Articles written by: Jim Smart

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Building Ford’s Fabulous 429 Super Cobra Jet

Ford’s legacy of powerful big block V8s dates back to 1958 with the skirted Ford FE Series 332/352ci engines that ultimately grew to 427ci by 1963 and 428ci by 1966. […]

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Ford’s Legendary Y-Block—Still In Style

Ford’s first overhead valve V8, the Y-Block, remains the engine of choice for a lot of hotrodders. By modern standards, the Y-Block is dated with its stacked intake ports and […]

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Rebuilding a REAL Ford 427 Side Oiler Cobra Engine: A Rarified Experience

You’ve got to hand it to Ford as a car company. It has history unequalled including four consecutive wins at Le Mans in the 1960s when it was all or […]

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Building Classic Ford 351 Cleveland Power

The 351 Cleveland story is one of the most befuddling in Ford history. In North America, it was only in production for four years (1970-74), yet it became the hotrodder’s […]

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Build a Better Boss (302 Ford, That Is)

Ford’s incredible 1969-70 Trans Am BOSS 302. Not the 2012-13 Coyote DOHC BOSS, but instead the genuine pushrod original from an era when Ford did the unthinkable repeatedly—and won! Ford’s […]

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Building Affordable Ford 289/302 Power!

Ford’s 289 High Performance V8, introduced in the 1963 Fairlane, is something of folklore and legend. It was factory rated at 271 horsepower at 6,000 rpm with mechanical flat tappets […]

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Budget Big Block Chevy Street Torque!

You’ve got to love the Chevy big block for its raw ability to make aggressive amounts of bone-crushing torque without breaking a sweat. It also loves high-revving horsepower, giving you […]

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How to Build a Ford Inline Six Engine for Durability and Power

When Ford was developing the popular 221/260/289/302 cubic-inch small block V8 known as the “90-Degree Fairlane V-8,” it was also working on a lightweight inline six for the new compact […]

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The Last Small-Block: Chevy’s Gen. II LT1/LT4 1992-97

Chevrolet’s LT1 engine family evokes all kinds of emotions among Bow-Tie guys. Those in the know remember the original 350 cubic-inch LT1 introduced in 1970 was a real powerhouse with […]

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Building a Baby Max Wedge 435 Mopar B-Block Stroker That Makes Nearly 600 HP

Chrysler has a great tradition of producing powerful high-performance engines. Engines that you can build today. We’re working with the Chrysler B-Block, which is the original low-deck version of the […]