1955 Chevrolet: The Newest New Car In America!

Most 1950s car ads are full of gibberish and nonsensical feature names, so it's understandable that we tend to tune out most of the hype and focus on the great styling when we see such ads today. However, the 1955 Chevrolet really was an important milestone for Detroit, with the first of millions of cheap, reliable… » 3/20/08 11:00am 3/20/08 11:00am

314 HP Small Block 350 Is The Cheap Way To Power Your Day

It's so easy to bag on the tried and true GM small block 350. Tech lovers will chide it for the decades old architecture. They'll point to its pushrods as a vestige of another era now that we live in a world of overhead cams and variable valve timing. When it comes to bang for the buck though, critics don't have a leg… » 3/14/08 12:30pm 3/14/08 12:30pm

The Real Speed Racer: Modified Fiat X/19

Many, many moons ago my band practiced next to a garage filled with speed freaks. Three dudes, who shall remain nameless, sat inside all day, every day, chain smoking, blowing lines and building stuff. One day I showed up for practice and my formerly 600 watt bass amp now pumped out 6,000 watts. Sure, it sounded like… » 12/19/07 10:45am 12/19/07 10:45am

Workhorse Engine of the Day: Small-Block Chevrolet

Let's face it: an engine that was in front-line service for 50 years, with more than ninety million built, reliable, cheap to build, and easy to modify for performance... well, do we even need to mention the small-block Chevy in this series, given that we all know it pretty much sets the Workhorse Engine standard?… » 10/11/07 3:30pm 10/11/07 3:30pm

Hold Still, Valves! Adventures In Pinhole Photography

I enjoy shooting properly focused and exposed I-5 photos with a nice SLR, but sometimes you just get tired of stuff like sharpness and non-infinite depth-of-field in your photographs, know what I'm saying? Sure you do. That's when you reach for your homemade pinhole camera, put it in a box of small-block Chevy valves… » 10/05/07 1:30pm 10/05/07 1:30pm

500-Horse Camaro? The General's Next Small Block V8 to Get Direct-Injection

According to Ward's Auto, an experimental 6.2-liter, direct-injection V8 producing upward of 500 hp could be factored into the next Chevrolet Camaro equation. The engine would coincide with the Gen V version of the small-block V8, based on GM's existing all-aluminum Gen IV (L92), which powers the Cadillac Escalade,… » 9/04/07 2:15pm 9/04/07 2:15pm

Engine Swap of the Day: Junkman's Small-Block-Powered 356

The other day, Junkman mentioned his Chevy 400-powered '57 Porsche 356. Well, one thing led to another, and we invited him to send in some photos for us to share. See, when most guys claim online to have some outrageous engine/car combo ("Dude, I got a '72 Kadett with Detroit Diesel Series 60!") you take the claim… » 8/31/07 3:30pm 8/31/07 3:30pm

Jet Ace! Ramjet Fuel Injection For The '57 Chevy

The fuel-injected 283, which could be had as a (very expensive) option in the 1957 Chevrolet, definitely ranks pretty high on the list of Coolest Small-Block Chevy Engines, what with its then-awesome one-horse-per-cube power output. Here's a science-class-style GM infomercial, complete with gargly 16mm sound and… » 4/17/07 4:39pm 4/17/07 4:39pm