Im­prove your tech­nique with these point­ers from the pros

Chevy High Performance - - Contents - TEXT & PHO­TOS: Jim Smart

What makes great en­gine builders great en­gine builders? Some­times it’s in­born tal­ent. Most of the time it is decades of raw ex­pe­ri­ence and the les­sons learned from both suc­cess and fail­ure. Great en­gine builders ap­ply what they’ve learned over a life­time prac­tic­ing their craft.

The best, sea­soned en­gine builders em­ploy tech­niques that work time and time again, which is what makes them some of the best around. We’re go­ing to share some of their pro­to­cols with you in hopes you can ap­ply it to your en­gine-build­ing reg­i­men.

Gregg Ja­cob­son of PHD Speed­cen­ter, an ex­pe­ri­enced en­gine and race car builder in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, stresses that be­ing a suc­cess­ful en­gine builder is not only about ex­pe­ri­ence, but al­ways be­ing will­ing to think out­side the box.

Do you want to be just an en­gine as­sem­bler or do you want to be an en­gine ar­chi­tect and builder? That’s what this ar­ti­cle is about.

Ab­sorb what you’re about to read and see how you can ap­ply some of these en­gine-build­ing tips to your project. CHP

(Left) Gregg Ja­cob­son of PHD Speed­cen­ter in Bak­ers­field, Cal­i­for­nia, sug­gests check­ing all cor­ner bores for true top cen­ter—not just one bore. It is al­ways good to check all eight bores to as­cer­tain con­sis­tency, time per­mit­ting. Most builders check just one bore. Gregg sug­gests check­ing at least four.

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