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 to be more clear**

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Ever been ripped off by a mechanic?

If you use one, chances are you have. Strangely enough, since I always have done my own work, I have never known how bad it was. It wasn’t until a friend contacted me and wanted my opinion on what he thought was an unusually high bill that I learned that the business model of these shops were specifically¬†designed to rip people off.

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Absurd – 54.5 mpg mandate by 2025.

I couldn’t believe it when I read it. It was announced today (8/28/12) that the Obama administration has mandated a 54.5 mpg CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) standard by 2025. The funny thing is, I was just thinking how the 35.5 mpg CAFE standard, which will be enforced by 2016, was already going to change the auto industry, the types of cars we drive, and what its going to do to enthusiasts like us. But, this 2025 standard is far more draconian.

You can read the official release about the 54.5 mpg standard on the EPA website here: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/79c090e81f0578738525781f0043619b/13f44fb4e2c2d39d85257a68005d0154!OpenDocument


The new government approved car…

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Stoptech Street Performance Pads review

Just got back from a test and tune at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven Michigan. Its been about 10 years since I have been to the track and they have since revised the course layout with a new turn creating a faster straight. If you have followed my posts in the past, you would know that I have had issues finding pads that are a good balance for both street and an occasional track day. Anyhow, I went out this time with Stop Tech Street Performance pads and am quite happy with the results.

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The Corvette and the future C7

A friend of mine who has owned many Porsche’s and exotic cars over the years is, to the shock of his exotic car friends, looking to get an older Corvette Z06. This has made me think a lot about the Corvette and some of the BS that the big magazines publish about every new Corvette on the horizon.

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Carroll Shelby dead at 89… So what?

With the recent news of Carroll Shelby’s passing, many automotive media outlets are praising his life as one of the most important automotive innovators to have ever lived. But, I have to say that I have never been impressed by Carroll Shelby and I really don’t know what to think of him. I think that maybe, he was more of a businessman than anything else.

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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 which was originally equipped with a flat 12. Doing some research into alternate engines seems to lead to a disappointing conclusion.

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Those shields behind rotors

One of my greatest pet peeves is sports cars that come under braked. That is, brake systems unable to hold up under a few hot laps at a track day or even some spirited driving on the road. I find that brakes cause me more of a headache than any other system on a car and it just disappoints me when manufactures put crappy systems on so called sports cars.

The inside pad “melted down” forming this deposit on the rotor surface.

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