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Please excuse me while I make some much needed updates to the site. Things should be in functional condition on Sunday 4/13/2014, with cosmetic updates being implemented during the following week. Right behind that will be some great new articles! Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Connecting Rod Bolts – Stretch vs. Torque

Nick Engine Assembly, Rotating Assemblies 2 Comments

Today I’d like to discuss the proper method for performance connecting rod bolt installation. There are a few ways to tighten connecting rod bolts, including the basic torque method, the stretch method, and the torque to yield method. Without a doubt, bolt stretch is the only truly accurate way to establish proper bolt preload.  To better understand why, we need to look at how a bolt works. Understanding Stretch A bolt functions similar to a spring, in that it needs to be stretched beyond it’s static length in order to apply a clamping …

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Supercharged 396 LT1 Build

Nick Engine Planning, Engine Theory 1 Comment

This article will describe the components and details of a 396 cubic inch LT1/LT4  for a supercharged application. It’s based on a combination I’ve built many times, intended for use with a centrifugal blower such as a Vortech S-trim or T-trim, or a Procharger P-600 or D-1. It has very good drivability, and will make 600 RWHP on premium pump gas at 12 psi while using a good intercooler. With race gas, an aftermarket computer, and 18 psi, this same combo has run 9.50’s at 145 mph in a very well prepared  street/strip Camaro. Lets get to it….  Rotating Assembly …

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Where to Focus Your Engine Building Budget

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One of the most common questions asked here is: “How do I get the most value for my performance dollar?” Let’s face it; most of you have a budget that will dictate careful planning for your engine project. If budget were of no concern, then the focus would become component selection most suited to the application. Although it is relevant to some degree here, I’ll address that specific method of planning in an upcoming article. Make a Plan As I always try to emphasize, the best place to start planning for your engine build is …

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Specialty Tools for Performance Engine Building

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Your ability to do an exceptional job, can sometimes be hampered by the quality of the tools you have available. This is true in most endeavors you undertake, including the assembly of a performance street or racing engine. I’m a real fan of high quality tools. I have a lot of them, and today I’d like to share with you some of the ones I use for every build. These won’t be listed in any specific order, although I will comment on the ones that I consider to be absolutely necessary. Whenever possible, …

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How to Make 500 Horsepower

Nick Engine Planning 4 Comments

The title of this article may be a bit misleading. It indicates that I will be giving you the magic formula to build a 500 horsepower engine. The fact of the matter is that there are an infinite variety of ways to reach a predetermined level of power, be it 500, 750, or 1000 hp. The real lesson to be learned here is that reaching your performance goal is only one part of the formula for engine building success. In order to claim the status of “awesome“, the engine must also exhibit the …

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