Archive for the ‘Tech’ Category

Quick Big-Bloc Bolt-on Power

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

A Quick Fuel Carburetor, Sanderson Headers And Magnaflow Exhaust Breathe New Life Into This Old 396

Muscle cars that were built decades ago tend to need a little updating. Lacking the developments in technology for improved suspension, braking and certain speed-producing conveniences that we enjoy today, enthusiasts were forced to use what was available at the time. That probably explains why the ’71 El Camino we have been working on that was built in the ‘90s was originally dropped with Astro van spindles and cut springs. (more…)

How to Build a Hose Assembly

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Hose Assemblies The Easy Way

Every time you look over a race engine you will notice most of the hoses are covered with a stainless braid. This stainless wrap protects the hoses from punctures or cuts. Very important in racing. Constant rubbing against body parts or even other hoses, tends to damage an unprotected one. Not only does this wrap work, it really looks cool. (more…)

Building a Ford 9-Inch Rearend

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The Perfect Rearend for Your Next Truck Project

The Ford 9-inch rearend is by far the most popular choice for custom truckers, racers, hot rodders and muscle car devotees. Used in most Ford cars and trucks from 1957 through the ‘80s, it’s abundant at salvage yards nationwide. (more…)


Monday, June 20th, 2011

Direct Sheetmetal Shows us How

How many of us have rummaged through hundreds of cabs or bodies for one that will need the least amount of rust repair only to discover that we have to cut it up to recess the firewall or put in a bigger transmission tunnel. My significant other calls that “me outsmarting myself,” and I hate to admit it, but she is right. I could have saved hundreds of dollars buying a body that needed some repair in places that I was going have to modify anyway. (more…)

From Cruiser to ‘Crosser: Installing a TCI Pro Touring IFS System

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Although autocrossing has been around awhile, thanks to shows such as the Goodguys and others featuring them, the idea has really taken off recently. We love speed and competition, whether it’s drag or road course racing, but since we can’t afford a race-only car, we figured that transforming this ‘64 Chevy Nova into a competition-ready ride is just as good. Better even, as most race cars can’t be cruised around town and to shows. It even has a nice stereo system; but make no mistake, this car is being built to drive hard and fast. (more…)

Replacing Mustang Fender Sheet Metal

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

We lived through the ‘70s. It was a weird time for many things (i.e.: bell bottom pants) and customizers were doing wild things, many for just plain odd reasons. But many good ideas (i.e.: hot pants) from then remain good today. The difference is how that idea is implemented. One of the hot ideas of the time was to put wide rear tires on the back of your car. This remains popular today, but today the way to get that wide (and tall) tire look is to narrow the rearend and add wheels tubs. Back then, the way to do it was to add flares to the rear fenders and let that rubber hang out in the breeze. Usually made out of fiberglass, the flares were on everything from vans to muscle cars. This classic Mustang was one of these vehicles modified in such a way. (more…)

Installing TCI’s 6X Six-Speed Transmission and Paddle Shifter

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Automatic transmissions have been around nearly as long as the automobile. They served their purpose, but for those who were looking for performance, the manual gearbox was the way to go. And the more gears in that box the better. Even though high gear is traditionally a 1:1 setup, having many gears to choose from makes keeping the engine in the meat of the power band that much easier. The “three on the tree” became a four, then five, and finally six speeds capable of handling whatever the driver/racer asked of it. Of course, this was all via a floor-mounted shifter usually using an “H” pattern. (more…)


Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Installing a B&B Serpentine Belt System and a U.S. Radiator Aluminum Radiator

Text and Photos by Matt Emery

It’s been said that it’s better to look good than to feel good, but what if you want to have both? That analogy especially works with how your engine looks. Everyone wants to have their mill looking good, but it has to work well, too. And as if that weren’t enough, nobody wants to spend all weekend bolting on new parts when they could be out cruisin’. That’s why for our first installment of “Weekend Update,” we are featuring the installation of a B&B Street Rods serpentine belt system and an aluminum radiator from U.S. Radiator.

We wanted to showcase easy-to-install items that have a big impact, and there may be no better place to start than with the engine. The highly polished B&B Street Rods serpentine belt system is a thing of beauty. It’s fully CAD designed and CAD machined, and is very easy to install. If you have the mechanical ability to bolt on a water pump, then you can install this unit. The system incorporates an A/C pump, one-wire alternator, power steering pump, water pump and belt tensioner into a package that’s a snap to install. Though it appears to be one piece, the A/C pump and alternator are housed in the main frame, while the water pump, P/S pump and tensioner are separate. That makes it easy for those not intending to use the P/S pump, as was the case with this engine. The design keeps everything close together and tidy, and thanks to the polished finish, it looks great, too. And the best part is that Ken Biggs builds every one of them in the USA.


Bottom End Basics

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Installing a Crank and Rods the JMC Way

Text and Photos by Matt Emery

We have all heard that engine builders are a breed apart. They’re guys who lock themselves away in “clean rooms” with a multitude of parts and tools and wear lab coats; they build the mysterious apparatus known as the internal combustion engine.



Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Clay Smith Cams installs the Dart SS Heads

In a previous issue, we showed you how the performance pros at Clay Smith Cams (Buena Park, California), prepped a set of Dart Iron Eagle S/S cast iron heads (and installed Manley valves and Clay Smith springs), which were going on a 283ci Chevy V-8. This month, we visit the shop again to watch Chad Langdon and Evan Speilman install the new heads in the Nova, with some help and sage advice from the cam doctor himself, George “Honker” Striegel, owner of Clay Smith Cams. Also, not ones to leave well enough alone, Dave Lange of Lange Performance then installed a set of Comp Cams Ultra Pro-Magnum roller rockers and their associated pieces.