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. [...]
Edelbrock has released a line of performance engine lubricants to protect critical engine components. This new line of engine lubricants offers a variety of break-in oils, oil additives and synthetics. Edelbrock solicited Torco Advanced Lubricants to develop an offering of break-in oils, additives, and synthetics that meet the strict performance demands and durability requirements of [...]
How cool is this? This is the ultimate “transformer” in one roll-around package. Once in a while, a new product crosses my desk that simply blows me away. This is one of those products. Listed under the “why didn’t I think of that?” category, The Top Shop, by D.C. Rod Design, is a multi-tasking all-in-one [...]
She’s done. In this article, we’ll cover crankshaft balancing, valvetrain and crankshaft assembly. How do you like the plug wire routing? I’ll cover this in a later article installment. I’m considering having the water pump pulleys polished and chrome plated. By the way, the water pump/alternator belt pulley alignment is perfect. If the belt looks [...]
Our build is done. See the end of this article for several tasty photos of the finished engine, followed by a complete list of the participating manufacturers. FINAL ASSEMBLY OF OUR NASTY LITTLE DART 427W OUR ONE TRICK PONY IS DONE. WE’RE READY FOR THE DYNO RUN. Engine build, text and photos by Mike [...]
by Mike Mavrigian Build/assembly and all photos by author Our Lunati roller cam features 0.544″ valve lift at intake and 0.560″ at exhaust, with duration of 232 intake and 242 exhaust. Centerline is 108 intake and 116 exhaust. CAMSHAFT AND TIMING Dart thoughtfully provided anti-friction-coated cam bearings with their block. Each bearing is [...]
HP Books offers its latest release of its top-selling How to Rebuild BIG-BLOCK CHEVY ENGINES book. This 202-page technical reference, written by Mike Mavrigian, covers all aspects of the 1991-2000 Gen V and Gen IV 454 and 502 CID Chevy. This highly-detailed and illustrated book includes step-by-step information on disassembly, machining & reconditioning and final [...]
Tips for avoiding things that can bite you
By John Mummert
In disassembling Y-Block core engines, I have noted a number of common mistakes that are made during the assembly of Y-Blocks during rebuild. Take care to avoid these mistakes.
The drawer design, gauge and high-quality roller bearings provide drawer movement that is effortless and extremely smooth.
Even though the drive hub system will be clamped to the crank snout with the 6-inch long center bolt to prevent the possibility of independent hub rotation, two roll pins are installed to the hub. The countersunk inside face of the ATI Super Damper was then drilled to accept these roll pins. Plumbing the vacuum [...]