Category Archives: Engines

Secrets to Dialing in a Mopar Valvetrain

Like most Mopar engines, this 340 LA-series small block utilizes a shaft-mounted rocker system that provides superior stability but requires a few extra precautions during installation to make sure the geometry is correct.   There is no doubt that the stud-mounted rocker systems that are commonplace in small block Fords and Chevys are simpler and…
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Fixing an Exhaust Leak in Our Project Camaro

Say hello to the Horsepower Monster's new project Camaro. The car was an Ebay victory for a mere $2,200, and there's a reason why it came so cheap. We've got a pretty cool engine for this Camaro in the works, but the exhaust leak was just too annoying to ignore until then.
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Reviving the Elephant

Part Three in the series is now up! We're building a classic 426 Hemi, an engine that was so revered it was nicknamed "The Elephant." The results: 516 lb/ft of torque and 550 horsepower--all on pump gas. Updated with the final video including dyno testing!
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Starter Installation Tips

We've got a few tips for you on installing a starter on any car that should help make the installation easier and ensure years of trouble-free service.
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How to Degree Your Camshaft

Cam designers exert a lot of research and brainpower developing the absolute best cam lobes that open and close the valves at the perfect time to maximize power. Unfortunately, for a traditional cam-in-block engine, like most American V8's, the camshaft doesn't directly activate the valves. There are plenty of other components involved and several ways…
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New Invention is a Better Way to Assemble Pistons and Rods

I don't know about you, but one of the tasks I dislike most about engine building (just behind filing rings) is installing spiral locks. The Lock-In-Tool is a new invention created by a longtime engine building friend that makes the chore of assembling pistons on rods a lot easier. Here's how to use it so…
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Install a Sprint Cup Timing System on Your Ford

When the Ford FR9 engine developed for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing by Roush Yates Engines came on line, it instantly made a whole lot of very guarded engine technology for the Windsor engine out of date--at least for the Cup guys. But the rest of us normal folks still building and working with the…
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