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LS3, 6-speed 1985 Fiero Swap

October 11, 2017 @ 4:36 pm
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Here's a 1985 Fiero SE that has been retrofitted with an LS3 430hp Corvette engine and 6-speed manual transmission for the ultimate in small car engine swap performance. A professionally done swap that looks almost factory and runs like a rocket. The power to weight ratio on this baby is pretty favorable...
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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Powertrain Fact Sheet

May 28, 2017 @ 3:54 am
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Here are all the latest detailed specs for the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon engine and drivetrain. These are the latest figures released by Chrysler. The Demon's 840 bhp (626 kW) is developed at 6,300 rpm with 770 lb.-ft (1,044 N•m) at 4,500 rpm...
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Racing the NMCA-West with Our Low Buck Corvette

April 2, 2017 @ 7:29 pm
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We entered our Low Buck "Beyond the Crate" supercar in the True Street division of the National Muscle Car Association's Springnationals at the Auto Club Dragway in Fontana and came away with a great performance and a lot of new friends with common interests.
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Energy Suspension C4 Corvette Upgrade

March 27, 2017 @ 4:33 am
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The cure for our Corvette's mushy suspension was a clear cut path to Energy Suspension in San Clemente, California for a full suspension upgrade with their polyurethane bushing Corvette Hyper Flex Master Kit PN 3-18122 for 1985-95 Corvettes.
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Blown 1963 Pontiac Tempest

November 28, 2016 @ 8:25 pm
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An all Pontiac 1963 Tempest with 8-71 blown

Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016

August 31, 2016 @ 6:06 pm
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The future of motorsports remains in jeopardy! The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act is critical to protecting the industry. Congressional action is the only way to guarantee that street vehicles can continue to be modified for the track well into...
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Building the 750 HP Ford Cobra Jet

July 3, 2016 @ 6:42 pm
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Ever wonder how carefully your Cobra Jet drag racing engine gets assembled at the factory? No doubt…

663hp 434ci Small-Block Street Engine

June 16, 2016 @ 3:00 am
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When tasked to build a 650hp+ street engine with lots of restrictions, Mike Petralia's Hardcore Horsepower, LLC in Franklin, TN crafted this 434ci beast ...

Blown Hi-Torque E85 Chevy Small Block

June 16, 2016 @ 1:00 am
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The key to power for this 628 HP 383ci blown street small block was the 177-cid Roots-style Weiand supercharger combined with E85 pump gas.
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383 Chevy: Beyond the Crate!

June 9, 2016 @ 12:22 am
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Building a Bad Ass Supercar for under twenty grand with a six thousand dollar C4 Corvette and a powerful new LT1 stroker engine package. This build is based on an OEM '95 LT1 Corvette block and will use a set of ported aluminum...
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383 Beyond the Crate LT1 Parts List

June 9, 2016 @ 12:22 am
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The following parts for the Beyond the Crate 383 project are available through Summit Racing except where noted. These are Summit part numbers which you can use to find them on Summit's web site...
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Why Johnson Hydraulic Roller Lifters Belong in Your Engine

April 24, 2016 @ 11:14 pm
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Johnson Lifters wants to be your valve lifter source.  A primary supplier with  top tier manufacturing…
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1969 Z/28 Canted Valve 302

April 13, 2016 @ 6:54 pm
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An in depth look at a one-off all aluminum canted valve, crossram inducted Chevrolet small block evaluated for the '69 Z/28. A glimpse of something so unique and bad ass for its day...

Ford Debuts 2016 Mustang Cobra Jet Drag Package

November 6, 2015 @ 12:53 am
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The new 2016 Cobra Jet Mustang sports a blown Coyote 5.0L V8 engine with a refined Whipple 2.9L supercharger pumping up the power to almost....

Chevy’s New 405 HP ZZ6 Smallblock

October 11, 2015 @ 3:26 pm
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Chevrolet introduces the newest member of the small-block family, the ZZ6 Turn-Key crate engine. Delivering a solid 405 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque at 4,600 rpm, the ZZ6 remains a solid competitor...

Why You Want ARP Bolts for Your Engine

April 30, 2015 @ 11:07 pm
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ARP is the first thing you think of when you need fasteners for your race engine. Need some head bolts? Call ARP. Need a complete fastener kit? Call ARP...

French Flathead V8 Block Prep Handbook

January 24, 2015 @ 4:50 pm
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Vern Tardel's French Flathead V8 Block Prep Manual is a valuable reservoir of tips and knowledge about the coveted Ford/Simca flathead cylinder block. Early Ford hot rodders will enjoy this technical look a prepping the French flathead V8 block for high performance use...
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Top Pro Street Engines from the Car Craft Street Machine Nationals

July 4, 2014 @ 1:12 am
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Hot Pro Street engines were in plentiful supply at the 2014 Car Craft Street Machine Nationals this past weekend in DuQuoin, Illinois. Participants and spectators were treated to a dazzling display of top quality cars and engines...
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Corvette LT4 Most Powerful & Drivable Production Small Block Ever

June 13, 2014 @ 5:53 pm
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The all-new 2015 Corvette Z06 is the most powerful production car ever from General Motors and one of a few production cars available in the United States that delivers more than 600 horsepower. The Z06’s LT4 supercharged 6.2L V8 engine is...
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540ci All Motor Pump Gas Brute

May 3, 2014 @ 11:34 pm
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The new AFR cylinder heads are the central component of this remarkable piece; a real world engine designed to deliver off the hook performance without expensive power adders and in the face of fluctuating fuel quality...

622 HP Blown Street Small Block

December 23, 2013 @ 11:19 pm
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Sometimes a simple straightforward combination is best for a particular application. No tricks, no overly exotic hardware; just regular hardcore speed equipment built around a standard Gen 1 small block for a traditional street rod or street machine. These are the bread and butter engines that any...
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New Ford Aluminator 46x 5.0L Shortblock

November 15, 2013 @ 12:43 am
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The Ford Racing 46X Modular 5.0L Stroker shortblock is a great way to build modular power – from mild to wild – naturally aspirated or supercharged – 2 valve - 3 valve or 4 valve with forged Eagle steel crankshaft, forged Eagle H-beam connecting rods with floating piston pins, and forged Mahle pistons...
Ford Z460 crate engine

Ford Z460 Crate Engine Pumps Big Power

November 14, 2013 @ 10:50 pm
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Ford Racing has taken its Boss Block to the max with the biggest small block Windsor crate engine ever – the Z460. With 575 horsepower and 575 Lb. Ft. of torque, Z460 packs a pump gas fueled punch that works well on the street and on the track. The foundation of the Z460 is the legendary Ford Racing Boss block topped off with high port/high flow Z-Heads. Premium components...
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Ford Racing Performance Parts Announces New Z460 Short Block

November 14, 2013 @ 8:40 pm
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Ford Racing Performance Parts has taken its line of Boss block based crate engines to the max displacement with the largest small block Windsor short block ever at a whopping 460 cubic inches! With that many cubes to work with, it’s pretty easy to assemble a 550+ horsepower street cruiser...
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Chevrolet Expands COPO Crate Engines

November 5, 2013 @ 11:18 pm
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Nov. 4, 2013, SEMA Show, Las Vegas Chevrolet Performance is expanding the COPO engine family with the addition of both 2014 COPO Camaro engines. The current lineup consisting of the popular 7.0L, 427ci and a pair of 5.3L, 327 cubic inch versions is now supplemented by the new COPO 350 and the COPO 396, both naturally aspirated and offering...
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Hardcore Horsepower’s 692 HP 406ci Chevy

October 3, 2013 @ 12:52 am
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A 406 cubic inch small block is one of the most popular choices for Chevy powered sportsman drag racers seeking strong reliable power at reasonable cost. Careful planning and the right mix of parts can push the power close to 700 HP without exotic or costly components. Variations include the option to take the motor to 415ci, 421ci or even 434 cubic inches if so desired...
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Summit Racing Engine Swap Specs

September 1, 2013 @ 12:44 am
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Summit Racing has published a handy list of common dimensions for the most popular engines selected for engine swapping. Engine swaps always go better when you measure everything in advance and plan accordingly....
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American V8 Firing Orders

March 26, 2013 @ 4:12 pm
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There’s nothing more frustrating than finishing up a build late at night and not remembering the firing order so you can install the plug wires and fire that baby up. Most of us naturally know the firing order for engines we are familiar with, but that doesn’t make much difference...

Finding Vintage Big Blocks

December 27, 2012 @ 3:30 pm
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Vintage Big Blocks www.vintagebigblocks.com stands out with an easy to use web site that lists all the original blocks, cranks, heads, and manifolds they have collected for sale. Owner David Swartz (Swartz Enterprises) provides a well organized web site with listings by year...
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Ford FE Engine Power Secrets

November 1, 2012 @ 4:59 pm
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Ford built FEs from 1958 through 1976, in a wide variety of configurations. Displacements included 332, 352, 360, 390, 406, 410, 427, and 428. From a performance perspective the best known engines are the 427s found in the original 427 Cobras, Galaxies, Fairlanes, and Cougars, and the...

Ford 5.0L Aluminator NA V8

August 4, 2012 @ 11:17 pm
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Ford Racing has taken the Mustang GT 5.0L 4V TiVCT engine and created another in its series of "Aluminator" crate engines built to deliver higher performance. The 5.0 Aluminator NA is built with extreme duty connecting rods and pistons designed specifically for...