Engine, Transmission & Drivetrain

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  1. Diy - Magnum Swap!!

    How to MAGNUM SWAP your MOPAR!!
  2. “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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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....
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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.
  15. How To Remove/Install Clutch Pedal Spring With Pictures

    Here's a new and easier way to remove/install the spring on the clutch pedal. ......Note this only works with the pedal assembly out of the car...... This method requires only three tools: a hammer, flat head screw driver, and a 7/16 socket. The next step is to remove the clutch starter switch. The next step is to remove the C-clip on the opposite side of the spring side. Ok now take the hammer to knock the end over. The goal here is to move the pedal over enough to clear the pedal bracket....
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