Articles written by: Richard Holdener

Richard Holdener is a technical editor with over 25 years of hands-on experience in the automotive industry. He's authored several books on performance engine building and written numerous articles for publications like Hot Rod, Car Craft, Super Chevy, Power & Performance, GM High Tech, and many others.

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Tire-Turning Torque: Low-Buck LS Blower Test!

What’s the biggest complaint about the little 4.8L LR4 LS Engine? Well, it’s the same complaint lodged about any small V8—namely the lack of torque production. Don’t get us wrong, […]

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TPI the L99! The 4.3L “Baby LT1” V8 Gets Torque

What the heck is an L99? We know GM uses these alphanumeric designations to label its many engine configurations, some of which were more notable than others. For instance, most […]

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Single or Twin Turbos—Which One is Better for Boosting Your LS Engine?

Is it better to run one big turbo or two smaller turbos? This is a very common question among enthusiasts, and while it usually comes down to packaging, a single […]

Tech Articles / Tech Projects

Exploring Growth Potential: Trick Flow Performance Upgrades to a 5.0L Ford Explorer Engine

To start things off, head on over to your local junkyard and snatch up a fresh 5.0L Mustang engine. …Wait, what’s that you say? This isn’t the late 1990s (or […]

Head Games! A Double Test of Trick Flow’s CNC 185 Cylinder Heads for Small Block Ford
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Head Games! A Double Test of Trick Flow’s CNC 185 Cylinder Heads for Small Block Ford

Here is a simple question: Do cylinder heads help determine the effectiveness of your Ford combo, or, does the combo help determine the effectiveness of the heads? The reality is […]

Tech Articles / Tech Projects

Why Modify? 347 Small Block Ford Super Power

When it comes time to perform mods to your small-block Ford, gearheads have many choices. The choices include everything from basic bolts ons to pressurized power adders? Let’s not forget […]

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Longing For a Hemi? Does Intake Runner Length Matter

The question is, does length matter? The answer is a BIG yes, especially if we are referring to intake runner length! You see, runner length plays a huge role in […]

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Cleveland Show: Adding Nearly 100 HP to a Free-Breathing Ford 351C

Try this experiment: Mention four-valve (4V) Ford to a few fellow enthusiasts and see what discussion pops up. Oh, how quickly people forget! Time was when you mentioned 4V, people […]

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Little Man: Single-Plane vs. Dual-Plane Intake Manifold Test on a Carbureted 4.8L LS

The great thing about being an LS enthusiast is you don’t have to worry yourself with the petty problems that plagued the lesser Gen. I small blocks, right? Case in […]

Ford Engines

Testing a Junkyard Ford 5.0L Engine with New Top End Kit

It has always been my contention that the 5.0L Mustang saved Ford, or at the very least, Ford Performance. Prior to the introduction of the 5.0L, Ford was serving up […]