Yes, it’s been a little while sense we last brought you an update on our 1982 Caprice longing to see 11s and still be nimble enough to master the autocross track. Lets recap where we are with this way gone wagon and do a little testing of the stock suspension.
Tom Bobolts Publisher
Tom started working for Power Automedia in early 2008 at the young age of 20. Starting off as an intern spinning wrenches in the PowerTV garage, Tom cut his teeth helping us build the very project cars we feature. Since moving inside the office, most of his time is spent writing and shooting installs - but he still finds time to get out in the shop. Outside of work, Tom enjoys a variety of different motorsports from Street Bikes, Muscle Cars and just about anything that demands high amounts of horsepower.
Our MaxStreet Chevy II wasn’t designed to be a real performer out on any type of track. Even dumping all the money in the world attempting to revive the stock style suspension will only get you so far. Something had to be done to help this car be able to hold it’s own.. and Chassisworks got the call!
The spark plug in any type of internal combustion engine is definitely one of the most key components to its operation – that’s not new news. True spark plug experts will argue that the design dates back to 1839 to Edmond Berger’s experimental project that was never even patented. We thought the same thing until we stumbled on an article on a fo
Tools are an important part of the automotive lifestyle, and I think it is safe to say there is defiantly an unwritten list of “Must Have” tools. ore and more, we see racers having their car recorded to study how it performs out on the track, just like in the stick and ball world. But why does the power and usefulness of video have to stop when the car gets off the track? Check out this tool box camera we found from Cornwell Tools.
Moroso has just released a new Filler Neck for the 2V 4.6 Modular Motor. It features a -16 AN outlet for using a steel braided or similar hose to connect the filler neck to the radiator.
When RHS says that there’s 1,000 horsepower potential from their Pro Elite heads for the BBC, we believe them – our best result was an amazing 883 horsepower and 758 foot-pounds of torque, on pump gas no less, and with no need for exotic valvetrain components to let the engine spin to the moon.
JE recently told us that they are in the final stages of releasing four brand new pistons offerings for the drag racing engine builders and racers: an open chamber blown alcohol dome, open chamber nitrous, 632 flat top, and a 632 nitrous series. We had to know more, so we had JE send us some of the tech facts on each of these pistons.
We honestly love reading tech articles just as much as we do writing them. We were surfing over on the Spohn Performance Blog and found out about a series of tech articles they are putting together on suspension technology. You gotta read these if you want to master the setup on your car.
The Keisler Perfect Fit Kit provides an easy way to transplant a modern transmission into your classic musclecar, no matter your engine choice. We did a tech review on an install of this Tremec 5-speed into our LSA-powered ’71 Nova
Ford Racing has just released their direct fit aluminum radiator for the ’05-’09 S197 Mustangs that are equipped with the 4.6L V8. Featuring an aluminum dual 1-inch core with aluminum tanks, Ford Racing claims this is capable of cooling up to 700 hp. It even works with the factory AC and fan systems.
Blow-through carburetors have been around for a while, but still stand to be one of the most misunderstood setups out there. AED, maker of performance racing carburetors has been very interested in this subject lately, making it a goal for 2010 to design one of the best carburetors for these applications.
We found a great article over on Aeromotive’s Website explaining the design of the fuel system on the 2010 Cobra Jet. From what we read, this is the first of a series of tech articles covering this topic, and we wanted to start sharing them with you.
Look closely the next time you’re at the track and you’ll see professional race teams using video cameras as a data logging device. Drag racers use them to see how the car is maneuvering down the track, and the circle track guys use them to see their line. By a large margin, Go Pro’s products are the cameras of choice for recording in- and on-car video for testing and analysis.
The engineers at RHS have recently designed a new head for the Small Block Chevy. The 23-degree cast iron head is for 360-434 c.i.engines. The intake and exhaust runners are CNC-ported along with the combustion chamber for better performance.
COMP Cams has just released a new viscosity of break-in oil to help provide maximum protection during initial break-in. The new 15W50 break-in oil will add the additives that are missing in regular motor oils needed for optimal break in.
We knew that dropping a big power plant into our car would be a simple fix for the “go juice” for Project Grandpa. However, the part that concerned us was the suspension. We knew that we wanted to go with Ridetech for their air springs, but what about the rest of the system? Thankfully, we got in touch with Spohn Performance who helped set us up with everything to make this car go from driving like a cloud to a lighting bolt!