Welcome back to our real world street big-block build. If you're just reading about this for the first time, we're rebuilding the 402 Rat that was between the fenders of our rerstored '67 Chevelle when completed by the pros at Auto Metal Direct (AMD) and Craig Hopkins in the AMD Installation Center. The engine had been given a quick teardown and refresh to make sure it was reliable and would move the classic SS396 at idle for shows and events. Now that the car's trailer queen life is over, we needed to tear the 402 apart and get it ready for street/strip duty.
All of our parts are back from the machine shop, and it's time to assemble them. In this installment, we're just going to cover the assembly of the short-block, so we can go a little more in-depth on stuff to better help the novice engine builder out there. In the next installment, we'll cover the assembly of the top end, with special attention being paid to the break-in of our flat tappet camshaft.
For now, let's get our foundation put together.