The final build is shown here. Part 1 of the series provides an overview of the build, with more details to come as we progress with the article series. Build, text and photos by Mike Mavrigian (all machining by Koffel’s Place) This is Part 1 of a series involving the build of a [...]
Build, text and photos by Mike Mavrigian This final article installment covers the completion of the 408 LS build, along with the engine dyno results. Our radical-looking baby pulled a respectable 670.5 HP at 6500 rpm and 581/7 lb-ft of torque at 4900 rpm.
Build, photos and text by Mike Mavrigian This build features a GM LS platform, bored and stroked to 408 CID, with a 4.0305” bore and 4.000” stroke. A few of the notable elements include adapting Gen 1 smallblock Chevy valve covers to LS heads and a conversion to carburetion, this time using a [...]
NEW TOOL REVIEW – TESTING SNAP-ON’S ELECTRONIC TORQUE/ANGLE WRENCH MODEL TESTED: MODEL ATECH3FR25O Snap On’s Tech Angle wrench includes a protective plastic case. The new wrench is available in several versions (1/4, 3/8 and 1/2-inch drive, Nm & angle, and Nm/ft-lb/in-lb & angle). The unit I tested is model ATECH3FR250A, which features [...]
Snap-On’s new Tech Angle wrench includes a protective case and is available in several versions, including 1/4″-drive, 3/8″-drive and 1/2″-drive. The digital torque wrench is capable of operating in several modes, including ft-lb, in-lb, Nm and angle of rotation. The unit I tested is ATECH3FR250A, which features 1/2″-drive. TESTING SNAP-ON’S NEW ELECTRONIC TORQUE/ANGLE [...]
Finally, a torque wrench designed for pros that combines torque-plus-angle capabilities in an easy-to-use package. Snap-on’s Heavy Duty TechAngle™ Torque and Angle Wrench (ATECH4R600) will change the way you torque. “The Snap-on Heavy Duty TechAngle™ Torque and Angle Wrench eliminates the need for angle gauges and protractors, providing the most accurate and efficient way [...]
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 [...]
Following years of extensive R&D, the engineering team at ARP® has developed a revolutionary new high performance fastener assembly lubricant that is superior to commonly used oil, moly and other lubes. ARP Ultra-Torque® allows builders to torque fasteners within 5% of their required preload on the first “pull,” virtually eliminating “preload scatter,” and ensures [...]
One of the newest releases from HP Books is High Performance Fasteners & Plumbing, written by Mike Mavrigian. This 170-page book provides detailed, yet easy-to-read technical information on understanding all types of performance fasteners (bolts, nuts, screws, rivets, clamps, etc.) and performance plumbing for fuel, brake, oil and coolant hose, fittings, tubes, etc.