October 15, 2019

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Ratting Around in a 1930 Model A Rat Rod

I usually think of a rat rod as a car with a lot of patina and a lot of power, so I hesitated a moment when I saw the shine on this chopped top, channeled 1930 Model A Rat Rod – but – it’s edgy enough to fall in the rat rod category and it definitely […]

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Understanding the Drive Layouts

Understanding the Drive Layouts by: Alvin Agomaa The drive layout is the arrangement of the engine, transmission, and driven axles. The types of drive layouts are Front engine Front wheel drive (FF/ FWD), Front engine Rear wheel drive (FR/RWD), Mid engine Rear wheel drive(MR), Rear engine Rear wheel drive(RR), Four wheel drive (4WD or 4×4) […]

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The Scoop on Intake Systems

The Scoop on Intake Systems by: F.R. Penn The Scoop on Intake Systems Intake systems are a vital part of your vehicle. If you are concerned with horsepower and optimal engine performance, it is imperative that your vehicle’s intake system operates at its full potential. There are also a number of custom and high performance […]

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Selecting and Adjusting Aftermarket Anti-Roll Bars

Selecting and Adjusting Aftermarket Anti-Roll Bars by: Miroslav Ovcharik By providing a link between the left and right side suspension, an anti-roll bar (AKA sway bar) keeps the left and right side of the suspension at nearly the same level vertically, decreasing body roll. Larger diameter sway bars make the suspension stiffer and transfer more […]

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Suspension Alignment: Understanding and Adjusting Toe

Suspension Alignment: Understanding and Adjusting Toe by: Miroslav Ovcharik Toe is an alignment parameter that describes how the front wheels are oriented with respect to each other and how the rear wheels are oriented with respect to each other. With the steering wheel centered, if the front wheels are pointing toward each other (from a […]

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Finding the Optimum Gear Ratios for your Car

Finding the Optimum Gear Ratios for your Car by: Miroslav Ovcharik The gears in the transmission and the differential control the acceleration and top speed of a car. A gear is identified using its “gear ratio”. For instance, the first gear in the Nissan 240SX 5-speed transmission has a gear ratio of 3.321:1. This means […]

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Prop Shaft: An integral Part of the Automobile Machinery

Prop Shaft: An integral Part of the Automobile Machinery by: Trish Dougherty The automobile engine has evolved over time. Rapid advances in technology have meant that it is getting more and more sophisticated day by day. This has meant that all the ancillary machinery that is connected to the automobile engine has also seen improvements. […]

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Caring for Leather Car Interiors

Caring for Leather Car Interiors by: Elena Maria Leather consists of thousands and thousands of intertwined fibers, with penetrable pores throughout—just like skin. Proper maintenance starts with cleaning the fibers. Cleaning removes fiber-severing abrasives and pore clogging dirt and dust, both of which will breakdown the leather over time and give it a less than […]

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Why You Need To Have A Radiator Cooling Fan For Your Car

Why You Need To Have A Radiator Cooling Fan For Your Car by: Darren Dunner Did you know that vehicles require cooling fans to transfer heat just the way humans require an air cooler to keep us cool during summer. It is not possible for us as humans to stay without an air cooler or […]

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Automotive Batteries

Automotive Batteries by: Barbara Moore Think of the battery as the heart of your car. You need a battery you can count on to get your motor running and keep it pumping all day long. The car battery is an essential element of the intricate network that makes your car start and keeps the engine […]

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