Can you do block fill after final machineing?rfoll wrote: ↑Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:41 amI'm using Track 1 Spec heads. I got them really cheap bare and added my own components. They were big enough for 6500 rpm or so, but they will get retired soon. The block fill is a very good idea.68post wrote: ↑Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:24 amThey like a lot of cyl head at 412 and 6,000. What were you using ?rfoll wrote: ↑Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:57 pmI ran a .060 over 400 block for several years. I knew it to be strong enough because the previous owner destroyed some pistons using nitrous, and the block held up. Some blocks are OK for this others will have problems. Be reasonable with your expectations. I got to low 11s @120 in a 3200 lb. car with mine, but I started worrying about driving over the crank at that speed. Get your block decked square and honed with a plate to give yourself a chance of a good seal. Thin rings will help seal the thin bore. Don't put any exotic parts in it in case the block fails. I used the standard Scat rods and KB pistons and never had any problems. 412 inches will make plenty of power even if you only spin it to 6000 or so.
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Past experience has shown the stock block to be the weak link; when we were forced by rules to run them in circle track applications doing the half fill and splayed cap drill only delayed the failures. The stock maincap bulkheads failed before anything else. I'd be looking for an aftermarket block.
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You never said exactly what you were going to do with the engine other than put it in a Camaro. If it's a mild street strip application, it will live for a long time. Once you start building engines that require race gas and sustained high rpm, the life diminishes.
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Agreed on an aftermarket block being the best route.Ks Fats wrote: ↑Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:45 pmPast experience has shown the stock block to be the weak link; when we were forced by rules to run them in circle track applications doing the half fill and splayed cap drill only delayed the failures. The stock maincap bulkheads failed before anything else. I'd be looking for an aftermarket block.
It will be curious to see what some of the engine builders think of this. ( probably not cost effective)
With the main web bulkheads being weak as they are, drilling for 4 bolt mains (splayed or not) weakens them further.
Wouldn't it be better to half fill a 2 bolt block and stud it with a main cap girdle.
The rear cap is a weak link as it is with the large main bearing size.
Head studs wouldn't be a bad idea either.