Hot Rod Shoch Absorbers
Automotive Basics

Understanding Suspension

Most conventional suspension systems use passive springs to absorb impacts and shock absorbers to control spring motions. The majority of land vehicles are suspended by steel springs. In a vehicle, it will reduce the effect of traveling over any rough ground. [Read More…]
How To Start a Hot Engine
Automotive Basics

Understanding Hot Engine Starts

It is usually a cold engine, which is exposed to extreme weather that is difficult to start. However, a hot engine can have problems too. They can be tough to start and many people don’t know how to deal with this situation when it occurs. Here are some common reason why this may be. [Read More…]
Catalytic Converter
Automotive Basics

Understanding Catalytic Converters

A catalytic converter is a component found in the exhaust system of a vehicle. The catalytic converter burns the carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons to create nitrogen, and at the same time it reduces the nitrogen oxides. [Read More…]
Nitrous Oxide Systems (NOS)
Automotive Basics

Understand Nitrous Oxide Systems (NOS)

Fitting a nitrous kit is definitely the way to go for an instant boost in power. If you’re like us, you’ve probably watched all the installments of the Fast and the Furious for the cars. Whatever your reasons, those movies immortalized nitrous oxide as the most popular means of boosting a car’s performance. [Read More…]
Performance Brakes
Automotive Basics

Understanding Performance Brakes

Performance brakes are designed to take much more abuse than normal brake components. For this discussion we are limiting ourselves to disc brakes only for the convenience of terminology. Other forms of brakes exist and the same basic principles we will discussed here exist in those systems too. [Read More…]
Glossary of Hot Rod of Terms
Automotive Basics

Glossary of Hot Rod Terms

Don’t sound like you don’t know what you’re talking about next time you’re at a car show, cruise-in, or meet. Roadkill Custom’s Glossary of Hot Rod Terms covers need to know. [Read More…]
Aluminum Heads and Spark Plugs
Automotive Basics

Understanding Aluminum Heads and Spark Plugs

Spark Plug seizure in an aluminum cylinder head is usually caused by improper installation and too much torque. Aluminum alloys are softer than cast iron. Different plug shell and head materials cause these metals to expand and contract at different rates. [Read More…]
The Iconic HEMI Engine
Automotive Basics

Understanding the Iconic HEMI Engine

If you are a car fanatic then you probably already know about all the hype that was created in the 50’s and ’60’s with the HEMI engine. Many people love the power that was created with the advent of this engine, and even though the HEMI engine is hardly used today, it will always be an icon in the automotive world. [Read More…]
How Differential Gears Work
Automotive Basics

Understanding Differential Gears

I got into a discussion some time ago about welding a rear-end on a street vehicle – It became clear that the guy I was discussing this with did not fully understand how a differential works. This video was made in the 1930’s or so and is the best explanation I have seen to date. [Read More…]