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Tom Bobolts Publisher

Tom started working for Power Automedia in early 2008 at the young age of 20. Starting off as an intern spinning wrenches in the PowerTV garage, Tom cut his teeth helping us build the very project cars we feature. Since moving inside the office, most of his time is spent writing and shooting installs - but he still finds time to get out in the shop. Outside of work, Tom enjoys a variety of different motorsports from Street Bikes, Muscle Cars and just about anything that demands high amounts of horsepower.


If you’re talking cars and you drop the words hand-made or custom, the first thing that comes to mind is quality. Something that is hand-made will always have a personal and even a little mystical feeling to it. The guys at Kooks Custom Headers are people that believe in just that.

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A perfect example of the crossbreeding evolution of engines is World Products’ new Mowtown LS block, which combines the time-tested design of the traditional small block Chevy with the ability to bolt on a set of high flowing LS heads.

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In today’s world, if you build a high performance vehicle, every aspect of the car needs to perform at its best. Centerforce Clutches makes high performance clutches and flywheels for a number of popular American muscle applications for that exact reason.

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PowerTV had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Jamie Meyer, one of the managers with some serious input within GMPP, to ask him about GM Performance’s current and future LSX products and development.

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A press release is coming shortly, but us shop dogs are too giddy not to let everyone know that Cornwell Tools has joined on board with the powerTV garage as our official tool supplier and has helped outfit the powerTV shop we work in with a KILLER set of tools.

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Today we spent some of our time helping out our friends over at Fastest Street Car Magazine install a FAST 92mm intake on their 2000 LS1 powered Camaro. While it was a little hard at times to get to some of the bolts and vacuum lines on the back of the intake to fit just right, it finally did go in.

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Installing nitrous was always something that I wanted to know but didn’t just want to jump into. The ZEX LS1 kit was the goal of the day, and it was an easy one. Except for one hick-up.

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I figured I’d put together a little blog laying out the LS engine family and my personal take on my favorites. To keep this from becoming a blog of epic proportions, we are just going to look at the car based LS engines since those are the most popular for every-day performance.

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In the beginning, man created the car… and it wasn’t long before men sought out to modify the car. Once man started modifying car, he needed tuning. Thus, he began a lifetime of checking spark plugs for a rich or lean condition. In 2008, checking spark plugs is so OUT, and wide bands are SO in.

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If you are looking to drop some elapsed time at the drag strip and get a few mph out of it as well, there are few options to go with.

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As you may faintly remember from biology class, evolution is a change in the inherited traits from one generation to the next. In the automotive ecosystem, designs evolve the same way living things do, with only the fittest designs withstanding the test of time.

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Back in the day, it was not uncommon to see someone tuning his or her car by ear — the act of tuning or jetting your vehicle and adjusting timing until it sounds just right. Clearly this wasn’t an exact science.

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In the olden days, making sure that your engine was running smoothly required having a trained ear, a great feel for the car behind the wheel, or alternatively, paying someone to take a look at your car. All too often, a lot of horsepower was left on the table or just blown out the exhaust.

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When it comes to trying to run low 8′s, you can have all the horsepower in the world, but your rear end and transmission need to be bulletproof. So when it came time to select a transmission for Project Grandma – our infamous ’78 Malibu – we made a call to the transmission experts over at TCI.

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We were excited when JE Pistons announced that they were going to be applying their massive knowledge of piston technology to take their existing affordable budget SRP piston and upgrade into the more beefy SRP Professional line.

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When it comes to adding loads of power to just about any engine out there, few upgrades go farther than a supercharger package. Edelbrock understands this, and has released a new E-Force Supercharger Package for the 2008 – 2010 LS3 powered Corvettes.

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