Crate Expectations - Prepping A GM Crate Engine For Install

We prep our ZZ4 350 crate engine for installation in Son of Zombie

James Miles Jul 12, 2006 0 Comment(s)
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Several months ago, we placed an order at Purifoy Chevrolet for a ZZ4crate engine (GM PN 24502609).

When it comes to an automotive project, you know you're nearing thoseall-important final steps when you begin to worry about the engine. Thismonth, Team VETTE focuses on preparing our future powerhouse--a GM-issuedZZ4 crate motor--for installation. This popular small-block is availablefrom any GM parts dealer; we ordered ours from Purifoy Chevrolet.

Unhappy with the idea of dropping an anemic L98 intake onto our350-plus-horsepower crate engine, we'll be taking this opportunity toupgrade to an ACCEL Super Ram. While this John Lingenfelter-designedpiece is hardly cheap, its benefits are reported to be well worth theprice tag. While we're at it, we'll also be adding one of Proform'sGM-licensed electric water pumps to improve cooling and add a few extrahorsepower.

In future installments we'll cover the items excluded this round, suchas the location of the oil-pressure-sending unit. More involved jobs,including sensor placement and the exact details of the ACCELinstallation, will get their own articles. Until then, here's a quicklook at what we've got going on under--er, outside of--the hood...


Chevrolet Performance Parts
Detroit, MI 48232
Purifoy Chevrolet
How To
We bring our Son of Zombie ZZ4 crate motor out of hibernation and get it ready for installation
James Miles Jul 12, 2006


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