You Could Be The Winner Of This Custom-Built Engine!Go To SyntecTopShop.com and Vote For Your Favorite Engine We're down to crunch time with only a few weeks to finish our Castrol Syntec Top Shop Challenge engine buildup. This engine build is one of the most fun projects that we've done in a while. In the "Head Games" article (October issue) we showed you how Jerry took a new set of Trick Flow heads and took them apart, the reason being because we wanted to polish them, not because the heads needed to be gone through. This month, Jerry tackles the assembling of the long-block and leaving it ready for final assembly. We decided prep the engine and then candy painted the block using SEM custom colors. Touches like this were being done to separate us from the rest, since you know we are all about the paint and chrome. Soon people are going to know we are also about the need for speed, because our engine is going to get fully blinged out with some serious horsepower for the competition. Jerry has been putting together this engine in stages and, after allowing the paint to dry, he assembled the Lunati bottom end. This Lunati billet crank was used to help the engine stay together with all of the torque that the Trick Flow heads and Comp turbos put out. Once Jerry finished the bottom end, he got the Castrol Syntec Lowrider engine ready for the final assembly and tuning. Remember to go online and vote for your favorite Lowrider engine at www.SyntecTopShop.com; once there you can register for a chance to win this engine. Look out for next month's installment where we wrap up the complete build, including spending some time on the dyno at Westech Performance in Mira Loma, California. The Castrol Syntec engine block ready to be assembled. Jerry added the freeze plugs to this heavy-duty World engine block. To keep it traditional, a Candyapple Red over a silver base was used for the color of the engine.To keep it traditional, a Candyapple Red over a silver base was used for the color of the With the World block gutted, it was completely masked off. We then used some high-heat primer that will allow the custom SEM candy to adhere to the engine block.With the World block gutted, it was completely masked off. We then used some high-heat pri While the engine block dried, Jerry pulled off the mock-up heads that were dropped in temporarily so we wouldn't ruin the polished Trick Flow heads we're actually going to use. Once the SEM paint had cured and dried for 48 hours the heavy-duty World block was ready to be assembled.While the engine block dried, Jerry pulled off the mock-up heads that were dropped in temp Here is a view of the engine block before the bearings and bottom end went into it. The billet Lunati crank was ready to go in after it was machined and balanced. These Lunati connecting rods were used to connect the pistons and crank. Jerry used the CP pistons that were custom-made for our application and specs. The piston pin will keep the rod in place.These Lunati connecting rods were used to connect the pistons and crank. Jerry used the CP The piston rings that hold the compression had to be shortened and fitted one at a time. Jerry started off by carefully installing the Comp Cam's hydraulic roller cam. Jerry installed the crank bearings. The heavy-duty, four-bolt main caps were installed and tightened. This style cap helps prevent the bearing from spinning.The heavy-duty, four-bolt main caps were installed and tightened. This style cap helps pre These spiral clips lock the pin in place, allowing the piston to connecting rod to stay together.These spiral clips lock the pin in place, allowing the piston to connecting rod to stay to The pistons and connecting rods were dropped in one at a time. These pistons all went in smoothly.The pistons and connecting rods were dropped in one at a time. These pistons all went in s Using ARP fasteners ensured that the strongest fasteners would keep the engine together. As Jerry assembled the crank assembly, he had to manually turn it throughout the process. The valvetrain valley was cleaned and ready to have the roller lifters put on. One of the last things to go on this month was the Summit oil filter adaptor, which is designed to flow oil through the filter faster.One of the last things to go on this month was the Summit oil filter adaptor, which is des Every bolt used on the engine had to be torqued to spec. The bottom end crank was fully assembled and only needed the oil pump, which would be installed later.The bottom end crank was fully assembled and only needed the oil pump, which would be inst The Milodon dual roller timing chain was bolted on and good to go. SOURCE Ace Machine 7515 Jurupa Ave., Suite E Riverside CA 92504 Lunati 4770 Lamar Ave. Memphis TN 38181 901-365-0950 www.lunaticamshafts.com ARP 531 Spectrum Circle Oxnard CA 93030 805-278-7223 Milodon 2250 Agate Ct. Simi Valley CA 93065 805-577-5950 www.milodon.net Castrol Syntec Speedy's Polishing COMP Cams Sem Paints www.sem.ws CP Pistons Irvine CA 949-567-9000 www.cppistons.com Summit Racing P.O. Box 909 Akron OH 44309-0909 800-230-3030 www.summitracing.com Comp Turbo Westech Performance Group 11098 Venture Dr., Unit C Mira Loma CA 91752 9-09/-685-4767 www.westechperformance.com Fast Fuel By Saul Vargas Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!