Engine, Transmission & Drivetrain

  1. So Simple--8 3/4 Chunk Repaint Properly

    Been doing this for years the same way. I'm a body/paint guy but anyone can do this. Small 5 gallon bucket with lid. Cut 9" hole in bottom side of bucket. Tip upside down. Your chunk should fit nicely and with lid on will hold any residue of gear oil. Degrease #1. Prep with carb cleaner or reducer or thinner, 3 times, and do again. Use plastic small bristle brush getting in nooks and crannies. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat this step, several times. Dry off and steel wool with 00 or similar in all...
  2. How to Properly Oil Advance Cam in a Distributor

    As a lot of you know I have been rebuilding a lot of distributors lately and by far the largest issue with them is this. to prevent this is really simple most of us old guys know about this, once a year just put a few drops of light oil, or engine oil on the felt pad under the rotor, it lubricates the advance cam and also drives the old oil/dirt slowly out. If it is the first time just lift the pad and see if it is all rusted up, if so unfortunately you have to take it apart and clean it....
  3. TTI Small Block Shorty Header Install

    I have installed many sets of TTI LONG TUBE headers but this is the first time installing their shorty set. Along with the Shorty's a complete TTI matching exhaust system to the back bumper.It's a 68 Valiant with a 273 mostly stock with 4 BBL and a Jegs #200161 cam kit.The cam is very similar to a 340 auto cam of the 60's/70's. By all means the 273 runs very good but is maybe 220 HP at the most with the upgrades.That is why I wanted to try the shorty's for the ease of installation. And easy...
  4. Home Made Easy 8-3/4 Center Chuck Storage

    Take 2 empty 5 gals buckets and one cover. cut the bottom of one of the bottoms minus 1/2"-3/4" to leave as a small lip place one bucket with the cut bottom inside the whole bucket This is my tool of choice for cutting out the bottom of the bucket- a 3" air "wizzer". drop the center chuck in the top bucket attach the cover and label. All good. If you put lube in the bottom to coat the gears or completely dry. Also if you do fill with gear oil, make sure you use a cover with a seal and...
  5. How to remove a rusted/frozen radiator hose barb

    Vintage manifolds are cool, except for the ubiquitous corroded radiator hose nipple that won't budge. Galvanic corrosion has stuck it bad, and you've tried penetrating fluid, the torch/wax trick, fire & ice, and big wrenches without budging it one bit? There is still hope. It sucks, but it works. You need a bimetal hacksaw, a cold chisel, a hammer, and embracing The Suck.
  6. Pace Performance: How to Swap/Drop in Your New Aftermarket Distributor! And Verifying Rotor Position

    So you've made the decision to upgrade your factory ignition, and you're holding a shiny new distributor from pace performance in your hands :) ! Be it a MSD, TSP, or any aftermarket distributor, you're now ready to tackle the install!This may seem a bit novice, but due to the immense of tech calls i have been getting on this exact topic, lets take it back to basics!BEFORE YOU START! Lets discuss a few things to make this easierWhere and what are top dead center? (TDC) Top dead...
  7. Diy - Magnum Swap!!

    Hello, I'm going to go in depth and detail on how I did my first Magnum Swap into my brothers 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200. The information I will be providing is intended to help you guys out there thinking about or are doing a Magnum Swap to your early/later A Body Mopar. Look into Magnumswap.com for more info as well. If you want to find something here quick, make sure to hold down Ctrl + F to search keywords, if on a tablet or smart phone, use the 'find in page' option in Chrome. I...
  8. Pace Performance How To: Mounting an Alternator with an Electric Water Pump SBM

    Pace Performance How-to: Mounting an Alternator with an electric water pump SBM Hello All,I had a thread on this a while back, and having found a solution that works for us on our 7,000+ RPM smallblock 408, I wanted to pass along a “How-To". That would help those of you out that wish to run an electric water pump, but don’t necessarily want to abandon your stock style Chrysler alternator. All I ask if you hopefully give me a call at Pace Performance if you need any of these parts ;)...
  9. How to Narrow an 8 3/4 Rear End

    I am in the process of putting a mini tub kit, spring relocation, and axle shortening in my 69 dart, and thought I would share pic's and a how to on the shortening of a housing.As with most housing's this one was bent right from the factory, this rear end came out of a C body Mopar. Rear end measuring tool, is a must have for this job, bought on Ebay for $25 Bought a junk 741 bare housing to use with jig Put the cent plug's from my jig in the carrier, and tightened up caps, then check to...
  10. How to Install a TransGo TF-3 Manual Valve Body Kit in a A-904

    Tearing into an automatic transmission can be kind of intimidating. For most, it seems like something that has to be done by a certified technician, or perhaps a wizard.I made this pictorial in hopes that it will show you that you don't need to be a master of the dark arts to do this modification. All you need is a few basic tools, and maybe a shot of whiskey for a dose of courage.Installing the TransGo tf-3 manual valve body is a very simple task. It's just unfortunate that the...
  11. How to Install Camshaft Bearings

    I have been wanting to do this for a while now and since I got my 383, no better time than the present.This is how to install camshaft bearings.Although this is for a Chrysler big block, the procedure is similar for most any domestic V8, V6, I6 or I4.First, you need the right tool for the job. I've seen people use generic bushing drivers in the past, but the right tool makes it stupid proof and will provide good results every time. Mine is the Lisle 18000 universal camshaft bearing...
  12. How to Install a High Press Spring in a Small Block Oil Pump

    Hello folks! Krazykuda here to show you how to install the MP high pressure spring in the small block oil pump. This will work for all oil pumps for the 273-318-340-360 LA engine.Some people like to run higher oil pressure, and some don't. This is for those who choose to run a little more oil pressure than "standard" stock pumps put out. For those of you who don't buy into increased oil pressure, please move on and not leave any negative comments.Use this information at your own risk....
  13. How to Install Overcenter Clutch Spring in the Car

    Here's a cool way to install overcenter clutch spring with it in the car.Make sure clutch pedal is on the floor that's the shortest point for the spring. See pictures for details.You do have to pry the washers out when finished. Works better with the pedal pulled up for this procedure.
  14. How to Assemble the Front of a Small Block

    Hi guys and gals. I have someone asking me how the front end of an engine goes together. Since I don't know how to attach images for a PM, I'm going to use this post to show him what he needs to know and any of you newbies can also learn from this.First I'm going to assume that you have the front of the engine torn down. Now The first thing that I look for are the two oil galley plugs that go into the holes behind the camshaft thrust plate. Some people have argued that you don't need...
  15. How to ID a Small Block Engine Block:

    Many people ask how do I find out what a small block engine is? You can find out alot about it if you know where to look.... The first question is: "How do I know what size it is?" That can be easily found out by looking at the driver's side of the block (the one without the oil filter). The casting number is found on the driver's side (left side) of the block as shown here: Here is a close up of the casting number. You can see that the engine size is cast into the block at the end of...
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