Andy Jensen, Author at Engine Builder Magazine
Cylinder Block Prep Tips

First, you want to look for cracks on the water jacket area and in the lifter valley area. If the block has ever been frozen, this is where cracks will show up. Next, look for cracks around the main webs, these are hard to spot when the block is greasy, but we are just looking

Connecting Rod Selection for Performance Engines

The types of rods are broken into four families: stock, aluminum, 4340 forged and 4340 billet. I know there are some 4130 and 5140 aftermarket rods available, but I have no experience with these. Stock rods vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, not only in size and shape, but in the amount of power and RPM’s