Build a BUDGET

The only bucket the local OSH store had In stock was a 5-gallon variety with a secure lid. We stuck a Car Craft license plate on it to make it official. Late-model engines such as the GM Gen lll IV, Ford Mod motors, and the late-model Mopar Hemi have become the new darlings of horsepower seekers. These engines have strong cylinder blocks, excellent heads, and durable valve-trains. They also are significantly different from the muscle car-era small- and big-block engines. None of these engines...

Flare For Flaring

Kris Shields, Northridge, CA This might sound trivial, but in the past. I've had problems with cracking stainless steel and even mild steel tubing when making flares for AN fittings. Do you know a trick that would prevent this from happening Jeff Smith Before we get to your question, Kris, let's back up a little. The basic automotive sealing angle that has been used for decades is the 45-degree flare. But with AN fittings, the aviation community changed the angle to 37 degrees. A typical...

Back Issues

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Behind The Scenes

In the Mar. '08 issue, we brought you the feature on Dan Schoneck's '07 Shelby that won the Late Model Street Machine of the Year class. When we went to Dan's shop to shoot his car, he showed us his rare and ready-to-be-restored '70 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler, complete with a 429 Super Cobra Jet, a four-speed, and a DragPak with a 3.91 gear. The car was an Arizona original, so there's almost no rust, and the odometer shows only 12,391 miles. According to the Marti Report (martiauto.com), this is...

Big Power

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Black Cherry

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Broader Market Appeal

What It Is Trick Flow's new 351C, 351M 400 cylinder heads Why You Care Trick Flow Is already well known for its quality small Chevy and Ford cylinder heads. The company's been busy expanding its product line, too, with the two-valve modular heads we featured in the Apr. '09 issue and now these new heads for the 2V (two-barrel) 351 Cleveland. Trick Flow says these heads combine the good low- and mid-range flow characteristics of the 2V heads with the legendary hlgh-rpm flow of the factory 4V...

Chevy block

By Jeff Smith Photos Dart Machinery The factory small-block is not in danger of extinction, but when was the last time you found a good 400 block laying around the junkyard The factory small-block is not in danger of extinction, but when was the last time you found a good 400 block laying around the junkyard We are rapidly approaching the day most car crafters thought would never arrive. It's not about to rain frogs, nor are we set to see pigs flying through restricted airspace. But the scary...

Custom Alloy Axles

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Dart Shp Block Highlights

Block material Deck height Bore size Max bore diameter Cylinder wall thickness Deck thickness Main bearing diameter Rear main caps Rear main seal Oil system Oil pump shaft diameter Torque specs Weight Class 35 iron, four-bolt center, three caps V16 bolts 65 ft-lb 3 s bolts 35 ft-lb 175 pounds with 4.00-inch bore

Decals

In exchange for any decal I could dig out of a big box he kept behind the counter. After I completed my first mission, he pointed to the box. When I'd made my choice he said, That's exactly the one I thought you'd pick. The one I chose was a Genuine Chevrolet Parts water transfer decal that was also the largest one in the box. I immediately went home and placed it on a bulletin board in my room. That decal and a whole bunch more eventually ended up plastered all over my bedroom window. At this...

Disco Dread

The C4 Corvette is the cool in dork's clothing. ________ By Jeff Smith Photos Jeff Smith_________ The good news about C4 Corvettes is they're easy to find and not all that difficult to work on. One of the biggest unwritten rules with this magazine is we avoid the Corvette. The Chevy market is divided into Corvettes and everything else. For this reason, as well as the expense issue, we have mostly avoided edit on the plastic fantastic. But we're going to break our own rules for this story, and...

Drag Racing Icons

We could fill this entire magazine with cool, original, and reproduction decals from the '60s, In fact, one of the hardest parts of this story was editing the selection to the ones you see here. In the midst of our research, we met Mike Gillespie, aka Muttley, on the Hokey Ass Message Board (H.A.M.B.) forum that's part of jalopyjournal.com. Mike sells original, not reproduction, nostal gia decals that are available in surprising numbers (at least until this story comes out). He sent us several...

Drag Radial World Record Broken

Street Nationals at Bradenton Motorsports Park, Bradenton, , Florida. The car a '93 Ford Mustang with a 622ci big-block Chevy and twin I turbos on M T drag radials and stock suspension. The who Dave Hance. Dave made two separate runs for the record books with a 6.93 e.t. and la 223.07-mph pass on DOT radial tires and without wheelie bars. He I also made new eighth-mile records on drag radials with 4.661 e.t. and j 172.10 mph. We are imi their bikes and warn to take them to...

Driving A Bruno

Imagine you're Nick Scavo behind the wheel, about to stage the car. With the torque converter, the Bruno drives much like an automatic. After pre-staging, pump the brakes to ensure the car won't roll through beams when you increase throttle. Once you hit the launch rpm, carefully release the brake pressure just enough to move into the stage beams, then hit the transbrake button located on the Hurst shifter. This locks the input shaft. Now mash the throttle to the floor. The launch rpm is set by...

Dyno Thrash

By David Freiburger Photos David Freiburger Buicks are pretty good, if riot Pgreat. That's an opinion long held at CC dating back to the time we swapped an old Electra 225 motor into a Skylark wagon for summer fun, and then again when the Buick beat all comers in the now legendary CC shootout of all the GM corporate big-blocks. Sadly, the state of gearhead living has changed drastically over the last five years, and even here in SoCal, the Buick 455 engine donors just aren't in the 'yards or on...

Edelbrock Sway Bars

Get improved handling performance by reducing body roll with Edelbrock's new front and rear Sway Bars. These Sway Bars are designed and tested on the road to give your cars chassis the stability it needs to keep your tires planted on the road. Each Sway Bar application is engineered by Edelbrock to provide the best Front Sway Bars are manufactured from lightweight hollow-core (4130) Chromoiy steel for maximum strength and durability Rear Sway Bars are manufactured from heavy duty solid-core...

Efi Vs Carbs

The Oct. '08 issue, your Swap Swamp answer to a reader states that because of emission regulations, he can't replace his throttle-body injection (TBI) with a carb even though that would significantly improve power. Doesn't electronic fuel injection (EFI) produce more horsepower Does port EFI produce more horsepower than a carburetor In terms of horsepower developed, please rate them in order carb vs. TBI vs. port EFI. Jeff Smith There's a lot of confusion around these different types of intake...

Fixing A Problem

So if you have access to a scan tool of some sort, fixing a late-model car should be easy, right Not necessarily, says Westech Performance Group's Ernie Mana. Just because the computer is giving you a code for a certain sensor, don't automatically assume that the sensor is bad. Stein agreed, saying, Even with all this expensive computer equipment, I still have to perform all the basic checks. So what do you do if the check engine light is on in your car Mana described his process. First, I'll...

For Your Street Machine

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Fourbolt Mains

One of the biggest expenses involved in building a 400ci production block is converting to four-bolt main caps. The factory four-bolt main blocks are ironically weaker than the two-bolt main blocks because the factory removed material from around the main cap bulkheads. The common trick has been to convert the two-bolt main blocks to four-bolt mains with steel aftermarket caps, which is an expensive procedure. Dart automatically went to the four-bolt main configuration, using the stronger,...

Friday

Friday is Bob's night, as in Bob's Big Boy in Burbank. This is a legendary cruise spot in Los Angeles County, and Bob's has been hosting a Friday night cruise for decades. The restaurant itself opened in 1949 and is the oldest remaining Bob's Big Boy in the U.S. Architect Wayne McAllister penned its swoopy, space-age design that is so distinctive-looking today among the surrounding office buildings and generic shopping centers. Because of its popularity, you'll see a little of everything at...

Getting Converted

John Kukura, Crystal Falls, Ml I have a question regarding high-stall torque converters. Are these things hard on transmission bands and clutches I have a '72 Chevelle with a Turbo 400 and a stock converter. If I bring up my rpm while holding my foot on the brake (brake torquing), wouldn't this be easier on my transmission The sudden grab of a high-stall converter must be a shock to the trans, driveshaft, U-joints, and rearend. I've been thinking about buying a high-stall converter but don't...

Groovy Factoids

'81 was the last Corvette to have a manual transmission option until the arrival of the totally redesigned C4 in 1984. '80 Corvettes sold in California were equipped with the weak suck LG4 305-cube small-block, which made 180 hp. The rest of the country was offered the standard 190hp L48 350 or the optional 230hp L82 350. Dig the supergroovy candy-blue flames applied over the stock Silver Metallic paint. 1981 was the first year Corvettes were built simultaneously at more than one assembly...

Hooked

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Horsepower

Icons are what make the world go 'round. The 21st century marketing machine has spent the last 50 years perfecting the trade, but back in the day, it was far less sophisticated. Even before virtually all of today's aftermarket companies were created, Clay Smith had already built a reputation within the industry as a race car engine builder, tuner, and cam designer. At this same time, a friend penned a quick sketch of the outspoken entrepreneur as a red-haired, cigar-smoking woodpecker that soon...

V I S I 0 Iv

JOIN US AT THE CAR CRAFT SUMMER NATIONALS It's official, the Car Craft Summer Nationals will be held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds July 17-19, 2009. There will be more than 4,000 cars on display, the girls will appear for the Miss Car Craft competition, and you can cruise the fairgrounds, power park, or just walk the show and look for good ideas for your street machine. As always, the Car Craft guys will be there looking for magazine feature cars, so bring your best (or worst) and show It...

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Lsi Hopups

Rick Reneau, Clarksville TN I recently purchased a '99 LSI Pontiac Trans Am. The car runs well, and I just ordered a Hypertech Max Energy tuner for it. What kind of bolt-ons can I install without having to reprogram the computer For example, can a larger MAF sensor, throttle body, LS6 intake, and headers be installed without having to do anything to the computer I know the computer to an extent is self-tuning and makes adjustments for varying conditions. It is my understanding that the...

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New Cars Vs Old Stuff

I've always liked straight-line fast cars. I've also always liked cars that handle well and scoot through turns. I've been willing to sacrifice a lot of comfort and future hearing health to get there. And for me, getting there has always involved muscle car-era street machines. Lately, I've been driving my wife's '06 Mustang GT and I can't help but notice it does a lot of things that none of my street machines could ever, or will ever, be able to do. I've also been tempted by the price of new...

No

If ever there were a time to swipe a Cad project, it's now. There is virtually zero niche interest in these cars, as they are ignored universally by the tattooed rat-rod welder, the numbers- correct Barrett-Jackson broker, and the street strip guy for fear of their sheer density and lack of double-sized spots for power parking. But just because they are big doesn't mean they aren't great. Big cars have big factory engines, and cubes make power. Skip the expensive N A builds and go right for the...

Performance Specialties

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Plastic Fragtastic

By Steve Magnante Photos Steve Magnante Finding a Corvette in the junkyard is a rare event because every single trinket has higher-than-average value on the used parts scene nothing goes to waste. Plus, their plastic bodywork limits maximum scrap value 'cause beyond the frame, there just Isn't much ferrous material onboard. So let's meet only the second Corvette ever to be featured in the Junkyard Crawl. It's an '81 model we discovered at Desert Valley Auto Parts in Phoenix (dvap.com 800...

Power Program

Our goal is to present a few performance-enhancing ideas you can apply to a typical C4 Corvette to unleash the beast and not spend a bunch of money along the way. Some may want to start While factory aluminum heads might look high performance, they're not nearly as good as even the Vortec iron heads. A much better approach for a C4 TPI engine is a set of aftermarket heads. AFR, Brodix Dart, Edelbrock, TFS, and many others make great heads that can make serious...

Power To The Pontiac

This may look like any old Pontiac block, and it is. This is called a teaser. What we're not showing you is the Ken Crocie restoration of one of his original turbocharger packages from the '80s that blew through a Q-jet or Holley on a 400ci Pontiac. This engine has already run on the dyno, but Crocie wasn't happy with the ridiculous Ib-ft it made because the horsepower wasn't quite there yet. It should be fun. When was the last time you saw a turbo'd V-8 Pontiac We liked this view of Spiro...

Prevent Mdleculhr Breakdown

SERIDUSLV, MOLECULAR BREAKDOWNS ARE NOT COOL. Acid rain, smog, tree sap, bird droppings. Contaminants like these can embed themselves in your car's paint. Left untreated, they can quickly cause molecular breakdown, leaving a damaged and dull finish. Protect your paint with Mothers California Gold Clay Bar. This exclusive system safely absorbs harmful contaminants before they can compromise the integrity of your paint. 15 x 15 Premium Microfaber Towel

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Imagine a 50-year-old who suddenly realizes that playing with a cool tough car mignt be a good way to pass the time in retirement (and pick up women) Most play with toy trains, wood carving, or gardening. I'd rather be playinq with a touqh Mustang, Cudanmpala. GTO, Camaro, or V-8 Maverick. Posted by user Donaldsupercharged in the discussion What car hooked you into modified cars Get A S50 Gift Card By Mail To The Home Depot When You Buy A Set Of Four Select Firestone Tires. Call toll-free to...

Simpler And Lighter

What It Is Hoi ley's new Street Avenger carburetors Why You Care The Street Avenger line of carbs has always been known for being really simple to tune and is therefore a great choice for us average dudes without advanced degrees in applied fluid dynamics. Now Holley is selling these carbs in a good-looking aluminum body that is 5 pounds lighter than Its zinc-bodied predecessor. They are available in 670- or 770-cfm versions with either electric or manual choke. How Much Summit sells the...

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Swap Header Expansion

What It Is More LS swap headers to ( fit more GM muscle cars Why You Care Our buds at Muscle Rods are staunch believers in the LS swap and seem to be on a mission to put one in every GM car made since 1962. To accomplish this, they need to make adapter parts for each application i f . they tackle and they've been busy. One of their guys recently emailed us with a list of new headers they've made. The highlights include second-gen F-cars, '78 to '88 G-bodies, and '82 to '93 two-wheel-drive S10...

The Baseline Longblock

All the testing in our stories was done with the old McClelland short-block rebuilt by JMS Racing Engines. The combo Is as basic as it can get and easily duplicated. The only nonstock components In the short-block are ARP rod bolts and Speed-Pro forged pistons, PN L2353F, in a 0.030-inch overbore (stock bore is 4.3125, so our bore Is 4.3425 for 462 ci). The Speed-Pro slugs are the lowest-priced forged pistons you can buy for the 455 TA Performance sells them for 429.95 a set. However, they do...

The C4 Early Years

The '84's styling was a big-time winner, but history also remembers that first year as a horsepower loser. The first-year Vettes were powered by pathetic 205hp, 350ci engines using the Cross-Fire induction, which was really nothing more than a pair of TBI injectors on top of a split-runner manifold and quickly earned it the Cease-Fire nickname. The rest of the drivetrain was equally lame with a troublesome 700-R4 overdrive automatic or the Doug Nash-built 4+3. This manual trans was basically a...

The Engine

The block is an aluminum Donovan with water jackets and machined for larger 0.904-inch roller lifters. The crank is a Sonny Bryant 4.00-inch stroke piece connected to Bill Miller aluminum rods and a set of 9.5 l-com-pression JE pistons. The oil pan is a Stef's assisted with a Moroso vacuum pump. The heads are an older set of Carl Foltz (CFE) 14-degree Pro Stock-style heads with 2.400 1.88-inch Victory titanium valves. Nick says they plan to spin this package to perhaps 8,800 rpm in search of...

The Turbos

N ick says they have two sets of turbos for the B car. Most Outlaw class rules limit the inlet size to I 191 mm, but the NMCA is a bit more conservative K at 88 mm so the team has two sets. Boost will initially run around 25 psi, but Nick says it may take 30-plus to achieve 3.000 hp. Marty Stromberger of Stromberger Performance in Spokane, Washington, scored this minty-fresh 75 Cadillac Sedan De Ville for 500. All Cadillacs were equipped with 500-inch engines at the begin-ning of the '75...

Tricks On The Negotiation

Do a lot of squinting to portray this guy's junk isn't worth your hard-earned dollar. Rent a Benicio Del Toro or Tommy Lee Jones flick and practice. 2. Bring enough cash to underpay. If the guy catches a wad of hundos falling out of your wallet and doesn't try to mug you, he will at least stick to his price. Try to bring the same amount as the ad price to ensure you don't blow it and overpay. 3. Bring a friend who is not a problem. Your car-guy friends will get more excited about the car than...

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By John McGann Photos John McGann We've done an article like this before. Longtime readers, go to your archives and dig up the Mar. '99 issue of CC to see the inspiration for this iteration. In it, former staffer Miles Cook and his brother, Wayne, hit as many local cruises as they could in a week's time and lived to tell the tale. Current staffers who are Midwest transplants can sympathize with those suffering through and likely just now digging out of a long, cold, and especially snowy winter....

Water For Fuel

Craig Wilhelm, via CarCraft.com You printed a question of mine in the Nov. '07 What's Your Problem about the TH400 in my Nova. I just wanted to say thanks for all the info. It made the install easy. It's now a dedicated track car with a reverse-manual valvebody and a trans-brake. The first time I launch it off the brake, there will be pictures and you guys will get copies. Wheels will be in the air, of course. I was wondering if you or one of your fellow gearheads would be willing to try an HHO...

We Love The Raised White Letters

What It Is New RWL tires From Mickey Thompson Why You Care How could you not The raised white-letter tire Is as iconic to muscle cars as Babe Ruth is to baseball. Look at any of our back issues and you'll see a handful of cars rolling something with raised white letters. They've klnda gone by the wayside with the current trend toward larger wheels, but the appeal is still there. M T's new Sportsman Is an all-season radial tire that Is rated to 118 mph. It is currently only available for 15-inch...

We Test It

If you work on cars, then you probably own a drawer full of drill bits. And if you are like us, every single one of them is so dull, it would barely cut through plywood. There is a delicate art to manually sharpening drill bits that only guys who were once blacksmiths or journeyman machinists have mastered. For the rest of us, we need some help from the Drill Doctor. While this little machine looks like something you'd see advertised on late-night TV, the Drill Doctor works. The key to a sharp...

Without Sacrificing Performance

While removing the excess weight, our engineers were careful to achieve the perfect dynamic balance between the front and the rear of the rocker arm body. After all, It's that balance that largely determines the weight felt by the valve - one of the real secrets to a steel rocker arm that outperforms even many aluminum rockers. Furthermore, this revolutionary design includes provisions for increased retainer and valve spring clearance, allowing the use of larger diameter valve springs,...

You Tune It

We know you're a hands-on type of person. So take your ride quality into your own hands. QA1 adjustable bolt-in stock mount shocks. Here's another Pomona Swap Meet car we passed on. The seller wanted 15,500 for this column-shift automatic transmission phony Richard Petty replica. No. thanks. Multipoint EFI systems improve distribution because each cylinder has its own n ector that ensures balanced mixture d,s-tnbutl This wild, individual e induction system has been converted from mechanical...

Definitions

Currently, there are two versions OBD-I, which refers to the system found on early fuel-injected and electronic carbureted cars, and the later OBD-II, which is a standardized interface that was phased in sometime between 1994 and 1996. PID Parameter Identification Data information. This is the sensor data you can read in real time using a scan tool. PID Parameter Identification Data information. This is the sensor data you can read in real time using a scan...

Common Problems

Stein and Mana stressed verifying the proper operation of the electrical and mechanical parts of the system in question because, in many instances, the electronics are working properly. Most of the driveability problems I see are caused by vacuum leaks, which can trigger lean fuel misfire DTCs, Stein tells us. Mana related a similar story I've worked on cars with plugged fuel filters that triggered a random misfire code. On the scanner, the pump was delivering the proper fuel pressure, but the...

Scanners And Scan Tools

Because the manufacturers were required to conform to a standardized set of DTCs, it is much easier for independent repair shops and the home mechanic to fix cars, and the scan tools needed to retrieve the codes are much more affordable than they used to be. Some, called code scanners (or simply scanners), can only read and possibly erase the engine computer's stored DTCs. The more expensive scan tools will read and erase codes but can also display live data from the sensors in real time with...

Cars And Coffee

Here's a spot we had high hopes for but were somewhat let down. Cars and Coffee has been happening every Saturday morning at Ford's PAG (Premier Automotive Group) facility in Irvine for a few years now. We'd heard good things about the show but had never been there. We sped out of the Donut Derelicts lot at 9 a.m., heading just a few more miles down the freeway to Irvine. This would be a great show if you're into late-model Japanese sports cars we've never seen so many Honda S2000s and Acura...

Garage Scene

Who Knight Hunter Clark What '69 AMC AMX Where Somewhere in Pennsylvania Why Why not restore an AMX Knight dragged this AMC out of the quagmire and began to chip away at the rust until the car was ready to paint. It has a 343 and an automatic in it, and he hopes to have the entire car completed in time to drive it to football practice in the fall because he just got his driver's license. Who Ron Kappa What '67 Ford Country Sedan Where Victorville, CA Why Ron restored this wagon so he could take...

Magazine Decals

We had fun digging up some old Car Craft and Hot Rod magazine stickers and found several we had never seen before. Mike Goyda sent us a vinyl sticker that places a whole different definition on the phrase flower power with this multipetal decal circa 1968. Former CC editor Rick Voegelin recalls that this style decal was popular during Eugene McCarthy's Peace With Eugene '68 presidential campaign, and clearly Car Craft was caught up in the moment. Going back even further, we also found a rare...