Archive for July, 2010

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.


Head Master Part 1

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Prepping a Set of Dart SS Heads

There are many ways to extract more horsepower out of an engine without resorting to massive internal modifications. By getting the most out of the induction system, an engine will work to its max. One piece of the induction system that many overlook is the heads and valve train. But it is these components that can have the largest effect on not only overall horsepower, but in what RPM ranges that power is produced.



Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

When is a woodie not a woodie? When instead of wood, it has artisan applied paint that looks like wood.

When Brian Vanzant of Paducah, Kentucky brought his 1950 Chevrolet to the crew at Brad Starks Rod & Custom, also of Paducah, Ky., It was painted solid white, had 4 doors, was running but un-restored and as Starks deadpanned, “it needed brakes.”