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$1,000 Build: Is It Possible To Build A Rat Rod Style Hot Rod F100 For $1,000? Watch

Building low buck cars and trucks has kind of been one of my things, so when I saw this project I was intrigued. Of course the chassis swap is also one of my things, so this one makes sense in that...

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...

Thumping Pistons Of Freedom: This WWII Film About The Massive Diesel Engines Used In Submarines Is Great

Diesel-electric submarines were (and in some ways still are) incredible machines. Some of the most brilliant minds in the world worked on their development. Of course, nuclear submarines made these...

Which Stock LS Head Is Best For Building A Boosted Turbo LS Combo? 317, 799, 706, 241, 243, or 862?

Every single week I have someone calling, texting, or messaging me about a set of LS heads they have, wondering if they will work for the 700-800 horsepower combo they want to build. Every once in a...

Ian Johnson’s Willys Wagon Is Going To Be One Awesome Ride. Check Out The Progress Right Here.

We started sharing the videos from Ian Johnson’s Willys Wagon build last week because its a project we really like the direction on. This thing will be a family wheeling machine, but is being...

HEMI Swap Your Dakota With Bolt In Parts! These Trucks Haul Way More Ass With A HEMI Under The Hood

While 1st and 2nd Gen Dodge Dakota pickups did come with an optional 5.2 or 5.9L V8 engine, aka the 318 and 360 for you Mopar enthusiasts, the most they made was a measly 250 horsepower. Even if you...

Large By Huge Video: This Look At The Biggest Four Cylinder Engines In The World Is Neat!

Perhaps it hurts to say it a little, but the four cylinder engine is likely the most popular piston engine size of all time. We can talk about different layouts and all but in reality, wether inline,...

Gen 5 Or Gen 6? Which Junkyard Big Block Should You Be Grabbing From Your Local Salvage Yard?

LS Junkyard engines are all the rage the past couple years, but there are tons of other wrecking yard finds to be had and used in your hot rod, muscle car, or truck. For those of you out there that...

LT Asks: The Actual Cost of Turbocharging a Big Block 8.1: Should I have built an LS instead?

I’m a big fan of LS engines, and they are all the rage, but some people can’t stand them because they ARE so popular. Some think there is no other engine on earth that can compete with...

Mild To Wild: 700 And 1,000 Horsepower Gen 3 HEMI Builds You Can Do Too!

Our boy Richard Holdener is back at it, and this time he’s making big power with late model Gen 3 HEMIs. In recent years, with the development of the Hellcat platforms, Mopar has made...

Small Block Ford Intake Testing – Single vs Dual Plane On Both 351 Cleveland And Windsor

The world of intake manifolds is a diverse one, where dual plane, single plane, tunnel ram, IR, cross ram, long runner and short are available for just about every popular engine combo. And because...

Cheap Turbo Combos! Is This Ebay GT45 Clone The Best Turbo Ever?

If a $163 turbocharger sounds awesome to some of you, and scary as hell to others, that’s okay. You are our people. On the one hand getting something like this that cheap just makes you giggle...

How Do I Know How Big My Fuel Injectors Need To Be? Richard Holdener Gives You The Simple Math Lesson So You Can Figure It Out Yourself!

Sizing injectors for your engine is NOT rocket science, but it is crazy how many people question and argue and worry about injector sizing for their combinations. The math is pretty simple actually....

Alloy, Ahoy! Let MAHLE Motorsport Educate You On The Difference Between 2618 and 4032 Alloy!

Forged pistons are forged pistons, right? Smack them out, machine them to round, and ship them to the customer. That’s the long and short of it, right? What’s so hard about this!? As it...