Cylinder Head Flow
PHR would like to especially thank Shaver Racing Engines for performing the cylinder head flow testing and head assembly for us. Shaver is a dealer for EQ cylinder heads, and offers the Vortec EQ Lightning heads in bare or assembled form with a variety of spring and valve packages. (We suggest you call 310-370-6941, or check out www.shaverengines.com, for more information.) Our heads were assembled with cost-effective Manley budget performance valves (1.94-inch intake and 1.50-inch exhaust), a three-angle valve job, and COMP Beehive springs and retainers. That's all. No additional clean-up or port work was performed. As you can see, flow values for the EQ are better than stock, yet still relatively modest. It just goes to show that for a street engine, the amount of flow is a secondary concern to the quality of flow. Other than a .025-inch mill job to up the compression, our heads were box-stock.
On The Flowbench
Tested At Shaver Racing test depression 28-in. H2O
Budget Vortec 350-Turnkey Crate Motor
Speed-O-Motive helped us build our motor and can build you a near replica of our budget Vortec 350-the only difference will be an upgrade to stainless steel roller rockers, a Pertronix Flame Thrower HEI, and a Holley 750 double-pumper. The price of $5,450 includes assembly, dyno tuning, and free shipping. By comparison, a little shopping will uncover more than a few crate engine packages that cost as much or more and don't deliver the goods like this little number. Keep in mind everything that you are getting, including the carburetor, dyno-tuning, and shipping costs. Figure in the whole package, and this combination is quite a performance value. To find out more about ordering a budget Vortec 350 like this, go to www.speedomotive.com, or call 626-869-0270.
TESTED AT SPEED-O-MOTIVE
DTS ENGINE DYNO
Our choice in valvetrain was a big contributor to the engine's outstanding output. The COM
A Vortec Crosswind intake manifold from Professional Products serves to feed the mixture t
Sufficient carb capacity should never be neglected when looking for performance. Our choic
Before getting down to testing, we were impressed with how our engine looked, and much of
We'll admit that we were a little uncertain about how much power our low-budget 350 would
Before firing our overhauled 350 mill, the crankcase was filled with Royal Purple 10W30 sy
The engine fired without any undue drama, and Jake went to work with the base settings, ad
After a few preliminary short pulls to check the mixture readings via a pair of wide-band