When you're swapping motors and transmissions in a car, there are a lot of challenges. What motor mounts to use, what headers will fit, and so forth. Sometimes those are rather easy to find swap kits for, or pieces that will work. But just like the old saying, "the devil is in the details," we found out on an LQ4 and 4L80E swap that saying was all but too true. One area … [Read more...]
LS Engine Heater Hose Bypass Made Easy!
Recently we were wrenching on an LS engine that was swapped into an old car. We weren't going to run a heater, so we wanted to plug the heater hose nipples. Researching it a bit, we noticed that there is two sides of the fence on the heater hose outlets. Some people say that water needs to run through these fittings to allow water to flow onto the thermostat, and others say … [Read more...]
A Revelation In Suspension Technology From JRi Shocks!
For over half a century, there have been customized and lowered vehicles. Even when the boys were coming home from WWII and customizing vehicles, they faced a problem that is still around today: how do you lower a car and get that great stance, but not sacrifice drive-ability? For some, having the car as low to the ground is the biggest priority, and they pay no attention to … [Read more...]
Going With The Flow: Installing Flowmaster Muffler’s American Thunder Exhaust
What's the first thing you notice on a car? A shiny red paint job? Or a set of trick wheels? For most of us, before we can even see a car, we pick up on the exhaust sound. We can usually tell if it's a four-cylinder or a big-block just by the note the exhaust makes. The exhaust is what gets us to drop the wrench and look into the street to see what's motoring on by. Or when … [Read more...]
Dakota Digital VHX Gauge Install And Review
Dancing needles, flashing lights, oh what a sight! Gauges on your dash are one the of the coolest features on a car. They move with the push of the pedal, and give valuable insight to your car. They let you know how fast you were going - regardless of what the Highway Patrol may claim. Gauges also act as insurance in a way, letting you keep tabs on the monster under the … [Read more...]
Stripe Application by Jeff Lilly Restorations
Ahh the finishing touch on your Muscle Car, time to top it off with some factory racing stripes. Lets see what it takes to get it on straight, true and wrinkle free. 1. Stripe kits come packaged rolled up in a box. Like any product you buy always check the stripe for quality by inspecting it for straight and true lines with no waves in them. We have seen some wavy … [Read more...]