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Ram-Tuning Roundup

By Steve Magnante

 

It has been nearly 65 years since Dodge first applied the theory of ram tuning to its engines as a means of picking up some free horsepower, fuel economy and torque through the use of skillfully designed intake manifolds. Unlike many competing manufacturers’ induction systems, for the 1960 model year, Dodge (as well as Chrysler, DeSoto and Plymouth) came up with “tuned” intake manifolds designed to take advantage of the naturally occurring pressure waves present within the intake tract of every running Otto-cycle piston engine.

 

You see, during the intake stroke, as the piston is pulled to the…

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Let’s Go Drag Racing!

By Steve Magnante

 

If you haven’t treated yourself to a visit to the local drag strip, do it soon. Unlike most forms of automotive competition, anybody with a valid driver’s license and a car meeting basic safety requirements can hit the strip and have an afternoon full of fun exploring the joy of sheer, unencumbered, straight line acceleration. At the drag strip, there are no sharp corners to brake for, no pit stops for gas and tires, and nobody in your way as you charge toward the finish line.

 

At the recent 2014 LX Fest in Los Angeles, CA, Dodge set…

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Let’s Go Drag Racing!

Jim Thornton’s Greatest Hits: Part 2

By Steve Magnante

 

The Dodge high performance world lost a pioneer with the June 2, 2014, passing of former Chrysler Corp. Race Vehicle Design Manager and Ramchargers race team member, Jim Thornton. Recently, we reviewed some of Mr. Thornton’s many contributions to the evolution of Dodge stock-bodied drag race vehicles. Now, let’s continue our tribute with a look at how he helped ensure that Dodge drag race package cars were ready to fully employ the mighty output of the 426 Race HEMI® engines that powered them down the drag strip.

 
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Jim Thornton’s Greatest Hits: Part 2