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How to Remove a Stuck Pilot Bushing or Pilot Bearing
Replacing your clutch at home isn’t exactly a beginner-level job. You’ve gotta drop your driveshafts, remove your T-case, unbolt your bellhousing, and carefully remove your transmission. After sending your flywheel out to be machined smooth, the last step before reassembly with your new clutch disc and pressure plate is inspecting the pilot tip of the
Christian HazelFeb 19, 2021

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How To: Change Your Differential Fluid on a Solid-Axle
Changing gear oil is one of those often-forgotten maintenance items on our rigs. Whether it’s the smell of gear oil, the disposal of gear oil, or the mess that can sometimes come from popping a cover, many people seem to leave their differential fluid in way too long. The differential oil’s job is thermal regulation
Sean P. HolmanFeb 16, 2021
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Ford 400M Engine Rebuild
Let’s face it, 400M Ford owners get no respect. Sure, mention the word Cleveland and watch everyone’s eyes light up, but the fire dies right out when you try to include the Modified or Midland family in the discussion. This seems odd since the two engines share so many components. In fact, it can be
Richard HoldenerJan 29, 2021
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How to Build a 505-hp Ford 351W Engine
Let’s spare the drama and get to the results right away. Starting with a bone-stock 351W truck engine, we bored the block 0.020-inch over, fitted KB flat-top pistons to the stock crank and rods, installed a Crane hydraulic roller cam, and reassembled the engine with GT40 cylinder heads. That combination was good for 391 hp
John McGannJan 29, 2021
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How to remove a rear axle bearing with a slide hammer
Let’s get this out of the way right now. This isn’t a step-by-step instructional on how to replace a rear axle bearing, because so many different models use so many different means to hold the axles in place. Many Ford and Jeep axles prior to 1990 have bearings that are pressed onto the axleshafts, requiring
Christian HazelJan 25, 2021
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Top 10 Truck Carnage Articles on TruckTrend.com
Truck carnage articles. Reports about catastrophic failure. There’s really not a lot to elaborate about. Mechanical or other devastation of a truck and/or engine is something we don’t particularly “like” to see. But photos and videos of truck carnage—even intentional destructive shenanigans—still have a way of captivating us whenever we see them. When it comes
K.J. JonesJan 25, 2021
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Chevy 454 Engine Cheap Rebuild at Home
In case you haven’t noticed, it’s election season, and not surprisingly, the subject of the economy is being hotly debated. While the politicians squabble over capital gains tax rates, the Social Security trust fund, and raising the retirement age, the rest of us are just trying to eke out a modest existence and still have
John McGannJan 22, 2021
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Big-Block Ford Engine Build: Easy 500 HP From the Ford 460
What is it about American iron that is all about massive? Chrysler’s original Street Hemi had valve covers that you could rent out as a dance floor. Pontiac’s V-8 is a hefty chunk of iron, and so are the Olds 455s. But if you want to talk cast-iron overkill, perhaps we should speak of the
Jeff SmithJan 22, 2021
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Motorhome Dodge 440 Basic Rebuild Gets Great Horsepower and Torque
We all know the 440 big-block is the largest-displacement V-8 engine built by Chrysler, and when it comes to a combination of torque, power, and drivability, the 440 ranks as one of the best engines ever built. Instead of utilizing a high compression ratio or aggressive cam grind for its muscle, the 440 relies on
Dave YoungJan 15, 2021
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Factory LS Camshaft Comparison: LM7 vs. LS1 vs. LS2 vs. LQ9 vs. L33 vs. LS7 vs. LS9 vs. LSA
Here is a common question among LS engine enthusiasts: My buddy, Joe, just bought a new cam for his 6.0L and wants to get rid of his factory LQ9 cam. Is that a good cam for the 5.3L in my truck, for my 240SX drift car, or the LS engine I am swapping into my
Richard HoldenerJan 13, 2021
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Project BluMajik Update
It’s 2021 now, and our long-running project—refreshing Project BluMajik’s (a 1995 Ford F-350 dually) appearance with vinyl-wrap color change—made major strides toward completion during the 2020 holiday season. Although many companies shut down during the week between December 25 and January 1, the Raceskinz team of Mike and Tirell Smith, Adrian Quintanilla, and Tyler Frost
K.J. JonesJan 12, 2021
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How to Make Power with a Chevy TBI V-8
Here’s a question from a reader about adding power to a GM TBI engine. The principle is pretty much the same with any speed-density fuel-injection system, so check out engine guru Jeff Smith’s answer to a question posed by Nathan Seabaugh of Northern Illinois. Question: I am building an engine for my ’89 Chevy K2500.
Jeff SmithJan 8, 2021
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Top 10 Custom Chevy Suburbans on TruckTrend.com
With Chevrolet’s all-new 2021 Suburban—highlighted by the return of a diesel engine to the poweretrain lineup—finally in dealership showrooms, we think now is a perfect time to shine the spotlight on the iconic long-roof rig. Introduced in 1935, Suburban is the ultimate family truckster, incorporating elements of sedan, van, and pickup truck into one vehicle.
K.J. JonesJan 6, 2021
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Get 500 Horsepower from a Junkyard Ford Explorer 302
Some ideas never go out of style. It’s a classic move we’ve pulled off many times. Yank a motor out of the junkyard, clean it up, add a camshaft, intake, and a carburetor, and see how much power we can squeeze out of it. This time around, we chose a shining example of this junkyard
Jeff SmithJan 6, 2021
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Dremel Cordless Screwdriver Review
The holidays are now behind us, and based on the increase in home and automotive DIY projects that have been happening while we’re in a pandemic state, we’re willing to bet tools were popular Chanukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa gifts this year. Screwdrivers are frequently used by mechanics of all skill levels, and among the top
K.J. JonesDec 30, 2020
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Rebuild vs. New: Ford 360 FE Truck Engine
As a high-mileage, daily driven truck, my FE-powered 1968 F-100 has seen its fair share of bumps and bruises externally, but nothing prepared me for what was going to happen to the tough-as-nails, 360 big-block on a hot summer day. On a drive out to pick up a basket case motorcycle I purchased via the
Jeff G HoltDec 23, 2020
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Get 500 lb-ft of Torque from a Small-Block Chevy in Six Easy Steps
The HT383 has been available for a number of years now, and it’s an excellent repower option for you GM (on non-GM) truck or 4×4 thanks to its rated 325 hp at 4,500 rpm and 415 lb-ft of torque at 3,500. It’s true that GM’s aluminum-headed Fast Burn 350 makes 385 hp and 385 lb-ft
Jim BrownDec 21, 2020
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Introducing Levrack: The Best Garage Storage Money Can Buy?
Having an efficient storage solution is arguably more important in the home shop these days than it ever has been before. With more people stuck at home, resurrecting old projects, and building new hobbies, it’s imperative that the garage is clean and organized. Enter the Levrack. Levrack was born out of necessity on a farm
Jason GondermanDec 19, 2020
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How to Winterize a Diesel Engine
Although there are a few states that have experienced cold temperatures and, in a few instances, snow, since October, we’re now in the heart of winter, the season that officially runs from December to March but often lingers until as late as May. In traditionally cold areas, the air is chilly for weeks at a
K.J. JonesDec 18, 2020
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Hopping GM's 6.0L LS-Series Small-Block
General Motors’ LS-series small-block engines have been in production for over a decade, but it’s only been within the last few years that they have really hit critical mass among average hot rodders, who are now finding them to respond superlatively to traditional hot rod power adders. One engine builder that’s jumped on the LS
Marlan DavisDec 18, 2020
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Small-Block Mopar Engine - Junkyard Jewel 5.9L Mopar Magnum - Engine Buildup
Chrysler unceremoniously unveiled the 360ci (5.9L) LA-series small-block V-8 in 1971 as a low-compression engine with only a two-barrel carburetor. The 4.00-inch-bore-by-3.58-inch-stroke powerplant was originally designed to provide an economical alternative to the popular 383 two-barrel big-block, while the shorter-stroke and larger-bore (4.04×3.31) 340-cube engine carried the performance banner. With the cancellation of the 340
Steve DulcichDec 17, 2020
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