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The Chevy big-block has been installed in millions of cars and trucks over the past 50 years, including Camaros, Chevelles, Corvettes, Impalas, and a multitude of trucks. Extracting maximum performance has been the pursuit of engine builders ever since this engine was new in 1964.

As a follow-up title to his How to Build Max-Performance Chevy Big-Blocks on a Budget, master engine builder David Vizard takes big-block Chevy engine building to the next level and shows how to build these extreme high-performance engines without breaking the bank. It goes well beyond basic performance techniques and delves into exceptional detail on each component group of the engine. Vizard shows you how to build the ultimate big-blocks for the street: engines that are up to 850 hp on 91-octane pump gas, which is a monumental achievement.

The Chevy big-block has been substantially under-valved, and the key to getting the best performance from this engine is to deal effectively with this design limitation. Vizard explains how to minimize intake-valve shrouding, reveals the science behind all cam-timing events, and explains how to arrive at the correct valve overlap for maximum efficiency. Vizard also covers the nuances of piston ports, rings, and connecting rods so that the rotating assembly is strong and working at its peak. Finally, a special section presents a number of max-performance big-block sample builds.

This volume includes a huge range of cutting-edge aftermarket parts and advanced tuning techniques. If you're serious about building a max-performance Chevy big-block engine for the street or track, you owe it to your engine and yourself to include this book in your automotive library.

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The Chevy big-block has been installed in millions of cars and trucks over the past 50 years, including Camaros, Chevelles, Corvettes, Impalas, and a multitude of trucks. Extracting maximum performance has been the pursuit of engine builders ever since this engine was new in 1964.

As a follow-up title to his How to Build Max-Performance Chevy Big-Blocks on a Budget, master engine builder David Vizard takes big-block Chevy engine building to the next level and shows how to build these extreme high-performance engines without breaking the bank. It goes well beyond basic performance techniques and delves into exceptional detail on each component group of the engine. Vizard shows you how to build the ultimate big-blocks for the street: engines that are up to 850 hp on 91-octane pump gas, which is a monumental achievement.

The Chevy big-block has been substantially under-valved, and the key to getting the best performance from this engine is to deal effectively with this design limitation. Vizard explains how to minimize intake-valve shrouding, reveals the science behind all cam-timing events, and explains how to arrive at the correct valve overlap for maximum efficiency. Vizard also covers the nuances of piston ports, rings, and connecting rods so that the rotating assembly is strong and working at its peak. Finally, a special section presents a number of max-performance big-block sample builds.

This volume includes a huge range of cutting-edge aftermarket parts and advanced tuning techniques. If you're serious about building a max-performance Chevy big-block engine for the street or track, you owe it to your engine and yourself to include this book in your automotive library.

Pages : 144
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 367 color
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613251621
Product Code : SA311

Acknowledgments 

Foreword by Terry Walters 

Introduction 

 

 

Chapter 1:

Displacement Decisions 

Bores and Flow Anomalies 

Minimizing Intake Shrouding 

Bore Offset Power 

Piston Wrist Pin Offset Potential 

Modifications to the Bottom of the Bores 

Bore Finishes 

Modifications to the Lubrication System 

Head Bolts and Studs 

Strokers and Crank Clearances 

Tall-Deck Blocks 

Aftermarket Blocks for Big Inches 

Aluminum Blocks 

Other Critical Dimensions 

Lifter Bores and Flat Followers 

Lifter Bores and Roller Followers 

 

Chapter 2:

Pistons, Connecting Rods and Crankshafts 

Piston Porting 

Dome Development 

Gas Ports 

Piston Rings 

Connecting Rods 

Crankshafts 

Crank Dampeners 

 

Chapter 3:

Lubrication Systems 

Oil Pump 

Block Modifications 

Crankcase Vacuum 

Oil Pans 

 

Chapter 4:

Cylinder Heads 

Port Shape and Volume 

Flow Curves 

Production Heads 

Aftermarket Iron Heads 

Aluminum Head Sources 

 

Chapter 5:

Intake Manifolds 

Single- and Dual-Plane Intakes 

Rectangular-Port 4150 Intakes 

Dominator Intakes 

Options by Manufacturer 

 

Chapter 6:

Single-Carb Induction 

Brake Specific Air Consumption 

True Street Carburation 

Using What You Have 

Mechanical or Vacuum? 

High-Flow 4150-Style Carbs 

Carb Flow Capability 

Spacers 

Dominator Tips 

 

Chapter 7:

Tunnel Ram Intake Manifolds 

Power Attributes 

Dyno Test 

Race-Only Applications 

 

Chapter 8:

Electronic Fuel Injection 

Carbs versus EFI 

EFI System Variations 

Port Injection 

 

Chapter 9:

Camshafts and Valvetrain Events 

A Few Basics 

The Importance of Overlap 

LCA Selection 

Flow Figures 

LCA Compression Correction 

Optimal LCA 

Wide LCA Syndrome 

Cam Timing Precision 

 

Chapter 10:

Valvetrain Optimization 

Cam and Valve Lift 

Cam Factors 

Rockers and Ratios 

Ratio Analysis 

Pushrods 

Stud Girdles or Shaft Rockers 

Rocker Arms 

Valvesprings 

Retainers 

Valve Weight 

Cam Master Program 

 

Chapter 11:

Ignition Systems 

Advance Curve 

Spark Power 

Plasma Ignition 

Crank Triggers 

 

Chapter 12:

Exhaust Systems 

Primary Lengths 

Collectors 

Evacupan Fittings 

 

Chapter 13:

Chevy Big-Block Builds 

Build 1: Edelbrock E-Street 

Build 2: Entry-Level 496 

Build 3: 482 Revisited 

Build 4: UNO 525 

Build 5: AFR 510 

Build 6: AFR 572 

Build 7: 496 EFI 

Build 8: Pro-Filer Oval-Port 87-Octane 

Build 9: 712 with Pro-Filer 12-Degree Heads 

 

Source Guide 

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