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Ask Away: How Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) Affects Cam Idle (Hint: You May Not Like It)

A friend of mine just added an EZ-EFI 2.0 EFI to his big-block Camaro and while it runs great, it has definitely lost much of its old rumpy cam idle […]

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Ask Away: Swapping Out a TH-400 for an 4L80E Overdrive Transmission

I bought a 4L80E automatic trans out of a late model pickup to put in my ’66 Bel Air. We swapped a big block Chevy into the car a few […]

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Ask Away with Jeff Smith: The Ins and Outs of LS Cam Swaps

I’ve heard that changing cams in an LS engine is really easy, but I’ve never worked on one of these engines before and I don’t want to screw it up. […]

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Ask Away with Jeff Smith: Understanding Vacuum Advance and Why You Need It

I’ve always thought that vacuum advance was something just for stock engines and something you didn’t use with a performance engine. In fact, I’ve heard guys say they’ve locked out […]

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Ask Away with Jeff Smith: How to Prevent Engine Bolts from Rusting and Galling

I was helping my buddy remove the heads from his truck this last weekend. We ran into a problem where two of the collector bolts on the passenger side header […]

How Tos / Tech

The Leverage Game: How to Install Summit Racing’s LS Rocker Arm Trunnion Kit

It’s no secret that if you’re looking to make big power, GM’s LS engines are an excellent place to start. While these engines are incredibly powerful and durable, they do […]

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Ask Away: Diagnosing High-RPM Power Loss

I have a small block Chevy in a ’66 Chevy II that seems to run pretty good but now I’m not so sure. It’s a 383 small block with a […]

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Ask Away: GM 10-Bolt vs. 12-Bolt Rear-Ends

With the upcoming addition of the 454-cubic-inch big block to my 1966 El Camino, I begin to worry about the durability of the 8.2-inch 10-bolt rear. It currently houses a 3.36:1 […]