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: Troubleshooting Alternator & Electrical Gremlins in a Vintage Oldsmobile

I have a weird problem that you might be able to help me with. I have a ’64 Olds F-85 that I upgraded to a later model internally-regulated alternator. This […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Steam Holes & Cylinder Heads for a Small Block Chevy 400

I’d like to build a Chevy 400 to drop in my short box pickup. The goal is a fun street truck, no track time, more likely to hit the highway […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Building a Fuel System That Can Handle Both Carbureted and EFI Setups

I’m building a street big block Chevy 496 that will make around 650 hp. I’m trying to decide whether to go with EFI or still run a carburetor. But before […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Are There Benefits of Staggered Rocker Arms?

Why do some engine builders stagger the rocker arms, 1.6 on the intake and 1.5 on the exhaust?  Is there any benefit in doing that?G.L. This is a great question and […]

Tech Articles

2009+ Mopar Gen. III 5.7L Hemi Eagle 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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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 […]