Category Archive: BangShift XL, XL Tech Stories

Stripped Threads, Cracking Steel….And This Stuff Is Holding Up A Bridge?! The SF Bay Bridge

Having lived through the “Big Dig” here in Boston and all of the associated blunders and embarrassments associated with it, I don’t have sky high expectations for any sort of public...

See How A Dynatrac ProRock 80 Full-Float Rear Axle Goes Together From Start To Finish

A lot of us have rebuilt our own rear axle assemblies, but very few have built one from scratch at this level! From the raw materials to the finished products, the guys at Dynatrac show us how a...

4L80e Transmission Rebuild Part 2 – The Complete Rebuild Video From Start To Finish

Yesterday we showed you how to tear down your 4L80e transmission, and today’s video shows you the complete rebuild from start to finish. This is a complete 2-hour video that shows every step,...

Transmission Tech: How To Disassemble Your 4L80e Transmission

Since we are working on plans to install a fresh engine in the $200 Hauler, our 2000 Suburban low buck tow vehicle, we’ve been debating on what to do to the 4L80e that’s in it currently....

Better Breather: We Bolt On More Power And Economy With An Airaid Intake On A 2013 Chevy 3500 HD Gasser

Thirty years ago if you wanted to make your car breathe better you bolted on an open element air cleaner. It certainly changed the way your car sounded and it might have added a couple of horsepower...

Progress Continues On The World’s Largest Ship – Immense Craft Will Be Self Contained Natural Gas Refinery – SHELL PRELUDE

(By Scott Parker) – The Shell Prelude is the largest ship ever constructed and work continues in a South Korean shipyard as you read this to get the humongous craft finished, even as world...

Did You Know That Some Suburban’s Have Two Fuel Pumps? We Found Out The Hard Way

When the check engine light comes on in your car, you should probably pay attention to that. Don’t pull a Chad and think “it’s not missing, it isn’t hot or low on oil...

SEMA 2014: The Mercury Marine Dual Overhead Cam Four Valve LS Engine Was The Coolest Motor We Saw At SEMA

Ok, here’s wrinkle in the LS world that we had no idea was coming and it is a BIG one. Mercury Racing, the people that make all the awesome boat engines pulled the wraps off of a new engine...

Bottom Dollar Blazer: Episode 8 – Rolling on the Rustoleum

  Hey, kids, it’s been a while since I’ve provided an update, but the Blazer project is coming along nicely. Using the techniques I picked up from Hot Rod, from the...

Project Cheap 10: How To Build A Gear Jamming, Budget Minded, Classic C10 In A Month With Our Pals At American Powertrain

(Words and photos by American Powertrain/Matt Graves) – Let me start off by saying all this is Greg “Snaps” Schneider’s fault. Greg works for Ridetech as owner Bret Voelkel’s...

Bottom Dollar Blazer Project – Episode 4: Off to the body shop

As you’ve probably seen the last few weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of prep work on the Blazer to get it ready to head to the body shop. It needs new rockers, new doors and a bit of work to the...

Bottom Dollar Blazer Project – Episode 3: Starting the Bodywork

When last I wrote and you read, I had fixed up a bunch of the mechanical issues on the ’79 Blazer, to make sure it ran ok, and could stop safely without killing myself and all those around me....

Video Bonanza: The Sound And Fury Of Bad Ass Diesel Air Starters – Loud, Proud, And Scaring Old Ladies For Decades!

(Words by Greg Rourke) – Cranking over big diesel engines takes a lot of power.  Plants of 850 plus cubic inches and over 15:1 compression are common in semi trucks. Imagine trying to spin...

Bottom Dollar Blazer Project – Episode 2: Fixing Mechanical Stuff

The first order of business with the ’79 Blazer I wrote about in last week’s episode was to start cleaning up everything, understanding what the issues were so I could get it running...