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Zach Raddatz
Member since Dec 30 2016

Zach has been interested in cars from around age 10. He spent a few summers hanging around his uncles repair shop and knew that is what he wanted to do. After high school he worked for a local shop specializing in muscle cars and engine repair. After attending trade school for Automotive Technology he worked for a variety of automotive businesses including dealerships, independent shops and a restoration shop. In 2010 he joined the tech team at Speedway and has had the pleasure of traveling to car shows all over the country and meeting many of our great customers in person!

Zach Raddatz's Articles

Derek kicks off his 55 Chevy rebuild with a fresh small block.
Learn how Derek Turner's '55 Chevy gets completely overhauled with brand new chassis and suspension components along with a new fuel system and wiring.
Derek's 55 refresh continues with some much needed rust repair.
Follow along to see how a 1955 Chevy Bel Air is chosen for a Tri-5 restoration project. From a floral dash to a hole in the floor, there is some work to be done!
Learn how to re-build a junkyard Small Block Chevy. A step-by-step guide on how to select a SBC, machine the valve guide bosses down, and what parts to use to upgrade to your personal liking.
Professional insight on some useful crate engine tools that will improve your engine building experience.
Rebuilding an engine? Stay organized by using a valvetrain rocker arm organizer tray while disassembling the valvetrain components. Learn some tips on why you shouldn't mix up lifters if you intend on using them again.
Learn how Zach replaces a transmission and breakaway converter in his 55 Chevy, with some helpful tips along the way.
Shortcuts don't always pay off. Zach Raddatz walk us through his experience with a cheap radiator so we don't make the same mistake!
Now that Project Chevelle is making some real power, it's time to give it a little more fuel. Follow along as we install a new tank and pump from Tanks Inc.
In preparation to transplant a 430hp 383 stroker into Project Chevelle, Zach R. made up a set of plug wires for the car. To keep it nice and tidy they needed to be routed just right, be the perfect length and not distract from the engine!
Follow along as power steering is added to Speedway's Project Chevelle. This article showcases exactly what is involved in adding power steering in a car that came with manual steering.
Before we flog the poor 307 on the dyno, or conduct any kind of serious road test with the car we need to install some basic gauges to keep tabs on what is going on under the hood.
Learn how to measure pinion depth with a ring and pinion setup tool. Follow as our tech Zach rebuilds a rear differential with the help of a pinion depth tool.
Zach bent an exhaust valve and needed to pull the top off of the engine to replace the valve and gaskets. There are several reasons why you would need to pull the top off of your engine, but Zach's step by step process is universal.
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