HorsePower Preview in PowerBlock Magazine: Dodge Dart gets 426 Hemi

If you’ve been watching MuscleCar this season, you probably couldn’t help but notice the Dodge Dart project the guys have been working on.

Joe, Mike and John from HorsePower stepped in to install a 426 Hemi. With a 9.0:1 compression, a Weiand 8-71 blower, and a fully-prepped Hemi 426 block, the Dart produced 690 horses at the flywheel.

Also, we couldn’t have done it without the help of Arrington Performance, a company that specializes in innovative, new-age engines and parts for projects like this.

And you can see the breakdown of how HorsePower did it! Check out the entire start-to-finish process in the special HorsePower edition of PowerBlock Magazine by clicking on the magazine below.

 

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PowerBlock viewer’s Chevy pulls a semi-truck out of the snow

We’ll say it every time – some of our favorite videos come from PowerBlock fans. Yes, we really do look at the material you post at www.mypowerblock.com!

A video posted by Michael J. Wiens shows a Chevy Avalanche pulling out a 53-foot semi-truck from the snow.

Nice job! And thanks for posting! Check out Michael’s profile here to see more pictures and a list of the modifications he’s made.

If you have a video or photo you would like to share with us, post it to www.mypowerblock.com. You’ll never know if we’ll feature you unless you post!


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Classic Dupli-Color Roadster Rolls into PowerBlock

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Courtney welcomes young gun builder Jordan Graham to PowerBlock this week. He’s building two throwback projects for Dupli-Color — a traditional 50s-style 1928 Roadster and a 1947 Knucklehead Harley ’60’s outlaw-style chopper. Jordan has been updating the progress of the builds on Dupli-Color’s Facebook page as he uses their products on everything from the frame, to the body panels, to the interior, and doing it “old style” as if it came from that era. And he does it all in a simple one-car garage! Plus, we’ll check out this awesome 1931 Model-A hot rod. See it all on The PowerBlock August 18th & 19th starting at 9 a.m. Eastern/8 a.m. Central.

For more on Jordan: Facebook.com/DupliColor

 
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Learn how to perform a vehicle inspection before buying a used car

It’s hard to turn on the TV without seeing a Carfax commercial. You know how it goes – a potential car buyer keeps asking the sales guy for a Carfax report, and the sales guy keep avoiding the question by assuming the customer is asking for something else.

Gearheads and PowerBlock fans usually know what to look for when looking for a used vehicle, whether it’s for a future project or for someone’s daily driver, and many times, the first reference point is a Carfax report, or something similar.

In a story by the Detroit Free Press, using a vehicle’s history report may not be the your best bet when guying a car that was wrecked and/or rebuilt.

One example the story gives is of a firefighter who bought a used 2003 Ford Mustang Cobra in 2010. The firefighter claimed that the dealer knew the car had suffered severe damage to the front end, but he had only discovered it when doing his own work on the car, the story said. The trial resulted in a hung jury, even though the firefighter testified that the dealership used a clean Carfax report to convince him to buy the vehicle.

Most Gearheads and PowerBlock fans know they should perform a good, thorough inspection on a used vehicle, from the exterior to the drivetrain. If you don’t know how to do it yourself, check out these tips from PowerBlock:

In an episode of Trucks!, also covered in PowerBlock Magazine, we showed you what to look for when buying a used truck.

 

  • Pop the hood and look at the fender bolts. Scarred up bolts and cracked/scratched paint are signs that the fenders have been off the car. Also take a look at the hood hinges.

  • If everything looks perfectly clean under the hood, with no grease or dirt, there may be come issues that the dealer is trying to “gloss” over.

  • On initial startup, you want to look for smoke out of the tailpipe. A little bit of water is ok because it’s from condensation. The exhaust gas may form visible clouds, but any blue smoke or white smoke there is likely serious issues inside the engine.

 

  • When a body panel is replaces, the factory sport-weld dimples are almost always gone.

 

You can check out more tips and videos from Trucks! hosts Kevin and Ryan by clicking here: www.powerblockmag.com