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iRacing 101: The Ins and Outs of iRacing

What’s a racer with an itchy accelerator foot to do when they can’t be at the track? Do what thousands of your fellow competitors do and go iRacing. iRacing is […]

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Timing is Everything: How Initial, Mechanical, and Vacuum Advance Work Together to Make Power

Everyone knows the classic four-stroke engine cycle: intake, compression, combustion, exhaust. While all four play a part in performance, it’s the combustion step that relies on the critical sequence of […]

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Ask Away! With Jeff Smith: Improving a G-Body Monte Carlo’s Handling and Stance

I have a 1988 Monte Carlo. I want to improve the stance and handling, and perhaps even do something to improve braking. I don’t want to build a race car […]

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Clutch Tech: Matching the Right Components for Optimal Pedal Feel

Hydraulic clutch throwout bearing conversion kits deliver smooth action, improved header clearance, and reduced free travel. Available for many popular applications, from Ford Model A to late-model muscle, they require […]

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The Last Small-Block: Chevy’s Gen. II LT1/LT4 1992-97

Chevrolet’s LT1 engine family evokes all kinds of emotions among Bow-Tie guys. Those in the know remember the original 350 cubic-inch LT1 introduced in 1970 was a real powerhouse with […]

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Guide to Troubleshooting Drag Race Traction Issues

In a perfect world, a race car would always hook anywhere. It would go down the track straight, it wouldn’t rattle the tires, and it wouldn’t lose traction somewhere down […]

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Ask Away! with Jeff Smith: Out of Balance

I have a Camaro with a 420 c.i.d. small-block Chevy that I recently bought. We pulled the engine to freshen it and the question came up as to whether my […]

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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 […]