How To Build Max-performance Pontiac V-8s by Rocky RotellaHow To Build Max-performance Pontiac V-8s by Rocky Rotella

How To Build Max-performance Pontiac V-8s

byRocky Rotella

Paperback | October 15, 2012

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The traditional Pontiac V-8 ushered in the age of great American overhead valve V-8s with its introduction in 1955. Almost immediately, it became the basis for competition power plants. As time passed and the engine evolved to greater heights and larger displacements, avid Pontiac enthusiasts took advantage of the design's strong points and overcame its weaknesses to build a legendary performance history.

Today's Pontiac enthusiast has a wide range of factory and aftermarket components to choose from, and inHow to Build Max-Performance Pontiac V-8s, all the critical components are reviewed in great detail. This book includes honest advice on the proper way to modify components for optimal power and durability. The book also gives readers an assessment of the many aftermarket accessories offered for these great engines, and shares the capabilities such parts bring with them. In addition, high-performance engine buildups are completed and the results are shared.

If you're considering building a traditional Pontiac V-8 engine for increased power and performance or even for competitive racing, this book is a critical component to achieving your goals.

Title:How To Build Max-performance Pontiac V-8sFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.38 inPublished:October 15, 2012Publisher:CartechLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1934709948

ISBN - 13:9781934709948

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Table of Contents



Foreword by Thomas A. DeMauro


Chapter 1: History of the Pontiac V-8 1955&1981

V-8 Development 

The V-8 Reaches Production

Growth Spurts

The Super Duty Era 

The Corporate Edict  

DeLorean Promoted

Major V-8 Design Changes

The Round-Port Era 

Living with Low Compression 

The Second Super Duty Era 

Emissions and Economy

Emissions-Compliant Performance 

The End of an Era

Pontiac Racing


Chapter 2: Blocks

Block Design

Selecting a Stock Block 

Stock Block Modifications 

Water Jacket Filler

Main Caps 

Aftermarket Blocks

Camshaft Bearings 

Rear Main Seal 


Head Gaskets 

Bolt-On Components


Chapter 3: Crankshafts

Original Pontiac Cranks 

Selecting a Stock Crank  

Original Crank Modifications

Stroker Cranks

Aftermarket Cranks 

Specialty Billet Cranks 


Harmonic Dampers

Engine Bearings


Chapter 4: Connecting Rods 

Original Pontiac Rods 

Aftermarket Steel Rods 

Aluminum Rods

Connecting Rod Length 


Selection, Preparation and Inspection


Chapter 5: Pistons and Rings


Piston Rings

Preparation and Inspection

Piston Coatings 


Chapter 6: Cylinder Heads 

Intake Airflow

Port Volume

Exhaust Airflow

High-Performance Valve Job  

Combustion Chamber 

Compression Ratio 

Porting Advice 

Cylinder Head Options


Chapter 7: Valvetrain 

Hydraulic Lifters 

Factory Cams 

Factory Rocker Arms

Aftermarket Hydraulic Cams

Aftermarket Solid Cams

Aftermarket Roller Cams 

Aftermarket Rocker Arms 

Aftermarket Rocker Studs

Aftermarket Pushrods 

Valvesprings and Valves


Chapter 8: Intake Manifolds 

Factory Cast-Iron 4-Barrel 

Factory High-Performance 4-Barrel

Factory Tri-Power 

Factory Reproductions

Selecting a Factory 4-Barrel 

Modifying Factory Manifolds

Aftermarket Manifolds  


Fuel Injection 

Forced Induction


Chapter 9: Exhaust 

High-Performance Exhaust Manifolds

Reproduction Factory Manifolds

Tubular Headers

Ceramic Coating 

X- and H-Type Crossovers


Complete Exhaust Systems


Chapter 10: Ignition 

Spark Lead

Points-Type System

Electronic Ignition System

Aftermarket Ignition System

Ignition Accessories


Chapter 11: Oiling System 


Oil Pump

Oil Pressure Requirements

Oil Filter 

Oil Pan


Chapter 12: Tuning

Carburetor Tuning

Distributor Tuning

Dyno Tuning 

Volumetric Efficiency 

Vacuum Pump 

Nitrous Oxide  

Flywheel and Flexplate

Water Pump



Chapter 13: Performance Combinations

Pacific Performance Racing: 670 hp, 383 ci, Pump Gas

Ken&s Speed & Machine Shop: 700 hp, 535 ci, Pump Gas

SD Performance: 900 hp, 535 ci, Race Gas

Butler Performance: 1,000+ hp, Turbocharged 505 ci, Pump Gas 

Butler Performance: 1,100+ hp, 541 ci, Race Gas

Kauffman Racing Equipment: 1,200 hp, 535 ci, Race Gas


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