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News and Reviews

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383 Beyond the Crate LT1 Parts List

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The following parts for the Beyond the Crate 383 project are all available through Summit Racing except where noted. These are the Summit part numbers which you can use to find them on Summit's web site.
383 Chevy

Why Johnson Hydraulic Roller Lifters Belong in Your Engine

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Johnson Lifters wants to be your valve lifter source.  A primary supplier with  top tier manufacturing capabilities, the 90 year old company functions seamlessly within the high stress, low tolerance OEM environment where quality control inspections are mandatory and frequent. An essential part of Johnson Lifter’s quality control program is identifying and solving common lifter issues. In particular, hydraulic valve lifters have long suffered the notion that they are no good for performance use, but that is far from accurate.   Johnson puts a check mark on that fallacy and points to the success of Chevrolet’s ultra high performance COPO […]
Engine Builing

Engine Building Rules Part 1: Planning

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Consider a typical performance engine build plan that holds true for many budget based bracket racing builds and illustrates how insufficient research and planning can steer an engine project down the wrong path right from the beginning. The first mistake is...
Zora Duntov Interview

Zora Arkus Duntov’s Last Public Interview

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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...
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A Conversation with Jim McFarland

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When you want straight talk from an industry insider it's always best to ask someone who has been around a long time and is fully comfortable with voicing his opinions. That would be Jim McFarland, career engineer, long standing member of the SAE and a man with...

Video Gallery

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Racer’s Library

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Click Image to Read Review Note:   All books reviewed here are promotional copies provided by the publisher for review purposes. They are identical to commercially available copies. Sample photos from each book are copyrighted by the authors and used here by permission.                                  

Summit Racing 1:6 Scale Top Fuel Ford Cammer Racing Engine

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Here's another great 1:6 scale racing engine from the Summit Racing model engine collection. These are great looking engines from any angle especially in a display case backed by a mirror. They look good surrounded by your die-cast car collection or as stand alone accents on your desk. This historically correct model of one of drag racing’s most powerful racing engines is...

Engine Book Library

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Note: All books reviewed here are promotional copies provide by the publisher for review purposes. They are identical to commercially available copies. Sample photos from each book are copyrighted by the authors and used here by permission...

Dart 565 Cubic Inch Big Block Chevy

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Our Dart based 565 cubic inch big block Chevy was built for a 1990 Pontiac Trans Am running at Bonneville. It runs in the AA/Gas Coupe class where the current record is 263.603 MPH. A larger engine is likely more desirable in this class and room has been left to enlarge the engine if necessary. This particular combination was chosen because it permits 7000-plus RPM while keeping the mean piston speed below 5000 feet per minute. The Dart Big M block uses a 4.600-inch bore which leaves room for future enlargement while the 4.250 stroke maintains the desired piston speed […]
Stgraight Shot Oiling

Straight Shot Oiling

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Many years ago racers decided that cross-drilling an additional hole straight through the mains provided better lubrication to the bearings, likely a result of trying to fix an oiling problem or some other problem caused by improper clearances and bearings that were not originally designed for the stress of a racing environment.