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  1. How to Rebuild a Small Block Part 4: Pre Flight Inspection After Machine Shop Before Assembly

    This is the first stage for assembling the engine... If you go to a machine shop for your block work, this is where you want to begin... In this chapter I am going to go through inspecting the block after a machine shop to make sure everything was done properly and give some sources for parts... Not every machine shop is familiar with Mopars and can make mistakes, you want to verify that they did their work properly and catch it now before you begin to assemble the engine...This is...
  2. 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...
  3. 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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    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...
  5. 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...
  6. Engine rebuilding and replacement. Caution oil pick up replacement

    Engine rebuilding and replacement. Caution oil pick up replacement
  7. 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...
  8. Distributor starting point for a curve

    Great distributor mechanical curve sheet. All makes
  9. “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...
  10. 1964 - 1974 Factory Engine Paint Chart

    1964 - 1974 Factory Engine Paint Chart
  11. 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...
  12. 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....
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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.
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