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 / Tech

Shock How-To: Dialing in a Baseline Setup for Double-Adjustable Drag Race Shocks

Adjustable shock absorbers are becoming popular in drag racing. You can adjust their damping characteristics to suit varying tracks and/or track conditions to eliminate wheel hop and tire shake. That […]

Tech / Tech Articles

Block Talk (Part 1): What to Look For When Buying a Used Engine Block

Anyone who has ever spun a 9/16-inch wrench on a hot rod knows the engine block is where it all begins. There are lots of options available—new and used, iron […]

How to Pressure Test AN Hose
How Tos / Tech

Quick Tech: How To Check AN Hose Assemblies For Leaks

Assembling braided AN hose and hose ends is pretty straightforward. But how do you know if the completed assembly is OK? Ideally, you would pressure-test your plumbing before you go […]

Tech / Tech Articles

Basic Tech: Standard vs. Roller Timing Chains

A timing chain doesn’t seem like it has a lot to do. All it does is turn the camshaft in concert with the crankshaft, right? Well, yes… and no. On […]

How Tos / Tech

How to Build Bulletproof Mechanical Clutch Linkage

Not that long ago, the standard clutch linkage in a Detroit-built car was a mechanical setup consisting of a fork at the bellhousing (for the release bearing) along with a […]

How Tos / Tech

Please Release Me: How to Set Up a Hydraulic Clutch

There are two ways you can release a clutch on a car or truck—with mechanical linkage or via hydraulics. In this story, we’ll explore the hydraulic clutch. Slave Cylinders vs. Hydraulic […]

Tech / Tech Articles

Radiators 101: A Basic Guide to Aftermarket Radiators

It’s no big secret that big horsepower means increased heat. But high performance engines, like other internal combustion powerplants, aren’t really all that efficient. Roughly one-half of the total heat […]

How Tos / Tech

Quick Tech: How to Properly Set up the Idle on Holley Carburetors

Holley four-barrel carburetors are probably the most common high performance fuel mixing devices on the planet. Given the sheer numbers of carburetors made since the 1950s, you know they work. […]

Events / How Tos / Motorsports / Tech

Racing with Mother Nature: How to Tune for Weather Conditions

Here’s a scenario to ponder: You hand picked the best components for an engine build, had those bits meticulously machined and assembled, and ended up with a stout engine that […]

Tech / Tech Articles

Piston Primer: How to Properly Install Pistons

You’ve seen it—somebody trying to install pistons and ending up with pinched or broken piston rings or so much oil in the bore their shoes are drenched. It doesn’t have […]