WE BEGIN THE BUILD OF A BORED STROKED PONTIAC 455 TO OBTAIN 501 CID AND ABOUT 600 PONIES. THE GOAL:TO CREATE AN IDEAL “INDIAN” POWERPLANT FOR STREET, STRIP AND STREET RODDER APPLICATIONS Prior to block machining, the block exterior was smoothed and detailed. Not only will this ressurected Pontiac provide some ground-pounding thump, but it’ll [...]
The flattie, adorned with chrome plated headers from Red’s Headers. These pipes fit like a dream. I thought I’d provide an update with regard to both the Ford flathead build (which has already appeared as a 5-part series on precisionenginetech.com and in the latest issue of Hot Rod & Restoration magazine), as well as [...]
The twin water pumps have been chromed and the Tuff Stuff alternator is in it’s final home. . THE ALTERNATOR SETUP Build, text and photos by Mike Mavrigian One of the final additions to this build concerns the alternator and the belt drive. The original engine featured a large generator that was mounted to [...]
Build, text and photos by Mike Mavrigian It’s time to talk about the fuel system on our little 8BA. I chose a triple-deuce setup, using three Barry Grant Demon 98 2-bbl carbs. The center-mounted carb serves as the primary carburetor (P/N 9801), and the front and rear carbs serve as secondaries (P/N 9802). The [...]
THE DYNO RUN Build, text and photos by Mike Mavrigian . Well, we finally ran this engine on dyno. The dyno location was Platinum Engine Designs in Norwich, Ohio, a clean-as-a-whistle top-notch race engine shop in southeast Ohio, equipped with a late-model SuperFlow engine dyno.
The final product is a bit more enhanced than the in-progress photo shown here. I’ll discuss our chrome water pump upgrade, the final custom alternator setup and the complete fuel system setup in the next article. ….. This installment of our Ford Flathead series discusses the timing cover/distributor housing, setup and installation of the MSD [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
Whenever I build an engine, regardless of my confidence in terms of fitting and assembly detail, I’m always a bit apprehensive when it comes time to light the fire. But when things go picture-perfect and you hit high numbers without a single glitch, it’s a feeling that’s better than sex (I’m sure you know what I mean). This LS program proved to be a total success.