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Technical Tips by Doug Howard

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Over-filling the transmission can be a mess to fix. For this and other over-fill problems, add about four feet of fish tank tubing and a spray bottle nozzle to your tool box. If you overfill, take the tubing and connect it to the bottom of the spray nozzle. Then feed the rest of the tubing down the transmission dip stick tube and start pumping. When finished, clean the nozzle and tubing and store them in a resealable plastic bag.



Did you ever try to paint bolts when your detailing your engine, only to have them scratched up the minute you put a socket on them? Well, here is the hot tip. As soon as the enamel paint is dry to the touch, put the bolts on a cookie sheet and pop them in the oven at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. After they are cool, wait about a half-hour and carefully bolt them up using a six-point socket and voial--you have a neat, scratch-proof fastener. This works best when your wife isn't home.


Running higher than stock spring pressures with stamped steel rocker arms on a small block Chevy can cause the pushrod to punch through the end of the rocker arm. One way to help prevent this is to grind the casting flash off the rocker oil hole. This helps prevent stress cracks from starting. Use a Dremel tool with a fine tooth burr to clean the rocker arm oil hole and leave a smooth finish.


 HIGH-LIFT Helpers

An inexpensive way to gain more horsepower and more torque is to experiment with a set of 1.6:1 ratio rocker arms. With 1.6:1 rocker, you can gain up to .030 inch additional lift over the stock 1.5:1 rocker. Generally, the exhaust flow on small block Chevys need to be enhanced, so try 1.6:1 rockers fires. Then try them on both the intake and exhaust; then on the intake only. Use the combination that yields the best results.

Holley Chap Stick.....

Itís frustrating when every time you pull the float bowl off your Holley carburetor to change jets, the bowl gasket tears. This is especially aggravating if you donít have a new gasket at hand to replace the old one. One slick way to prevent this headache came from a good carburetor guru. Coat the float-bowl side of the gasket with cherry-flavored Chap Stick, leaving the waxy substance to eliminate tearing. This trick works especially well with those nasty, black adhesive gaskets that Holley may use.

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