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Mailbag: Recommending Parts for a 350 Engine Swap into a ’66 Chevy II SS

Q: My current restoration project is a 1966 Chevy II SS. I need your help to pick out the parts I need for the engine. The engine is a 350 […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Achieving an Efficient Charging System in a ’70 Camaro

I am looking to change my stock 1970 Camaro alternator with an external regulator to a one-wire internal regulator with 150 amps to run my dual electric fans and other […]

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Mailbag: Can I Safely Rev My 383-Powered ’79 Z28 Camaro Above 5,000 RPM With a Cast Crank?

Q: My daily driver is a 1979 Z28 Camaro. It has a 383 engine (3.75-inch stroke crank, 5.7-inch rods) and is externally balanced with a 400 balancer and flexplate. It […]

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Mailbag: Tuning Tips for a Modified Chevy 350

Q: I have a 1973 Nova with a GM 350 crate engine. The engine has Trick Flow 23° cylinder heads, a Lunati cam, Edelbrock Performer intake, an Edelbrock Performer 600 […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Can I Put a Blower on a 383 with 10:1 Compression?

Can I put a blower on my balanced and blueprinted 383 c.i.d. stocker motor that has 10:1 compression? I just want it for looks, not to race. – G.H. … […]

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Mailbag: Troubleshooting 440 Engine Detonation at High Altitudes

Q: I own a 1983 Dodge Ramcharger with a 1970 440 engine. The engine is bored .040 inch over, has a forged crank, flat top pistons, and ‘452’ cast heads—the […]

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Mailbag: Breathing Life Into a Wheelchair-Friendly 5.0L-Powered Ford E-150 Econoline

Q: Back in the day, my buddies and I used to rule the local dragstrips. The memories! Today, I’ve got gray hair and I’m mostly stuck in a wheelchair, but […]

Mailbag: Why Did Ford Change the Firing Order on the 5.0L 302 H.O. Engine?
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Mailbag: Why Did Ford Change the Firing Order on the 5.0L 302 H.O. Engine?

Q: I’m building a Ford 302 engine, and I’m looking at camshafts. I’m curious—why did Ford change the firing order on the 5.0L (302) HO engine? A: This question gets […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: What’s the Best Rotor Tip and Terminal Spacing for my Ignition System?

I have a question about the optimum distributor rotor tip and terminal gap. Modern replacement parts for our classics are all over the place, either in terms of length, cap […]

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Mailbag: Budget Performance 351W Upgrades for a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Q: I have a 1969 Mustang Mach 1 that I’ve owned for 25 years. It has a 351 Windsor engine and a four-speed transmission. I’d like to build it up […]