Trend Performance has introduced what they believe to be the world’s first self-lubricating 5/16in hard-tip competition pushrods.
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.
This installment in our LS 5.3L “retro build” covers installation of our hydraulic roller lifters, cylinder heads, pushrods and rocker arms, completing the valvetrain. . Build, text and photos by Mike Mavrigian . CYLINDER HEADS While there’s nothing to complain about with the original casting number 862 aluminum heads (GM P/N 12559862), making them flow [...]
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 [...]
UPGRADING THE ROCKER ARM TRUNIONS INSURING OEM ROCKER ARM DURABILITY FOR PERFORMANCE USE Text & photos by Mike Mavrigian If you’re gonna pound on an LS engine that features OE rocker arms, you need to perform this simple aftermarket trunion/bearing upgrade! . In the process of building any LS engine, if [...]
Lunati announces its new asymmetrical camshafts, the new TL2 and the TR2, designed for small- and big-block Chevrolet racing engines. The TL denotes Lunati’s cam series for solid flat tappets, the TR designation represents solid roller tappets, and the numeral 2 stands for second generation. Both series of camshafts are designed using the latest [...]
Trend has announced a new, premium tool steel solid flat tappet. Intended for use on cast iron camshafts, they suit Chevrolet, Ford, Chrysler, and Toyota V8s. Ideal for engines turning in excess of 7,000rpm with higher valve spring pressures these new tool steel tappets are designed for short track oval racing, Bracket racing, and [...]
Edelbrock has released its new 2011 performance parts catalog, chock full of every go-fast goodies offered by the iconic manufacturer. Included are cylinder heads, cams, EFI components and systems, nitrous systems, carbs, intake manifolds, and more. Check out their full line, including a slew of just-released components.
EngineQuest (EQ®), a leading supplier of stock and performance cylinder heads and engine components, has introduced new replacement camshaft thrust plates for the aftermarket. With its one piece steel construction, the EQ Camshaft Thrust Plate secures the camshaft in the block so it always stays centered. It is perfect for replacing worn or [...]
Lunati has announced three new series of Voodoo camshafts for 4.6 liter Ford Modular 2-valve; 3-valve; and 4-valve engines. For the popular 3-valve version, they are introducing 14 new grinds. At the lower end of this series, the new cams provide significant power increases from idle to 6,500 rpm while using stock valve springs. At [...]