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The Mopar big-block RB and B engines have powered millions of Dodge, Plymouth, and Chrysler cars from 1959 to 1978, including some of the most iconic muscle cars-the Charger, Superbird, Barracuda, GTX, Road Runner, Super Bee, and many others. Over the course of 50-plus years, these engines have required and will continue to require rebuilding, and this book is an indispensable guide for the process.

Veteran magazine writer Arvid Svendsen documents a professional-caliber rebuild in this latest Workbench&reg Series title. Full-color photographs accompanied by exceptionally detailed captions with clear, concise instructions guide you through each crucial stage of the rebuild process. You will be able to confidently complete the rebuild of an entire engine, which includes pulling the engine from the car and disassembling the long block. In addition, you are shown how to inspect all components, guide machine work, select optimal parts for a specific performance level, assemble the complete engine, and perform a final shake-down of the engine.

All crucial steps of assembly are shown and discussed in exquisite detail, so you can install main bearings, crankshaft, pistons, rods, lifters, push rods, and the entire valvetrain, heads, intake, carb, and all other parts with confidence. Once the engine is installed and the ignition key is turned, you will have the satisfaction of having soundly rebuilt an engine that provides years of strong faithful service. This book is a must-have for any Mopar enthusiast.

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The photos in this edition are black and white.

The Mopar big-block RB and B engines have powered millions of Dodge, Plymouth, and Chrysler cars from 1959 to 1978, including some of the most iconic muscle cars-the Charger, Superbird, Barracuda, GTX, Road Runner, Super Bee, and many others. Over the course of 50-plus years, these engines have required and will continue to require rebuilding, and this book is an indispensable guide for the process.

Veteran magazine writer Arvid Svendsen documents a professional-caliber rebuild in this latest Workbench&reg Series title. Full-color photographs accompanied by exceptionally detailed captions with clear, concise instructions guide you through each crucial stage of the rebuild process. You will be able to confidently complete the rebuild of an entire engine, which includes pulling the engine from the car and disassembling the long block. In addition, you are shown how to inspect all components, guide machine work, select optimal parts for a specific performance level, assemble the complete engine, and perform a final shake-down of the engine.

All crucial steps of assembly are shown and discussed in exquisite detail, so you can install main bearings, crankshaft, pistons, rods, lifters, push rods, and the entire valvetrain, heads, intake, carb, and all other parts with confidence. Once the engine is installed and the ignition key is turned, you will have the satisfaction of having soundly rebuilt an engine that provides years of strong faithful service. This book is a must-have for any Mopar enthusiast.

Pages : 144
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 342 B/W Photos
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613252550
Product Code : SA197P

Acknowledgments

What is a Workbench® Book?

Introduction

 

Chapter 1: Preparing to Rebuild the B and RB Big-Block Engines

The Family Tree

OEM Blocks

B/RB Cylinder Heads

Crankshafts

Intake Manifolds

Exhaust Manifolds

Building a Street Engine

High-Performance Engine Rebuilding

Engine Build Philosophy

 

Chapter 2: Tools and Cleaning Equipment 

Basic Hand Tools

Required Specialty Tools

Cleaning Equipment

 

Chapter 3: Engine Removal and Disassembly 

Hood Removal

Tear Down 

Cleaning Supplies

Original Status Documentation 

Jackstands 

Transmission Fluid

Air Conditioning

Radiator and Fan Shroud 

Fuel Line, Belts and Electrical Wiring

Throttle and Shifter Linkage 

Distributor

Organization During Disassembly

 

Chapter 4: Inspection

Check the Oil

Inspect the Cylinder Heads 

Inspect the Crankshaft

Inspect the Cylinder Block

 

Chapter 5: Parts Selection 

Rebuilding a Stock Engine

Rebuilding a Strong Street Engine 

OEM Main Caps 

Aftermarket Two-Bolt Main Caps

Four-Bolt Main Conversion

ARP Rod Bolts and Main Cap Bolts

Aftermarket Rods 

Pistons

Cylinder Heads

Camshaft and Valvetrain

Rocker Arm Assembly

OEM Cast-Iron Intake Manifold 

Mechanical Water Pumps

Thermostat

Headers

Fasteners

 

Chapter 6: Machine Work and Short Block Build-Up

Clean and Deburr the Heads 

Select a Good Shop 

Machine Shop Procedures

 

Chapter 7: Mocking Up Heads and Valvetrain

Cylinder Heads

Valve Jobs

 

Chapter 8: Cleaning Your Machined Parts 

Work Area and Helpers

Basic Cleaning Supplies

Deep Cleaning

 

Chapter 9: Pre-assembly

Engine Notebook

Tools 

Supplies

Preparing to Rebuild Cylinder Block

Main Bearings and Caps Installation

Main Bearing Crush Measurement

Connecting Rods Installation 

Prepare to Install Crankshaft 

Piston Ring Installation

Camshaft Installation  

Camshaft Degreeing

Rod Side Clearance 

Rotating and Reciprocating Assemblies

 

Chapter 10: Final Assembly

Tools and Equipment 

Taking Notes

Assembly Lube or Motor Oil? 

Painting the Inside of the Block

Camshaft Installation 

Install Rear Main Seal

Install Cylinder Head Dowel

Install Crank and Main Bearings

Pistons and Piston Rings 

Install Gear Set and Degree Cam

Dampener Installation

Oiling System

Valvetrain Geometry

Install Intake Manifold

Final Installation and Adjustments

 

Chapter 11: Dyno Testing

Setting Valve Lash 

Break-In

Dyno Testing 

 

Appendix: Torque Specifications for Fasteners

Intake Manifold Torque Sequences

Timing Chain and Gear Alignment

Main Bearing Cap Torque Sequence 

Distributor Firing Order 

 

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