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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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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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Remembering NASCAR Great Cotton Owens

Cotton Owens was a NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and car owner, but few know about the '69 Charger 500 he owned that was the wind tunnel mule for the development of the Dodge Daytona.
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Dirt Late Model Racing at Friendship

Friendship Speedway is a dirt track tucked into the foothills of North Carolina. I had the chance to hang out with racer Chris Hargett and mount up a few GoPro cameras on his car for a Crate Late Model race. Friendship used to be an asphalt track, and the facility transitioned to dirt a few…
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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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