New dates: ididit’s car show & open house

The ididit Car Show & Open House, set at the company’s facility in the Michigan Great Lakes Region, is changing dates seeking better weather. Michigan weather isn’t always as consistent as the quality of vehicles on display, according to the company. Originally slated for the first week in October, ididit’s Car Show & Open House has weathered snow, rain and cold temperatures in recent years. In order to dodge the weather, the company decided to move this year’s car show to Sep. 16. Says ididit’s Megan Lunsford: “The date for the 2017 car show may have changed, but we will continue to showcase the best custom cars from the region, as well as provide our neighbors a chance to tour our manufacturing facility and win great prizes. We are proud to be an integral part of the Tecumseh community and our annual car show and open house is a way for us to show our gratitude to the place we call home.” Admission to ididit’s 2017 Car Show & Open House is free to all and will feature the car show, vendor exhibits, and giveaways. Registration (click here) for the 2017 ididit Car Show & Open House opens in... read more

Edelbrock High Performance Fuel Pumps

Edelbrock Universal Micro Electric Fuel Pumps deliver maximum performance in a compact package. They feature a durable simple design that reduces the chance of vapor lock and flooding. In addition, they are easy to install and they operate quietly so you won’t know they’re there! Includes fuel pump, filter, mounting hardware and instructions for hassle-free installation. Available for gasoline and diesel applications. For use with standard 12-volt negative ground systems with 1-amp draw at maximum delivery Features an easy-to-setup 2-wire design Introduces a gravity-fed in-line self-priming and regulating design Can also be used as a lift or transfer pump Designed for use with automotive and industrial applications Includes filter and all of the necessary hardware for installation. Contact: Edelbrock.com Phone: 310-781-2222   Max Flow Rate Fuel Type PSI Range Inlet Port Outlet Port Part # 30 GPH / 114 LPH Gasoline/E85 2-3.5 1/8″ NPT 5/16″ Barb 17303 38 GPH / 144 LPH Gasoline/E85 4-7 1/8″ NPT 5/16″ Barb 17301 38 GPH / 144 LPH Diesel 4-7 1/8″ NPT 5/16″ Barb 17302 Replacement Filter Element for #17301 and #17303 (40 micron) 17311 Replacement Filter Element for #17302 (100 micron) 17312 INSTALLATION NOTE: Fuel filters included with the above fuel pumps are equipped with a 5/16″ Barb... read more

Wilwood Disc Brakes Introduces New Tru-Bar 60 Degree Remote Pedal Master Cylinder Mount

Wilwood’s Tru-Bar 60 Degree Master Cylinder Mount for remote brake pedal applications utilizes a fixed trunnion bearing within the pivot lever and pushrod spherical bearing ends. This provides smooth operation and precise adjustment of the brake bias with zero chance of balance migration, eliminating all side play.   A larger diameter, higher strength 4340 steel 7/16-20 balance bar adds rigidity and increases bias influence. A step-down shoulder on each end allows use of the direct mount adjusting knob or a standard 3/8-24 coupler remote adjuster cable. The new model is interchangeable with the previous slider bearing model, with upgrade kits available for older units. It’s race proven to deliver championship caliber performance in all racing conditions.       MSRP starts at $275.30   P/N 340-14380 Tru-Bar 60 Degree Master Cylinder Mount shown here with optional remote feed master cylinders Visit:... read more

Mopar owners: ididit’s new 1970-76 Chrysler A Body tilt steering column

ididit offer’s a new Retrofit column for your 1970-76 Chrysler A Body. The latest ididit Mopar column fits a sizable selection of Chrysler A-Bodies such as your 1970-76 Dodge Dart/Swinger or your Plymouth Duster/Demon. The 1970-76 Chrysler A-Body tilt floor shift column features 8-position tilt, self canceling turn signals, 4-way flashers, wire plug, id.CLASSIC ignition, knobs & levers, are fully collapsible, and has a 3/4″ DD extendable lower shaft. Comes complete with a model specific floor mount, wiring adaptor, and a pre-welded under dash mount for easy installation. All ididit products are 100% American Made. For more information visit our website www.ididit.com or give us a call at... read more

Partial deliveries of pulley/belt combinations barely adequate

How to do it better and how some road racers could raise their game. By Alfie Bilk: For the adept machinist, there’s no miraculous skill required to make adequate custom pulleys. What’s much more useful, however, particularly for engine building shops, is being able to acquire pulley combinations—both accurately made and durable, off-the-shelf and onto the engine quickly. Shelf-stock availability is an invaluable resource. Those prospects sound promising, right? They are. “Do you know how long it takes to organize this stuff in individual pieces,” says KRC’s Cody Haskins. “It’s longer than the average engine builder wants to mess with – and ‘half-shipped, half-on-back order’ is never a winning message.” This is not a new area for Haskins. Head of the Kennesaw, Georgia, power steering and pulley company, he has been one of the largest belt and pulley suppliers in the country for years. “We have on the shelf,” he assures, “any combination of pulleys and belts an engine builder could conceive.” Among pulley talking points are their diameters and provisions for additional pulleys. Notably, Haskins’s pulleys feature their distinctive R-lok innovation, a convenient pulley interlocking mechanism. This means additional pulleys are stackable. Thus, adding a further pulley to the crank, for example, is straightforward. These are usually employed to drive an oil pump, or power steering pump, or alternator. Common crank pulley diameters include 2.5in., 2.75in., 3in., and 3.5in. Of course, manufacturing a vast range of pulleys to form dozens of combinations is bound to disappoint without an equal number of drive belt types to complete the systems. Belt types include HTD, 6-rib serpentine belts and even V-belts. HTD... read more

How to add 5hp to the race engine throughout the rev range:

Each generation of induction technology continually evolves; here is the latest. Measuring two inches deep, Mike Androwick of Mike’s Racing Heads has introduced a new lightweight four-hole tapered spacer to suit all 4150-style mounting flanges. It accommodates a wide range of competition engines. It is also said to fulfill the higher expectations of Dirt Late Model racers. Using the power of big-block modified racing engines as his datum, Androwick explains that this new tapered spacer generates a further five horsepower when tested against the most competitive spacers he could find. Importantly, the internal air flow surfaces are formed by pronounced small, sharp steps, giving the appearance of multiple tiny terraces. These terraces act as anti-reversion aids, resisting reverse airflow initiated when the valves close and fast-moving airflow is momentarily brought to an abrupt halt. At the spacer’s internal center, a further anti-reversion measure takes the form of a flat 1/2in square diamond-shaped pedestal. These one-way resistance measures attempt to limit the travel of reverse airflow—particularly its detrimental effects should it reach the carburetor boosters. Available at a price of $200 and immediate shipping completes the picture. Source Mike’s Racing Heads Concord, North Carolina (704) 654-6079... read more

New circle track blocks and useful deck-height guides

By Archie Bosman: Over the years most of us have toyed with the notion of acquiring a desirable engine or two and sometimes, foolishly, we’ve asked the question, “Which one would you recommend?” Of course the inevitable answer comes: “It depends on what you’re trying achieve.” Often that answer leads us to even more uncertainty than when the conversation began. And worse, insiders would often start blustering on at great length about displacements, bore and stroke specs, connecting rod lengths, intake valve sizes and so on, leaving the average enthusiast looking on in bewilderment. To bring some simple logic to the complexities of this topic, examining deck heights is probably the best starting point, for everything else seems to be determined by it. And since World Products is currently engaged in the introduction of a range of new engine blocks it seemed an excellent time to find out…why so many? Though their latest replacement range of four engine blocks is designated for Fords, most of the fundamentals that follow apply to any range of engine blocks regardless of their origins. To begin with, deck heights are measured from the crankshaft centerline to the block deck. Usually this measurement is captured by some form of dial gauge caliper. Here the engine builder uses a steel ball as an aid to obtain an accurate reading. Then he deducts the diameter of the ball and adds half the crank mains journal diameter. On a Kaase Boss Nine engine, for example, the diameter of the mains journal is 3.193in. Therefore, to establish the block deck height he takes his dial gauge measurement, subtracts... read more

Unique buttons: piston pin retention designs for Pro Mod and big turbos

By Freddie Heaney: Denver Colorado: Gibtec Pistons has announced unique piston pin retention buttons. Their latest design for Pro Mod and big turbo racing engines incorporate a radial locking feature. The advent of the piston button and its subsequent popularity came about because of the convenience it offers. Changing pistons with buttons not only reduces the time taken to replace pistons at the race track but also ends the frustration of fiddling about with round wire locks or the double spiral types. “Some years ago when we were developing the original concept,” says Gibtec Piston’s Robbie Giebas, “the button seemed to offer a further advantage. Where the piston pin bore breaks into the oil control ring groove, we thought the button would prevent the expander in the oil control ring from distorting around the half-moon opening, a deficiency particularly prevalent in power adder engines.” Though partially true, they later discovered the button could, in fact, damage the oil control ring by pushing upward or rotating against it or a combination of both. Now  with an innovative radial locking mechanism, Gibtec has filed a patent to protect the design. The patent, apparently, is more extensive than a utility patent but also includes concept coverage.   Rob Giebas and Gibtec’s ascension by agility and intellect It was a decisive moment when in 2013 the then 40-year-old Detroit native founded his piston-making venture in Denver, Colorado. The formation of any new business is almost always a protracted struggle, and Gibtec Pistons’ prospects were no less challenging; how could it survive in a diminished market? In fact all markets were dealing with vast cultural changes but... read more

Two ball-peen hammers and one hard surface: How to make oil pans, transmission and hydraulic pans leak proof

New Jersey native Ray Bohacz is a respected engine builder. Though he relished the challenge of preparing race-winning engines, his earliest memories were linked to farming and its many aspects—particularly its mechanics. Recently he has combined these interests by demonstrating the value of short, technical trouble-solving videos. No doubt most of us have encountered leaking oil pans, even with new gaskets installed. Here’s the... read more

Rebirth of the 8.1L Vortec and advancement of Merlin IV

By Titus Bloom:   Raise questions about the prospects of GM’s 8.1 liter V8 Vortec engine block and you will quickly learn that currently there is no direct-replacement block available. The engine has been extinct since 2010. But at the 2016 PRI show held in Indianapolis in December, World Products’ technical director, Dick Boyer, announced they were in the process of creating a new cast-iron block to be available by July 2017. On first acquaintance you might think the new 8.1 liter unit would be welcomed mostly by owners of commercial trucks, motorhomes, marine and industrial applications. But for the racing community, its loss was arguably more severely felt for it was an effective power unit for many towing vehicles. Endowed with vital OEM provisions, the new engine block will feature exact mounting positions for the stock crank sensor, block-style oil filter and oil cooler as well as stock-style accessory mounts. “Without provision for the stock crank sensor,” says Boyer, “the engine cannot operate with a stock computer or stock fuel injection.” In order for the new block to reach the unimpaired OEM specification, significant investment was necessary, mainly in acquiring access to complete foundry tooling. As anticipated, this is expensive—as other aspiring engine producers discovered when trying to establish a crank position sensor in the stock location of a GM Mark IV-style big-block. But Boyer made the calculations work because he integrated the new foundry tooling for the production of the 8.1 with a new Merlin IV block. Merlin IV for big-block Chevrolets The upgrading objectives for the Merlin IV introduced thicker material around the main webs, camshaft... read more

LS, Coyote & Chrysler: Remedy for stubborn harmonic damper removal

By Archie Bosman: Those familiar with LS engines will often tell you the most frustrating part in the dismantling process is the removal of the harmonic damper. For some, the process consumes hours. A slow taper is a mighty effective method for locking two components. Medium-duty pullers are apt to break the foot off one leg and pry bars won’t provide an even pull and usually damage the damper rather than remove it. Inconveniently, many modern dampers are not equipped with tapped holes to assist in the removal process. But a new patented tool, the GGT-180 from G & G Technics overcomes the impediments. Yet, its significance extends beyond quick removal, for this tool is also compact and easy to use. In fact, so modest in size it operates with the radiator in situ. Obviously, this saves draining the coolant, the removal of the radiator and the setting aside of the coolant, to say nothing of the time taken to replace everything. Instead, you simply remove the fan assembly, the drive belt and the harmonic-damper retaining bolt and washer. By engaging the puller’s three tangs behind the spokes of the damper—no bolts required—and tightening the jacking screw, the damper is swiftly freed from its bond with the crankshaft. Notably, the M-16 threaded jacking screw is made from 8.8-grade high tensile steel and is operated by a 24mm socket. The screw rotates within the thrust bearing; its main purpose is to protect the end of the crank. The body of the puller is formed from an investment casting of high-tensile steel and hardened and tempered. Before use, the manufacturer, G... read more

Seeking permanent end to exhaust gasket leaks?

By Freddie Heaney:   How do you compete on the national stage—how do you rise from obscurity if you don’t advertise? Engine builders do it by word of mouth but for small manufacturers the process is more daunting: expensive and often hit-and-miss if not executed with some skill. In an attempt to survive these hazards, Remflex, the graphite exhaust gasket firm, applied to SEMA for the chance to make an appearance at last week’s MPMC conference and got lucky in their annual draw. In thickness, Remflex exhaust gaskets measure approximately 1/8-inch and compress by 50 percent when tightened between two surfaces. In so doing they fill leaky gaps in slightly warped or pitted flanges. Operational up to 3,000-degrees Fahrenheit, Remflex claims the flexible graphite, which is bonded to both sides of a thin stainless steel mesh core, has swelling properties that eliminate the need to re-torque. Guaranteed for six months, longer bolts are unnecessary. However, the three chief things to remember are, first, do not over-tighten them. Suggested torque ratings are listed on the box. Second, hold the gaskets properly. Though they are designed to withstand intensive clamping forces, do not bend them. If you do they’ll break. Lastly, don’t use sealers because they will rapidly burn and disappear, introducing an exhaust leak. Five hundred part numbers now available, the cost of a small-block Chevrolet gasket kit is $34.99   MPMC Background Each January, the MPMC introduces one hundred manufacturers to approximately three hundred members of the media. The customary venue is the Embassy Suites hotel in Orange County, California not far from John Wayne Airport. The manufacturers set... read more