Just what exactly is blueprinting anyway? I hear this term all the time but have never gotten a satisfactory explanation.
A: Blueprinting refers to matching parts and modifications to work together. Often we throw a lot of really flashy parts at the car, but don’t give enough thought as to how they work in con- juntion with one another. The 1st step in blueprinting is to decide what the car will be used for. Cruising, stoplight drags, street/strip, strip only, road or autocross racing? Making that choice will lead the builder/owner towards a package that will meet that goal. Add to this your budget.
A: Blueprinting also refers to checking all measurements (i.e. cylinder, rod journals, main journals, etc.) to make sure that they fall within factory blueprint tolerances. But how far you want to blueprinting it is up to you and your machinist.
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