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Under the Hood with Big Chief and Jackie's Precision Maintenance on 'The Crow'!

In the heart of the street racing world, Big Chief and Jackie, seasoned mechanics and racers, recently undertook a meticulous maintenance session on their legendary race car, "The Crow." This article delves into the intricacies of their hands-on approach, shedding light on the measures taken to ensure top-tier performance and reliability.

Under the Hood with Big Chief and Jackie's Precision Maintenance on 'The Crow'!

The Crow in the shop with Big Chief and Jackie's precision maintenance. Photo by Midwest Street Cars


The need for maintenance became apparent during a waiting period for crucial parts, providing an opportune moment to conduct a thorough inspection and address any concerns. The experienced mechanic leading the operation shared insights into the process, emphasizing the importance of being proactive rather than reactive when it comes to race car maintenance.


A focal point of the maintenance operation was the thorough inspection and replacement of head gaskets. The decision was spurred by Chief's commitment to staying ahead of any issues, even in the face of seemingly minor concerns like excess condensation observed during the last oil change. This preemptive approach showcased their dedication to keeping 'The Crow' in prime condition, ready to hit the streets with unmatched power.

Under the Hood with Big Chief and Jackie's Precision Maintenance on 'The Crow'!

Inspection of head gaskets. Photo by Midwest Street Cars


The article takes readers through the step-by-step process of the maintenance, revealing Chief's and Jackie's commitment to precision. Surfaces were cleaned and prepped, with a focus on ensuring the double o-ring system, essential for the engine's sealing, was free from dirt and carbon buildup. Big Chief also highlighted the significance of dry and clean bolt holes, employing specialized tools such as long Q-tips and brake cleaner for this purpose.


Big Chief also touched upon the intricacies of dry decking the head gaskets. He explained that over time, the cast materials of the heads can exhibit sinking and porosity, particularly after extensive use. This insight provided a glimpse into the challenges faced in maintaining race car engines at their peak, requiring not just skill but also an understanding of the unique characteristics of the materials involved.

Under the Hood with Big Chief and Jackie's Precision Maintenance on 'The Crow'!

Photo by Midwest Street Cars


The article further emphasized the importance of keeping spare parts on hand, allowing for swift and efficient maintenance during waiting periods for critical components. Big Chief's philosophy of making race cars easily serviceable was underscored, enabling im to address issues promptly without unnecessary downtime.

The collaborative effort between Chief and Jackie is a testament to their expertise and camaraderie. The article captures the essence of their teamwork as Chief awaits Jackie's assistance to start the engine, check for leaks, and ensure optimal performance. The shared passion for racing and the meticulous attention to detail create a synergy that goes beyond the mechanical aspects, defining the spirit of their racing endeavors.

In the fast-paced world of street racing, Chief and Jackie's recent maintenance session on 'The Crow' stands as a testament to their commitment to excellence. Through a blend of expertise, precision, and a proactive mindset, they ensure that their legendary race car remains a force to be reckoned with on the streets. As fans eagerly await 'The Crow's' next appearance, they can rest assured that Chief and Jackie's hands-on approach keeps this iconic racer ready for any challenge that comes its way.

Video by Midwest Street Cars


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