Tag: CRANKSHAFT

RETRO LS BUILD, PART 1

RETRO LS BUILD, PART 1

WE BUILD AN LS ENGINE ON A BUDGET AND TRANSFORM THE MODERN ENGINE INTO A RETRO MOTOR THAT HARKS BACK TO THE GOOD OLD DAYS IN THE PROCESS. BASICALLY, WE’RE BUILDING A CARBURETED 327 CID LS ENGINE, WITH CUSTOM TOUCHES THAT REMIND US OF AN EARLY 1960′S SMALLBLOCK CHEVY       We started with an [...]

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PROJECT FLATHEAD, PART 2

PROJECT FLATHEAD, PART 2

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 [...]

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PROJECT FLATHEAD, PART 1

PROJECT FLATHEAD, PART 1

Our flattie is almost finished. Compared to an original, she’s looking pretty snazzy. Build, text and photos by Mike Mavrigian The Ford flathead was a popular platform for early rodders, and basically started the hot rod and performance engine movement. The engine production ran from 1937 through 1953, with one of the most popular versions [...]

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FLATHEAD BUILD UPDATE

FLATHEAD BUILD UPDATE

All that’s left is to install the velocity stacks, finish the spark plug wiring and to fabricate an adjustable mount for the alternator. by Mike Mavrigian, Editor OUR FORD FLATTIE Here’s an update on the ongoing build of our Ford Flathead 8BA. I’ve been holding off the start of the article series until the engine [...]

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LUNATI TEAMS WITH CLEVITE

LUNATI TEAMS WITH CLEVITE

    Lunati, a firm with over forty years of crankshaft know-how, has become a leading distributor for Clevite® bearings. Clevite TriMetal bearings provide critical protection that bi-metal bearings do not. They enable foreign particles to become embedded in the soft surface layer of the bearing. This innovation often protects crankshaft journals from harmful foreign [...]

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LS TONE WHEEL TOOL

LS TONE WHEEL TOOL

The United States Patent Office has issued United States Letters Patent No. 7,716,827 to Goodson Tools & Supplies for Engine Builders for its Reluctor Ring Installation Tool (RRJ-350). The Reluctor Ring Installation Tool was originally designed to aid in the installation of the reluctor ring following crankshaft work. Proper alignment of the reluctor ring is [...]

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DART 427W PART 5

DART 427W PART 5

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 [...]

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DART 427W PROJECT, PART 3

DART 427W PROJECT, PART 3

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 [...]

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PROJECT DART 427W, PART 2

PROJECT DART 427W, PART 2

We machine the block, balance the crank and check clearances.    The Dart Iron Eagle 351W block is a precision-cast and raw-machined product of unparalleled quality. Dart provides a bit of extra deck height and minimal bore diameter, allowing the builder to precisely achieve desired dimensions.   By Mike Mavrigian  all photos by author   [...]

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DART 427W, PART 1

DART 427W, PART 1

STROKIN’ THE DART WINDSOR Our current engine project begins with a 351W block and increasing displacement to a whopping 427 CID.   Text & photos by Mike Mavrigian   The Dart 351W iron-alloy block is available in either a 9.200” (standard Cleveland) or 9.500” deck height. We opted for the 9.5” deck.    This project [...]

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