Driveline / Tech Projects

Project Firebolt: The LSX Turbo Tacoma (Part 9): Rear End, Driveline and Punch List Punch-Out

A couple of updates ago, you saw me load up our junkyard Ford 8.8 that was removed from a semi-cooperative 2001 Ford Explorer. I originally kicked around the idea to […]

Driveline / Tech Articles

It’s No Theory: How to Contain Carnage from the Big Bang Clutch Explosion

More than 40 years ago, a friend came hobbling into my shop on crutches. His right foot was in a cast. He wasn’t very happy. As the story goes, he […]

Driveline / Tech / Tech Articles

Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: 4L60E vs. 200-R4 Transmissions

I think I just tore up my second 200-R4 transmission running back and forth to the NSRA street rod show in York, Pennsylvania.  I had a Turbo 400 in my […]

1975 Buick Skylark
Driveline / Engine & Exhaust / Q&A

Mailbag: Getting a 1975 Buick Skylark to Fly

Q: We have a 1975 Buick Skylark. Under the hood is a 350 bored over .030, with a 750 cfm Holley carb, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, Federal-Mogul pistons, a 284°/284° […]

Driveline / Interior / Tech Projects

Project Firebolt: The LSX Turbo Tacoma (Part 7): More Tear Down, Steering Relocation, & 8.8″ Rear End

Our first job of the day is to clear out the interior a bit which will give us room to work on a couple of upcoming jobs, like wiring this […]

Driveline / Tech Articles

How Modern Clutch Tech Like Hays 650 Series Affects Shifting and Pedal Feel

Some old habits die hard. That applies to many things, but certainly to hot rods and street/strip cars. Take the basic clutch for example: In the 1970s, the clutch package […]

Driveline / Engine & Exhaust / Videos & Galleries

Project Firebolt: The LSX Turbo Tacoma (Part 6): Engine Accessories & Transmission Arrive

I want this truck to have all of the creature comforts that it came with in its prior life as a 4-cylinder runabout, so it’s time to sort out our […]

Driveline / Engine & Exhaust / Q&A

Mailbag: Finding More Power for Already-Upgraded ’95 GMC Sierra

Q. My daily driver is a 1995 GMC Sierra C1500. It has a 350 TBI engine matted to a 4L60E transmission with a TCI Sizzler torque converter, a 10-bolt 8.5-inch […]

Driveline / Engine & Exhaust / Q&A

Mailbag: Engine Swap, Transmission & Rear End Recommendations for ’89 Ford Ranger

Q: I own a 2WD 1989 Ford Ranger. It has the 2.3L 4-cylinder engine with the headache-prone dual spark plug cylinder head. I’m thinking of switching from the four-popper to […]

700r4 transmission
Driveline / Tech Articles

Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Troubleshooting a Locked-Up Torque Converter

What would cause a torque converter to stay locked on a 700R4 causing the engine to stall? I just replaced the torque converter after replacing the pump in the transmission. […]