Engine Tech Videos

6 Part Small Block Engine Rebuild Video Series

We've been restoring a 1969 Camaro at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop and when it came time to address the powerplant, we dertermined that the existing engine would benefit from a rebuild and freshining with some new internal goodies from ARP, COMP Cams, and more.    


This 6-part video series covers some tips and techniques for rebuilding any engine, but specifically assembling a small block Chevy V8.       



Part 1:
  • 2 piece rear main seal install tips
  • Checking Bearing Tolerances
  • ARP Main Bolt Installation
  • Bolt Torque Technique
  • Main Cap Torque Technique
  • Crankshaft Lubrication and Installation
Part 2:
  • Resized Connecting Rods
  • Installing Rings
  • Lubricating Pistons for Installation
Part 3:
  • Installing rings and piston and rods into block
  • Installation tools
  • Rod cap install tips
  • Torquing rod bolts
  • Camshaft installation
  • Hydraulic roller retrofit camshaft install
  • Timing gear & chain installation
Part 4:
  • How to measure or “degree” the COMP Cams XE series hydraulic roller camshaft.  
  • How to degree the camshaft
  • Installation tools
  • Piston Stop
  • Degree Wheel
Part 5:
  • Checking piston to valve clearance
  • Head Gasket Thickness
  • Cylinder Head Installation
  • ARP Head Bolt Installation
  • Cylinder Head Torque & Sequence
  • Installing / Changing Valve Springs
  • COMP Cams Ultra Pro Magnum Steel Roller Rocker Arm Installation
  • Rocker Arm Adjustment
  • Eastwood Ceramic Engine Paint
Part 6:
  • Final Painted Assembly
  • Timing Cover
  • Water Pump
  • Harmonic Balancer
  • Oil Pump Pickup Depth & Oil Pan
  • Holley Finned Valve Covers
  • Edelbrock Performer Intake Manifold



Billet Timing Set



Rocker Arm Adjusting Nuts



Rocker Arms



Pushrod Set



Cam & Lifter Kit



Break-In oil



Oil Pump Screen Assy



Oil Pump



Intermediate Shaft



Gasket Set



Gasket Set



Cam bolts



Balancer bolt



Head bolts



Main bolts



rod bolts



Oil pump bolt



ARP Accessory bolts



Valve Covers



Cylinder Heads



ARP Ultra Torque


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ARP Fastener Torque Tips

Fasteners need to be tightened properly to achieve the required clamping pre-load or your engine could have big problems down the road.    In this video, we show you how to check the accuracy of your torque wrench, and explain the need for proper fastener lubrication to get an accurate "squeeze" on critical engine parts.     ARP developed their Ultra-Torque assembly lubricant for this reason, as it allows fasteners to reach their target clamping force without the need for repeated torque cycles, it offers a high melting point to stay on the fastener, and it is non-metallic.      Click read-more to watch the video!

LS Engine Lead

The GM LS Engine is a super-popular swap candidate for many reasons, but they are not very attractive as-installed in their original cars.     In this video, we show you some different LS style engines in the V8 Speed & Resto Shop and some things our crew did to make these versatile engines look as good as the Muscle Cars in which they are installed!      Some of the tricks include using adapters to install traditional small-block parts like retro-looking Edelbrock Elite II valve covers and air cleaner on the 6 Liter V8 in the red 1965 Impala.     We also show a ZR1-style LS9 installed in the ZR9 Camaro, the L92 V8 in the '64 C-10 pickup, and some Eastwood ceramic engine paint to keep them looking great.  


There are many myths and misconceptions about synthetic oil, and in this video series, we hope to answer some viewer questions for a better understanding of these high-tech lubricants. Thanks to Royal Purple for supplying their research and information.

The Fast Times built, Sonny headed, 548 cubic inch billet block V8 with twin 88mm turbos powered Spiro Pappas' '69 Camaro in the 2008 NMCA season.   From the V8TV archives.

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Many Chevrolet Corvette ZR1Z06 and GS models built between 2006 and 2013 are equipped with a dry sump engine lubrication system.

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2009 Corvette ZR1 engine.

This high-performance system operates differently than a standard engine lubrication system and requires a special procedure when checking the engine oil level.

When adding engine oil to these vehicles, care must be taken to avoid overfilling the system. Overfilling may cause over-pressurization, which may result in damage to the engine and emissions system components. Also, if the amount of engine oil in the system is unknown due to repairs or other causes, the entire system should be drained and refilled with the correct amount of engine oil.

Corvette LT4 Supercharged V8DETROIT – The all-new 2015 Corvette Z06 is the most powerful production car ever from General Motors and one of a few production cars available in the United States that delivers more than 600 horsepower.


The Z06’s LT4 supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine is SAE-certified at 650 horsepower (485 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque (881 Nm) at 3,600 rpm.

“The LT4 Small Block sets a new benchmark for power and torque at GM,” said Steve Kiefer, vice president, GM Powertrain Engineering. “The engine also puts the new Corvette Z06 on par with the most powerful supercars offered in America, while delivering performance with impeccable manners that make it suitable for daily driving.”

In this chapter of our S71 Olds build, we are completing the install of our Bullseye Power 75 mm turbo, our fabricated turbo piping, Bell intercooler , and the Be Cool Radiator . All of the exhaust tubing and turbine housing parts were coated by Extreme Powder Coating using their 2200° high temperature black ceramic coating to keep them looking new. The charge air tubing was painted with Eastwood's high temperature Nano Ceramic engine paint, which is a very durable paint suitable for parts reaching regular engine temperatures. The be cool radiator module encompasses a pair of Spal electric fans, and Be Cool guarantees it to cool engines up to 1000 HP. We installed a Turbo Smart Reaceport blow-off valve inline with the air intake to help keep the turbo spooled-up during shifts. To help reduce underhood air temperatures and to make our turbo system more efficient, we installed a DEI Titanium Turbo Shield , which is made from lava rock strands that can withstand temperatures over 1800°. We also wrapped our turbo exhaust with DEI Titanium Exhaust Wrap to keep the hot exhaust gas in the tubing and underhood temperatures down. A K & N air filter and various silicone connectors from IntakeHoses.com completed the intake tubing. In the coming chapters, we will complete the ISIS Intelligent Multiplex wiring system install and FAST Fuel Injection installs before firing up the S71 Olds!


http://www.arb-bolts.com - It's no secret that ARP manufactures the highest quality hardware to assemble your engine, but we wanted to learn exactly what makes ARP fasteners different from the original factory bolts.     In this 3-part video series, V8TV's Kelle Oeste takes an extensive tour of the 9-building ARP manufacturing complex in Southern California to learn all about the technology and processes that make ARP bolts the fasteners of choice in nearly every form of engine powered racing.  The ARP crew also gives us installation, torquing, and fastener selection tips of their all USA made products.


http://www.v8speedshop.com - In this short tech video, Trevor shows us how to perform a cylinder leakdown test to help determine the worn parts of this old Chevrolet 396 V8 in the shop.