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How to Rebuild and Modify Chevy 348, 409 Engines: 1958-1965 Chevy "W" Motors

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If you want to rebuild or modify your 1958-1965 Chevy 348 or 409 "W" big-block motor, this new book by John Carollo is the guide you'll want to have by your side.

Whether you want to restore your engine to factory specs or the plan is to build a high-performance motor, Carollo shows you the way, actually literally, with hundreds of sharp color photos.

The aftermarket is also discussed in detail so you can choose the best parts for your particular application.

Book Excerpt

The good news about 348 and 409 blocks is there were more than 18 different Chevrolet W-engine factory blocks built from 1958 to 1965. The bad news is that most were built more than 50 years ago and are showing their age, and many original blocks have been rebuilt several times.

On top of that, rebuildable 409 blocks are hard to find and getting more expensive all the time. Original 409s are highly coveted and a decent block often sells for about $5,000 while the 348s are much more abundant and often go for about $1,500 in rebuildable condition.

If you're restoring an Impala or another Chevy car or truck with a rebuildable block, you already have the foundation for your engine build.

But if you're looking for an engine to build, old iron blocks are not the only option. Companies, such as World Products and Bob Walla Racing, offer new aluminum blocks based on the original W. Certainly, if you're considering a high-performance build of 550 hp or more, an aftermarket aluminum block provides far more strength and has many enhanced features that are covered in this chapter.

Therefore, these blocks are a far more reliable and cost-effective alternative for a high-performance build.

If you opt for an original block most dedicated W enthusiasts can find a useable one for building a 348 or 409, but it may take some time and patience.

The trick is to know what you're looking at when you do find one. And if you cannot find a sound OEM 348 or 409 block for your engine build, aluminum aftermarket blocks are available, and these blocks are ideal for a max-performance build.

  • Development and Design
  • Engine Block
  • Crankshafts, Rods and Pistons
  • Cylinder Heads
  • Cramshafts and Valvetrain
  • Induction and Ignition
  • Headers and Exhaust
  • Cooling System
  • Stroker Engines
  • Teardown and Inspection
  • Engine Assembly
  • Source Guide
Subject: Learn how to rebuild a Chevy "W" Big-Block motor. Covers Chevy 348 and 409 engines. ISBN-10: | ISBN-13: 9781934709573 | CarTech SA210

  • Publisher: CarTech Books
  • Author: John Corollo
  • Pages: 144 - Hundreds of color photos
  • Binding: Paperback - 8.5 x 11 inches
  • ISBN: 978-1-934709-57-3
  • How to Rebuild and Modify Chevy 348, 409 Engines