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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: How to Ensure a Good Intake Manifold Gasket Seal on a Small Block Chevy

I’m a beginner when it comes to working on engines. We plan to add an aluminum intake manifold to the 350 small block Chevy in my 1972 Chevy C-10 pickup. […]

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Mailbag: Are Detroit TrueTrac Differentials Compatible with Factory Electronic Traction Control Systems?

Q. I want to improve my Ford F-150’s off-road performance by adding Eaton Detroit Truetrac differentials front and rear. Are these differentials compatible with my factory electronic traction control system, […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Troubleshooting Low Oil Pressure on a Freshly-Built Chevy 454 Big Block

I recently built a Gen VI 454 big block Chevy street engine that came out of a late model Chevy truck. I had the local machine shop do all the […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Does My Mild Small Block Chevy Need a High Pressure or High Volume Oil Pump?

I am about to rebuild a 350 small block Chevy that originally came out of a truck. We’re going to add new forged pistons, better rods, and if I can […]

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Mailbag: Should I Use a Lockup or Non-Lockup Torque Converter with a 430 hp SBC Stroker & 4L60 Transmission

Q. I am choosing a torque converter for my 1970 Nova with a 430 hp 383 stroker and a 4L60 transmission. I see lockup and non-lockup options. My understanding is […]

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Mailbag: Leaning-Out a Holley 650 Double Pumper’s Rich Idle Fuel Mix

Q. I have a Chevy 350 engine with a Holley 650 double pumper and a COMP Cams Xtreme Energy camshaft in my street rod. I’m unable to get the idle […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Should I Start My Vehicle’s Engine Periodically During Winter Storage?

Now that the cold weather is here, I’ve always been told that starting the engine in my stored car, truck, or SUV periodically, like once a month, and letting it […]

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Mailbag: Picking the Right Size Air Line Hose for a Shop’s Compressed Air System

Q. I just built a 40 ft. x 60 ft. shop for automotive restoration and repair. I installed a new two-stage 5 HP air compressor that produces 19 cfm @ […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Tuning Out a Rich Mixture on a 455 Oldsmobile with a Quick Fuel Carburetor

I’m having a hard time with the 750 vacuum secondary Quick Fuel Slayer carburetor on my low compression 455 Olds. The engine has a mild 218/218 cam and good manifold vacuum at […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Investigating Irregular Block Wear Behind the Cam Gear on a SBC

I have a really nice, four-bolt main small block Chevy 350 that I’m about to build into a street 383 with a stroker crank with forged pistons and good rods. […]