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Tech Articles

Tech Articles

Over the years we have published quite a few Tech Articles. The subjects range form common sense tips to in-depth tech. All of the articles are aimed at sharing knowledge gained by hands-on experience or by many years of experience in the field. We hope you find them helpful.

Note: Some articles are from as far back as 1996. The info is still current, but some references may be out of date.

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Cooling System

Cool and the Gang



The Old Gray Sedan, She Ain't What She Used To Be...


500 Horses: Not As Easy As It Seems



Brakin' Up Is Hard To Do!



Once Disrespected, The Chevy 305 Looks To Be A RaceSaver Added 2-2016


Of Peaks And Valleys Added 2-2016


Making The Best Of A Bad Situation: Wet Sump Oiling Systems Added 2-2016


The Chicken... Or The Egg? (Spun Rod Bearing) Added 2-2016


Let Your Heads Flow


Roll With The Changes!


Oil Filter Inspection


Being Narrow Minded With Regard To Piston Ring Selection


Pushrods: Still Doing The Job After All These Year


Pump It Up. Preloading Is Important! (Hydraulic Lifters)


Become a Bee-Liever...Beehive Valve Springs


She's Giving Me Torsional Vibrations (Balancers)


Building A Stronger "Bottom End"


"Hurricane Hugo" In Your Oil Pan!


Valve Spring Basics


Valve Science


To What Degree Do You Want To Win? (Degreeing Camshaft)


Givin' It The Third Degree (Degreeing Camshaft)


GM LS1: Not The Same Old Song And Dance


Now Showing: X-Celerator vs Dominator!


The Beginners' Guide To Building An Engine


The Chain Gang (Timing Setups)


Cast Or Forged, There's A Crank For You


The Great Piston Ring Controversy


The Temperatures and Pressures of Racing!


Selecting "Slugs" (Pistons)


Your Camshaft is Liftin' Me Higher and Higher


Alcohol And Racing Do Mix...At Least When You C.C. Heads.


The Leakdown Theory



Time To Make Some Sound Decisions!


You Can Tune A Header But You Can't Tune A Fish


Trends In Header Technology


Fuel System

Quadrajet: The Rodney Dangerfield of Carburetors


Fuels Rush In Department



The "Tachs Your Memory" Department


Ignition System

The Path Of Least Resistance (Ignition Problems) Added 2-2016


Good-Bye, Mr. Chips! (Digital Ignition)



Here's The Scoop Added 2-2016



Spring Check List Added 2-2016


Do You Ever Feel Like You're Chasing Your Own Tail? Added 2-2016


Household Remedies For Automotive Maladies Added 2-2016


The Trickle-Down Effect (engine "chillers")


It's Not Nice To Fool Mother Nature (Weather and Racing)


Pyromania Or The Heat Is On (Pyrometer Use)


Rear End And Drivetrain

Fast Or Slow, "GEARS Make It GO!"


The Venerable 12-Bolt Chevrolet


How The 9" Ford Conquered The Racing World


Beware of Flying DRIVESHAFTS!



Towing Safety


If You've Got A $10 Head...Buy A $10 Helmet



Shock Therapy!



Some Hints For Promoting A "Slick"



GM TH-200: From The Court Room To The Race Track


Turbo-Hydramatic 400: Built Like A Rock...No, Built Like An Anvil!


Will It Go 'Round In Circles? You Bet! (Powerglide Automatic Transmission)


GM Turbo-Hydramatic 350 Three Speed Automatic


Converter Theology (Torque Converters)