Gm Performance Parts

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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If you're looking for GM performance parts, chances are you're more than just a casual car buff. Most vehicles today are fully computerized, making auto maintenance too complex for the average consumer. If you were to get under the hood and take a look around, you might be able to identify your engine parts. Aside from that, however, there's aren't many substantive changes you could make to a modern machine. Installing your own GM performance parts could actually end up damaging your ride more than helping it.

If, on the other hand, you're a classic car enthusiast who knows his way around the guts of a vintage Chevy, you've got plenty of options. Maybe you'd like to bump up your engine's performance by installing a new intake manifold, or perhaps you just need a new cylinder head. You may of course want to rebuild your entire engine from scratch. Whatever the case may be, you know you need dependable GM performance parts.

The Chevy Engine vs. The Ford Engine

Just as certain people prefer Coke to Pepsi, most grease monkeys have an allegiance to Chevy or Ford. Even if the two engines are essentially identical, not just in looks but in performance, the camps are clearly divided. Although the two manufacturers share a tumultuous past marked by heated races in product development, marketing, and sales, it's impossible to declare one engine better than the other.

If you've made it to this site, however, odds are you already own a GM vehicle, so the information that follows deals specifically with GM performance parts. For all you Ford fans out there, the Internet is littered with sites that detail the company's history, its research and development, its latest engineering breakthroughs, and its available aftermarket parts and accessories. For now, however, it's the Chevy engine that's center stage.

A Brief History of The Chevrolet Engine

Chevy's first engines were six-cylinder affairs with 299 cubic inches and went from zero to 50 in just around 15 seconds. While that acceleration is laughable by today's standards, it was impressive in the early 20th century. In 1917 the company unveiled its first V8, but shuttered its "large" manufacturing plants two years later to concentrate on four-cylinder versions. In 1925, Chevy returned to the six-cylinder market with the now-famous "Stovebolt Six," which was largely ridiculed as a "Cast-Iron Wonder," but offered great durability.

In the '30s, Chrysler joined Chevy in the six-cylinder market, taking on Ford and its eight-cylinder engines head-to-head. This power war resulted in Chevy's production of the 80-horsepower "Blue Flame Six," which boasted better compression than rival motors without increasing its overall displacement. Then, in 1950, Chevy released its updated 235-cubic-inch "Blue Flame Six" with Powerglide transmission and sold over two million models--a new record.

Finding GM Performance Parts Today

Nowadays, car aficionados and collectors still wax nostalgic about their original Chevrolets. Many of them take the hobby to new extremes by recreating classic Chevys such as the SS Impala and Corvair. For these die-hards, finding reputable GM performance parts is a critical step in the restoration process.

Auto maintenance can be a tricky pursuit, so it's best to come armed with the necessary background. With that knowledge, you'll be better able to spot high-quality parts and good deals when you see them.

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