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.

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Building an L83 vs. LS Swapping an ’84 Corvette

I have an 1984 Corvette 350 that’s a real dog. What is the best way to get more out of it? I’d like to get 300 horsepower or more. — […]

Tech Articles

How to Install a Distributor and Set Initial Timing

Dropping a distributor into the engine is a time-honored procedure that has been around since the first engines coughed their way to life more than 100 years ago. With the […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: No Power, No Secondaries

I have a Chevy 350 Indmar boat engine with a 600 cfm Holley four-barrel carb. It has a marine electronic choke and vacuum secondaries. When opening the throttle, it will […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Choosing a Transmission for Big Block-Powered Cruiser

I am building a ‘72 Caprice as a tribute patrol cruiser. I am pulling out the original 400 SBC and replacing it with a big-block 454 just so the look […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Troubleshooting a Misfiring Ford 289 Engine

I have a ‘67 289 out of a Falcon Futura sports coupe that I rebuilt with all new internal guts. The heads and block have been decked and has hydraulic […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Calculating Fuel Pump Ratings to Feed Big Block Chevy

I am building a mild, street big-block Chevy that will be carbureted but I’d like to run one of those in-tank EFI conversions since that will be much simpler and […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Adjusting Vacuum, Timing & Advance Springs to Cure Engine Misfire

I’ve been reading your posts/blogs/articles on tuning with a vacuum advance and it’s been very helpful. My combo is a 355 small-block Chevy, 10.7:1 compression, 23-degree Brodix 10x heads that […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Dialing in Vacuum Advance with an Edelbrock ProFlo-4 EFI

I have a Ford 347 stroked small block with 10:1 compression and a “race cam.” The builder won’t give me cam specifics. I just installed the Edelbrock Pro Flo 4 […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: The Science Behind Low-Compression Engines

I’ve seen a couple of posts where the discussion is about how much compression to run and still use a supercharger. There were lots of ideas kicked around but it […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Troubleshooting Valve Train on Small Block Chevy 355

I have a 355 c.i.d. small-block Chevy with a big cam, decent compression, and production iron heads. The cam is an Isky 268/272 at 0.050 with 0.640-inch lift. It has […]