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Hit the horsepower goal of your Mopar small-block engine using this guide that identifies the best parts and techniques to extract maximum performance from LA and Magnum powerplants.

Mopar engine expert and author Larry Shepard covers heads, cams, and valvetrain products and modifications that will give you more power. In addition, he provides exquisite details and in-depth buildup instruction for other essential components: blocks, cranks, pistons, rods, ignition systems, intakes, carburetors, and exhaust.

The Chrysler LA-series and Magnum small-blocks are powerful, efficient, and quick-revving engines that have dutifully powered millions of Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth cars and trucks from 1964 to 2003. And the LA engine is also the powerplant for many classic Mopar muscle cars, including the Charger, Barracuda, Challenger, Dart, and others. While these venerable small-blocks have delivered impressive performance in stock trim, both can be easily modified to produce much greater power for almost any application.

The LA designates the small-block as "Lightweight A," which was a huge improvement over the previous generation. With its compact size, 50-pound weight savings, thin wall casting, and wedge heads, it cranked out a lot of torque and horsepower, so it was formidable competition on the street and track. The LA was offered in 273-, 318-, 340- and 360-ci inch iterations, and a full range of aftermarket products are offered for these engines. By 1992, the LA engine platform had evolved into the Magnum 5.2- and 5.9-liter engines and became the new standard of Mopar small-block performance.

If you own an LA small-block-powered Mopar car or truck, this invaluable guidance and instruction will allow you to optimize performance and maintain reliability.

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The photos in this edition are black and white.

Hit the horsepower goal of your Mopar small-block engine using this guide that identifies the best parts and techniques to extract maximum performance from LA and Magnum powerplants.

Mopar engine expert and author Larry Shepard covers heads, cams, and valvetrain products and modifications that will give you more power. In addition, he provides exquisite details and in-depth buildup instruction for other essential components: blocks, cranks, pistons, rods, ignition systems, intakes, carburetors, and exhaust.

The Chrysler LA-series and Magnum small-blocks are powerful, efficient, and quick-revving engines that have dutifully powered millions of Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth cars and trucks from 1964 to 2003. And the LA engine is also the powerplant for many classic Mopar muscle cars, including the Charger, Barracuda, Challenger, Dart, and others. While these venerable small-blocks have delivered impressive performance in stock trim, both can be easily modified to produce much greater power for almost any application.

The LA designates the small-block as "Lightweight A," which was a huge improvement over the previous generation. With its compact size, 50-pound weight savings, thin wall casting, and wedge heads, it cranked out a lot of torque and horsepower, so it was formidable competition on the street and track. The LA was offered in 273-, 318-, 340- and 360-ci inch iterations, and a full range of aftermarket products are offered for these engines. By 1992, the LA engine platform had evolved into the Magnum 5.2- and 5.9-liter engines and became the new standard of Mopar small-block performance.

If you own an LA small-block-powered Mopar car or truck, this invaluable guidance and instruction will allow you to optimize performance and maintain reliability.

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Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 322 b/w photos
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613255490
Product Code : SA377P

Acknowledgments

 

Introduction

 

Chapter 1:

Blocks

Block Design

Identification

Basic Features

Block Oiling

Motor Mounts

Core Shift

Machining

Main Caps

Special Features and Operations

 

Chapter 2:

Crankshafts and Connecting Rods

Production Cranks

High-Performance Street Cranks

Race Cranks

Material

Full-Radius Journals

Crank Prep

Bearings

Vibration Dampeners

Connecting Rods

 

Chapter 3:

Pistons and Rings

Production Pistons

Aftermarket Pistons

Piston Profile

Compression Ratio

Piston Design

Piston Pins

Piston Rings

 

Chapter 4:

Camshaft, Lifters and Cam Drive

Production Cams

Aftermarket Cams

Camshaft Technology

High-Performance and Race Cams

Cam Selection Process

Cam Installation

Tappets

Cam Drive

Timing Sets

Oil Pump Drive

 

Chapter 5:

Cylinder Heads

Identification

Production Cylinder Heads

Head Spec Comparison

Aluminum Heads

Cast-Iron Heads

Bare Heads

Cylinder Head Selection and Prep

High-Performance Valve Job

Special Head Considerations

Valves

Head Gaskets

 

Chapter 6:

Valvetrain

Oiling System

Pushrods

Rocker Arms

Valvesprings

Valvetrain Parts

 

Chapter 7:

Intake Manifolds

Production Intakes

Aftermarket Intakes

Fuel Distribution

Manifold Selection

Manifold Prep

Porting Matching

Carburetors

Throttle Body

Fuel Pump

Fuel Injection

Nitrous

Superchargers and Turbos

Final Installation and Prep

 

Chapter 8:

Oiling System

Oiling Hardware

Oil Pump

Breathers and the PCV

Oil

Oil Filter

Windage Tray

Oil Pan

Oil Pump Drive

Dry Sump

 

Chapter 9:

Ignition System

Spark Advance

Distributors

Aftermarket Ignition Systems

Advance Curve

Ignition Timing

Spark Plugs

Distributor Drive

Coil and Ballast Resistor

The ECU/ECM

Wiring

 

Chapter 10:

Fuel System and Tuning

4-Barrel Carb System

Fuel Injection System

Fuel Magnum MPI

Fuel Injectors

Fuel Lines

Airflow

Carb Tuning

Magnum MPI Upgrade

A-Engine MPI Conversion

Nitrous Oxide

Supercharger

 

Chapter 11:

Exhaust System

Manifold

Header

Flanges

Merge Collectors

Oxygen Sensor

Installation Clearance

Coatings

Pipe Crossovers

Mufflers and Catalytic Converters

Cat-Back Systems

Tailpipes Gaskets

 

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