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Planning For Failure Can Save You When It Happens

It’s an old story. A customer brings in a rebuild job and you do your normal quality job. You dot all the I’s and cross all the T’s and walk away from the engine stand knowing you’ve done a good job. The customer pays and off he goes with his prize. You make the mortgage

Big-Inch Cadillac’s

While some engines are relatively rare in machine shops, the big Cadillacs have remained a consistent source of income. These engines are Cadillac’s last big hurrah at traditional big-cube, flagship GM engines. Surprisingly, they are also a scaled-down version of a V-12 engine that made it through early production and road-testing before being scrapped as

Removal Tricks For Broken Ford Flathead Bolts

First, the flathead design means head hardware is exposed at all times to weather and coolant so corrosion results. Second, several bolt holes in the block on both sides (between cylinders) crack. It’s rare to find any of them NOT cracked and experience says that although these cracks do not create a problem that would

Performance Machining


Old Iron

When I first started playing with engines, if you had a defective or damaged lifter bore there wasn

Old Iron

You know that customer? The one who waited not at all patiently while you found the parts, got the machine work done, and finally assembled his vintage or performance engine? The one who appeared to be in substantial pain when he wrote that $4,000 check and grudgingly tossed it on the counter with trembling hands?

The 354 and 392 Chrysler hemi engines do NOT use the same cam because the lifter bore angles are different.

You know how life sometimes allows you to bumble along like a big dumb puppy and then suddenly drops something on you to surprise you and stir things up? Well, a little while back Bill Hancock called me up with a piece of tech info that made me reassess what I thought I knew. That

Ford Y-Block Engine Tricks

The Y-Block Ford is the successor to the flathead and Henry’s first OHV V-8 engine. They were built from 1954-’64 and installed in Fords, Mercurys, Edsels and Ford trucks. They came as 239, 254, 272, 292, and 312s. All along there were just enough cracked heads to become a nuisance, and efforts were made to