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Mystery Motor Development Engineer Bill Howell Tells All

March 27, 2017 @ 5:08 am
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Our first story on Chevrolet’s legendary mystery motor generated a lot of new questions and a few sour comments by desktop experts still insisting it was a revised 409 W-motor. So we decided to solicit more facts straight from the horses’ mouth. We consulted an old...
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Chevrolet 427 Mystery Motor

March 27, 2017 @ 5:00 am
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Most of the testing and development was done with 409ci versions. Development engineers were able to generate the required power at that displacement, but in October of ‘62 negotiations with NASCAR resulted in approval to enlarge it to 427ci to gain parity with Ford. A mad rush ensued to design longer 3.65-inch...

663hp 434ci Small-Block Street Engine

June 16, 2016 @ 3:00 am
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When tasked to build a 650hp+ street engine with lots of restrictions, Mike Petralia's Hardcore Horsepower, LLC in Franklin, TN crafted this 434ci beast ...

Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 (RPM Act)

May 15, 2016 @ 6:22 pm
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Why Johnson Hydraulic Roller Lifters Belong in Your Engine

April 24, 2016 @ 11:14 pm
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Johnson Lifters wants to be your valve lifter source.  A primary supplier with  top tier manufacturing…

1969 Z/28 Canted Valve 302

April 13, 2016 @ 6:54 pm
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An in depth look at a one-off all aluminum canted valve, crossram inducted Chevrolet small block evaluated for the '69 Z/28. A glimpse of something so unique and bad ass for its day...
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Smokin’ the Speed Demon

February 7, 2016 @ 12:37 am
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George Poteet's Speed Demon streamliner is the fastest piston powered car in the world with Duttweiler horsepower and here's a look at the new wind tunnel test designed to find the perfect ride height and aerodynamic balance for record setting...
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Ford Debuts 2016 Mustang Cobra Jet Drag Package

November 6, 2015 @ 12:53 am
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The new 2016 Cobra Jet Mustang sports a blown Coyote 5.0L V8 engine with a refined Whipple 2.9L supercharger pumping up the power. The supercharged 5.0L Coyote engine has proved to be remarkably reliable when operating at maximum capacity which is said to approach if not exceed 1000 horsepower...

Art Chrisman Receives Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award

November 3, 2015 @ 3:24 pm
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Art Chrisman continues to serve as an inspiration to racers and automotive engineers worldwide. The Petersen Automotive Museum was proud to honor him with the 2015 Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Awards Breakfast...

Fifty Years with Valley Head Service

May 4, 2015 @ 10:34 pm
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Fifty years ago this month Larry Ofria began porting cylinder heads in a run-down old chicken coup at the family property on Sherman Way in Reseda, California. Larry and the engine savvy crew at Valley Head Service are recognized far and wide for their contributions to the advancement of high performance engine...
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Why You Want ARP Bolts for Your Engine

April 30, 2015 @ 11:07 pm
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ARP is the first thing you think of when you need fasteners for your race engine. Need some head bolts? Call ARP. Need a complete fastener kit? Call ARP...
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Top Pro Street Engines from the Car Craft Street Machine Nationals

July 4, 2014 @ 1:12 am
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Hot Pro Street engines were in plentiful supply at the 2014 Car Craft Street Machine Nationals this past weekend in DuQuoin, Illinois. Participants and spectators were treated to a dazzling display of top quality cars and engines...
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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Boasts 707 HP

July 2, 2014 @ 11:06 pm
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Dodge outpowers GM and Ford! They now claim the highest horsepower and torque figures offered by any domestic performance car from the factory. The 2015 Dodge Challenger delivers over 700 horsepower and 650 foot pounds of torque...
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100+ Awesome Hot Rod Engines from the LA Roadster Show

June 15, 2014 @ 11:46 pm
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Hot Rods and cool engines filled the Pomona, California fairgrounds for the 50th annual father's day LA Roadster Show. Engine lovers were treated to a phenomenal display of racing and high performance engines that would take a lifetime to see if they were not assembled in one convenient spot...
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540ci All Motor Pump Gas Brute

May 3, 2014 @ 11:34 pm
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The new AFR cylinder heads are the central component of this remarkable piece; a real world engine designed to deliver off the hook performance without expensive power adders and in the face of fluctuating fuel quality...

622 HP Blown Street Small Block

December 23, 2013 @ 11:19 pm
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Sometimes a simple straightforward combination is best for a particular application. No tricks, no overly exotic hardware; just regular hardcore speed equipment built around a standard Gen 1 small block for a traditional street rod or street machine. These are the bread and butter engines that any...

Meaux Racing Heads tests 2101 HP Mud Truck Engine

December 6, 2013 @ 2:38 am
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This C&S Performance Engines bad boy made made 2,101 HP on a very easy nitrous squeeze, 1,611 HP w/2-4's N.A. and 1,572 HP w/1-4 barrel N.A. Take a good look at the torque curve on this monster and just imagine how its going to tear up those offroad AMRA dirt tracks..
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Hardcore Horsepower’s 692 HP 406ci Chevy

October 3, 2013 @ 12:52 am
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A 406 cubic inch small block is one of the most popular choices for Chevy powered sportsman drag racers seeking strong reliable power at reasonable cost. Careful planning and the right mix of parts can push the power close to 700 HP without exotic or costly components. Variations include the option to take the motor to 415ci, 421ci or even 434 cubic inches if so desired...
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Sonny’s 1,005ci Billet V8 Cranks 2150 HP

September 26, 2013 @ 10:55 am
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Sonny's Racing Engines is now offering the first V8 racing engine to top 1000 cubic inches. The new SRE V8 is one serious piece with a price tag approaching $110,000, but its easy to see how cost escalates quickly with a billet block and crank, billet cylinder heads, special sheet metal intake...

304ci Y-block, 147 MPH…’62 Ford Pickup

September 5, 2013 @ 9:51 pm
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Y-Block powered Ford pickup busts a move at 2013 Bonneville Nationals with a 147 MPH pass that served notice that the ol' Y-block is still in the game. Check out Tim and Kathy McMaster's 7000 rpm '62 Ford Y-block hauler and learn how Tim turned an aging Ford Y-block into a 7000 rpm screamer that...
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Watch the Doomsday Impala Buildup, then Ride Along on an 8.69 Pass!

July 1, 2013 @ 9:55 pm
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Hey fellas, All you drag racing fans will probably enjoy watching these videos of our Doomsday Impala friends from the UK building their awesome "three years in the making" doomsday Impala.The car has been upgraded to a new 496ci engine and has cracked into the 8.60s at 152 MPH. If you like these videos, give Dave and Andy a shout out on youtube and let them know you appreciate their efforts...
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Hemi Head Chevy Big Blocks

February 28, 2013 @ 11:31 am
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Mitech Racing Engines in Placentia, California sports a lengthy list of record setting engines, particularly in land speed record racing. They also specialize in custom engines for racing and street applications; among them some radical Chevy big blocks equipped with Arias...
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1/8 Scale Ford 427 Sideoiler

February 13, 2013 @ 5:18 pm
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One of those models is this Ford FE V8 427 sideoiler engine with Weber carbs; the engine that Carroll Shelby chose for his semi-competition Cobras. Since I had already built one of those I figured it would be nice to have the engine as a stand alone Since I had already built one of those I figured it would be nice to have the engine as a stand alone model beside it. So I bought the virtual...
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The Doomsday Impala

February 7, 2013 @ 3:11 pm
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According to Andy, the single 4-barrel car has run a best of 8.80 at 150mph with 489ci naturally aspirated on methanol. They damaged the motor in 2012 so it was rebuilt to 496ci for 2013. They are hoping it will tip it below 8.80 as it already ran very consistent high 8's with...
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Inside Warren Johnson’s Pro Stock Engine!

January 15, 2013 @ 2:25 pm
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To those who follow NHRA Pro Stock, Warren Johnson needs no introduction. Winner of six Pro Stock World Championships, "The Professor" was also the first to exceed 180 MPH, 190 MPH, and 200 MPH in an NHRA-legal Pro Stocker. He was named as one of...

Finding Vintage Big Blocks

December 27, 2012 @ 3:30 pm
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Vintage Big Blocks www.vintagebigblocks.com stands out with an easy to use web site that lists all the original blocks, cranks, heads, and manifolds they have collected for sale. Owner David Swartz (Swartz Enterprises) provides a well organized web site with listings by year...

Cool Cars and Engines at Riverside International Automotive Museum

December 18, 2012 @ 6:07 pm
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For engine enthusiasts the best part is the opportunity to get up close to the open wheel cars and study the engines which include turbocharged Meyer/Drake Offys, Gurney Eagles, and Ford and Toyota race engines. Modelers will love the opportunity to...
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1 HP/ci Edelbrock 265 Chevy in 1956

December 5, 2012 @ 3:15 pm
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In the mid-1950s, Ronnie Householder (who later headed up Chrysler’s NASCAR program) was the GM forerunner of Vince Piggins and the “Product Performance” group. He was also a friend of Vic Edelbrock, Sr. Upon the introduction of the small-block V8 in 1955...

The Leo Goossen Archive

November 14, 2012 @ 5:04 pm
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Readers interested in vintage Miller and Offy racing engines may be pleased to learn that the Leo Goossen Archive (The Robert Sutherland, Mark Dees Collection) of Miller and Offenhauser drawings has been preserved under the care of curator Gordon White...
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The Duntov “Performance” Manifesto

November 10, 2012 @ 2:40 pm
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“I ask him if he recalled when the small-block Chevy had been introduced in ’55, and if he remembered that you could buy GM performance parts for the engine right over the counter at dealerships. I still recall the wry smile as he paused to pull a file of documents from his desk, offering one for me to read...
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Ford FE Engine Power Secrets

November 1, 2012 @ 4:59 pm
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Ford built FEs from 1958 through 1976, in a wide variety of configurations. Displacements included 332, 352, 360, 390, 406, 410, 427, and 428. From a performance perspective the best known engines are the 427s found in the original 427 Cobras, Galaxies, Fairlanes, and Cougars, and the...

Next Gen Chevy LT1 Small Block Unveiled

October 24, 2012 @ 2:38 pm
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Cheverolet has just release pre-production details of the next generation (Gen V) all aluminum small block that will power the Corvette. The new engine revives the LT1 RPO moniker with a 6.2L version offering 450 horsepower and 450 lb-ft torque...
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Zora Arkus Duntov’s Last Public Interview

October 17, 2012 @ 1:28 pm
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Ever wonder where the "Z" came from in RPO codes like Z28, ZL1, Z06 and so forth? It stands for Zora in honor of Zora Arkus Duntov the founding father of Chevrolet's extraordinary high performance legacy. The accompanying video interview was conducted many...