"Any library strong in auto repair and modification references must have this illustration-filled how-to." -Midwest Book Reviews, October 2011 (Midwest Book Review
From the Back Cover
The Chevy big-block, or Mark IV, has powered iconic Chevy muscle cars—Chevelle, Corvette, and Camaro—of the 1960s and 1970s. The big-block or Rat motor provides impressive stock performance, but this engine can be built into a giant killer and it can be done without breaking the bank. Within these pages, master engine builder and veteran author David Vizard imparts his 50 years of engine-building experience and unique insight, to help you wisely invest in maximum-performance Chevy big-block build-ups. Just as in his top-selling Max-Performance Chevy Small Blocks on a Budget, he shows you how to get the optimal machining performed, select the ideal parts, and assemble the strongest engine package for a budget of $2,000 to $15,000. Unknown to many, Chevy big-block heads suffer from poor port design and less-than-ideal valve positioning, and in effect, are undervalved. As a result, the heads offer limited breathing capacity for a big-cube engine. Vizard offers an affordable, real-world solution to maximize airflow of the heads and the performance potential of the engine. In addition, the ideal aftermarket iron and aluminum blocks for your application, street or strip, or a combination of both, is discussed. Special coverage is dedicated to selecting the best crankshaft, connecting rod, and piston combination, so you have a rotating assembly that performs at its best. He also covers all the crucial aspects of building a stroker engine. To get maximum cylinder filling and flow for maximum performance, he shows you how to select a stock iron head or an aftermarket aluminum head and match it to a cam and valvetrain to meet your budget and performance goals. If you’ve been looking for a book to stretch the performance frontiers of a Chevy big-block but not your pocket book, you’ve found it.