Competition Connecting Rods

Competition Connecting Rods

24 things you need to know. By Sam Logan: Nothing undermines the legitimacy of a connecting rod maker more than a deficient batch of rods. They agonize constantly about heat treatments, high revs, heavy pistons, heavy pins, the number of race laps between rebuilds, but probably most of all whether or not nitrous is being sprayed. It’s a complicated business determining minimum weight while yielding maximum strength, enough to withstand the abuse sustained by the average race motor. Read the full story as published in Engine Professional...
Just Like the Original, Only Better.

Just Like the Original, Only Better.

AutoMeter’s line of direct fit mounting solutions continues to expand with the inclusion of these high quality, American made, billet aluminum dash panels. Precision engineered for a perfect fit, these panels drastically simplify the process of gauge installation while providing a clean, timeless look. It’s never been easier to add the accuracy and quality of AutoMeter gauges to your project. Checkout the complete lineup of applications for your classic at AUTOMETER.com. Products 7033        Dash Panel, Chevy Car 55-56, 1 x 3-1/8″ & 4 x 2-1/16″, SR Bezel, Billet 7034        Dash Insert/Adapter, Chevy Car 59-60, 1 x 5″, Billet 7035        Dash Insert/Adapter, Mustang 65-66, 1 x 3-3/8, 4 x 2-1/16″ 7036        Dash Panel, Chevy Truck 55-59, 1 x 3-1/8″, 4 x 2-1/16″, Billet 7037        Dash Insert/Adapter, Chevy Truck 54-55, 2 x 5″, Billet 7038        Dash Insert/Adapter, Chevy Car 51-52, 2 x 5″, Billet 7039        Dash Insert/Adapter, Chevy Truck 47-53, 2 x 5″, Billet 7042        Dash Panel, Chevy Car 53-54, 1 x 3-1/8″, 4 x 2-1/16″, Billet 7043        Dash Panel, Chevy Truck 64-66, 2 x 3-1/8″, 4 x 2-1/16″, Billet 7044        Dash Panel, Nova 62-65, 1 x 3-1/8″ & 4 x 2-1/16″, Billet 7045        Dash Panel, Chevy Truck 67-72, 2 x 4-5/8″, 4 x 2-5/8″, Billet 7046        Dash Panel, Ford Truck 48-50, 1 x 3-1/8″, 4 x 2-1/16″, Billet 7047        Dash Panel, Chevy Truck 60-63, 2 x 3-1/8″, 4 x 2-1/16″, Billet 7048        Dash Panel, Ford Truck 53-55, 2 x 3-1/8″, 4 x 2-1/16″, Billet 7049        Dash Panel, Chevy Truck 55-59, 1 x 3-1/8″, 4 x 2-1/16″, Black...
Remedy for Jeep’s steering ailments:

Remedy for Jeep’s steering ailments:

Solutions all hot rodders should know. By Archie Bosman: Many consider type CJ Jeeps, those in production from 1976 to ’86 susceptible to internal steering column ailments, particularly the open-top models where the column could be exposed to rain, snow, dirt and dust which hastens wear. The wear is not reflected in the steering column’s ability to turn the wheels—instead it’s conspicuous by looseness in up-and-down movement and also back-and-forth within the steering column. Many Jeeps from this era feature a steering tilt mechanism. The significance of efficient steering tilt was brought to prominence by Michigan steering specialists ididit whose history began in the mid-nineteen-eighties. At that time Street Rods were the foundation of their customer base and their multi-angle steering tilt was born of necessity. The chief annoyance among hot rodders was the awkward positioning of the steering column that was installed at a near vertical angle and never conducive to comfortable driving. This inconvenience spawned a succession of multi-angle steering tilt arrangements that increased the angle of articulation of the steering wheel and corrected the impediment. But for Jeep CJ owners, over time the tilt shaft assembly, which was offered originally as an option, became sloppy at the head of the column. The arrangement incorporates two aluminum castings and two shafts, an upper and a lower, both with forked ends. The ends are positioned 90-degrees apart and the assembly is completed with a grooved metal ball that is manufactured in two halves. Of course, the advantage of having access to a replacement steering column with efficient tilt mechanism not only rectifies potential wear troubles but also allows...
What makes turbocharged race engines so appealing? Actually, it’s rampant power & low maintenance

What makes turbocharged race engines so appealing? Actually, it’s rampant power & low maintenance

By Titus Bloom, Photography by MGI and Pro Line, Ball Ground, Georgia: In the lightning fast drag racing category known as Pro Mod three different types of power units compete: nitrous assisted, supercharged and turbocharged. Pro Line Race Engines are specialists in the latter and they burst upon the drag racing scene like few before it. After frenetic activity over the past nine years, Pro Line not only came under new ownership in 2005 and moved factory from Woodstock to a spacious 24,000sq ft facility in Ball Ground, Georgia in 2011, but also their engines won the NHRA Pro Mod championship in 2012, won Indy in 2011, laid claim to the world’s fastest Pro Mod eighth-mile speed (221mph-3.56secs), and still hold the NHRA quarter-mile ET and speed record when Melanie Troxel recorded 5.77-258.71mph at Englishtown 2011. When Doug Patton (49) and Eric Dillard acquired ownership of Pro Line in 2005, Eric was only 22 years old. He had started three years earlier under Doug as a helper. “He doesn’t have any college training,” says Doug, “but he has a knack for running the business. We currently employ a workforce of around fifteen—seven or eight in the machine shop and seven or eight in the sales offices.” Even though the machine shop maintains the same number of employees, component sales account for eighty percent of their business. How did this come to pass? As the Amish would say, it wonders me. Establishing a niche—the turbo advocate Pro Line specializes mostly in twin turbocharged technology, but more than this they specialize in the complete turn-key combinations, which include the race motor,...