This 1995 Corvette project car has been a superb test bed for manufacturers to prove the value of their products in exchange for non biased stories and a valuable aid showing readers the necessary accessories to support a new high performance engine build. As a followup, we beefed up the charging system with a new battery and a Tuff Stuff high performance alternator.
Our sample engine build is a 565-ci big-block Chevy based around a Dart Big M cylinder block and Dart Big Chief Pro 1 aluminum cylinder heads. Following the step-by-step procedures is designed to simplify the mating of all the important components in the engine...
Rod selection for this build was fundamental. Just as we went with a heavier duty option for the crankshaft for durability reasons, we matched that move with Scat’s Pro Sport 4340 forged H-beam connecting rods (PN 6653522A) with doweled cap alignment and a 7/16-inch ARP 2000 rod bolt upgrade.
We selected a set of Dart 18° Big Chief cylinder heads for this project. They are offered as cast or with your choice of Super Mod porting or Full Port CNC porting. To match our application we chose the Super Mod porting configuration.
The high demand performance requirements of this particular engine application require a cylinder case of superior design and construction. We chose a Dart Machinery "Big M" cylinder block equipped with all the best design features and attending hardware for a high RPM, 1,000 HP+ package.