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How to Build Killer Big-Block Chevy Engines

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Since its introduction in 1965, the big-block Chevy engine has been a force to be reckoned with on both the street and track. Over the past four decades, the big-block has undergone a constant evolution toward greater efficiency and durability. It's also picked up more displacement, as General Motors is now offering crate engines up to 572 ci, and aftermarket versions have gone much larger still.

In How to Build Killer Big-Block Chevy Engines, author Tom Dufur reviews the commonly available factory parts along with many aftermarket offerings, and discusses the advantages of both. Additionally, he includes popular buildup recipes and showcases the dyno results, proving theories and sharing in-depth research. Dufur's decades of experience designing, assembling, tuning, and racing the big-block Chevy engine truly shines through. A wealth of full-color photos, charts, and graphs makes it easy to understand the critical points of these great engines.

In-depth chapters on design, engine preparation, and assembly show you how to develop your own big-block Chevy to its full potential. Whether your big-block is destined for life in a street car, a race car, or even a boat, the wealth of information in this book will ensure it has ample power and longevity once it's all together.

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The photos in this edition are black and white.

Since its introduction in 1965, the big-block Chevy engine has been a force to be reckoned with on both the street and track. Over the past four decades, the big-block has undergone a constant evolution toward greater efficiency and durability. It's also picked up more displacement, as General Motors is now offering crate engines up to 572 ci, and aftermarket versions have gone much larger still.

In How to Build Killer Big-Block Chevy Engines, author Tom Dufur reviews the commonly available factory parts along with many aftermarket offerings, and discusses the advantages of both. Additionally, he includes popular buildup recipes and showcases the dyno results, proving theories and sharing in-depth research. Dufur's decades of experience designing, assembling, tuning, and racing the big-block Chevy engine truly shines through. A wealth of full-color photos, charts, and graphs makes it easy to understand the critical points of these great engines.

In-depth chapters on design, engine preparation, and assembly show you how to develop your own big-block Chevy to its full potential. Whether your big-block is destined for life in a street car, a race car, or even a boat, the wealth of information in this book will ensure it has ample power and longevity once it's all together.

Pages : 144
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 406 B/W Photos
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613251706
Product Code : SA190P

Acknowledgments

About the Author

 

Chapter 1: Family Tree

396 Engines

402 Engines

427 Engines

454 Engines

General Motors Performance Parts Crate Engines

 

Chapter 2: Cylinder Blocks

Block Selection

Maximum Bore Sizes

Stock Blocks

Mark IV Blocks

Gen V and Gen VI Blocks

General Motors Performance Parts Blocks

Bowtie Blocks

GMPP Drag Race Competition Engine Blocks

Aftermarket Blocks

Block Casting Dates

 

Chapter 3: Crankshafts, Connecting Rods and Pistons

Crankshafts Project: Balancing the Reciprocating Assembly

Connecting Rods

Bearings

Pistons

Harmonic Dampeners

Flywheels and Flexplates

Starters

 

Chapter 4: Camshafts, Lifters and Valvetrain Components

Types of Camshafts and Lifters

Lift, Duration and Lobe Separation Angle

Project: How to Degree-In a Camshaft

General Camshaft Recommendations

OEM Cam Fitment

Lifters57Replacement Big-Block Camshafts

Oversized Cam Journals

Alternative Firing Orders: 4-7 Swap

Cam Drives: Chains, Gears and Belts

Pushrods

Rocker Arms

Valvesprings, Retainers and Keepers

 

Chapter 5: Oil and Lubrication Systems

Oil Pumps

Oil Pans

Oil Filters and Adapters

Pan Evacuation Systems and Vacuum Pumps

Accumulators, Coolers and Accessories

Motor Oil

 

Chapter 6: Cylinder Heads

Oval or Rectangular Intake Ports

Open or Closed Combustion Chambers

Mark IV, Gen V and Gen VI Heads

Aftermarket Cylinder Heads

Spread Port Heads

What’s Your (Valve) Angle?

Modifications

Aftermarket Cylinder Head Manufacturers

 

Chapter 7: Induction Systems

Intake Manifolds

Carburetor Spacers and Adapters

Tunnel Ram Intake Manifolds

Rochester Quadrajet Carburetors

Holley-Style Modular Carburetors

Carter/Weber/Edelbrock Square-Bore Carburetors

Air Cleaners

Fuel Pumps

Fuel Injection

Nitrous Oxide Injection

Superchargers

Turbochargers

 

Chapter 8: Exhaust Systems

OEM Exhaust Manifolds

Tubular Headers

Mufflers and Exhaust Pipes

An Exhausting Summary

 

Chapter 9: Ignition Systems

Distributors, Coils and Spark Plug Wires

Ignition Controllers

Spark Plugs

Batteries and Cables

 

Chapter 10: Cooling Systems

Water Pumps

 

Chapter 11: Gaskets and Fasteners

Cylinder Head Gaskets

Big-Block Engine Gaskets and Seals

Fasteners

 

Chapter 12: Engine Build-Up

Short-Block Assembly

Long-Block Assembly

Final Accessory Installation

 

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