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Small-Block Chevy Heads - Proof-Positive Power, Part 2

Here Comes The Power

By Jason Walker

Last month, we took a look at the assembly of the Vrbancic Brothers' 414ci ATI blown short-block. To successfully build an engine that will consistently withstand the added internal pressures that come with supercharging and racing, we need to not only think about the strength of the parts but also the design and construction that has been painstakingly built in to these parts ensuring efficiency and longevity. This compiling of certain parts comes from years of dyno pulls and the right (and wrong) results on the track. The Vrbancic Brothers take all of these experiences very seriously. With respect to that statement, we are going to spend a little time on the Brodix aluminum heads and the work that went into preparing them for this engine-and why. Remember, when adding a supercharger (or the like) to an engine, you are simply adding a great deal more air and fuel, causing an increase in internal pressure. With that in mind, the first thing to think about is creating an unrestricted, consistent flow through the heads.

Jennings Racing Heads (formerly Air Flow Dynamics of Upland, California) did a superb job porting, polishing, and performing a valve job. That's just the start. These heads go far beyond any normal port and polish. Even the T&D rocker setup is about as trick as you can get these days. This setup utilizes a one-piece steel base that will keep the rockers in place with no worry of pulling studs. Better yet, take a closer look through the photos, and we will attempt to explain these parts as you see them. Oh yeah, just to keep your saliva flowing (or just to keep you reading), after all was said and done, this small-block pumped out over a 1,000 hp with almost 800 lb-ft of torque. If that doesn't pique your interest, skip to the next story.

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By Jason Walker
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