Category Archive: 1320 Engine Tech, Apex Engine Tech, Apex Tech Stories, ENGINE, ENGINES, Tech Stories, Videos

Tunnel Ram VS The World! Dual Plane, Single Plane, Or Tunnel Ram? Which One Is Right For A Big Block?

Which intake rules them all? Well to make that determination Richard Holdener put together a hot “little” 496 Stroker Big Block Chevrolet to strap to the dyno at Westech Performance Group...

Junkyard Like A Pro! Here’s How To Pick The Right Junkyard Engine For Your Next Project

Getting an engine from the right vehicle at the wrecking yard matters! There are lots of things that can result in a vehicle finding the end of its usable life and moving onto a wrecking yard to be...

Using The Wrong Lube Hurts! Here Is The Straight Truth On What To Use To Properly Torque Your Fasteners

Everyone thinks about the expensive parts of their engines that are sexy, like pistons, rods, crankshafts, cylinder heads, intakes, etc. But what holds all that stuff where it is supposed to be?...

Custom Intake Manifolds Tested! What Does The Ideal Intake Manifold Look Like? How Long Are The Runners? How Big Is The Plenum?

How many times have you found yourself in the shop, at the races, or on the dyno wondering if you have just thought of the world’s greatest speed part? It happens to me all the time, and...

Hunt For Grunt! LS Torque Cams: Do You Know What Really Works?

In this video from Richard Holdener, he lets you in on yet another round of dyno testing Speed Secrets in the never ending Hunt for Grunt. LS Engines aren’t particularly known for being torque...

Mopar Alternator Comparison: Stock vs Powermaster Original Look vs Powermaster 220amp Upgraded Alternator

When it comes to the charging system of your classic car, you have a few options. The first is to just hope and pray that the 50-year old alternator that’s on the engine continues to work even...

Control Timing With Holley EFI. Here’s How To Install And Wire A Dual Sync Distributor For Your Sniper

Switching from a carbureted combination to one that uses fuel injection can be a great way to improve drivability, fuel mileage, cold starts, and more for your hot rod or street machine. But as good...

Which LS Intake Manifold Is Right For You? Here Is The Biggest Intake Test In LS History. Check Out All The Testing Results

Normal people can’t get a handful of intake manifolds and bolt them to their engine to test and see which one is best for their project. But if you could, you certainly would. And when Richard...

Engine Tech Video: How To Properly Degree In Your Camshaft – Take Your Time And Follow This Process For Success

Perhaps you have been used to needing to get jobs done in a rush. Time has been of the essence in your wrenching life because you’re thrashing after work, between your kid’s games, or in...

Engine Tech: How To Check Piston To Valve Clearance Two Different Ways – Using Clay or Using A Dial Indicator

It’s kind of funny. Lots of our lives are spent in a rush, right? Trying to make time for the stuff we want to do after finishing the stuff we have to do. If there is one thing we know...

Engine Tech Video: Watch This Little 302 Receive A Trick Flow 11R Top End Kit – Installing The Upper End Of The Valevtrain

One of the neatest things to happen for people who love making horsepower over the last ten years has been the emergence, explosion, and acceptance of the “top end kit”. It was a...

Cylinder Head Tech Video: Watch Five Different Heads Get Dyno Tested On A Stroker Jeep Inline Six!

A couple of weeks ago we showed you a great video that explored the question of roller rockers making horsepower on a modified engine. This time we’re back with the same Jeep stroker inline six...

Happy 3/25! It Is The Day We Celebrate The 5.3L LS Engine – Yes It Measures 325ci!

For a generation of hot rodders, this IS their small block Chevy. The 5.3L, 325ci LS engine was the bread and butter of the company’s line up for more than a decade and many, many millions were...

Project Hay Hauler Update: Bringing New Life To My Old 383 Stroker

(Words and Photos by Scott Liggett) When we last left off on the Project Hay Hauler’s build, we had just replaced the broken Dana 44 with a junkyard scored 12 bolt, then replaced the entire...