Master Cylinder/Power Booster Conversion

Time: 2 hours (approximately) Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, brake bleeder (optional) Cost: $250 and up Tinware: master cylinder/power booster Tip: Always bleed the brakes repeatedly anytime changes are made in the brake system. Performance gains: A new, dual circuit master cylinder and power booster will enhance the ease and safe operation of your […]

Understanding Rear Gear Ratios

Understanding rear gear ratios Applicable years: all Cost: $250-$300 Tinware: ring and pinion set, differential fluid Tip: It’s best to seek out the help of an experienced professional when changing the rearend gears. Performance gains: quicker off-the-line acceleration Most of us are familiar with the notion that rear-axle gears largely affect your car’s performance. The […]

Mechanical Fuel Pump Installation

Fuel pump: installation of mechanical fuel pump and fuel pressure regulator Tools: standard socket set, adjustable wrench, flat-blade screwdriver, Allen wrench set Cost: approximately $200-$350 Tinware: fuel pump and mounting gasket (supplied with pump), fuel pressure regulator and gauge, 3/8” fuel hose and clamps, NPT pipe fittings Tip: When re-routing new lines, closely measure all […]

Engine Break-In Procedures

Time: Approximately 2 hours Tools: crankshaft socket, breaker bar, oil primer shaft, power drill Cost: $50 for supplies Tinware: fresh engine oil and oil filter Tip: Use quality engine oil and filters that are well suited to your needs  (geographic locations, economy, performance, etc.) Performance gains: The correct break-in of an engine is just as […]

Inner Door Tune-Up

Replace your window regulator and door latch assembly Time: Approximately 3 hours Tools: Phillips screwdriver, impact driver (optional), hammer, socket wrenches, open-ended wrenches, window crank removal tool, white lithium grease, flashlight and small inspection mirror, window crank removal tool Cost: Window regulator assemblies approximately $100 each, door latch assemblies approximately $100 each Tinware: Window regulator […]

Installing a New Intake Manifold

Installing a new intake manifold Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, flat-blade and/or Phillips screwdriver, putty knife or scraper, torque wrench Tinware: aftermarket aluminum intake manifold, quality high performance intake gaskets, gasket sealer (silicone) Tip: Before final installation, double check the fit of your parts to make sure everything lines up and will work with […]

Removal and Replacement of Engine

Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, engine hoist, engine stand or cradle, floor jack (if needed) Cost: if renting an engine hoist, expect to pay about $40 for a day’s use Tinware: heavy-duty chain and/or lifting plate Tip: If you pull the motor and trans out together as one unit, invest in a transmission tail […]

Timing Chain Removal and Replacement

Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, crankshaft socket, breaker bar Tinware: new timing chain, new timing cover (optional), timing cover gasket, gasket sealer, oil pan gasket (optional) Tip: Before getting started, check out the clearance between the oil pan and the crossmember to see if there’s enough room to remove the pan. Performance gains: A […]

Installing Valve Cover Gaskets and Studs

Time: approximately 1 hour Tools: a pair of 3/8” boxed wrenches, putty knife, deep-sockets and socket wrench Tinware: valve cover gaskets, gasket placement glue, valve cover studs, Tip: When replacing your valve cover gaskets, it’s a good time to think about other similar upgrades such as valve covers, breathers, or plug wire retainers. Using a […]

Carburetor: Quick-Change Vacuum Springs

Time: approximately 30 minutes Tools: small Phillips screwdriver Here’s what you’ll need: Holley quick-change spring housing, vacuum secondary spring kit Tip: During the test and tune process, keep track of which springs help or hinder your carburetor’s performance. They make it easy by color-coding the top of each spring. Here’s what you’ll net: ability to […]