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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.

What We Spent

Item Manufacturer Part Number Cost
Block, Crank, & Oil Pan Blown Chevrolet Crate 1,000
Intake Manifold Edelbrock 5001 133
Cylinder Heads RHS 12402 560
Valve Springs Comp Cams 26926-16 270
Intake Valves Manley 11566-8 120
Exhaust Valves Manley 11565-8 120
Camshaft Comp Cams W 6618-11 232
Spring Retainers Comp Cams 1777-16 150
Intake Rocker Arms (1.7:1) Comp Cams 1620-8 167
Exhaust Rocker Arms (1.52:1) Comp Cams 1608-8 167
Valve Locks Comp Cams 648-16 23
3/8 Pushrod Guide Plates Comp Cams 4810-8 18
Timing Set Comp Cams 7100 99
3/8 Pushrods Comp Cams 7980-16 155
Carburetor Holley 0-4777C 363
One Inch Spacer Holley 17-27 45
Damper Fluidampr 62260D 349
Pistons JE 300252 890
Connecting Rods Carrillo C351A65700H0 303
Top End Gasket Kit Cometic PRO1003T 241
Bottom End Gasket Kit Cometic PRO1004B 88
Valve Covers RHS VC-12000 166
Rocker Studs ARP 134-7103 45
Head Bolts ARP 134-3701 81
Front Drive Kit Jones Racing Products 1004-AL-75 849
Break-In Oil (8 Quarts) Amsoil BRKQT 57
Stud Girdle Comp Cams 4009 205
Timing Cover All-Star Performance ALL90010 24
Distributor Davis Unified Ignition S127212 369
Plug Wires Davis Unified Ignition C9051 99
Headers Kooks Custom Headers 1505S 446
Rod Bearings King Engine Bearings CR807XPN 67
Main Bearings King Engine Bearings MB557XP 61
Cam Bearings King Engine Bearings CS507HP 22
Machine Work
Bore and Torque Plate Hone Cylinders KT Engine Development 275
Align Hone KT Engine Development 275
Deck Block KT Engine Development 150
Deck Heads KT Engine Development 100
CC Verify Heads KT Engine Development 125
Internal Balance Crankshaft KT Engine Development 250
Final Wash KT Engine Development 65
Total 9,224

On the Dyno

Torque HP
4,300 450.4 368.7
4,400 446.6 374.1
4,500 449.5 385.1
4,600 446.4 391
4,700 448.3 401.2
4,800 447.1 408.6
4,900 446.2 416.2
5,000 442.4 421.1
5,100 440.3 427.5
5,200 437.9 433.6
5,300 433.5 437.4
5,400 429.3 441.4
5,500 424.1 444.1
5,600 418.1 445.8
5,700 414.5 449.8
5,800 409.8 452.6
5,900 402.5 452.1
6,000 393.6 449.6
6,100 385.1 447.3
6,200 378 446.2
6,300 371 445
6,400 367 447.2
6,500 359.7 445.2

SOURCE
Kooks Custom Headers
141 Advantage Place
Statesville
NC  28677
866-586-5665
http://www.kooksheaders.com/
Holley
1801 Russellville Road
Bowling Green
KY  42101
270-781-9741
www.holley.com
Carrillo
124 Poplar Pointe Drive Unit #104
Mooresville
NC  28117
704-664-2515
www.cp-carrillo.com
RHS
3416 Democrat Road
Memphis
TN  38118
877-776-4323
http://www.racingheadservice.com
ARP
1863 Eastman Avenue
Ventura
CA  93003
800-826-3045
www.arp-bolts.com
Powerhouse Products
3402 Democrat Rd.
Memphis
TN  38118
800-872-7223
http://www.powerhouseproducts.co
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Cometic Gaskets
8090 Auburn Road
Concord
OH  44077
800-752-9850
http://www.cometic.com
Performance Distributors
2699 Barris Drive
Memphis
TN  38132
901-396-5782
http://www.performancedistributo
rs.com
Lock-in-Tool
704-843-5477
www.lockintool.com
Comp Cams
3406 Democrat Road
Memphis
TN  38118
800-999-0853
http://www.compcams.com
AMSOIL
925 Tower Ave.
Superior
WI  54880
800-777-8491
http://www.amsoil.com
King Engine Bearings
327 Little Falls road, Suite 5
Cedar Grove
NJ  07009
800-772-3670
http://www.kingbearings.com
Fluidampr
180 Zoar Valley Road
Springville
NY  14141
716-592-1000
http://www.fluidampr.com
JE Pistons
15312 Connector Lane
Huntington Beach
CA  92649
714-898-9763
http://www.jepistons.com
Jones Racing Products
72 Annawanda Road
Ottsville
PA  18942
610-847-2028
www.jonesracingproducts.com
KT Engine Development
384 Industrial CT
Concord
NC  28025
704-784-2610
www.ktenginedev.com
Bradley Auto Parts
704-821-6234
Edelbrock (Carbs)
800-416-8628
http://www.edelbrock.com