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For over fifty years, the small-block Chevy has ruled the streets. And, literally, millions of them are out there, powering from family to race cars, hot rods to pickup trucks, boats to muscle cars. The small-block Chevy is, without a doubt, the most popular engine ever built!

And when the time comes to rebuild your engine, this VideoBook? provides all the information you'll need — in book and video form — to rebuild your small-block Chevy.

Note: this VideoBook? covers 262, 265, 267, 283, 302, 305, 327, 350, and 400 cubic-inch small-blocks.

Book Excerpt: Rebuilding The Small-Block Chevy: Step-by-Step VideoBook



Power and economy both depend on the basic mechanical condition of the engine. A vacuum test will help you evaluate the engine and locate problems that may cause rough running, lack of power, or hard starting.

Use a quality undamped vacuum gauge for these tests. Begin by connecting the gauge to a direct manifold vacuum source (on the intake manifold). The following are some typical gauge readings and what each indication means:

  • A steady reading between 16 and 22 inches (Hg) at idle. This is normal. Radically cammed engines have lower, less steady readings.

  • Normal range at idle with sporadic drops below normal. This indicates a sticking valve.

  • Normal range at idle with needle vibration of about 2 inches (Hg). This indicates an ignition problem. Check plug gap, dwell, coil, distributor cap, and plug wires.

  • A steady reading slightly higher than normal. This can be caused by a dirty air filter or overly advanced ignition timing.

Flooding is one of the most common carburetor problems. First, check the float level, and then look for fuel contamination. The fuel pressure should also be checked, along with the condition of the fuel filter. Flooding is likely to occur if pressure exceeds 7.5 psi at the carburetor. Also check the following items: worn needle-and-seat assemblies, gas-soaked floats, and correct float arm and pivot alignment.

Also, check idle speed and idle mixture, vacuum leaks, and look for a stuck-open or leaking exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve. Check for a dirty air filter element, clogged air bleeds, or clogged-bowl vent tubes.


In this updated and revised version of the book that's become the industry standard, the authors will show you how to successfully rebuild your small-block Chevy.

Using step-by-step photo sequences (more than 600 photos) this book covers every step in rebuilding your small-block Chevy: assessing its condition; engine removal; disassembly and inspection; machine work; trial fitting parts; parts cleaning; final assembly; first firing, and break-in.

Along the way, the unique Workbench??? format gives you helpful hints and tips on performance upgrades, including cams, heads, ignition, induction, and more. It also points out problem areas to watch for, professional builder tips, jobs that need special care or special tools, and more. Whether you're a first-time engine builder or a seasoned professional, this is the essential guide to rebuilding your small-block Chevy.


Our VideoBook? DVD includes step-by-step coverage of a small-block Chevy rebuild, from engine teardown to final assembly. The DVD includes more than two hours of footage, with detailed sections showing how to disassemble a used engine, inspect for signs of damage, select replacement parts, buy machine work, check critical component fit, and much more! All this is filmed in a bright, professional studio for maximum clarity and detail.

The DVD also shows all the work done to the block, crank, rods, and heads at the machine shop, giving you a complete understanding of the process. Computer graphics and animation sequences show operation and assembly of key components.

Together, this book and DVD give you the complete picture on how to rebuild your small-block Chevy.

This rare instructional combination package is a must-have for every small-block Chevy fan.


Acknowledgments | Introduction: What is a Workbench? Book?

Chapter 1: Before You Begin
The small-block family | Engine building tools | The workspace | Cleaning area | Engine handling | Air compressors | Do you need to rebuild? | Troubleshooting basics | System diagnostics

Chapter 2: Engine Disassembly
Keep an organized workspace | Tools and supplies needed | Safety first, always!

Chapter 3: Initial Parts Inspection
Inspecting parts before taking tham to the machine shop | What to do when your parts don't pass inspection

Chapter 4: Selecting Parts
Bearings | Camshaft drives | Cam bumpers and drive covers | Camshaft kits | Carburetors | Crankshaft and connecting rods | Cylinder heads | Distributors and ignitions | Exhaust manifolds | Oil system | Pistons and rings | Rocker arms and studs

Chapter 5: At the Machine Shop
Finding and dealing with a machine shop | Who's responsible? | Before you drop off parts | Cleaning and crack detection | Block machine work | Head machine work | Piston machine work | Piston rings | Rod machine work | Crankshaft and machine work | Engine balancing | Manifold machine work | Other nachine shop services | Picking up your parts | Things to do after you pick up your parts

Chapter 6: Component Cleaning
Tools and supplies | Important considerations | Precautions

Chapter 7: Pre-Assembly Fitting
Preparations and supplies | Precision tools | Special considerations | Final tips

Chapter 8: Final Assembly
Tools and supplies | Final assembly tips

Chapter 9: Break-In and Testing
Installing the engine

Appendix A: Workbench reference charts | Appendix B: Source guide

Subject: How to rebuild the small-block Chevy engine. ISBN-10: 1932494219 | ISBN-13: 9781932494211

  • Publisher: CarTech Books
  • Author: Larry Atherton, Larry Schreib
  • Pages: 160 - Over 650 b&w photos
  • Binding: Paperback - 8.5 x 11 inches, DVD inside back cover
  • ISBN: 978-1-932494-21-1