Small Block Buick
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The first step is to clean which our method is to oven bake (which also stress relieves) then shot blast. This
process eliminates all grease and rust leaving a like new appearance.
Rods and caps are cut, bolt holes chamfered then new ARP bolts are pressed in, caps attached then
torqued and loosened five times before resizing to reduce the friction factor when torquing  
Small ends of rods
are checked with a
precise gauge to
insure that there will
be a proper press fit
Yes even new parts
must be checked. This
set of pistons were in
tolerance but per our
spec a couple needed
some slight honing
Pistons and rods are weighed and balanced.
Bob weights are set up to assimilate reciprocating (pistons, rings and small end of rod) and rotating (big end of rod and
bearing) weights.
Bob weights are installed on crankshaft which is then spun to check for balance.
Weight is either removed (which is the case when lighter pistons are used) or installed (heavy metal IE. Mallory) to balance
to less than 2 grams on each end of crank
Pistons and rods are laid in a pattern of rights and lefts, rods heated and pistons installed
Note that pistons that are press fit should never be pressed on without heating the rods with a controlled temperature.
Rods are then resized to spec and checked with a precise gage to insure crush and roundness
A few pictures of 350 block in the Sunnen CV616 cylinder
hone   First 2 with plate bolted on
Checking deck height in preparation of blue
printing compression ratio. Our method is to
check the piston four ways in four corners to
determine how the block is to be decked.
<<  Parts go in the oven greasy and grimy         
                 come out with just ash on them >>
ready to go in the steelabrator
With the bearings installed in the block and
mains torqued, a dial bore gauge is set up to
check main bearing vertical oil clearanc
Top dead center is
located in preparation
to degree cam
Holes are drilled into
passenger side oil galley to
change cam journal oiling to
the 3 o'clock position
Block with crank
and cam installed
Bearings in block
with Redline
assembly lube in
preparation of
installing the crank
File fit rings
Install piston
Rocker arm stud bosses must
be clearanced for T/A rockers
Heads in stages of assembly. We have modified heads with
hard exhaust seats, 11/32 stem 1.94 intake valves and 1.5
exhaust valves. With street /strip porting they flow 245 on intakes
We plugged the exhaust cross overs so the
intake did not get unneeded heat since we
were going to use an electric choke
Pictures of the heads installed, composite T/A intake gasket and
AM&P manifold oil splash shield just before intake installation