Oldsmobile V-8 Engines: How To Build Max Performance - Revised Edition by Bill TrovatoOldsmobile V-8 Engines: How To Build Max Performance - Revised Edition by Bill Trovato

Oldsmobile V-8 Engines: How To Build Max Performance - Revised Edition

byBill Trovato

Paperback | August 12, 2015

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The traditional Oldsmobile V-8 powered some of the most memorable cars of the muscle car era, from the 442s of the 1960s and early 1970s to the Trans Ams of the late 1970s. These powerful V-8s were also popular in ski boats. They have found a new lease on life with the recent development of improved aftermarket cylinder heads, aggressive roller camshafts, and electronic fuel injection.

Author Bill Trovato is recognized as being one of the most successful Oldsmobile engine experts, and he openly shares all of his proven tricks, tips, and techniques for this venerable power plant. In this revised edition ofOldsmobile V-8 Engines: How to Build Max Performance, he provides additional information for extracting the best performance. In particular, he goes into greater detail on ignition systems and other areas of performance. His many years of winning with the Olds V-8 in heads-up, street-legal cars proves he knows how to extract maximum power from the design without sacrificing durability. A complete review of factory blocks, cranks, heads, and more is teamed with a thorough review of available aftermarket equipment. Whether mild or wild, the important information on cam selection and Olds-specific engine building techniques are all here. Fans of the traditional Olds V-8 will appreciate the level of detail and completeness Trovato brings to the table, and his frank, to-the-point writing style is as efficient and effective as the engines he designs, builds, and races.

Anyone considering an Oldsmobile V-8 to power their ride will save time, money, and headaches by following the clear and honest advice offered inOldsmobile V-8 Engines: How to Build Max Performance. Plenty of full-color photos and step-by-step engine builds showcase exactly how these engines should be built to deliver the most power per dollar.

Title:Oldsmobile V-8 Engines: How To Build Max Performance - Revised EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.38 inPublished:August 12, 2015Publisher:CartechLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1613251742

ISBN - 13:9781613251744

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Table of Contents





Chapter 1:

Engine Blocks 



Engine Block Filler 

Lifter Bore Bank Angles 

Engine Block Machining 

Bottom-End Girdles 


Chapter 2:


Factory Small-Block Crank Identification and Application 

Factory Big-Block Crank Identification and Application 

Aftermarket Crankshafts 

Bearing Clearance 

Crank Grinding 



Engine Bearings 

Anti-Friction Coatings 

Crankshaft Balancing 

Harmonic Balancers 

Rear Main Bearing Seals 


Chapter 3:

Camshafts and Valvetrain 

Rocker Arms 


Timing Chains 

Roller-Bearing Cam Bolt and Camshaft Walk 

Camshafts and Camshaft Selection 

Camshaft Specifications 


Valvesprings, Retainers and Locks 


Chapter 4:

Connecting Rods 

Factory Connecting Rods 

Aftermarket Steel Connecting Rods 

Aluminum Connecting Rods 

Connecting-Rod Side Clearance 

Rod-to-Stroke Ratio 


Chapter 5:

Pistons, Rings and Pins 

Factory Cast Pistons 

Aftermarket Forged Pistons 

Off-the-Shelf Pistons 

Custom Pistons 

Piston Domes and Compression Ratio 

Piston Rings 

Gapless Rings 

Piston Clearances 

Piston Pins 


Ring Gaps


Chapter 6:

Oiling System 

Oiling-System Flow Path 

Oil Restrictors 

Main-Bearing Modifications 

Lifter Gallery Plugs 

Oil Pumps 

Oil-Filter Adapters and Oil Filters 

Oil Pans

Windage Trays 

Engine Oils 

Vacuum Pumps 


Chapter 7:

Cylinder Heads and Induction 

Factory Small-Block Cylinder Heads 

Factory Big-Block Cylinder Heads 

Head Gaskets 

The Milling Process

Aftermarket Cylinder Heads

Porting Tips and Tricks 


The Valve Job 

The Flow Bench 

CNC-Ported Cylinder Heads 


Intake Manifolds 



Chapter 8:

Exhaust System 

Factory Cast-Iron Manifolds 

Center Divider on Factory Heads 

Header Sizing 

Full-Size Headers 

Low-Cost Headers 

Merge Collectors 

Painted versus Coated versus Stainless 

Crank Case Evacuation 

Exhaust Gaskets 

Mufflers and Exhaust Pipes 


Chapter 9:

Ignition System 

Ignition Boxes 

Advance Curves 

Crank Triggers and Magnetic Pickups 


Distributor Gears 

Ignition Coils 

Spark Plugs 

Spark Plug Wires 

Setting Ignition Timing 


Appendix A:

Assembly Tips and Techniques 

Appendix B:

Popular BTR Performance Combinations 

Source Guide