How to Rebuild & Modify Chevy 348/409 Engines


Chevy's W-series 348 and later the 409 became legends on the street. Recently, the 348s and 409s have enjoyed a high-performance renaissance and many speed manufacturers are making heads, blocks, and virtually every part for these engines.
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How to Rebuild & Modify Chevy 348/409 Engines

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Chevy's W-series 348 and later the 409 became legends on the street. Recently, the 348s and 409s have enjoyed a high-performance renaissance and many speed manufacturers are making heads, blocks, and virtually every part for these engines.
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Editorial Reviews

Muscle Car Review - Jerry Felde
half review, half news release on page 47 of the February 2013 Line Chaser
engine professional - Mike Caruso
"This is a how-to book on the very cool Chevrolet "W" 348-409 cubic inch engine. Even if you will never build one, that's okay because there is a ton of information that you can cross over to other applications. Know what your competition is capable of or you might be looking at their tail lights! Now that I have your attention, this book shows Lamar Walden working with World Products to produce the heads and blocks. It shows him pouring molten aluminum. It was no surprise to some of us as World Products sells these new blocks, heads, stroker kits, etc. for them. Friends, this book is worth every penny." -reviewed by Mike Caruso, engine professional, October 2012
Hemmings Muscle Machines - Mark McCourt
"The 348 and 409 were Chevrolet's first big-block production engines and the unconventional cylinder and head design put these engines into a class of their own. The design featured scalloped valve covers with the 348 and 409 becoming knows as the 'W' engines. They made history by bringing ultra high performance potential to relatively humble saloons and pick-up trucks and did well on the dragstrip, immortalized on the Beach Boys song '409'. The Mk IV big block replaced the 409 in 1964, although it and the 348 far from being put out to pasture, have enjoyed a renaissance with plenty of performance parts now available. This book from SA Design gives history, background and all the information on these engines you could ever require." -tkc magazine, January/February 2013
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934709573
  • Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Series: S-A Design
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 684,908
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John Carollo is an established freelance writer and photographer. He contributes to Engine Builder Magazine, Muscle Car Review, Super Chevy, and a number of other magazines. He also writes for several NASCAR magazines, including Stock Car Racing magazine. He lives in the Cleveland, Ohio area.
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Table of Contents

Table Of Contents:
Introduction 5
Chapter 1: Development and Design 6
History 6
Internal Specifics 11
Chapter 2: Engine Block 16
Block Identification 17
Washing and Magnafluxing 20
What to Check on W Blocks 21
Inspection Process 22
Block Preparation 24
Oiling System 26
Aftermarket Manufacturers 27
Chapter 3: Crankshafts, Rods and Pistons 31
Crankshafts 31
Connecting Rods 35
Pistons 37
Machining 41
Chapter 4: Cylinder Heads 43
Design Features 43
348 and 409 Differences 45
Machining 49
Head Selection 51
Stock Head Modifications 52
Aftermarket Head Manufacturers 54
Chapter 5: Camshafts and Valvetrain 64
Stock Cam Timing Specs 64
Flat-Tappet Camshafts 66
Roller Camshafts 67
Lifters 67
Cam Selection 68
Aftermarket Manufacturers 68
Pushrods 69
Rocker Arms 70
Valves 72
Valvesprings, Retainers and Locks 73
Timing Chain Set 74
Chapter 6: Induction and Ignition 75
Intake Manifolds 75
Carburetors 81
Ignition 83
Chapter 7: Headers and Exhaust 86
Header Development 86
Exhaust Design 89
Chapter 8: Cooling System 93
Design Factors 93
Cooling Capacity 95
Radiators 96
Water Pump 97
Fans 98
Airflow 98
Chapter 9: Stroker Engines 102
Stroker Math 102
Clearancing 103
Cam and Head Selection 105
Four-Bolt Main Bearing Conversion 105
Stroker Kits 105
Popular Combinations 107
Chapter 10: Teardown and Inspection 111
Removal 111
Inspection 114
Cleaning 117
Testing 119
Measuring Parts 120
Chapter 11: Engine Assembly 124
Proper Lubrication 124
Subassemblies 125
Block 125
Valves and Hardware 126
Cam Bearing Installation 127
Main Bearings 127
Crankshaft 128
Camshaft 131
Pistons 132
Degree the Camshaft 133
Front Dampener 134
Oil Pump, Windage Tray and Oil Pan 135
Cylinder Head 136
Intake and Ignition 141

Source Guide 144

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