How to Build Max-Performance Chevy Big Blocks on a Budget (SA Design)

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9781934709382: How to Build Max-Performance Chevy Big Blocks on a Budget (SA Design)

The Chevy big-block set an illustrious record in stock car racing and powered some of the fastest and most exclusive Chevy muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s, such as the Chevelle, Corvette, and Camaro. As a result the Chevy big block became as iconic as the cars it powered. But building a Chevy big-block can be a very expensive endeavor and many different aspects require attention to attain maximum performance on a reasonable budget.

In How to Build Max-Performance Chevy Big-Blocks on a Budget, master engine builder and veteran author David Vizard imparts his 50 years of engine building experience and unique insight, so the reader can invest wisely and build a maximum-performance Chevy big-block. Like Vizard s top-selling book How to Build Max-Performance Chevy Small-Blocks on a Budget, readers are shown how to get the optimal machining performed, select the ideal parts, and assemble the strongest engine package for a budget of $1,900 to $15,000. This book offers a practical, methodical, and revealing approach for disassembly, machining, preparation, modification, and assembly of a big-block Chevy.


Vizard thoroughly explains how to obtain maximum performance on a budget and includes eight affordable and powerful engine builds in every price range. Any enthusiast with a big-block Chevy can benefit greatly from the experience and knowledge that best-selling author Vizard provides, making this book a welcome addition to any Chevy enthusiast s library.

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The Chevy big-block, or Mark IV, has powered iconic Chevy muscle cars—Chevelle, Corvette, and Camaro—of the 1960s and 1970s. The big-block or Rat motor provides impressive stock performance, but this engine can be built into a giant killer and it can be done without breaking the bank. Within these pages, master engine builder and veteran author David Vizard imparts his 50 years of engine-building experience and unique insight, to help you wisely invest in maximum-performance Chevy big-block build-ups. Just as in his top-selling Max-Performance Chevy Small Blocks on a Budget, he shows you how to get the optimal machining performed, select the ideal parts, and assemble the strongest engine package for a budget of $2,000 to $15,000. Unknown to many, Chevy big-block heads suffer from poor port design and less-than-ideal valve positioning, and in effect, are undervalved. As a result, the heads offer limited breathing capacity for a big-cube engine. Vizard offers an affordable, real-world solution to maximize airflow of the heads and the performance potential of the engine. In addition, the ideal aftermarket iron and aluminum blocks for your application, street or strip, or a combination of both, is discussed. Special coverage is dedicated to selecting the best crankshaft, connecting rod, and piston combination, so you have a rotating assembly that performs at its best. He also covers all the crucial aspects of building a stroker engine. To get maximum cylinder filling and flow for maximum performance, he shows you how to select a stock iron head or an aftermarket aluminum head and match it to a cam and valvetrain to meet your budget and performance goals. If you’ve been looking for a book to stretch the performance frontiers of a Chevy big-block but not your pocket book, you’ve found it.

About the Author:

David Vizard is a revered engine builder, technical writer, and author. In fact, he has authored more than 30 highly respected engine-building and automotive books, penned about 4,000 magazine articles, and contributed scores of web pieces to popular sites. Often referred to as Vizard the Wizard, his work is often the subject of blogs and editorial pieces in popular automotive magazines. He currently owns and runs an engine research and development business near Charlotte, North Carolina.

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