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Item Number: CARTECH-SA254
Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Publisher: CarTech Inc. / SA Design
Softcover: 144 pages
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11.0 x 0.3 inches
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The venerable Chevy big-block engines have proven themselves for more than half a century as the power plant of choice for incredible performance on the street and strip. They were innovators and dominators of the muscle car wars of the 1960s and featured a versatile design architecture that made them perfect for both cars and trucks alike. Throughout their impressive production run, the Chevy big-block engines underwent many generations of updates and improvements. Understanding which parts are compatible and work best for your specific project is fundamental to a successful and satisfying Chevy big-block engine build.

In Chevy Big-Block Engine Parts Interchange, hundreds of factory part numbers, RPOs, and detailed color photos covering all generations of the Chevy big-block engine are included. Every component is detailed, from crankshafts and rods to cylinder heads and intakes. You'll learn what works, what doesn't, and how to swap components among different engine displacements and generations. This handy and informative reference manual helps you to create entirely unique Chevy big-block engines with strokes, bores, and power outputs never seen in factory configurations. Also included is real-world expert guidance on aftermarket performance parts and even turnkey crate motors. It s a comprehensive guide for your period-correct restoration or performance build.

John Baechtel brings his accumulated knowledge and experience of more than 34 years of high-performance engine and vehicle testing to this book. He details Chevy big-block engines and their various components like never before with definitive answers to tough interchange questions and clear instructions for tracking down rare parts. You will constantly reference Chevy Big-Block Parts Interchange on excursions to scrap yards and swap meets, and certainly while building your own Chevy big-block engine.

Illustrations: 287 color photos

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Acknowledgments 

Introduction 

Chapter 1:

Formidable Forerunners 
Gen II, the Mark Series 
Basic Engine Architecture
Understanding RPO Codes 
396-ci V-8 RPO Codes
402-ci V-8 RPO Codes 
427-ci V-8 RPO Codes 
454-ci V-8 RPO Codes 
Tall-Deck Big-Blocks 
Big-Block Crate Engines 
Interchange Characteristics 

Chapter 2:

Cylinder Block Compatibility 
Types of Blocks 
Gen V Block Coolant Passage Compatibility 
Original Blocks 
Early-Model Blocks 
DRCE 3 Race Blocks 
Main Bearing Caps 
Rear Main Seals 
366, 396, 402 Blocks 
Tall-Deck Blocks

Chapter 3:

Gaskets 
Timing Covers 
Cylinder Head Gaskets 
Rear Main Seals 
Intake Gaskets 
Carburetor Heat-Riser Gaskets 
Fasteners 
Rocker Arm Studs and Guideplates 

Chapter 4:

Rotating Assembly 
Crankshaft Interchange 
Rear Main Seals 
Crankshaft Types 
Flywheels and Flexplates 
Connecting Rods 
Pistons and Rings 

Chapter 5:

Cylinder Heads 
Port Design
GM Heads 
Iron Heads 
Aluminum Heads 
Combustion Chamber Revisions 
Replacement Heads 
Aluminum Bowtie Street Heads 
Bowtie Race Heads 
DRCE Pro Stock Heads 

Chapter 6:

Induction System 
Intake Manifolds 
Carburetors 

Chapter 7:

Camshafts 
Interchangeability 
Valve Lifters 
Pushrods 
Guideplates 
Valvesprings 
Rocker Arms 
Camshaft Drives 

Chapter 8:

Distributors and Ignition Systems 
Aftermarket Distributors 

Chapter 9:

Lubrication and Cooling Systems 
Oiling Systems 
Oil Pans 

Chapter 10:

Exhaust Manifolds

Chapter 11:

Flywheels and Flexplates 
Balancers 
Bellhousings 
Starters 

Chapter 12:

 Parts Resources 
Swap Meets 
Internet 
Machine Shops 
Publications 
Speed Shops 
Engine Builders 
Salvage Yards, Junkyards and Auto Dismantlers 
Car Clubs 
Car Shows 

Chapter 13:

Aftermarket Replacement Parts 
Evaluating Aftermarket Parts 

Source Guide 

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