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Mailbag: Why Do I Need to Use Antifreeze?

Q: Why do I need to use antifreeze? … A: The fluid you use in your engine’s cooling system can affect its performance. For most vehicles, a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Troubleshooting Stripped Cylinder Head Bolts

I’ve got an old, 327 c.i.d. small-block Chevy that I started to replace the heads with a better set. My problem is I’ve stripped the threads on two head bolts […]

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Mailbag: What Does a Residual Pressure Valve Do?

Q: Would you please explain residual valves? … A: A residual pressure valve is a special type of one-way check valve. They are used to keep a small amount of pressure in […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Bearing Clearance, Cam & Oil Pump Advice for SBC Build

I have a 350 c.i.d. small-block Chevy that I’m rebuilding. It has Wiseco forged pistons with a 1/16-inch ring package and 10:1 compression, good I-beam rods, and a good steel […]

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Mailbag: How Do Thermostats Work Within a Cooling System?

In a liquid cooled engine, the thermostat is a valve installed between the water pump and the radiator. It controls when the radiator starts to cool the engine. It’s job is to […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Figuring Piston-to-Deck with Protruding Pistons

I’m building a Chevy 350 engine for my son’s circle track race car. I started out with a 0.040-over block that I think has been severely decked but I’m not […]

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Fueling Around: Ideas for Routing Fuel Lines

It’s really easy to get into trouble when routing fuel lines in your car.  A couple of issues include keeping the line away from rotating parts (for example, a spinning […]

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Installing Aldan American Front Coilover Kit on 1999 Chevy Tahoe (Video)

The following comes courtesy of our friends at Aldan American. If you love OBS pickups like we do, you know the two-door Tahoe and Blazers from 1988-99 are fast becoming […]

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How to Use a Dial-Back Timing Light

It’s a sign of the times when late model engines with distributorless ignition systems (DIS) no longer require the services of the ubiquitous timing light. But for the remainder of […]

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Building a Baby Max Wedge 435 Mopar B-Block Stroker That Makes Nearly 600 HP

Chrysler has a great tradition of producing powerful high-performance engines. Engines that you can build today. We’re working with the Chrysler B-Block, which is the original low-deck version of the […]