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Why the Ford Flathead V8 Succeeded, and Why It Had to Die

The Ford Flathead V8 wasn’t the first V8, but when it debuted in the 1932 Model 18, it brought this brilliant engine configuration to the American masses. With a simple design featuring a flat cylinder head (hence the name) that placed intake and exhaust valves next to the cylinder, this V8 was incredibly cheap to mass produce. And it was this same cylinder head design that forced it out of production in 1953. Using a 3D-printed model of a Flathead V8, Engineering Explained’s Jason Fenske goes through why this engine was perfect for its…

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Time capsule 1987 Buick Grand National being auctioned on Ebay

The Buick Grand National was one of the great muscle cars of the 1980s and survivors remain coveted collectables today, but how great would it be if you could buy a brand new one? Well, you can. Almost. A black 1987 Grand National that was never registered, and has an interior that’s still wrapped in the plastic from the factory, is currently up for auction on Ebay.  (Ebay/nx512cj) It does have 49 miles on the odometer. The listing says that a lot of that was put there when the car’s first…

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Why Pushrod Engines Have a Low Redline

Pushrod engines are great for a lot of reasons. They’re compact, they’re simple, and if done right, they sound good. But one drawback of the pushrod design is that it can’t rev as high as a comparable overhead-cam engine. Pushrod engines are unique in that the camshaft is inside the cylinder block—not on top in the cylinder head. This makes engine height shorter, allowing for a more compact design. The downside is that the camshaft rotation has to travel through a pushrod and a rocker arm, which pushes a spring down…

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The One-And-Only 1937 Сhris Craft Motorhome

Named ‘The Zeppelin Roadliner’ by the famed customiser Art Himsl, this unusual vehicle is one he bought in the 1960’s. With its aluminium framing which was originally covered with a ‘Grade A’ linen aircraft fabric skin, it started out life as a prototype house car built by a mechanic at a Chris Craft boat dealership in San Francisco and was registered in 1942 as a Plymouth house car. Today the immaculately presented Zeppelin boasts a 350cubic inch V8 Chevy engine, push button automatic transmission, air-ride suspension, a refrigerator, microwave oven…

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Why the straight-six engine is making a comeback

The V8 engine has long ruled the world of luxury cars, thanks to glass-smooth grunt and a delicious howl under duress. But tightening fuel-economy regulations are encouraging the use of smaller piston counts, and on the standardized tests that automakers use for fuel-efficiency ratings, the average downsized, turbocharged V6 uses less fuel than an equally powerful V8. That may seem win-win, but don’t be won over. Engineers don’t fantasize about V6s—accountants do. The V6 layout has proliferated because it “packages well,” a sexless industry term that’s code for “easy to…

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BUY THIS HOUSE AND GET 340 VINTAGE CARS FOR FREE

Finally, after much searching, we have found a dream home for the true petrolhead. Located in Tappen, British Columbia this property is set across five acres of land and includes a two-bedroom mobile home, 900 square-feet restoration workshop, 1,200 square-feet steel building and over 340 vintage cars. Yes, you read that correctly; included as part of the deal is a collection of over 340 vintage cars. The current owner has decided to retire wanting a more simple life. So, his car salvage business and the hundreds of classic cars that…

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4 Muscle Car Alternatives For $3500

Not everyone wants a Mustang or Camaro. For one thing they’re cop magnets, and for the younger buyers, they usually come with ridiculous insurance premiums because, well, they tend to get wrecked. A lot. Or maybe you just don’t want to be pigeonholed into the Mustang versus Camaro camp of enthusiasts, which is perfectly understandable. So for the discriminating American petrolhead looking for a good V8 rear-wheel drive fix on a $3500 budget, here are four muscle car alternatives worthy of your attention. 1. 1994-1996 Chevrolet Caprice Old-school muscle car DNA…

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AMAZING PICTURES OF ABANDONED GHOST CAR DEALERSHIPS

It seems amazing to me that anyone would abandon their car dealership with good sales stock still on the floor! Surely you wouldn’t close the doors to your shop until every last vehicle had rolled out of the door! Well, it would seem that this isn’t always the case…for various reasons, some car dealerships close down with brand new cars still siting in the showrooms and some of those, now classic cars, are still there to this day! Abandoned BMW Dealership In The US GLEEMS In 1988 the dealer, operating…

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Here’s Everything You Need To Know About How A Clutch Works

An educational YouTube engineering channel has released a new video that strips back the workings of a clutch, and it answers all the questions you were too afraid to ask Asking exactly how a clutch works is one of those questions a lot of young petrolheads are afraid to ask. They think they’ll look stupid if they admit they don’t know. To them we say this: the uninformed person is far wiser than the wrongly informed one. We found this video that takes the workings of a conventional clutch right…

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Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Start From a Stop in Second Gear

For one reason or another, there are times were you think it might be beneficial to start off from a stop in second gear rather than first in your manual transmission car. In most cases, though, doing that will cause more wear on your clutch. Why? Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained is here to, well, explain. It all comes down to how much you have to slip the clutch to keep the engine from stalling. In first gear, you have to slip the clutch up to a certain speed (5 mph, for…

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