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  1. 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...
  2. How to ID a Small Block Oil Pan 60's - 80's

    Some people have been asking how to identify a small block oil pan. Here is how to tell the differences in the pans from 273-318-340-360. Basically the 273-318-340 are interchangeable and there were two basic "series" of them.Also the oil pans for the trucks are different than the oil pans for the cars because the "hump" in the pan is in different locations. For the truck pans the "hump" is on the end, and for cars it is more toward the center. You cannot use a truck pan on a car as the...
  3. How to Install a Bolt In Sprag in a 727

    This unit is a TCI 4 bolt unit. Since no instructions are provided with this. It really was simple. And for $75 a worth while upgrade.Tools:Block of wood 3/16 allen head socket thin blade screwdriver dead blow hammer 3/8 ratchet and extention. First assuming you have your old sprag removed. Take a moment to clean up the area.This sprag here comes from Summit and is TCI brand. For mild street use I felt the 4 bolt was plenty.First inspect new parts. Make sure all the parts are there....
  4. 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....
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. How To Lap Valves

    This is the time honored method by which I lap valves. This is called a "basic" valve job and is primarily used for refreshing the valve faces and seats. Also, it was stressed to me by the old gentleman who taught me how when I was a kid, the importance of being able to see the actual area where the valve seats. I think it's so important, I even disassemble new heads and lap the valves. Yes, while it's true, the modern Serdi machine is the way to go, nevertheless, I will come behind that...
  9. How To Measure For And Correct Valve Spring Height

    This is how I measure for and correct valve spring height. Very simple process. all you need is a 35 dollar tool. It's called a valve spring micrometer. This is essential for correctly setting up valve spring heights and making sure you have the correct installed height for the correct seat and open pressures. Failure to do this can have catastrophic results. As always, this is how I do it. Thanks for following along.
  10. 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...
  11. 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....
  12. Featured

    How to Rebuild a Small Block Part 1: Block Prep

    Hello everyone, it's Krazykuda here to show you how to rebuild a small block... This article is to help any newbies through rebuilding a small block Mopar LA engine, but may have a few tips that some of you seasoned builders may find useful... If you haven't ever built an engine, I will show you what you need to know to do it yourself...The goal of this series is to show what you can do at home in your own garage... Go at your own pace and ability and then take it to someone...
  13. How to Rebuild a Small Block Part 2: Cam Bearing Install

    In this chapter I am going to go through installing the cam bearings in the block... If you don't have the tools or experience to do this at home, then have a qualified machine shop do it for you, but make sure to check the bearings are installed properly by probing the holes with a coat hanger to make sure the oil passages are free flowing as described in this chapter...This is the next step to continue after part 1 where we tore the block down and cleaned it up... If you missed it, you...
  14. How to Rebuild a Small Block Part 3: Install Water Jacket and Oil Galley Plugs

    In this chapter I am going to go through installing the freeze plugs and oil galley plugs in the block...This is the next step to continue after part 1 & 2 where we tore the block down and cleaned it up, then put the cam bearings in... If you missed it, you can find it here...How to Rebuild a Small Block Part 1: Block PrepHow to Rebuild a Small Block Part 2: Cam Bearing Install*************************************************************************Hello everyone, it's Krazykuda...
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