One by one, Edelbrock components add performance and horsepower to your engine. These performance gains are multiplied with Edelbrock Crate Engines, which combine many of those famous Edelbrock products into one solid performance package. Now, you’ll multiply the savings, too, since Edelbrock has lowered the price on all of its small block Chevy 350ci crate engine offerings in 2004, putting more power under the hood and more money in your pocket. Better yet, for a limited time, Edelbrock is offering free shipping on Crate Engine orders. Edelbrock’s Performer, Performer RPM, and Performer RPM E-Tec crate engines include Edelbrock’s performance-proven carburetor, manifold, heads, aluminum water pump (optional), valve covers, and more, all built by Edelbrock. Each delivers classic Edelbrock performance, right out of the box. Edelbrock also offers the Performer RPM E-Tec with an optional fuel injection system for the ultimate in performance and driveability. The EFI crate … [Read more...] about Edelbrock’s Performance Small-Block Chevy Crate Engine
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Of all the subjects we write about in the pages of Mopar Muscle, the Mopar Muscle Engine Challenge articles are some of the most popular. Our readers seem to enjoy being educated about engines, and learning how eight engine builders achieve big power on pump gas and a limited budget. While the Hemis and big-blocks we’ve featured in past challenges certainly got a great response, it seems this year’s small-blocks are just as popular, and for good reason. The small-block Chrysler mill is widely available, makes great power, and can be inexpensive to build. Since stroker kits are also now available for the LA engines, it’s really no wonder so many enthusiasts are choosing small-blocks to power their cars. Since all the engines must be delivered to the Mopar Nationals, if you went to the show this year you likely saw the engine challenge motors on display, and may have even spoken to one of the builders. The engines drew quite a crowd as people speculated about how much … [Read more...] about Mopar Nationals – The ’07 AMSOIL/Mopar Muscle Engine Challenge
If you’re working on a budget, one cost-effective way to build a new engine is to order an engine kit from a mail-order parts company, such as those found in Circle Track. Begin your engine buildup list by identifying what good parts you already have, such as a cylinder block, a crankshaft and rods. Then, decide what parts you’re going to need new, such as a camshaft, lifters, bearings, gaskets and so on. Carefully weigh the cost and hassle between refurbishing stock items and buying new parts. For example, with today’s aftermarket offerings, it may be easier and more cost-effective to buy new cylinder heads rather than rebuilding the old units. By the time the old heads have been cleaned, inspected, decked, machined and fitted with new valves and springs, you may have the same amount of money invested as the cost of a new pair of high-flow aftermarket heads. It’s common knowledge that a high compression ratio, a big camshaft and an open-plenum intake manifold … [Read more...] about Engine Build – Crankshaft To Cylinder Head – Deck Height
At PHR’s annual engine-building shootout, the AMSOIL Engine Masters Challenge, many of the competitors fall into one of two camps. There are the guys whose engine platform of choice is the one that they feel best stacks the edicts of the rulebook in their favor. Let’s call them the pragmatists. Since making horsepower is all about optimizing airflow, it’s not surprising that the engine platforms with the broadest selection of potent induction components are often the most popular. At the other end of the spectrum, there are guys who will build their favorite engine platform of choice no matter what, rules be damned. Let’s call them the passionate loyalists. From Cammer Fords and Pontiacs, to AMCs and Buicks, thank goodness for the men who love these motors, because they’re the ones who add a big wallop of intrigue and spice to the competition. Todd Miller of TM Enterprises is a Ford Boss 429 fanatic, and for him the choice was between building a Boss motor … [Read more...] about Ford 385 Series Big-Block Engine – World’s Best Boss!
Mark Mutert was cruising around in his Pro-Touring ’68 Camaro when he started to feel that it was time for something new. Soon, the ’68 had a new home and Mark was hot on the trail of his next project. It wasn’t long before he came across a barn fresh ’66 Chevelle that was in great condition. Mark was all ready to start work on the Chevelle when this ’70 Nova fell into his lap. After all, how could he pass on the Nova? He had seen it driving around his hometown of Moscow Mills, Missouri, for 13 years and since his very first car was a ’72 Nova, he had always had his eye on the local ’70. When it came up for sale the notion to buy it was a no-brainer for Mark. The Chevelle was put on the back burner and work began on the tired Nova. The first thing Mark learned was that the car looked better driving around town than it did up close. As Mark put it, “Obviously the old guy that owned it had a few fender benders. At one time he had wrecked … [Read more...] about Bang For The Buck — Feature — Popular Hot Rodding
Aeromotive // 913.647.7300 // AeromotiveInc.com Looking for a cost-effective way to install a fuel system that will fit just about any carbureted fuel tank? Aeromotive has you covered with its all-new returnless Carbureted Phantom Kit for car owners who want to trade in their loud, noisy, T-style pumps and swap for an efficient, quiet operation. The kit features Aeromotive’s Stealth 325 pump with line pressure preset to 15 psi to support 200 to 1,200 hp. The new kit is adjustable from 6 to 11 inches and includes a billet top hat with ORB-06 ports, foam baffle and bladder sump, proprietary sealing gasket, installation ring, high-flow pre-pump filter, and billet C-ring mount. Amsoil // 800.777.8491 // Amsoil.com Amsoil recently reformulated its European Car Formula 5W-30 synthetic motor oil to further meet the lubrication needs of modern European gasoline and diesel cars and light trucks. Engineered with a select additive package and synthetic base oils, the improved emission … [Read more...] about Engine Masters Challenge Buyer’s Guide
as in hypercar. We talked to head of Mercedes-AMG Tobias Moers at Mercedes’ pre-show gala ahead of the Paris auto show, where we gleaned exclusive details on Affalterbach’s proposed F1-powered rocket. Among the compelling details, Moers filled us in on what will power Germany’s newest hypercar: “We’re going to use the powertrain of the Formula 1 car. We’re going to use Formula 1 technology like it is. We have to adapt it, but it’s going to be the 1.6-liter V-6,” the AMG boss said referring to the hybridized and turbocharged powertrain (pictured below) that Mercedes currently uses to race at the highest level. Autoblog further reports that the car will sport active aerodynamics and feature output levels expected to be in the 1000-hp range—all fed to the rear wheels—while the engine’s redline will fall between 10,000 and 11,000 rpm. If there were any doubts about how much will … [Read more...] about Mercedes-AMG F1-Powered Hypercar: Engine, Power, and Price Details
Chrysler invited us to its Trenton South Engine Plant near Detroit to learn more about the new Pentastar V-6. Figuring the best way to learn is by doing, Chrysler technicians helped us assemble an engine from a pile of parts.But rather than slowing the assembly line—which has been pumping out the new engines since February—we built our engine on a stand in a conference room at the Trenton facility. On the line, much of the assembly is done with the engine block mounted upside down, and all the bolts are torqued to specification by machines. We could rotate our block in any orientation for easier access to specific parts, and didn’t worry about precise torque specs—and for the sake of time, we only installed two pistons, used half the requisite number of valve-lash adjusters, and neglected the accessory drive components completely. Don’t worry: these incomplete, journalist-molested engines are reserved for training exercises and won’t end up in your … [Read more...] about We Build a Pentastar V-6 to Learn More About Chrysler’s New Engine
its upcoming Shelby GT350 and GT350R told us a great deal about the hot new models’ chassis.For example, the GT350 and the even racier GT350R will come with a very powerful and sophisticated braking system. The front rotors are 15.5 inches in diameter, while the rears measure 14.9 inches; both are cross-drilled with carefully chamfered holes to minimize the chances of cracking.To save weight, these rotors employ aluminum hat sections. Moreover, the rotors float on a circle of pins that connect them to the aluminum mounting hats. Floating rotors are free to expand radially as they get hot and are less likely to distort.The rotors are manufactured by first casting and partially machining. Then the pins are inserted into radial holes in the rotors. The aluminum hat sections are cast around the pins. Finally, they receive their final machining to make sure that all of the surfaces are totally concentric.The calipers themselves are made by Brembo—there are … [Read more...] about Ford Mustang Shelby GT350/GT350R Chassis Detailed: The More We Learn, the More Impressed We Are
The appeal of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle was once as much of a mystery to me as was the appeal of country music. As a teenager, I’d walk five miles in each direction just to sit briefly on a yellow RZ350 before the salesman shooed me out of the showroom. I was captivated by the names and the numbers of Japanese sportbikes: Ninja. GSX-R750. Interceptor. FZR1000. I bought my first sportbike (a 600 Ninja) in 1993 and what probably will not be my last sportbike (a VFR800 in the anniversary colors, which I insist on calling an “Interceptor” in conversation) in 2015.I always had contempt for the Motor Company and its products. Next to these warp-speed machines, with their aerodynamic fairings and outrageous power and lamentable graphics, the V-Twins from Milwaukee seemed old. Stodgy. Slow. Demographically undesirable, the choice of white trash with factory jobs and Boomers with transparent orange bottles full of blue pills. The company itself was on welfare; it survived … [Read more...] about No Fixed Abode: Learning From Willie G.