How to Rebuild the Mopar Big Block
How to Rebuild the Mopar Big Block

How to Rebuild the Mopar Big Block

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How to Rebuild the Mopar Big Block
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The Mopar big-block RB and B engines have powered millions of Dodge, Plymouth, and Chrysler cars from 1959 to 1978, including some of the most iconic muscle cars-the Charger, Superbird, Barracuda, GTX, Road Runner, Super Bee, and many others. Over the course of 50-plus years, these engines have required and will continue to require rebuilding, and this book is an indispensable guide for the process.
Veteran magazine writer Arvid Svendsen documents a professional-caliber rebuild in this latest Workbench® Series title. Full-color photographs accompanied by exceptionally detailed captions with clear, concise instructions guide you through each crucial stage of the rebuild process. You will be able to confidently complete the rebuild of an entire engine, which includes pulling the engine from the car and disassembling the long block. In addition, you are shown how to inspect all components, guide machine work, select optimal parts for a specific performance level, assemble the complete engine, and perform a final shake-down of the engine.
All crucial steps of assembly are shown and discussed in exquisite detail, so you can install main bearings, crankshaft, pistons, rods, lifters, push rods, and the entire valvetrain, heads, intake, carb, and all other parts with confidence. Once the engine is installed and the ignition key is turned, you will have the satisfaction of having soundly rebuilt an engine that provides years of strong faithful service. This book is a must-have for any Mopar enthusiast.


What is a Workbench® Book?
Chapter 1: Preparing to Rebuild the B and RB Big-Block Engines
  • The Family Tree
  • OEM Blocks
  • B/RB Cylinder Heads
  • Crankshafts
  • Intake Manifolds
  • Exhaust Manifolds
  • Building a Street Engine
  • High-Performance Engine Rebuilding
  • Engine Build Philosophy
Chapter 2: Tools and Cleaning Equipment 
  • Basic Hand Tools
  • Required Specialty Tools
  • Cleaning Equipment
Chapter 3: Engine Removal and Disassembly 
  • Hood Removal
  • Tear Down 
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Original Status Documentation 
  • Jackstands 
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Air Conditioning
  • Radiator and Fan Shroud 
  • Fuel Line, Belts and Electrical Wiring
  • Throttle and Shifter Linkage 
  • Distributor
  • Organization During Disassembly
Chapter 4: Inspection
  • Check the Oil
  • Inspect the Cylinder Heads 
  • Inspect the Crankshaft
  • Inspect the Cylinder Block
Chapter 5: Parts Selection 
  • Rebuilding a Stock Engine
  • Rebuilding a Strong Street Engine 
  • OEM Main Caps 
  • Aftermarket Two-Bolt Main Caps
  • Four-Bolt Main Conversion
  • ARP Rod Bolts and Main Cap Bolts
  • Aftermarket Rods 
  • Pistons
  • Cylinder Heads
  • Camshaft and Valvetrain
  • Rocker Arm Assembly
  • OEM Cast-Iron Intake Manifold 
  • Mechanical Water Pumps
  • Thermostat
  • Headers
  • Fasteners
Chapter 6: Machine Work and Short Block Build-Up
  • Clean and Deburr the Heads 
  • Select a Good Shop 
  • Machine Shop Procedures
Chapter 7: Mocking Up Heads and Valvetrain
  • Cylinder Heads
  • Valve Jobs
Chapter 8: Cleaning Your Machined Parts 
  • Work Area and Helpers
  • Basic Cleaning Supplies
  • Deep Cleaning
Chapter 9: Pre-assembly
  • Engine Notebook
  • Tools 
  • Supplies
  • Preparing to Rebuild Cylinder Block
  • Main Bearings and Caps Installation
  • Main Bearing Crush Measurement
  • Connecting Rods Installation 
  • Prepare to Install Crankshaft 
  • Piston Ring Installation
  • Camshaft Installation  
  • Camshaft Degreeing
  • Rod Side Clearance 
  • Rotating and Reciprocating Assemblies
Chapter 10: Final Assembly
  • Tools and Equipment 
  • Taking Notes
  • Assembly Lube or Motor Oil? 
  • Painting the Inside of the Block
  • Camshaft Installation 
  • Install Rear Main Seal
  • Install Cylinder Head Dowel
  • Install Crank and Main Bearings
  • Pistons and Piston Rings 
  • Install Gear Set and Degree Cam
  • Dampener Installation
  • Oiling System
  • Valvetrain Geometry
  • Install Intake Manifold
  • Final Installation and Adjustments
Chapter 11: Dyno Testing
  • Setting Valve Lash 
  • Break-In
  • Dyno Testing 
Appendix: Torque Specifications for Fasteners
  • Intake Manifold Torque Sequences
  • Timing Chain and Gear Alignment
  • Main Bearing Cap Torque Sequence 
  • Distributor Firing Order 
Source Guide

Publisher: CarTech Books/SA Design
Paperback: 144 Pages w/ 342 Photos
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11.0 x 0.4 inches
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