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Next, we compared the Edelbrock and TA heads using the TA-413 cam and the B4B dual-plane intake. The results were similar to what we saw with the single-plane, with the TA heads outrunning the Edelbrocks at points above 4,500 rpm. The Edelbrock-headed test produced 532 Ib-ft at 3,700 to 3,800 rpm and 473 hp at 5,400 to 5,500. The TA heads delivered 534 Ib-ft at 3,700 and 487 hp at 5,600 rpm. The results with the TA-413 cam and the dual-plane Edelbrock B4B intake also show the TA heads...

Behind The Scenes

On the rear of the FR500CJ drag race car John Calvert drove to this year's Stock Eliminator win is the nickname Boris. According to Calvert's crew, the four Hajek cars that ran at the Winters were nicknamed Boris Natasha, Moose, and Squirrel. Apparently, putting together these cars wasn't all work and no play.

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Car Craft July 2009

Four-valve motors love superchargers. All that valve area is just waiting for 8 or 10 psi of pressure to stuff loads of air and fuel into even smallish 5.4L (330ci) cylinders. The iron-block package mounts stock heads, a TVS supercharger, and an SFI damper, along with a twin-bore 62.5mm billet throttle body, long-tube headers, and an A C-delete pulley. That's it. Here's what every Ford drag race lover needs in his garage. The front car is the '09 Winternationals-winning car in the Rice-Holman...

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On the surface, it certainly seems alluring. Inexpensive.Time saving. Mess free. But be warned, friends. Inside, evil in its purest form awaits. Cycles 1 though 666. Recycled minivan runoff. A gloppy coat of God knows what. And those massive scrubber things Yeah, we're sure those are made of 100 pure cotton. The devil sure put some serious overtime in on this one. Curse the darkness.

Cc Quickies

Jeff Smith Congratulations, Daniel, on becoming a carburetor tuner. As you've discovered, it's actually pretty easy, and the changes to how well your engine runs are dramatic. As for your timing question, there's a simple fix for that as well. Since you have the Crane electronic distributor, all you have to do is turn the dial. The Crane offers nine different settings, and we're going to guess that yours is set on the first centrifugal advance setting (No. 1). This setting begins centrifugal...

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What It Is Hotchkis subframe connectors for '70 to '74 Camaros and Firebirds Why You Care In the mood for a good laugh (or cry) Check out the prices for first-gen Camaros. While the rest of the world slips into a financial abyss, guys are still asking top dollar for these cars one eBay listing we saw was taking offers starting at 400,000. If that's a little too rich for your blood, build a second-gen instead. They're just as good looking and a whole lot cheaper. All the first-gen tricks apply,...

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Drag Race Rear Suspensions

The demands of drag racing created a few interesting twists on the factory rear suspension designs. The most popular drag race rear suspension is the ladder bar combined with coilover shocks. This system entails a triangulated bar with two attachment points at the rear axle and a single connecting point at the chassis. The advantage of the ladder bar is that it usually does not require floorpan modifications to fit into the car, needing only a custom crossmember to attach the leading mounts....

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Fuel Systems

To make more power, you'll need more fuel. There are three types of installations the blow-through and draw-through carbureted and the blow-through fuel-injected systems. The draw-through carbureted system has a number of faults, the worst being the presence of an air fuel mixture passing through the compressor and the lack of an intercooler option. The blow-through system is slightly less arcane and works on the same principles as any centrifugal supercharger blow-through system. Therefore,...

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By Steve Magnante Photos Steve Magnante Eyes widen and ears perk up at the sight of a clutch pedal under the dash. We can imagine the light whine from the gears of the Top Loader four-speed as this 351 Torino stealthily rolls through dimly lit parking lots searching for prey. One look at the steering column and reality sets in. The empty shift handle nub tells us this thing originally had three on the tree. A second look at the transmission tunnel backs it all up. The nonfactory shifter hole...

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This Guy's If you and your buddies pool your spare change for 50 years, you too can own a section of a shop like this. Speed This is the first place you'll see V-band clamps in this issue. They show up again later. How do you get big power out of a small-block Spin it to the moon, Alice. Install Your First Hopefully, this is the first of a long-running series of turbo articles in CC. Buick 455 Dyno Last month we made 513 Ib-ft. This month, we slow the Earth's orbit. Rear Suspension If the...

Groovy Factoids

Back around 1982, we saw a '68 or '69 Torino with a factory-installed, Y-code, 390 two-barrel and three on the tree. Yep, it also had a crude floor shift conversion. Its owner eventually stuffed it into a tree in Ware, Massachusetts. Bobby O'Brien, where you at 428 Cobra Jets only came in Torino Cobras in 1969. To confirm, check the third and fourth digits of the VIN for the body-series code. Torino Cobras read 45 (formal hardtop) or 46 (fastback). Lower-powered Torino GTs read 44 (formal...

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By Jeff Smith Photos John Mcgann and Jeff Smith Illustrations photos Courtesy of Competition Engineering It's never been easier or ' cheaper to make power. But power isn't the endgame-it's acceleration that makes heroes. Have you ever wondered how those cars with 8-inch tires are able to consistently blast low 9s and make it look effortless Sticky tires are a big part of the plan, but you can bet that the suspensions on these cars have been heavily massaged. Low e.t.'s don't happen by accident,...

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has collected some interesting data via the Not-in-Traffic Surveillance (NiTS) system, a virtual way to provide counts and details regarding fatalities and injuries that happen in nontraffic crashes and incidents. The system discovered an annual estimate of 1,747 fatalities and 841,000 injuries this could be single-vehicle crashes, pedestrians hit on highways, and two-vehicle crashes in parking lots. The most common noncrash injuries happened...

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Junkyard heroes claim you can slap on a set of Thunderbird turbos and go to town. That may be true, but you will be giving up a lot in doing so. Aside from the improvements in bearing technology that add longevity and performance to the turbo, the compressor efficiency maps on newer compressors are much wider, allowing you to run more boost in a wider rpm range than the OE stuff. You can also get away with running a single turbo to achieve the same power levels. At nm. i B Ml . W .T1CA46 I (UdM...

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Howell What '55 Chevrolet 150 Where Wichita, KS Why The quarter-panels look not-'55 because they are from an '82 Firebird. James drove this car during college and then grad school with the original 235-inch six-cylinder engine. When he painted it orange and added the wheels, he kept the six. He Says Everyone sees it at shows, looks at the engine, then shakes their heads. Who Tony Arinis What Dodge Coronet Where Somewhere near Webster, NY Why Tony found this car on his route home,...

Mothers

Just bolting on the best suspension isn't the end of the story. There's still the necessity of tuning the rear suspension. Adjustable shock absorbers are almost a necessity if you are chasing that optimal 60-foot time. Let's start with some basics. The term shock absorber is really a misnomer. It should be more accurately called a damper, because the device is designed to dampen or regulate spring motion. Shocks are rated by their resistance to motion in compression (bump) and extension...

New Block From Carroll Shelby

The Carroll Shelby Engine Co. started in 1998 to offer the Shelby 427 FE aluminum engine. This year, the company is unveiling the aluminum 351 Windsor Ford block that can be bored and stroked beyond 427 ci. It's also available as a new high-performance engine. It has a 9' rinch deck height and bore sizes from 4.024 to 4.125 inches. The 2.750 steel billet main caps can handle crankshafts up to 4.250 stroke. Stock cam bearings are used, but it can be bored out for roller cam bearings. 6SS and...

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Brandon Banfield was at the Wednesday night test 'n' tune at the Milan Dragway in Milan. Michigan, with his '64 Mustang to do some suspension testing. On his first run, the car simply leaped into the air. Local photographer Mike Yoksich snapped it with all four wheels off the ground. Brandon got confused when I asked him to launch his car, Yoksich says. By Douglas R. Glad Photo Mike Yoksich Tractors were previously manufactured at the plant. Tractors were previously manufactured at the plant....

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Sourcing A Turbo

Using the math, you can build a complete system on paper. Using the science of compressor maps and some idea of the size and rpm range of your engine, you can add virtually any turbo to any engine. The trick is the availability of the maps and the A R ratios of the turbine housing and sizes of the turbine wheels. Small factory engines yield small turbos with internal waste-gates that will need to be run in pairs on a V-8. They are also generally water-cooled on OE vehicles for longevity. They...

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After 14 years onthe lam, Mark Wells' GTX hits the road again. By John McGann Photos Wes Allison Though it was irresponsible, we can't blame Mark Wells for what he did and why he put his car Into hiding. In fact, we probably would have done the same thing in his situation. Imagine some punk rolling up in a clearly inferior ride and challenging you and your car to man up. You do your best to ignore all his extraneous revving and trash talking, but each of us has a tipping point. Mark reached his...

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Suspension Simulation

We've mentioned instant centers (IC) and percentages of antisquat several times, so they deserve to be defined. The rear suspension IC is the calculated point at which the forces of the upper and lower control arms meet. Its position is determined by extending the horizontal lines projected by the upper and lower control arms of a four-link rear suspension until these two lines intersect. If you study the Performance Trends simulation illustration below, the IC point is plotted at its static...

Suspension Tuning

As with any professional approach, Calvert's big win makes the work appear easy and perhaps simple to attain. But when we started breaking down the steps the team took to get to the first round of qualifying, the real story was all about lots of testing. First, Calvert lowered the rear control arm mounts at the housing to move the rear suspension's instant center rearward to help the launch. Then he had to come up with Rancho adjustable rear shocks to produce the desired rebound valv-ing...

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Tech Notes

Lino Lakes is in Anoka County, the fourth most populous county In Minnesota. What '69 Plymouth GTX Engine The original 440 is still in the car. Mark sent it to Performance Concepts in Forest Lake, Minnesota, for a performance rebuild. It was bored 0.030 over, decked, and paralleled, then it was reassembled with the stock forged crank and rods. Mark chose a set of forged TRW pistons that would yield a compression ratio of 10.4 1. The stock iron heads benefited from...

The Compressor

Big or small On the pressure or cold side of the turbo system is the compressor. As spent air and fuel exits the exhaust port, it spins the exhaust turbine wheel which spins the turbo shaft that is connected to the compressor wheel. The size and pitch of the wheel and the shape of the housing determine where the combination of air flow and boost pressure is most efficient. The trick is to select the compressor size that delivers that efficiency in a usable rev range. A smaller compressor wheel...

The Octane Game

Randy Burg, Ojai, CA A few years ago, you did a feature on my '67 Dodge Dart called 440 Flashback (Oct. '05) I had a mild 9.0 1440 in my Dart at the time, but I talked my son, Brian, into swapping his 496 stroker engine into my Dart before he sold his '69 GTX to buy a condo. Brian and I built the 440 using a popular 496 stroker kit that included Ross flat-top pistons yielding an advertised 10.5 1 compression ratio. I went with Edelbrock aluminum heads and a Tremec five-speed to ensure a...

The Turbine

Picking a turbine involves choosing the wheel that is small enough to respond quickly and large enough to spin the compressor wheel fast enough to produce the desired boost pressure and minimize backpressure. The rule of thumb is to pick the smallest wheel diameter that still allows you to meet your horsepower goals without putting a kink in power. Modem turbos are ultimately tunable with replaceable and dockable turbine housings, so you can fine-tune the system if you miss the mark. To help...

Up Front

This Month on The dates for the Summer Nationals in St. Paul are official. Start planning now. Front You don't get to be the editor without having an opinion. We almost got the year of the orange Camaro wrong and buried ourselves in hate mail. It's like a train wreck, but with cars. Straight Ford's Romeo engine plant has churned out mod motors like Saruman and the Uruk-hai.

Valve Cover Dimples

Chad's engine uses original factory valve covers that have been carefully dimpled for better rocker arm clearance. If you haven't noticed, we really dig the late '60s Trans-Am cars, so when we ran across Chad Raynal's '69 Camaro, we had to show you the engine compartment. Chad owns an original '69 Z 28 Camaro that I is a documented veteran of the SCCA Trans-Am circuit in May and June 1972, originally raced by Richard Sterbins and later campaigned by William MacFarlane. The car finished 13th in...

Wastegastes And Bypass Valves

As you can probably imagine, since boost pressure is created by exhaust pressure and a spinning compressor wheel, it is possible to feed the engine more boost than the fuel's octane rating or even the engine itself can handle. This condition is called overboost, and it can be controlled by a valve called a wastegate that bypasses exhaust gases around the turbo and into the exhaust flow. Wastegates are boost-referenced to regulate the maximum amount of energy delivered to the turbine and...

We Built It

Low-end torque if I set the initial timing at 14 instead of 10. Here is my combo Edelbrock aluminum RPM heads, a mild Crane hydraulic roller cam (5,000 rpm max), Hedman headers, a T56 manual trans, and 4 10 1 gears. I am using Crane's new electronic advance distributor set on a 24-degree curve. We know you're a hands-on type of person. So take your ride quality into your own hands. (7 L adjustable bolt-in stock mount shocks.

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Your First Turbo

Glad The turbo kit we are using for this story is the Hellion Heat system. It is designed to fit '79 to '93 Fox-bodied Fords and make more than 500 hp at the wheels with the right tune-up. Sometimes we have to won-der why anyone is trying to make N A power anymore. We concede that there are a zillion racing rules to prevent power-adders from dominating, and turbos look kinda complicated. But you'll need to get over it. We realized this after getting hooked...

Second Reads

'Automotive News is reporting that Ford says it will include a four-banger option in every car and crossover by 2013. GM expects it will have a total of 36 nameplates in 2012 (that's 25 percent fewer than in 2008). The economic stimulus bill made it through with-. out a Cash-for-Clunker plan. Crane Cams is said to have laid off its employees and closed up shop but as we went to press, rumors were flying that it was just a restructure and the company will be up and running again. Word is that...

Cyunder Heads

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The Gasser Look

Who Ed Hudgins What '65 Plymouth Barracuda Where Murray, KY Why Ed says he just went into his shop with a stocker and came out with this. It's powered by the other 383 the C-word with lots of other GM trinkets to back it up. He Says Sorry to the Mopar guys. Change is good. This was quality family time with Dad Here are some shots of my '73 Satellite Sebring taken by my 7-year-old son, Brandon. He said the first one 'didn't make enough smoke,' so we did it again. Bounce it off the rev limiter...

Factory Coil Spring

Leaf Spring Three Link Rear Suspension

The most popular factory rear suspension design for solid rear axle cars is the coil spring system. Under the coil spring umbrella are a number of subtle design variations that make coil spring suspensions more attractive to suspension tuners, compared with leaf springs. Because the coil spring's only job is to support the weight of the vehicle, designers still needed a way to locate the rear axle under the car. This necessitated control arms also called trailing arms . The simplest OE coil...

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Ford only built 50 of these cars, but if you wanted to replicate the effort, it would be expensive but possible. Ford actually offers the body in white over the counter, but it would be a good idea to buy a wrecked V-6 Mustang for all the little parts that would be otherwise too expensive to purchase individually. The accompanying part numbers are incomplete because it is probably too early to get all the gritty price details. The idea would be to build a replica or tribute car that would be as...

Stock Vs Edelbrock Heads

The Edelbrock aluminum cylinder heads for Buick V-8s are PN 60049, fully assembled. At press time, the heads sold for 947.95 each through Summit Racing. These heads feature 2.125 1.75-inch valves, the same size as the stock Stage 1 iron heads. The Edelbrock chamber size is 68 cc, so the compression ratio was bumped from 8.77 1 to 8.81 1, which is barely worthy of note. The Edelbrock heads change the valvetrain arrangement away from the stock-style shaft-rocker setup and are instead designed to...

Edelbrock Vs Ta Performance Heads

While TA offers a number of cylinder heads for serious Buicks, this test involves the company's most basic aluminum heads, the Stage 1SE. The big claim to fame on these is that they look totally stock with all the factory contours, unlike the Edelbrocks with their flat-machined ends. Paint the TA heads and they could pass for OE equipment. They also use the factory-style shaft-rocker setup rather than the Chevy rockers. TA claims that no additional parts are required when swapping these heads...

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Calvert Rear Suspension Kit

It's important to understand how the rear axle moves in relation to the car before we can get into how each different rear suspension operates. Let's look at what happens when you drop the hammer on your 500hp street car at the dragstrip. Not every twist is as it appears. As torque is applied from the driveshaft to the rear axle, multiple forces begin to leverage the car. Engine torque multiplied by the transmission's First gear ratio and the rear axle ratio is equal to several thousand Ib-ft...

Stainless Steel Vband Clamps From Dynatech

One of the most annoying sounds on a performance car is an exhaust leak. That little tic-tic-tic is like fingernails on a chalkboard. The most high-tech solution to exhaust leaks is the V-band clamp, a cool quick-disconnect clamp originally used to seal turbocharger exhaust system connections. It merely squeezes two machined, flat-steel surfaces together to create a leakproof seal that Is also reusable. The machined collars need to be welded to their respective pipes, but that's the hardest...

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WITH 8X BETTER WEAR PROTECTION THAN MOBIL 1 5W-30. There are synthetics. And then there's Castrol EDGE. With an advanced full-synthetic formula that's proven to safeguard against friction and engine failure. So do what's best for your car. 'Results based on industiy standard Sequence IVA wear lesl IT'S MORE THAN JUST OIL IT'S LIQUID ENGINEERING Bob has become a big believer in Chevrolet Gen Ill Gen IV power. All his new builds incorporate LS-series powerplants, and he is gradually phasing in...