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Building Ford Race Engines for the Daytona 500

Here's a fun video I had the opportunity to produce for my friends at Roush Yates Engines a few months back. They wanted something to celebrate the beginning of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup racing season, so we came up with this concept about building a Ford FR9 race engine that will go into one…
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Easy Rev Limiter Tuning with a PerTronix Flamethrower

One of the pleasant surprises when working on The Horsepower Monster's 427 Stroker Engine project (if you haven't seen it, check it out here) was the built-in rev limiter on the PerTronix Flame-Thrower distributor we used. The PertTronix unit is a really nice piece because it puts out a nice strong spark, the mechanical advance…
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Great Racing Action from Lancaster (SC) Motor Speedway

  We love heading off to the dirt track for a Saturday night of dirty racing action. Lancaster Motor Speedway is our local dirt track in Lancaster, SC. The Late Models are usually the headlining class, but the lower levels can really mix it up too. One of our favorites is the Vintage class. The…
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Our (Mis)Adventures Painting the Horsepower Monster Project Camaro

Patina is popular these days, but the kind of dead silver paint, road rash and random rattle-can primer that came on our $2,200 Camaro was just plain ugly. Still, our 1978 Camaro is a project car, and the beginning of a project is no time to invest in an expensive paint job. We originally thought…
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How to Measure the Chamber Volume of Your Cylinder Heads

Being able to check volumes is critical for anyone building engines. You can calculate your engine's compression ratio based on what you think the combustion chamber volume in your cylinder heads might be, and what the catalog says the volume of the valve pockets in your pistons should be--but you are really just hoping unless…
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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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How the Grave Digger Monster Truck Family Has Fun on a Day Off

Most people like to do something very different from their day job when they are looking to have fun on the weekends. But when you are a true gearhead, there is just no substitute for hooning it up in your vehicle of choice. And that's exactly the case for the Anderson clan. You may know…
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