Articles written by: Jim Smart

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Taking The Sting Out of Damaged Threads

We’ve all been there at one time or another—tightening a fastener to specifications, only the specified torque is never reached. That unsettling feeling of a stripped thread. For most of […]

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Dial in Displacement (and Power!) with an Engine Stroker Kit—Here’s What You Need to Know

Talk about a stealthy means to displacement and affordable power? The beauty of this restomod approach to power is—no one knows it’s there but you. The time-proven stroker, by its […]

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Are You Still Installing Oil Pumps Right Out of The Box?

Call it blind faith, but a lot of us have been installing new oil pumps right out of the box without giving them a detailed inspection. Most of the time, […]

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Getting to Know Ford’s Beasty 351C

Ford’s powerful 335 Series family of middle block V8s displacing 351 and 400ci was a brief chapter in Ford North American history. We still don’t really know where the 335 […]

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Long Rod Chevy 307 = Big Power

Chevrolet’s 307ci small block has long been viewed as a mild-mannered grocery getter. You’ve seen hundreds of thousands of them in Chevelles, Novas, Camaros, and untold other mainstream Chevys. We […]

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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 […]