How To Build Chevy Small-Block Circle-Track Racing Engines

How To Build Chevy Small-Block Circle-Track Racing Engines

by Jeff Huneycutt


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How To Build Chevy Small-Block Circle-Track Racing Engines by Jeff Huneycutt

The photos in this edition are black and white.

When your pride is on the line at the track, it's good to know that you have the best engine possible in your racecar. Whether you're racing on dirt or pavement, whatever class you run, you know that it takes power and reliability to make it to victory circle. Tapping into the knowledge and expertise of some of racing's top engine builders, the author delivers the information you need to put your engine at the front of the field.

This book is chock full of tips and tricks that will have your engine making more power--reliably--than the competition. It covers parts selection, block prep, short block assembly, advice on how to get the best results from your machine work, port work, camshaft and valvetrain parts and prep, oiling system recommendations, final assembly, and more. Readers will also benefit from the advice of top engine builder Keith Dorton, and will follow the builds ofan all-aluminum 800-hp dirt-track motor by Clements Racing Engines, a NASCAR Late Model Stock-style restricted motor from Charlie's Automotive, and a Street-Stock engine by KT Engines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613250099
Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/13/2011
Pages: 132
Sales rank: 1,223,557
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Jeff Huneycutt is a Senior Technical editor for Circle Track magazine. He also regularly contributes to several other magazines, including Hot Rod and Stock Car Racing. Jeff's first book was How to Become a Winning Crew Chief, written in collaboration with Larry McReynolds.

Table of Contents

About the Author     4
Acknowledgments     4
Getting Started     5
Setting Up Shop     5
Tools     7
Measurement Tools     10
Block Preparation and Machining     13
The Engine     13
Block Choices     15
Identifying Core Shift     17
Installing Freeze Plugs     17
Boring the Cam Tunnel     18
Decking the Block     18
Boring the Cylinders     19
Boring the Lifter Bores     19
Stress Relieving the Block     20
Final Honing     20
Cleaning     22
Polish the Oil Galleries     22
Final Checks     23
Short Block Assembly     24
Crankshaft Considerations     24
Connecting Rods     25
Working with Rod/Stroke Ratios     26
Rod Prep     27
Rod Bolt Stretch     29
Pistons     30
Balancing     32
Balance Versus Overbalance     34
Piston Rings     35
Installing the Crank     38
Rod and Piston Assembly     40
CylinderHeads and the Valvetrain     44
Cylinder Head Machine Work     44
Decking     44
Valveguides     45
Spring Seats     46
Screw-In Rocker Studs     46
Valve Seats     46
Valvespring Seat Versus Nose Pressures     47
Adjusting Spring Pressures     48
Valvespring Coil Bind     50
Installing the Cam Bearings     54
Installing the Cam     54
Determining Pushrod Length     54
Camshaft Timing     58
Intake Centerline Method     60
Finding Piston TDC     60
Measuring Valve Movement     61
Piston-to-Valve Clearance     62
Street Stock Engine Build     63
The Block     64
Rotating Assembly     65
Cylinder Heads and Valvetrain     65
Ignition     66
The Spec Sheet     79
NASCAR Late Model Stock Engine Build     80
The Block     81
Rotating Assembly     81
Cylinder Heads and Valvetrain     81
Oiling     82
The Spec Sheet     97
Dirt Late Model Engine Build      98
The Block     99
Rotating Assembly     99
Valvetrain     100
Ignition     100
The Spec Sheet     115
Break-in, Regular Maintenance and Teardown     116
Break-In     116
Regular Maintenance     119
Teardown and Rebuild     122
Engine Build Sheet     127
Source Guide     128

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