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Engine Tech: Ventilate your Block for More Power!

Serious engine builders have for many years used every aspect of engine dynamics to harness more power. As we talked about oiling modifications to the block to free-up more HP and when combined with Synthetic oils even more can be … Continue reading

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Engine Tech: Old-School Toyota 2TG as a Race or Drift Powerplant?

Its been a while back since I have done this engine type. Looking back at this experience, I have come to the conclusion that this is very much like the V8’s I have worked with all these years sans the … Continue reading

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Engine Tech: Combustion Chamber Modifications for MORE POWER!

COMBUSTION CHAMBER MODIFICATIONS: Install oversize valves if the engine has a bigger bore size. Installing bigger valves with stock bore size will just pinch and shroud intake flow around the valves closest to the cylinder wall. Exhaust valves should be … Continue reading

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Ask the AUTO GUROs: Excessive Heat in the Engine, and Oil in the Radiator?

Photo from usedcar-pilipinas.info A question for the AUTO GUROs came in from one of our loyal readers. And it goes: “Sir meron pa kaming Nissan Series 4, sobrang init po ng engine nya lately at may konting langis po sa … Continue reading

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Engine Tech: The Effects of Ignition Timing on Horsepower

We discussed previously how an engine exhibiting below normal total ignition requirements is indicative of an efficient engine. The example given previously was that of a Racing Engine producing maximum power with 34-38 degrees of total lead or timing.

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Engine Tech: How To Break-in your High-Performance Street or Racing Engine

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to drive 500-2000 miles before your engine is “broken-in”. Imagine having to drive your Hot-Rod or road racer from Los Angeles to San Francisco or worse yet Manila to Baguio! I know of … Continue reading

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Engine Tech: Spark Plugs and Ignition Systems (Copper, Iridium, Platinum, etc.)

Since the advent of the “OTTO CYCLE” . 4 Stroke internal combustion engines has relied on the Spark Plug to initiate the process of Igniting the air/fuel mixture. A lot has been improve on the engines, from overhead cams to … Continue reading

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Engine Tech: Header Types and Applications

SHORTY HEADER: This type replaces the stock exhaust manifolds in some production automobiles. Usually “Smog Legal”. Two types are available a shorty and equal length, the equal length type has a little better mid-range torque and is the same in … Continue reading

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Engine Tech: Aluminum or Cast Iron Block? Which Makes More Power?

This has been debated through the years and I am sure not everyone will agree. So my purpose here is to show the difference and you decide… Aluminum Blocks were the rage in the Early days of racing when the … Continue reading

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Pinoy Drag Racing Milestone: 9 sec Pass on Radial Street Tires!!! Engine prepped by Ben Alameda Racing

Anthony Smith of Los Angeles CA. Runs PSCA events utilizing DOT Radial Tires, not Slicks! Trying to be the first to run 9 seconds with “Real Street Tires”, he has consistently been running in the low 10’s. His Mustang weighs … Continue reading

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