Tool Tips Glossary

  • 1967 Camaro [ car-related ]

    The first Camaro model was the 1967, introduced on September 26, 1966. At the time of introduction, several important options were not available.  These included the RPO-Z28 Special Performance Package, and the 396-cid displacement engine for Camaro SS models.  The 1967 model was the only first generation Camaro to have both rear shocks mounted forward of the rear axle.  Later years changed to a staggered arrangement to counter wheel hop.  The 1967 was the only Camaro to feature a right-side traction bar, also to counter wheel hop.  The traction bar was standard equipment for all Z28 models, and was installed on other high performance models. [more]
  • 454 Big Block [ car-related ]

    The Chevrolet "Big Block" is a term for a series of large displacement V8 engines that have been developed and produced in the United States from the 1950s to the current day.  The Big-Block was expanded again, for 1970, to 453.9 cu in (7.44 L), with a 4.250 in bore and 4 in stroke. The 1970 LS5 version of this engine was factory-rated at 390 hp and 500 lb⋅ft, and the LS6 engine was rated at 450 hp.
  • 488 Gears [ car-related ]

  • 77 Cutlass Supreme [ car-related ]

    The Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme is a mid-size car produced by Oldsmobile between 1966 and 1997. It was positioned as a premium offering at the top of the Cutlass range. It began as a trim package, developed its own roofline, and rose during the mid-1970s to become not only the most popular Oldsmobile but the highest selling model in its class.
  • Brodix Aluminum Heads [ car-related ]

    The BB-2 and BB-2 Plus heads work well with a heavy car and smaller engine (427-509 cu in).  The BB-2 has a 305 cc intake port and flows 320 cfm; the BB-2 Plus has a 312 cc intake port and flows over 340 cfm with only the bowls blended and the intake ports matched.  Both heads may be purchased angle milled to 110 cc.  The combustion chambers are 119 cc and are properly shaped for use with either methanol or gasoline, preventing detonation.
  • Classic Cars [ car-related, dictionary ]

    Is an older automobile; the exact definition varies around the world. The common theme is of an older car with enough historical interest to be collectible and worth preserving or restoring rather than scrapping. Cars 20 years and older typically fall into the antique class.
  • Engine Overhaul [ car-related ]

    An overhauled engine is an engine which has been removed, disassembled (torn down), cleaned, inspected, repaired as necessary and tested using factory service manual approved procedures.  The procedure generally involves honing, new piston rings, bearings, gaskets, oil seals.
  • Hot Rods [ car-related, dictionary ]

    Are typically old, classic American cars with large engines modified for linear speed.
  • Ladder Bar Suspension [ car-related, dictionary ]

    A ladder bar is a suspension component used to prevent wheel hop on coil spring equipped vehicles.  The ladder bar attaches to the rear end at the spring perch and is connected to the chassis ahead of the rear tires.  When the accelerator is pushed suddenly and the tires begin to get traction, the bar prevents the rear end from wrapping up and allowing the rear tires to hop off of the pavement.  Wheel hop can seriously damage the rear end, axles, body and chassis of a vehicle if allowed to occur unabated. A ladder bar suspension can also be used on drag racing vehicles.  This system uses a ladder bar that is connected to the rear end and mounted to a cross member, typically at the rear of the driver's seat.  This type of suspension is usually used with a coil-over spring shock package mounted behind the rear axle.  It prevents wheel hop by stopping the rear end from rotating under full throttle conditions.  It also helps with braking by preventing the rear end from being rotated under severe braking conditions as well.
  • Lunati [ car-related ]

    Since the 1960s Lunati has made a point to manufacture engine components of the highest quality using cutting-edge technology.  Every single product we sell undergoes extensive testing and analysis to ensure the end result is a superior product that can withstand demanding race conditions.
  • Muscle Cars [ car-related, dictionary ]

    Is an American term used to refer to a variety of high-performance automobiles. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines muscle cars as "any of a group of American-made 2-door sports cars with powerful engines designed for high-performance driving." A large V8 engine is fitted in a 2-door, rear wheel drive, family-style compact, mid-size or full-size car designed for four or more passengers. Sold at an affordable price, muscle cars are intended for street use and occasional drag racing.
  • New Cowl Hood [ car-related ]

    The function of the cowl induction hood is also related to lower the carb inlet air temperature to get free HP.  The idea is that cooler outside air goes in the carb instead of the higher temp under hood air.
  • Original State [ car-related, dictionary ]

    The preservation and restoration of automobiles is the mechanical or cosmetic repair of cars.  Restoration means removing, replacing, or repairing the parts of a vehicle, while preservation means keeping the original components.
  • Posi Rear [ car-related ]

    When it comes to GM muscle cars and sports cars, the 12-bolt axle has been the top high-performance axle assembly for decades.  Compared to the Ford 9-inch, the 12-bolt positions the pinion gear higher on the ring gear.  This reduces the load on the pinion, resulting in less parasitic loss from the friction and load.  The 12-bolt was introduced in 1964 and installed in cars and trucks until 1972.  From 1972-on, General Motors installed its 10-bolt in cars and it remained an option for trucks until 1987.
  • Rebuilt Transmission [ car-related, dictionary ]

    A rebuilt transmission is one where the transmission is disassembled and inspected, worn or damaged parts are replaced (generally referred to as “hard parts”) and then reassembled to factory specifications, along with new gaskets, seals, clutches and bands.
  • Restore [ car-related, dictionary ]

    Restoration means removing, replacing, or repairing the parts of a vehicle, while preservation means keeping the original components.  Though automotive restoration is commonly defined as the reconditioning of a vehicle "from original condition in an effort to return it to like-new or better condition," There are many styles of which a vehicle can be restored, any of which can be performed at the discretion, desire, or taste of a vehicle owner or restorer.
  • Roll Cage [ car-related ]

    A roll cage is a specially engineered and constructed frame built in (or sometimes around, in which case it is known as an exo cage) the passenger compartment of a vehicle to protect its occupants from being injured in an accident, particularly in the event of a rollover.
  • Rusted Out Panels [ car-related ]

  • Some New Paint [ car-related ]

  • Superior Axles [ car-related ]

    The often imitated, never duplicated Superior Axle and Gear has been manufacturing high-quality axle shafts, gears, and more since 1934.  Their products are built from premium chrome moly materials, with rolled splines, torsional equalization, and higher amounts of splines on weaker applications.
  • Turbo 400 [ car-related ]

    Turbo-Hydramatic or Turbo Hydramatic is the registered tradename for a family of automatic transmissions developed and produced by General Motors.  In its original incarnation as the Turbo-Hydramatic 400, it was first used in the 1964 model year in Cadillacs.  Nearly forty years after its introduction, the General Motors Turbo Hydramatic 400 automatic transmission continues to fill the needs for street and strip enthusiasts alike because of its inherent durability.  If built properly, the TH-400 can tolerate a significant amount of abuse, behind the stoutest of power plants.