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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Bogged Down on a Blow-Through Carburetor

I have a 355 c.i.d. small-block Chevy to which I’ve added a small Vortech centrifugal supercharger. The supercharger blows into a hat over the carburetor. For now, the engine is […]

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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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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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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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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 […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Solving SBC Ignition Timing Problems

I have a weird thing happening with my small-block Chevy crate engine that has me scratching my head. The engine is a 290-horsepower Chevy crate engine with a set of […]

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Cleetus McFarland Builds a Burnout Delivery Van for Summit Racing!

6.0L LS/14-bolt rear-end combo? Check. 100 shot of nitrous–give or take? Check And a welded diff. and new sidepipes, too! The Summit Racing Burnout Van is ready to make its […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Getting 400+ HP From an Old Small Block Chevy

I want to build the cheapest, least expensive small-block 350 Chevy that can make around 400 to 450 horsepower. How would I do that? I have a 350 Chevy truck […]

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12 Tips for Making Your Vehicle Easier to Work On

Recently we shared a number of tips on things you can do while you’re on Covid Lockdown. Some of those tips included the use of hose caps over sheet metal […]