Adding more muscle and power to your small-block engine doesn't require big dollars, regardless of brand. However, you'll need an experienced speed shop that can put the correct parts together and a machine shop that can fine-tune those parts. And there's not a more experienced speed shop than Speed O' Motive that is located in West Covina, California.

Speed O' Motive works in conjunction with Rottler Manufacturing to develop new applications for their CNC F 65 machining center. While not everyone wants or can afford a blueprinted engine block, it's the most secure way to achieve a high-performance engine. And a stroked engine block is an affordable way to build on torque and horsepower.

A custom specification sheet is prepared for every customer's engine order at the time it's placed and for its specific application. A marine-block is machined to a different set of specifications than a street or race application. And, only through the use of CNC equipment is Speed O' Motive able to prepare each engine block to exact tolerances in an economical manner.

Typical stroker-engine assembly demands the crank kit be mocked up in the block. In some cases, a hand-held grinder complements the CNC machine work in order to provide additional clearances between the block and rotating assembly (connecting rod and rod cap).

And in case you weren't aware, the CNC mills at Speed O' Motive are programmed to grind off the crankshaft centerline. By doing this, the desired clearances can be achieved by removing the least amount of material possible-ensuring engine block integrity. This provides close-tolerance machining that can be measured straight off the crankshaft centerline-correcting for any possible block-core shift.

For those of you who haven't considered a stroked engine, it's not as difficult or expensive as one might imagine. The confidence a balanced and blueprinted engine provides is significantly greater than a stock engine. The performance a stroked engine provides is inspiring. So stay tuned for our next installment. It will detail the cam specifications and assembly of this 418ci Ford engine.

Speed O'motive Strokes A Ford
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Holley Performance Products/Brands
1801 Russellville Rd.
Bowling Green
KY  42101
270-781-9741
www.holley.com
JE Pistons
15312 Connector Lane
Huntington Beach
CA  92649
714-898-9763
http://www.jepistons.com
Comp Cams Inc.
3406 Democrat Road
Memphis
TN  38118
800-999-0853
www.compcams.com
Carco Engine & Machine
1381 N. Kramer Blvd
Anaheim
CA  92806
714-630-1981
Speed-O-Motive
131 North Lang Avenue
West Covina
CA  91790
626-869-0270
www.speedomotive.com