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My name is John Ortega.  I've been an avid fan of 1/4 mile drag racing for 25 years now.  By trade I am an auto tech, working on cars for CHEVY, PONTIAC, and GMC dealers in the Orange County (California) area.  In my spare time I am a crew chief and a high performance engine builder.  Doing the job right the first time and taking pride in my work is what makes  me successful.  So if your house is on fire, call the fire department; when you need a performance engine, call a professional not a fireman!

Check out the pictures of my shop and current engine build(s); if you're interested in an engine build (from stock to full race) and you live in the Southern California (Disneyland, Knott's area) click the Contact Me link on the side or bottom of the page.

Here are some pictures of my shop.


Here's a current engine build in my shop.


Here's a current big block build in my shop.


Here's another big block build in my shop.


And yet another big block build.


Here's a 55 Chevy truck project in my shop.


Ty's 55 Chevy project in my shop


Here's a two page article about my car in the July 1996 Daytona Magazine (a Japanese magazine).


Here's a brief summary of me and my car from the August 1997 issue of Drag Racing Bulletin.

Here's a three page article featuring my car in an MSD test from the December 1998 Hot Rod magazine.

Here are some pictures of my own cars.

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