GMPP Gen VI 502 Engine Build - Plan B

NHRA Pro Stock Racer Jason Line Builds an 812 Big-Block With Help From Summit Racing

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It all started innocently enough. Following a race last year, Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Pro Stock driver Jason Line bought a ’68 Biscayne station wagon as a side project and laid out a quick, simple plan: Take an old 427 engine from a donor car, refresh it, and drop it harmlessly between the framerails of the wagonthen came Plan B.

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Almost from the start, the guys at the shop were hacking on me about putting a relatively stock engine into the wagon, says Jason, who also builds and tunes the engines for the Summit Racingsponsored KB Racing Pro Stock team. That started me thinking. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I was starting to assemble the pieces for a completely new custom motor.

Jason’s Plan B was to build an all-new mild 9.6:1 compression 557ci mill with the goal of topping 750 hp on pump swill. A lot of people build 540s, 565s, or 572s, but I wanted something a little different, Jason says. Basically, I wanted a race engine with low compression so I could drive it on the street.

Jason started with a GM Performance Parts Gen VI 502 block with four-bolt mains to handle the considerable power he had planned. He had it bored out to 4.500 inches and clearanced for a 4.375-inch stroke crankshaft, producing 557 ci. He then contacted Summit Racing to help piece together the remainder of the components for the build.

The rotating assembly includes an Eagle Specialties forged crank with H-beam connecting rods and Diamond coated pistons. The top end is anchored by a set of Trick Flow PowerPort 360 cylinder heads, which got a little special attention from Jason; using his NASCAR and NHRA engine building experience, he altered the intake runners to increase airflow from 365 to over 400 cfm. A port-matched Trick Flow single-plane intake and a Willy’s carburetor complete the top end.

The valvetrain centers around a COMP Cams solid roller camshaft, which Jason says is mild and durable enough for the street without sacrificing the power numbers he was shooting for. In fact, the 557 exceeded Jason’s goals, delivering 812 hp on the dyno.

Anyone can duplicate this build using parts right out of the Summit Racing catalog, bolt it all together without the extra port work, and get close to the horsepower we made, Jason says. That would certainly be enough for most people, but our team motto is: Anything that can be done can be overdone. Jason’s 557 is proof of that.

By the Numbers
RPM LB-FT HP
4,300 701 575
4,400 711 596
4,500 718 616
4,600 722 633
4,700 725 649
4,800 726 663
4,900 726 677
5,000 725 690
5,100 724 702
5,200 723 715
5,300 721 728
5,400 719 740
5,500 717 751
5,600 714 761
5,700 710 770
5,800 705 778
5,900 698 784
6,000 692 790
6,100 686 797
6,200 681 804
6,300 674 808
6,400 666 811
6,500 656 812
6,600 645 810
6,700 634 809
Max Torque 726 at 4,800
Max Power 812 at 6,500
Avg. Torque 700
Avg. Power 730

Parts List
MFG PN Item
COMP Cams CCA-01-000-9 Camshaft
CCA-883-16 Roller rockers
Clevite CLE-MS829HX Bearings
Cloyes CLO-9-3149A Timing set
CLO-P9005 Timing chain bushing
Diamond Pistons *Call
Eagle Specialty Products ESP-445443756385 Crankshaft
ESP-CRS63853D Rods
GM Performance Parts NAL-19170540 502 block
Holley HLY-12-454-20 Fuel pump
Summit Racing SUM-G6316 Timing cover
SUM-850510 Ignition
SUM-850051 Distributor
Trick Flow Specialties TFS-41410007 Heads
TFS-41400111 Intake
TFS-41400804 Valve covers
*Custom order from Diamond Pistons

Sources

Summit Racing
Akron, OH
800-230-3030
SummitRacing.com
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