Articles written by: Wayne Scraba

Wayne Scraba is a diehard car guy and regular contributor to OnAllCylinders. He’s owned his own speed shop, built race cars, street rods, and custom motorcycles, and restored muscle cars. He’s authored five how-to books and written over 4,500 tech articles that have appeared in sixty different high performance automotive, motorcycle and aviation magazines worldwide.

Tech Articles

Dampening Engine Vibration with Harmonic Dampers

Harmonic dampers are incredibly important yet often overlooked. We visited the world of harmonic dampers six years ago. (Read: Harmonics 101: Understanding Harmonic Dampers.) It’s time for a refresh. Years […]

Parts

Remove and Install Harmonic Dampers Easily with the Right Tools

Harmonic dampers are typically press-fit and next-to-impossible to properly remove and install without the right tools. You might get away with yanking one off with a common three-jaw puller, but […]

How Tos

Intro to Optimizing Pushrod Length with Checking Tools

In most cases, the pushrods in your engine drop into a guide plate of some sort in the cylinder head, with the lower end fitting directly into the cup of […]

Tech Articles

Hunting for a Drill Bit to Drill Through Hardened Steel

Many articles I’ve written about tools revolve around some more complicated, some might say exotic, items. Today, we’re going to deviate and talk about something that is seemingly simple—a specialty […]

Parts

An Inside Look at Performance Mechanical Water Pumps

For the average hot rod (street machine, etc.), a mechanical belt-driven water pump is the norm. But all mechanical water pumps are not created equal, particularly if high performance is […]

Product Profiles

Tool Tech: An Overview of Camshaft Degree Wheels

When a camshaft is “degreed” it means the camshaft position in the engine has been synchronized with the crankshaft position. Degreeing the cam is the only real way to determine […]

Parts

Using Tubular A-Arms to Improve Race Car Suspension Geometry

Decades ago, there was only one way to “fix” the front suspension on a stock suspension door slammer race car. It involved cutting, pasting, and tweaking the A-arms to increase […]

Product Profiles

OTC Tool Kit Makes Drum Brake Repair Much Easier

While it’s possible to disassemble, reassemble and adjust drum brakes without specialty tools, it is neither easy nor fun. Drum brakes are filled with many springs. On most drum brake […]

How Tos

How to Assemble Drum Brakes (A Step-by-Step Guide)

Drum brakes were standard equipment for decades. Even high-powered muscle cars were equipped with drum brakes on at least one axle. Many were equipped with drums on the front too. […]

Parts

The Tools You’ll Need to Swap Steering Wheels

Steering wheel swaps are popular, particularly in pre-air bag vehicles (which we’ll focus on here—we’ll leave air bag applications for another time). Summit Racing offers more than 1,300 different choices […]