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Edd China’s Workshop Diaries: Why The Hell Is Edd Putting A Diesel Engine In His Electric Ice Cream Truck?

Well… that didn’t take long. Apparently someone else wants the Mercedes Sprinter Van ice cream truck, but without the electric motor and drivetrain. We’re not exactly sure why, but...

What Happens When You Max Out A Turbo? Will More Boost Make More Power?

When you talk turbos, and boost, everyone knows that more is better right? I mean the fact that a turbo is rated at a specific power level doesn’t matter if you can get it to give more boost...

Here’s How You Balance A Crankshaft: Watch As Jim’s Automotive Machine Balances The Crank In This Pontiac Engine

Last week we shared a cool video about grinding the rod journals on the crankshaft that is about to get balanced, which is all a part of a series of videos from Jim’s Automotive Machine...

Ever Wonder How They Grind Crankshafts? Watch This Video And See Just How It All Happens Using This Pontiac Crank As The Example

Watching engine parts get machined is always cool, but some of the machining operations are way cooler than others. Decking a block is pretty mundane, and so is boring and honing, even though there...

How To Video: Building Custom Spark Plug Wires At Home Isn’t Hard, And Makes For A Super Clean Install

If you have a stock, meaning un-modified, car and need a new set of spark plug wires, there is absolutely nothing wrong with going down to your local parts store and buying a replacement set....

BangShift Project Power Laggin’ Update: Fixing Our Fuel System Before We Go Atomic!

Welcome back to our coverage of Project Power Laggin’! Follow along as we take a tired 1979 Dodge W150 Power Wagon we found in Central Maine and transform it from a derelict roadside attraction to...

BangShift Project Power Laggin’ Update: We Decide To Go Atomic With The Old Rig!

Welcome back to our coverage of Project Power Laggin’! Follow along as we take a tired 1979 Dodge W150 Power Wagon we found in Central Maine and transform it from a derelict roadside attraction to...

I’ve Always Wanted One Of These Import Mini 4×4 Trucks, But What’s It Really Like To Get One?

I know a lot of you out there have really wanted to get hold of one of these little import Mini 4×4 trucks, whether it is to drive on the street, around your property, or to take wheeling on...

The Big Fix: Watch This Welder Perform A Repair On A Massive Lanz Bulldog Piston

Ok, now this is neat. You are about to watch a welder perform a piston repair on a massive Lanz Bulldog piston. So a Lanz Bulldog is a tugboat engine? No. A locomotive engine? Negatory. How about a...

Holley Carb Tuning Tips And Tricks With Steve “The Carb Whisperer” Brule From Westech Performance!

Steve Brule is the smartest dyno operator and tuner I’ve ever seen or heard about. There, I said it. Are there other incredibly talented tuners and operators out there? Of course! Are there...

Got A Duramax? Plug In For 150 More Horsepower And 300 Pound Feet Of Torque!

Diesel performance is absolutely nuts nowadays, as the manufacturers keep making more and more power with their diesel-powered pickup trucks, but there is still plenty more to be had with simple...

Too High? Holley Hi-Ram VS Mid-Rise VS Stock LS Truck Intake. Which Is Best For Which Engine?

Nobody, and I mean nobody, has done more LS engine intake manifold testing than Richard Holdener. You might have seen some of his videos on the subject, but know that this is a fraction of those...

Valvetrain Tech: If Light Weight And Low Reciprocating Mass Matter So Much, Do Stiffer Valve Springs Cost Horsepower?

Roller rockers, roller lifters, beehive valve springs, lightweight valves, lightweight locks and retainers, and the list goes on. These are all things designed to aid in controlling valvetrain at...

LS Turbo Tech: Stock Manifolds, Shorty Headers, Or Dedicated Turbo Headers – What’s The Real Difference?

Here’s the truth. If you connect the exhaust housing of a turbocharger to the exhaust on an LS engine, and the compressor side to the intake manifold, it will make boost and more power than it...