In Mopar® racing lore, the 426 HEMI® engine is widely recognized as the king of the hill. Guys like Tom Hoover earned fame (perhaps without the fortune) as early pioneers of that wildly successful engine. Today’s history lesson is about the Chrysler Corporation small block, its successes, and the lesser known guy behind much of it. His name is John Wehrly.
Accessory components, such as power steering, air conditioning, power generation and engine cooling, are driven by a single and/or serpentine drive belt off the engine. The V-belts of yesterday are gone and have been replaced by flexible flat belts (Figure 1). This illustration shows the serpentine drive belt on a 2.4L engine used in a PT Cruiser. Belt material has improved significantly over the
‘71 ‘CUDA CONVERTIBLE GETS BACK INTO SHAPE AFTER 20 YEARS OF SITTING AROUND In its heyday, this ’71 ’Cuda was an absolute showstopper in Gold Metallic with a black top and black interior. But when it came to Rob Paddock of Paddock’s Paint Works in Chesterfield, Michigan, it was nothing more than a shell, and …