Engine, Transmission & Drivetrain


  1. "451 Manifesto"

    Inkjunkie:At least I think that is what it was called. It was an article written by Andy F. I believe. Was on the AREngineering site, but my site appears to be down. Was also in Andy's book about building big block's.....have spent the past week looking for my copy of it......have zero clue where it is....Anyhow, by any chance does anyone have a digital copy of it they might have saved off of his site? Or can someone see if it is just something with my PC by checking to see if the...
  2. 1964 - 1974 Factory Engine Paint Chart

    1964 - 1974 Factory Engine Paint Chart
  3. A Good Chart for Where to Adjust Valves

    I just happened to stumbbled across this thought I would share it. I have seen this asked for many times on here and also FBBO. I know many times I could have used it while adjusting valves.
  4. Bottom End Assembly And Tips

    On this one, I just give some general assembly tips and suggestions regarding bearing clearance and whatnot. It's not really a How To, per say, but you get the idea. Pay attention to where I talk about how I assemble the rear main seal retainer. This is how I've always done it. It leaves little room for leaks in that area. As always, this is my method. Feel free to use it or don't. lol
  5. Distributor starting point for a curve

    Great distributor mechanical curve sheet. All makes
  6. Diy - Magnum Swap!!

    How to MAGNUM SWAP your MOPAR!!
  7. Engine rebuilding and replacement. Caution oil pick up replacement

    Engine rebuilding and replacement. Caution oil pick up replacement
  8. Everything you wanted to know about ignition advance

    Great article. Not mine. The centrifugal advance system in a distributor advances spark timing purely as a function of engine rpm (irrespective of engine load or operating conditions), with the amount of advance and the rate at which it comes in determined by the weights and springs on top of the autocam mechanism. The amount of advance added by the distributor, combined with initial static timing, is "total timing" (i.e., the 34-36 degrees at high rpm that most SBC's like). Vacuum advance...
  9. 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...
  10. How To A-833 4 Speed Rebuild pics

    I started rebuilding my tranny so I thought that I would post some pics of the process for those thinking about trying this on their own one day...The first couple pictures are of the manuals I would get as they go into perfect detail and step by step instructions for teardown and buildup. Next are pics of the tranny torn down, and the reverse gear tool I made to get the reverse gear out. Here are some pictures of the assembly process as I am completing it. I did not post pics of the...
  11. 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...
  12. How to Check Compression

    Hello folks! The subject has come up on how to check compression. This is a thread to show you how I check MY engines for compression when I build them. I find it easy and simple to do this way, so I thought that I would share it with all. :DI do ask, since I am writing this on Labor Day 5/26/14 and it will take more than one post to complete, that you not post any questions or comments in this thread until I finish posting and say "That's all Folks". This is to keep the thread...
  13. How To Clean Ring Lands & Re-ring Pistons

    Here is my procedure on how I clean pistons, ring lands and re-ring pistons. This is how I do it. It's worked "for me" better than forty years. I don't use a ring land cleaning tool. I never have. A lot of you don't either, as I am sure you're well off enough to buy new pistons. I've never been fortunate enough to do that with every build, so I "use what I have". This is how I do it.
  14. How to fix a cracked block, easy also

    Man I wish I knew about stitch weld before I threw a bunch of big $$$ motors out, easy also just takes a few hours.
  15. How To Hone Cylinders

    This is my method for honing cylinders with a ball hone, otherwise known as a dingleberry hone. This procedure is only recommended for cylinders with minimal wear, as it removes only a very, very small amount of material. Just enough to break the glaze cause by the polish of the rings going up and down in the cylinders and produce a new finish to break in with a new set of rings. Again, this is how "I" do it. I don't profess that this is the perfect way, so if that's what you're after, stop...
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