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Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 58
posted November 25, 2001 09:43 AM
What book would you recomend for my first time building a small block chevy? The short block is the only thing I don't do on the car and I want to get away from having to rely on someone else to do it. I will be using a Summit 350 block, manley 6' rods, Arias pistons and an aftermarket steel crank. It will be in a modified running methanol. I picked all that up for $500 so I figured I would give it a shot.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 58
posted November 27, 2001 10:02 AM
I looked in all my Harry Potter books and can't find a dang thing on building a small block chevy.

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 90
posted November 27, 2001 01:22 PM
Have you tried Dr. Seuss? hahahaha In all seriousness, since you have a computer at your fingertips, it will be the best powerful tool to find all the information you are looking for. You can look at piston sites for recommended ring gaps. There are site for ignition timing, cam setups, etc. I could take you some time, and you probably will be overwhelmed with information, but you'll find a number of combinations that will work. From experience in this, I have picked up a tremendous amount of information from various sites and e-mails to vendors, etc. Hope that helps give you some direction.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 141
posted November 28, 2001 09:51 PM
I have one I ordered from the book store about 4 years ago "THE CHEVROLET RACING ENGINE" by Bill Jenkins here are some numbers on the back of the book (ISBN 0-931472-01-6/ Part No. 01-6) S-A Design Book. It's got some good ideas on engine block cooling especially on 400 Hope this helps.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 237
posted November 29, 2001 12:47 PM
While we're on the subject of books...

I like the Chevy Small Blocks on a Budget by David Vizard. Fits perfect for what we try to do with our IMCA motors.

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