Understanding Air Intakes
Automotive Basics

Understanding Air Intakes

There are various kinds of air intakes to choose from, but if you are not aware of how each type works, you might get confused about which one is the best choice. Among the most [Read More…]
Solenoid and Starter
Automotive Basics

Understanding Car Starters

Both the Otto cycle (which is a four stroke cycle that is most commonly used in vehicles today) and the Diesel cycle internal combustion engines require the pistons to be moving before the ignition phase [Read More…]
Common Firing Orders
Technical Info

Common Firing Orders

Common Firing Orders MSD Ignition created this helpful chart that display many common V8 firing orders and distrubutor direction… See Also: GM Body Style Codes Axle Flange Housing Identification Decimal Equivalents of Common Fractions How [Read More…]
Engine Displacement Calculator
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Engine Displacement Calculator

This calculator determines the displacement of the engine by two methods; selecting the engine to get the geometry of the configuration, or by the geometry to get the engine. You may select the engine manufacturer [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 [Read More…]
Chevrolet Engine Block Numbers
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Chevrolet Engine Block Numbers

All engines are stamped with an engine ID code, consisting of assembly plant code, production date and suffix code. Casting # CID Main Bolts 330817 400 2-Bolt 346236 454 2-Bolt 355909 262 2-Bolt 3703524 265 [Read More…]
Ford Engine Block Numbers
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Ford Engine Block Numbers

Note: A majority of FE blocks have either a ‘352’ or a backwards ‘501’ cast into the front of the block. With the exception of a few hi-performance 428 blocks, most all other FE blocks [Read More…]
Common Connecting Rod Ratios
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Common Connecting Rod Ratios

Connecting Rod ratio is the mathematical relationship between the overall length of the connecting rods and the stroke of the crankshaft. Divide rod length by the crank stroke and you get the rod ratio. Engine [Read More…]