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: Eliminating Wheel Hop in a ’60s Era Chevelle

I have a 1969 Chevelle 396 4-speed, 3.55:1 rear ratio, F41 Chevy suspension on air shocks. When I do a burnout I have bad wheel hop. I tried letting the […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Swapping an LS Firing Order Into a Traditional BBC or SBC Engine

I just read an article online that talked about a big block Malibu that was running an LS cam to change the timing. I have never heard of such a […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Choosing a Flywheel for a Gen VI 454 Chevy Big Block

I am looking for the right flywheel for my Gen VI 454 engine. The date code on the block is K106, and the engine casting number is 12550313. I purchased […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Tips for Aligning Your Front Suspension to be Performance Friendly

I am running a ‘61 Comet wagon with Mustang II type front suspension with rack and pinion steering that has replaced the stock OE shock tower suspension and steering box.  […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Achieving an Efficient Charging System in a ’70 Camaro

I am looking to change my stock 1970 Camaro alternator with an external regulator to a one-wire internal regulator with 150 amps to run my dual electric fans and other […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Choosing and Installing a Manual Transmision on a GEN IV 454

I hope you can help me. I have a GEN IV 454 engine and I would like to install a manual transmission behind it. The late model overdrive transmissions like […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Can I Put a Blower on a 383 with 10:1 Compression?

Can I put a blower on my balanced and blueprinted 383 c.i.d. stocker motor that has 10:1 compression? I just want it for looks, not to race. – G.H. … […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Does 40% Leakdown Test Results Require New Piston Rings?

I just bought a used 5.3L LS engine out of the junkyard and after we got the engine back to the shop and mounted it on an engine stand, we […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Diagnosing Ticking Noises and White Smoke in a Supercharged ’93 Ford Mustang GT

I’ve been looking online for help to figure out what is happening to my car and I thought your expertise may help. I have a supercharged ‘93 Mustang GT with […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: What’s the Best Rotor Tip and Terminal Spacing for my Ignition System?

I have a question about the optimum distributor rotor tip and terminal gap. Modern replacement parts for our classics are all over the place, either in terms of length, cap […]