In last month's Circle Track, we kicked off a brand-new series detailing how you can save money (which can then be invested in better parts) and gain more control of your racing destiny by building your own race engine. We laid the foundation by detailing how to prep the block for machine work, install freeze plugs, measure and pre-fit the rod and main bearings, fit the rings, and install the camshaft and crank. This time around we'll complete the short-block (the block with the crank, camshaft, rods, pistons and timing set installed).

If you remember, the engine is a Chevrolet 350 based on what's typically called the "Limited Late Model" class. Flat-top pistons, 23-degree cast iron cylinder heads, stock stroke and journal sizes, dual-plane intake and a two-barrel carburetor. You get the picture. We chose this class because we believe it's right in the sweet spot where most racers live. We're not yet at the level of cost-is-no-object exotic components, but we're above the most basic level where intelligent modifications and part selection will definitely give you an advantage.

With that said, let's get back to work:

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COMP Cams Royal Purple
Goodson
www.goodson.com
ARP
531 Spectrum Circle
Oxnard
CA  93030
805-278-7223
Powerhouse Products
3402 Democrat Rd.
Memphis
TN  38118
800-872-7223
901-795-7600
www.powerhouseproducts.com
Cometic Gasket
Concord
OH
4-40/-354-0777
cometic.com
JR Motorsports
801 SW Ordanance Rd.
Ankeny
IA  50021
8-88/-771-5574
KT Engine Development
www.ktenginedev.com
Lock-In Tool
www.lockintool.com
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