Pinks For The Masses

When the timing gear at Memphis Motorsports Park was taken out of action by rain last September during a production of Pinks All Out, Rich Christensen didn't let that stop him. Thinking on his feet, he decided to run the entire event arm-drop style, with spotters at the finish line holding flags to announce the winner. The improvised format was such a success, Christensen is taking the idea, called ArmDrop Live, on the road for 2009. The ArmDrop Live tour will not be televised like Pinks or...

Scale Smallblock V8

After running a short piece in the April Issue about James Weber and his miniature homebuilt 5.655-cubic-inch blown V-8 model (yes, it actually runs ), we got this tip from Dave Ward of Simi Valley, California. He turned us onto Jim Moyer's website, which is stuffed full of real running miniature engines, including this 1 6th scale model of a '64 vintage 365hp, 327-inch Corvette mill. Quoting Moyer from his website The head and block began as billet aluminum that have been painstakingly...

Major

Team members Earl, Jim, and Steve whipped up this custom pan to pull the oil away from the rotating assembly, and still fit within the rules. Though it might look like just an oil bucket on the outside, the BTR crew designed the pan to Incorporate features like a windage screen to pull extra oil from the crank, and an extra deep sump allowing the oil to settle to the bottom of the pan without foaming and decreasing pressure in the pump. Team members Earl, Jim, and Steve whipped up this custom...

What Up g

It's been seven months since we've written anything about our '76 Camaro project car. We call it Project g 28, since 1976 was the one weird year of Camaro production that Chevy didn't build a Z 28. Second-gen Camaros were built in huge numbers in the millions, which explains their popularity even today. If you're one of those silent second-gen lovers who's been wondering what we've been up to with g 28, you're not alone. We've been getting a lot of requests for more g 28 tech, and I'm hoping we...

Checkl

Before buying cylinder heads for your big-block Chevy, we answer 10 key questions that will help make your Rat a player. The big-block Chevy first saw the light of day back in the '60s when it first appeared as a NASCAR powerplant known as the Mystery Engine. Here we are some 45 years down the road, and getting real horsepower from this engine is still somewhat of a mystery to many, so here's the fix we're going to ask and answer the 10 most important questions you should be considering when...

Ultra Pro Magnum

We admit to a fondness for Comp Cams' outgoing Pro Magnum rocker arms. We loved their sleek design, low mass, low polar moment of inertia, and the basic beauty of a piece of well-designed industrial art. In just a few months, we'll be saying goodbye to a design that we've come to appreciate over its 20-year history. You'll get over it fast, because its replacement will win you over quickly. Meet Comp's new Ultra Pro Magnum rocker arm. It's 29 percent stronger than the old Pro Magnum, but it...

Ph009

We maximize the stock A-body rear suspension with bolt-on pieces from Global West. Global West Is the only manufacturer we could find that makes a complete rear suspension system for our '75 Laguna project a '73-77 GM A-body , and we searched for months before making our decision. That suited us fine, as Global West only makes top-shelf stuff. The Global West rear four-link system consists of adjustable upper control arms, lower control arms, rearend bearing inserts, QA1 double-adjustable...

June 2009 Popular Hot Rodding

T's not like you need a car magazine to tell you times are rough, but when message board thugs can no longer gouge helpless daddies for Hannah Montana tickets like they used to, it certainly reinforces the pervasiveness of the situation. What's more, rumor has it that Dr. 90210 is running a special. For hot rodders, in a hobby funded entirely by disposable ____ project cars may seem a j VH bit counter intuitive. 1 . fe-That's why the timing of Troy Day's story couldn't be more appropriate. He...

Phr Project

Transform the handling of your early Mustang with a four-bar coilover rear suspension from Total Control We won't go into a lot of detail on how to get the original equipment out, but keep in mind you'll have to disconnect the driveshaft, brake lines, exhaust, shocks, and leaf springs. We removed the fuel line just to be safe, and plugged the rubber line from the tank with an old spark plug. By Liz Miles Photography by the author This '66 Mustang is being transformed from an all-original...

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Here are the results of a cam on a 112-degree LCA versus one on 106. As these results show, employing the more commonly used 112 LCA can cost as much a 21 hp and 30 Ib-ft at their respective peaks. The difference in idle quality between these two cams was barely detectable. Because of the lift required for best results, a roller cam should be the number-one choice. Although hydraulic lifters may be quieter with longer service intervals, the solid street-roller reigns supreme when it comes to...