Well, that’s a wrap on 2021. As far as years go, this was certainly one of them. Kidding aside, we’re glad you came along for the ride with us here at Hemmings. Throughout the year we brought you plenty of stories, and we’ve already picked our favorites. To that we have one more list for you before the calendar turns: Our 10 most-read stories on Hemmings.com ranked by total visitors. We’re already hard at work to make next year even better, and we’re looking forward to continuing the journey with you.
1. Why do people – including seasoned mechanics – still insist on putting a block of wood under a car battery?
The science is settled, but apparently there are still plenty of people looking for an explanation as to why you should or shouldn’t rest a car battery on concrete. Among the 224 comments on this article are some legitimate reasons for using wood blocks, but preventing battery discharge is not one of them.
Looking to replicate the success of the Powerstroke story, HMN Editor Mike McNessor followed up with a similar breakdown of the engine that put GM diesels back in the torque war.
3. Once Owned By Smokey Yunick, This Chevrolet Small-Block Intake Manifold May Be The Last Remnant Of A Canceled High-Performance Camaro
Chevrolet went a long way to building the 360-horsepower L-70 V-8 for the 1967 Camaro, but scrapped the engine at the last minute. Some of the intakes for that engine, as the tale goes, went to Smokey Yunick for testing. As for how one ended up in the wild, well, you have to click on the story to get the whole tale.