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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...

Big Power

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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...

Custom Alloy Axles

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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...

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...

For Your Street Machine

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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...

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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

We've been beating this drum since the mid-'90s, and mostly drag racers have listened. The A- and G-body platform uses the classic rear-drive configuration and usually has a small-block with a TH350 and a 10-bolt from GM. The most sought after is the '78 to '81 A-body Malibu with the single headlight, but the G-body '82 to '88 Monte Carlo and Cutlass and '82 to '87 El Camino and Pontiac Grand Prix are also desirable. '83-and-later, you can reuse the hydraulic clutch. In 1995. the S-10 came with...

Performance Specialties

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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...

Seen On Carcraftcom

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...

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...

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...