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Mailbag: Identifying the Manual Transmission in the 2001 Ford Mustang

Q: How do I tell the difference between a Tremec 3650 and a T-5 transmission in my Mustang? … A: In 2001, Ford used two different manual transmissions in that […]

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Mailbag: Breaking in Ceramic Coated Headers

Q: How do I break in my new headers? … A: Most ceramic coated headers will come partially cured. The following break-in procedure will help to fully cure the coating. […]

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Mailbag: A Quick Guide to Torque-to-Yield Fasteners

Q: What is a TTY bolt? … A: Torque to Yield (TTY) fasteners are used in many modern engines. When torqued properly, they provide better clamping force than standard fasteners. […]

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Mailbag: How Long Do Drag Slicks Last?

Q: How long will a set of drag slicks last? … A: The life of a drag racing tire can be determined by many factors. Tire compound, track conditions, vehicle […]

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Mailbag: Lowering ETs with a New Cam & Intake Manifold

Q: My current project is giving me trouble. I have a 1953 Chevy 1/2-ton truck with a 283 at .030 overbore and .010 under rods and mains. I’m running early […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Diagnosing Oil Pressure Drops in a Big Block Chevy

I have a big-block Chevy in a ‘69 El Camino that I just purchased. I really don’t know much about the engine other than it is a 454 with an […]

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Mailbag: What is Valve Float and How Do You Fix It?

Q: What is valve float? … A: Valve float is basically when the valvetrain gets out of control. There are two types of valve float: Loft and Bounce. Loft happens […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Upgrading 6L80/6L90 Transmissions for Boost

I have a 2015 Silverado with a 5.3L with long tube headers and I’ve installed a Whipple supercharger. My 6-speed trans is now slipping. Can you give me any direction […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Calculating Valve Spring Clearance for Existing Cam

I bought a set of TFS valve springs (PN 16918-16) for my Summit 8702 cam for an LS engine and I realized these springs are only good up to a […]

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Mailbag: How to Measure for a New Steering Column

Q: How do I measure for a new steering column? … A: Measuring for a new steering column is pretty easy. Follow the steps below to ensure you will get the […]