You hear plenty of talk about how much it costs for a racing engine.There's a cry to lower the cost to make it affordable for competitors,and this is a worthy goal, but somewhat short-sighted. It fails to takeinto consideration a key component--engine life.

It's one thing to spend$30,000 for an engine that will last two full seasons versus an enginethat can only coax out 8-10 races. When you break down the expense of alarge ticket item such as an engine, it only makes sense to figure outthe cost against the use. Grocery shoppers do it all the time bycomparing the price against the number of ounces on items found on thestore shelves. Racers need to use the same logic.

The idea was broughtto light by Steve Mugerauer of Competition Products and Howards Cams.Under his direction, an engine was built for use in a WISSOTA-sanctionedcar that will be running weekly. Close tabs will be kept on engine use,including the number of laps put onto a car.

Charting the use of anengine is not something new to professional racing teams. The teams withthe high-dollar investments know which engine is in which car at whichtrack and how many laps have been run on it. It's an idea that cantranslate to even the lowest division at a weekly track. It's a simplematter of record keeping. Once you get an engine, record how long itruns on break-in. Also, how many hot laps were taken at a track? Howmany racing laps were run at full throttle, including qualifying laps?(You should also consider parade laps and caution laps.) An engine maynot be running full tilt all the time, but it is working even during theslower laps, and that constitutes use.

The components were selected andthe engine was built at Goodwin Competition in Omro, Wisconsin. It wasdyno tested and sent off to the competitor to begin the process ofracing. The chosen competitor remains anonymous, which assures nospecial treatment for or against him or her during the racing.

We'lltake you through the steps of the building process with an eye on thecomponents that were selected. The goal wasn't necessarily to use thecheapest parts, but the best parts available at a reasonable price. Mostof the parts came directly from the shelf stock of Competition Products.

COMPONENT LIST
BalancerPioneer No. 872021
BearingsKing No. CR848HP, King No. MB5142HP
Cam correctCam Correct No. CC350P
CamshaftHowards No. 119993
CarburetorBarry Grant No. 240201501
CrankshaftHRC No. 353557
DistributorMSD No. 85551
Engine blockDart No. 31131111
Exhaust gasketFel-Pro No. 1405
Fuel filterBarry Grant No. 170055
Fuel pumpBarry Grant No. 170007
Guide plateManley No. 42151-8
Head gasketFel-Pro No. 1142
HeadsWorld Products No. 1115A
Race inlet kitBarry Grant No. 140006
Intake gasketFel-Pro No. F1205
Intake manifoldProfessional Products No. 52026
Oil pan gasketFel-Pro No. 1880
Oil panKevko No. 1092
Oil pump/td>Melling No. 10555
PistonsHRC/Ross No. 91461
Plug wiresPhillips/Woody No. S822
PushrodsManley No. 25709-16
PushrodsManley No. 25712-16
Rear main sealFel-Pro No. 2900
RetainersManley No. 23630-16
RingsJE No. J100F8-4040-5
RodsHRC No. DPM60
Roller liftersCompetition Products No. 8012
Timing gasket setFel-Pro No. 2702
Timing setSA Gear No. SA300SS
Valve cover gasketFel-Pro No. 1604
Valve coversMoroso No. 68385
Valve locksCompetition Products No. 611-16
Valve sealsVTO No. SC531
ValvespringsCompetition Products No. 98637
ValvesREV No. CL1600, REV No. CL1686
Dyno Test Results of the Engine
RPMTorqueHPBSFCFuelOil
4500505.7433.3.77754.170.5
4600511.1447.7.78854.570.9
4700512.5458.7.77055.071.4
4800515.1470.7.76455.971.8
4900515.4480.9.76257.272.4
5000513.2488.6.76658.872.9
5100510.5495.8.77560.473.4
5200510.1505.1.78662.173.8
5300508.1512.7.79463.974.2
5400507.5521.8.80665.974.7
5500508.9532.9.80466.875.2
5600512.1546.0.79667.675.4
5700513.8557.6.78768.475.9
5800514.6568.3.78469.676.2
5900513.9577.3.77670.276.6
6000512.0584.9.77771.477.1
6100508.6590.7.78072.677.4
6200505.5596.8.79074.277.9
6300501.4601.4.79475.378.3
6400496.8605.5.79876.378.6
6500491.8608.7.80377.278.9
6600488.3613.6.81078.379.0
6700484.2617.7.81379.279.3
6800480.0621.5.81680.079.4
6900475.2624.2.81880.679.4
7000469.0625.1.82081.279.2
7100462.2625.0.82581.779.2
7200455.6624.7.83382.579.1
7300449.6624.9.84383.379.1
7400443.0624.2.85184.179.3
7500435.0621.7.86185.079.5
SOURCE
Competition Products
N/A
Howards Cams
280 W. 35th Ave.
Unti #2
Oshkosh
Wi  54902
www.howardscams.com
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