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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. How To Recondition a Sure Grip Cone

    This is a how to on reconditioning a cone style sure grip unit. This is not a boni-fide approved repair in any book or manual. I have done a LOT and I mean a LOT of them like this and never had a problem.I am doing this unit for our member "73SwingerBuild". As you can see, it's a pretty clean unit out of the box. To disassemble it, simply remove the eight bolts on the ring gear flange. The preload springs will push the unit apart.EDIT: This thread is purely a how to. I don't intend for...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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.
  7. Johnny BluePrint: 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 BluePrint Engines in your hands :) ! 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 center is the spot in the engine cycle where the...
  8. Diy - Magnum Swap!!

    How to MAGNUM SWAP your MOPAR!!
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    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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. “Speed Tips” from MP/DC Hustle Stuff

    Below is the last published speed tips from MP from there 2000 catolog. This should help answer a few questions on what works and what doesn’t.At this time, it seems that the recent take over by Fiat has resulted (by Fiat’s hand or not) in the discontinuation of all parts. Substitutions will have to be made from other vendors. Cam pages Suggested reading. Purchase the books! For Poly engine guys, the address and phone number for Racer Brown. Camshafts listed below. But you may want an...
  14. Slant Six Camshaft Bearing "How To" Install

    Please do not comment until the mods have changed this into a How To. It will make their job a little easier. Thank you.This is a how to about installing camshaft bearings into a slant six engine. I almost didn't do this, but Kitty insisted because she has fun taking the pictures. I am glad she did now, because the slant is a little different with its offset camshaft. Being offset, the oiling holes from the mains are basically "blind". In other words, with the main caps off, you cannot see...
  15. 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...
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