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Welcome to the final installment of Circle Track's experimental odyssey looking into what can be done with a cast-off crate engine. If you don't remember, we purchased a Chevrolet 604 crate engine that had been left to rot in a corner after a blown head gasket. Because the racer ran in a sealed crate class, it was cheaper and easier to get a new engine rather than send the existing piece off to be rebuilt.
Our idea was to take the old crate, keep what was usable and create a built racing engine out of it. From the original engine, the block, crank, oil pan, and pump still remain, and to that we've added select components designed to make the new engine capable of winning races in upper-level Street Stock classes.
In the last installment we finished installing the valvetrain. This time around the goal is to finish buttoning up the engine and get it on the dyno. From there we'll have to finish getting a car built so that we can actually get it on a racetrack.