Build, text and photos by Mike Mavrigian
Note: This engine, as well as all of our engine projects, is designed, test-fit and assembled by Mike Mavrigian’s Birchwood Automotive facility in Creston, OH.
Now that the block, oil pan, valley cover
plate and timing cover have been painted,
we can begin final assembly.
Regardless of how clean you think the block may be, don’t assume anything. Take the time to perform one final block wash/rinse/dry. Once the block is clean, immediately apply a thin coat of oil to the cylinder walls to prevent surface rusting (apply clean engine oil to a clean, lint-free paper towel and wipe each bore).