15 Tips for DIY Muffler Installation Guidelines

Sam Slick's Insights

Hey there, Sam again. You know, the overwhelming number of questions we field here are from do-it-yourselfers who enjoy working on their own vehicles, and who may have little or no experience with exhaust projects. Over the years, we have honed our skills through blood, sweat, and tears and we would like to share our … Read More

Playin’ with Sound

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Hey, you can do all kinds of things with sound. You can make it louder (harsher) or quieter (softer). Sound can also be quite complicated in and around your vehicle. Some sources of vehicle sound (noise) that some people never really considered are the clatter of mechanical parts (piston slap and lifter clatter on tired … Read More

Today’s Beautiful Paint Colors

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Science and technology has done some wondrous things to vehicle paint jobs in just a few years. GM cars used to be painted in with solvent-based lacquers. Lacquers were hard, durable paint coatings but, required a lot of rubbing and polishing in order to get a decent shine. Early postwar Fords and other makes made … Read More

Is it a Motor or an Engine?

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Hey, it’s me again. Things were getting a little murky the other day when my buddy and I were discussing hot rides. He was talking about the motor in his car and I was calling it the engine. Supposedly, we were talking about the same thing. Well…which is it? Way back yonder, before today’s confusing … Read More

Efficiency Until Diminished Returns

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The engine is merely an air pump that takes up and down motion and transforms it into rotary motion to turn the vehicle’s wheels. In order to create more horsepower and torque, we need to get more air in and more air out and at a faster rate. There are many ways to do this. … Read More

How I got my nickname

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I’ve always been a car guy. Back in junior college a l-o-n-g time ago, a buddy of mine called me Sammie one day at our meeting table. Being in an affable mood, he repeated it and said it sounded cool. Now, we always have new people joining us so, my buddy introduced me as Sammie … Read More

The Diecast Influence… Creative Substitution

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We guys really love our cars! From the time we start driving, cars take on a serious bent of providing entertainment and solace from life’s inequities. As long as we can have real cars provide us the fun and imagination, nothing else matters. Well… almost nothing else. I was flying pretty well until the kids … Read More

Street Car Defined

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If you’re older than me, you would remember a streetcar as an electric trolley car that meandered through large, bustling city streets loaded with passengers that would embark and depart at various points along predetermined route. But, that is not what we’re talking about here. We all know that a car prepared for competitive events … Read More

Manufacturer’s Performance Packages

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Modern vehicle performance packages started around 1954 as an integrated approach to economically improving vehicle acceleration, braking and handling. Ford’s first approach was their cheap Mainline police sedan that was equipped with a slightly larger displacement Mercury V8 engine with a four barrel carburetor, dual exhausts, and the bigger Mercury brakes. These early cop cars … Read More

First Car

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We need to qualify this a bit. Not a truck, go kart, mini bike or motorcycle but, yes… a car. Romance has been defined with our sweetest partners however, it was started with our first owned vehicle… our bastion of independence from our parents. I’m sure you remember it well (with rose-colored glasses). Mine was … Read More