While the Meziere water pump comes with its own stainless steel fasteners, the same cannot be said for much of the engine. In order to bolt everything together, we contacted two stalwarts of the automotive aftermarket, Automotive Racing Products (otherwise known as ARP) and Federal Mogul, whose Fel-Pro division sent us a 2816 gasket kit. ARP provided us with a set of cylinder-head studs (PN 154-4003) as well as intake-manifold and valve cover bolts (PN 454-2001). Without these two companies, we'd have a nice collection of aluminum and cast-iron paperweights.
AFM equipped our Twisted Wedge heads with its Hi-Rev valvespring kit. PN AF-HR15018 retail
In addition to providing the Boss block for our buildup, FRPP sent us a set of its black, crinkle-finish Cobra valve covers to dress up the outside of the engine. FRPP's Jesse Kershaw informed us that the company has a new Boss valve cover coming out, and he plans to send us a set once they're ready for production. In the meantime, the Cobra valve covers look fantastic. Tom Naegele at D.S.S. Racing had specified a multi-index timing chain, and FRPP had just the one. PN M-6268-A302 is a double-roller piece that offers nine different index positions.
While we've made great progress with Stolen Goods up until this point, now is when it starts to get tedious, as we'll come across all of the little nickel and dime items we overlooked, though something tells us it'll add up to more than 15 cents. We've kept a running list of needed items, but we're sure we'll overlook something along the way. We'll mention every little thing we run into, as it may just help prevent you from making an extra trip to the auto-parts store should you find yourself in a similar situation.
Next month, we should have the Boss up and running, and we'll see if we can get a video clip up on our Web site. See you then.
|Airflow of AFM-ported vs. Stock Trick Flow Cylinder Heads|
The cylinder-head bolt holes needed to be drilled out for the 1/2-inch ARP studs that we'l
Since the Boss block is a big-bore motor, we needed a big-bore head gasket so we wouldn't
The head is set carefully over the studs and seated on the dowel pins.
Here HP Performance's Jason Wells torques the cylinder heads in sequence, first at 30 ft-l
Trick Flow provides two inserts to plug the EGR crossover holes at one end of the heads. S
The Twisted Wedge head comes with a 3/8-inch rocker arm stud, which won't work with the 7/