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.

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 […]

Tech Articles

Old vs. New: Comparing Vintage and Modern Intake Manifold Design

Intake manifold technology has progressed by leaps and bounds over the years. (Or, has it?) Additionally, there are many more players in the intake manifold business than we saw years […]

Product Profiles

Tech Tips: Intro to Suspension Coil Spring Compressor Tools

Decades ago when I was a kid, I needed to remove the front springs on my car. A previous owner had “adjusted” the ride height by heating the coils with a […]