Tag: ROYAL PURPLE

499 MOPAR BUILD, PART 2

499 MOPAR BUILD, PART 2

  SHORT BLOCK ASSEMBLY       Here’s a peek at the finished product. This article covers short block assembly. The next article installment will conclude the build, followed by the dyno run.     Build, text & photos by Mike Mavrigian         I couldn’t resist including a shot of this sign. [...]

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408 LS, PART 3

408 LS, PART 3

    Build, text and photos by Mike Mavrigian       Part 3 of the 408 LS series continues the build, discussing areas including sensors, oil pump, cylinder heads, valvetrain, front cover, water pump and crank damper installations. In Part 4 of the series, we’ll conclude assembly and provide a peak at our dyno [...]

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PROJECT 408 LS, PART 1

PROJECT 408 LS, PART 1

  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 [...]

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PONTIAC 501 DYNO RUN

PONTIAC 501 DYNO RUN

  By Mike Mavrigian     We finally had a chance to run the Pontiac 501 on dyno. Following are the results. We ran the engine at Ross Racing Engine’s new Superflow SF-902 engine dynamometer in late May, 2012 (Ross is located in Niles, OH, about 62 miles east of my facility).

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RETRO LS, PART 5

RETRO LS, PART 5

  THE FINAL ASSEMBLY   by Mike Mavrigian Our intent with this build is to illustrate how you can take advantage of current LS (mechanical) technology, and still create a somewhat old school traditional appearance, grabbing in the range of 450 HP, all without breaking the bank. In terms of exterior finish, we intentionally “relaxed” [...]

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PONTIAC 455, PART 5

PONTIAC 455, PART 5

Build, text and photos by Mike Mavrigian The Pontiac 455, bored/stroked to 501 CID, is finally completed. This article covers all remaining aspects of the assembly. Next is the dyno run, which I’ll cover in an upcoming article.

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PONTIAC 455, PART 4

PONTIAC 455, PART 4

  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.   [...]

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PONTIAC 455, PART 3

PONTIAC 455, PART 3

 Ross Racing Engines’ Tony Lombardi cut the valve reliefs using an end mill and his adjustable piston vise.   Build, text and photos by Mike Mavrigian     The Pontiac bigblock build (starting with a 455 block and boring/stroking to 501 CID) is progressing. I apologize for the time delay, but this build has been [...]

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PROJECT PONTIAC 455, PART 2

PROJECT PONTIAC 455, PART 2

  Build, text and photos by Mike Mavrigian   .     I realize it’s been a while since my last posting of this project’s Part 1 article, but I’ve been tied up with multiple projects at the same time. Since the Part 1 article, I’ve obtained the crankshaft, had the heads finish-machined and assembled [...]

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LS RETRO BUILD, PART 3

LS RETRO BUILD, PART 3

WE COMPLETE THE SHORT BLOCK   Build, text and photos by Mike Mavrigian   In this build installment, I’ll cover camshaft, timing, oil pump, windage tray, oil pickup, front and rear engine covers, oil pan installation and more. Due to the length of this article, I’ll save cylinder head details and installation in the next part of this build [...]

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