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The tool review for today is one of the most important items to have available during disassembly and reassembly of your vehicle.  I use these organizers not only when working on cars, but when I am working around the house as well.  We have all probably seen a couple of different methods of storing screws […]
Let’s talk temperature. The basics: heat is generated by the combustion chamber, coolant surrounds the combustion chamber in the water jacket. The thermostat is a temperature actuated valve which holds the coolant inside the water jacket until it reaches a certain temperature. When the thermostat opens, hot coolant is ejected from the water jacket through […]
The most frustrating and time consuming mistakes that you will ever make will be the assumption that a brand new part is functioning properly.  This goes to all things.  A very stupid and hideously aggressive boss I once had said that he hated the word ‘assume’.  But despite his personal shortcomings and bad breath, he […]
If your are trying to get a motor started, any motor, in any car, remember: fuel, compression, spark.  These are the very basics, but they are the starting point.  First of all ensure that you have each of these things, then if the motor still does not want to run, grab a coffee and put […]
Are you on a low carb diet? I am not going to go into too much detail regarding carburetors.  In fact, currently the trend is turning more towards fuel injection which is arguably a more reliable system, but requires a lot more electronics and computer control.  However, one thing that is certain is that no […]
Engine ignition systems are a pet project of mine.  I will admit that I am somewhat obsessive about neatness and order in all things…especially ignition wiring.  Now I am talking here purely about the esthetics of ignition wiring.  I have a firm belief that part of the beauty of a hot rod motor is finding […]
Today I am going to throw out some info about one of my favorite and most frequently used tools.  The 1/4″ die grinder shown here is what I consider to be one of the most valuable tools in my toolbox.  Fitted with a carbide bit, this tool can be used to bore out holes and […]
Beware the “rebuilt” engine. Please consider the following.  When an engine is being assembled at a factory, all the parts are brand new.  That is, they have never been exposed to oil or dirt or what is significantly more important … heat.  Consider how many cycles of heating and cooling an engine will experience over […]
Okay, so I mentioned in a previous post that we can think of your engine as an air pump.  Really?  Okay, not so much, but why is this concept important?  Because it will help to understand how some speed components ‘increase horsepower’, and it will also help us to understand why some of these horsepower increases […]