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Category Archive: ENGINE, Tech Stories

Breathe, Dammit: Fixing The GM 1.4L Turbo’s PCV Woes – Got A Cruze Or A Sonic? This Is For You!

This April, I finally caved and bought a fuel-mileage machine, a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco. 1.4L turbo, 148 horsepower, 40 MPG average with the air conditioning on, wherever I go. Oh, and the...

Best of 2019: Move Over BMW and Jag Inline Six Engines, Here’s a 370hp Naturally Aspirated OHC Pontiac Six!

Pontiac’s OHC six cylinder was a pet project of John DeLorean in the 1960s when he wanted to introduce a more European driving experience to customers who preferred sprightly handling to brutal...

Does A Bigger Throttle Body Actually Make More Power On An LS Engine?

Time and time again I talk to people that are doing an LS Swap, or have an LS Powered late model car, who rattle off some parts they are going to upgrade to “make more power”. Headers,...

B58 Bomber: Step Papadakis Completes His Supra B58 Engine Build And Dynos It For Four Digit Power!

We have shown you some lead up videos on this project to the dyne video that is below. Long story short, Steph Papadakis wanted to be the first guy to have a B58 Supra engine that makes 1,000hp on...

Is Building A Stroker 5.3 LS The Best Way To Build An LS For Your Hot Rod? It Just Might Be. Watch This.

Stroker LS Engines are nothing new, but there are lots of options when it comes to building an LS for your hot rod, race car, or truck. The number of people that ask me what LS to build for their...

Inside The Aussie V12 LS: This Video Shows Off The Advancements and Improvements The Monster Has Gone Through

A few years ago, the V12 LS showed up and everyone looked at it with mouths agape. The engine was amazing and certainly seemed to personify everything great about hot rodding. Back then the engine...

Engine Building: Assembling A 1,000hp 2020 Toyota Supra Inline Six – This Is Awesome

We think that the 2020 Toyota Supra is pretty awesome. Lots of people are crying about BMW being highly involved in the execution of the car (the chassis is basically a Z4 in many…ok all(?)...

MAHLE Motorsports Takes A Look At Failed Pistons: How Did This Happen And How Can You Stop It?

As we have said many times, pistons get the worst of all worlds in the engine. They are enduring heat, motion, stressed in multiple directions and through it all they are largely responsible for the...

Project Raven Imperial: Ditching Some Sketchy Junk With Help From Lokar! New Throttle Cable And Kickdown Cable!

In the last update, we got Raven, the 1983 Imperial that is doubling as my penance for something I did in a past life, up and running after the 367ci small-block Mopar ate a camshaft keyway. Happily,...

This Ford Model T Had The Neatest Engine We Saw At Bonneville – Superchaged, Cragar OHV Head, Amazing!

There’s lots of stuff that stops us in our tracks at Bonneville, LOTS but even among the jaw droppers there’s a hierarchy. As Chad and I were cruising the pits on a quiet Monday we...

Epic Engine: Keith Dorton Has Built An SB2 V8 Into A Killer V6 For Bonneville – This Video Shows You How He Did It

Keith Dorton and his Automotive Specialists company have created some of the most amazing, powerful, and creative engines that the Bonneville Salt Flats have seen over the last decades, but this year...

No Small Task: Machining Tiny Connecting Rods For A Miniature LS Engine Is Quite The Process

The world of miniature engine building, like the world of full-size engine building has been forever morphed and changed by the introduction and proliferation of advanced machine tools. What was once...

Buick Nailhead Redline Rebuild Update: New Donor Engine, Same Piston Hammering Results – Video

We LOVE the Hagerty Redline Rebuild videos and we especially love the fact that they do not shy away form showing all the details that surround the seemingly magical engine teardown and reassembly...

A Tucker On The Dyno?! Watch Tucker 1044 Make A Pull With Its Franklin Helicopter Engine!

Not that we’re breaking any news here but Bob and Rob Ida are two of the most amazing automotive craftsmen in the world today, certainly among the top one tenth of one percent in the USA. These...