By Bill Jenkins
The knowledge during this ebook is the results of greater than twenty years racing event with the smallblock Chevrolet V8 engine and is meant as a simple examine of racing engine layout and meeting.
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Production finish includes X-ray inspection and heat-treating. As a result reliability is very high and the rod requires absolutely no further prep after it is received. 010-inch. 005inch clearance when the rod is dynamically stretched, without pulling the bearing tabs. We also check side clearance in the normal m a n ner. 20inch. The latter figure is normally preferred to prevent oil trapping. SPECIAL STEEL RODS We have been skirting the subject for a while so it's probably best that we get on with it.
On the right is the semifinished Chevy steel rod based on the big block rod. It can be finished to special lengths. Not shown but also available is the special forged steel rod produced by Hank the Crank. 700-inch length is most suitable for engines in the 3inch stroke range. The best stock rod available f r o m Chevrolet is the late Z/28-LT-1 f o r g i n g . It utilizes better metallurgy, has the g o o d Boron material bolts, is shot-peened and is 100% magnafluxed at the factory to increase quality control.
Once a crank has been Tufftrided it isn't really suitable for resizing. This is the reason we sometimes prefer 1 throw without affecting durability. We have also drilled the front throw on occasion but the hole must not be wider than the edges of the front rib. We do not remove the rib and drill the pin as this will usually lead to failure. At the rear of the cranks we always install the alignment dowel on the flywheel flange to help balance and we grind an additional notch in the flange, directly opposite the rear arm of the number 4 throw.