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putting the 1953 long block together

Episode 6: Project COVID-1953 – Put The Long Block Back Together

Episode 6 – Rick refreshes the Vortec heads with new head gaskets and bolts. After torquing them down and finishing up the valve train, he installs the new lifters, pushrods, and rocker arms. Now, complete with a new set of rings, rod bearings, and a brand new double roller timing chain – mixed in with a little sweat and elbow …


Winter Classic Cars That Strike Back

November has set upon us. Classic drivers in the hotter regions of the United States are celebrating the arrival of pristine driving conditions. In the North and Midwest, however, residents are settling for snowy weather and winterizing their classic autos for storage. But your love for classic autos doesn’t have to be boxed up with your vehicle at the changing …

camshaft 1953 bel air

Episode 5: Project COVID-1953 – Cam Bearings & Freeze Out Plugs

Episode 5 –Using a typical camshaft tool, the cam bearings were removed and replaced, and a new camshaft was put in. It’s important to not overlook the cam bearings so the engine isn’t starved of oil. Once that is finished, the freeze plugs go in and Rick moves on to replacing the main bearings in the crankshaft, gets the main …

honing cylinder walls

Episode 4: Project COVID-1953 – Honing Cylinder Walls

Episode 4 – Easy day, today. Rick will be honing the cylinder walls and lifter bores to get them all cleaned up. Scoring marks were minimal. After cleaning up the cylinder walls and lifter bores, he oils them down with WD-40. So far, everything is moving along smoothly. This 1953 Chevy Bel Air restoration project is off to a great …

ford mustang

The Making of the Ford Mustang: How the Most Popular Pony Car There Ever Was Almost Wasn’t

November 1960 was an important moment in the history of the United States. The Explorer 8 was orbiting the Earth, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe were wrapping on their final film together, Wilt Chamberlain pulled down 55 rebounds in a single game, President Eisenhower was defending the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba, and Democrat John F. Kennedy beat out Vice …

1953 bel air engine heads

Episode 3: Project COVID-1953 – Cleaned Engine Heads

Episode 3 – Today, Rick Drewry is going to spend some time cleaning up the engine heads and doing some valve lapping. Now, you may be wondering, what exactly is valve lapping? Well, if you haven’t done it before, don’t worry! It’s basically sanding down the valve surfaces to make them smooth, and it only takes a minute or so …

pontiac ram air GTO

The Evolution of the Pontiac Ram Air GTO Engine

There are all kinds of stories about the development of muscle cars, pony cars and other stylish, sporty vehicles of the 1960s and 1970s. Cars like the Pontiac 428, the Chevy Camaro and the original pony car: the Ford Mustang. The Pontiac GTO is the stuff of legends—especially the earliest models. Is it the “founding father” of the muscle car …

original mach 1

Ahead of the 2021 Release: A Retrospective Look at the Original Ford Mustang Mach 1

It was a highly anticipated, thrilling announcement in June of this year when Ford announced that it would be re-releasing the Ford Mustang Mach 1 in 2021. Heralded with spy shots, rumors, new (veiled) grille designs and a great deal of deliberation from fans, the release of Mach 1 will replace the Bullitt, bridging the gap between the Mustang GT …

1953 chevy bel air engine

Episode 2: Project Covid -1953 Chevy Bel Air -Teardown and Assess

Episode 2 – Rick Drewry tears everything down on his ‘53 Chevy Bel Air and determines the best place to start is the engine. The engine has already been pulled out and is sitting on the stand, ready to be torn down. Most everything is in pretty good shape, but hey, it’s the engine – so, a new camshaft, new …

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