Category Archives: Engines

Is it possible to make modern power with a gen 1 small block chevy?

The small block chevy is the iconic hotrodders engine. Its been around since 1955 and is even still made new today for the aftermarket. Without too much trouble, 400hp out of one of these engines isn’t hard to achieve. But in this modern age where we see 350hp out of NA V6’s and now turbo […]

Flowmaster Pro Series Muffler

Some time ago, I ran across an interesting muffler design from Flowmaster. The design used two perforated sheet metal cones mounted point to point inside the muffler case. Back then, the muffler was called the “Hush Power” series; but now they are calling it the “Pro Series” line. Strangely, They also have a smaller pipe diameter version called the DBX […]

GM needs to stop using roots superchargers.

The roots supercharger has its place, but many hard-core track enthusiasts who have bought the new Z06 are finding that they have severe limitations.

Dealing with tuners

Last fall, I took my project car to a tuner to have it tuned on a dyno. I learned quite a few things during the process that I think anyone interested in getting a tune should know before going. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to maximize your time with the tuner and get […]

Testing fuel injectors

Still trying to track down issues with the engine. Here is how I tested my new injectors just to be absolutely certain they were not the problem.

Frustrating issues with the race car

For some time now, I have been troubleshooting my old 3rd generation F-body trying to tie up loose ends and problems that have existed for a long time. Right now, I am stuck and cannot seem to find whats wrong with the engine. Cylinders 1 and 7 are quite a bit colder than all the […]

Setting initial timing on a small block Chevy (SBC)

This is a little how-to for setting the initial ignition timing on a small block Chevy before its ever been run. Note* this post assumes that you already know how to time a running engine, just not one that never been run before or has had its distributor removed and its timing settings lost. **Updated […]

Can you tune any engine?

I’ve been looking at some of the new kit cars like the SL-C and some of the 917 replicas out there and wondered about alternative engine options. The choice that most people go with is a Chevy v8, but it would be nice to have something a little more exotic – especially for the 917 […]

The F1 Turbo Era

I found this great video on the development of a new F1 engine at the beginning of the turbo era. This video is quite long so I suggest you sit back and relax with an adult beverage of your choosing.

Why alternative engine designs have never met much success

We have had piston and poppet valves longer than we have had the internal combustion engine. But over the years, there has some been some different ideas and engine designs that have tried to challenge the traditional piston engine… All have failed.