By Bill Jenkins
The knowledge during this ebook is the results of greater than two decades racing event with the smallblock Chevrolet V8 engine and is meant as a uncomplicated research of racing engine layout and meeting.
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To help some with balance we have ground the rib off the front arm of the number 34 difference. At this point it's one of those things you can do because it makes you feel better even t h o u g h you aren't sure it's helping y o u . If you're on a tight budget, forget it! When the crank is balanced we usually specify that it be "over-balanced" slightly. We don't do this to gain any performance advantage or to help endurance. We have found that over-balancing can help the bearings a little in the big block engines where the reciprocating weight is high.
Running them in a competitive engine would, in our o p i n i o n , be pretty risky. The engine speed with early rods should be limited to 6500 rpm (short duration) while the late rods can usually be operated to 8000 rpm (short duration). As a point of interest, back in '70 Gary Kimball was running one of our stock big journal rod 302 engines and developing about 520 horsepower. He was able to run the same rods for over a year and a half with absolutely no problem. Recent technology c o u l d very likely boost the power level from a comparable engine so they might not last as long but the point is, the stock late forged rods are usable when properly prepared.
As time went it A wide variety of steel and aluminum rods are available for the smallblock engine. From left to right we have two factory high performance rods (available with full-floating or pressed pins), a specialty steel rod produced formerly by the Mr. Rod Company, the heavy duty, semi-finished, on we became aware that this was an e x c e p t i o n ally small ratio for an engine displacement of this size, On looking back we now believe that when the engine is run in stock form this low ratio is actually an a d vantage.
The Chevrolet Racing Engine by Bill Jenkins