TRE COMES ON BOARD TO SUPPLY
PARTS AND BUILD ADVICE!
Recent addition -TRE Racing Engines
comes on board! Supplying parts and
engine buildup advice.
When you get a chance to have a famous
engine builder such as Taylor Lastor
offer advice on your home build engine
build -you listen! -Quick jump to
this latest section by going here!
This site will be on going project build up site that grows
as each new installment of the engine build up is completed.
Literally readers will watch as the stock block 454 becomes
a 496 Monster Rat motor and then get to watch us try to shoe
horn it into a MK4 Supra!
The ultimate goal, our intent is to build something very similar
to this engine shown below from Skip White Performance...
With ours being built in a home shop, with parts purchased
online on a budget and with us doing as much of the assembly
work as possible.
Chasing all the parts needed to do the project online while
using "on sale" items or the "best bang for
the buck" parts we can find. Once complete we are then
going to hang a turbo on the motor and then try to put the
whole package into a MK 4 NA Supra
Courtesy of Skipwhiteperformance.com
many other car guys we've watched many TV shows on doing
engine build ups. Most of the major magazines have also
done BBC builds, most of which we've read online.
Building a Big Block Stroker engine seems to be the
most popular version going and as far as we can tell
getting 600+ HP isn't all that difficult to do on a
budget -cept' we want 800 HP from the motor alone and
all on pump gas.
Powerblocktv.com actually did a huge "Double
Power Adder" episode based on building our
Their budget was much larger than ours is, but the core
part choices and their requirements to get large horsepower
on pump gas are very much the same as our goals are
in this build up.
Following that TV shows advice, we are doing the same
with our Craiglist purchased core engine. Our target
HP number is in the 600-800 HP range and we'll let the
turbo do the rest.
The other intended mod for this engine, swapping in
a manual trans...
The intended recipient!
The intended recipient of our big block, a 94 NA Supra, a
past "totalled" car that was a father and son project
back in 2007.
Plans are to install the 496 in the car along with a turbo...
If that proves to be impossible without major modifications,
we'll install it in something else, but for right now, the
bullet is planned for the Supra engine compartment!
The only rules we've set for the project, no major modifications
to the Supra. We want to make sure that nothing we do to this
car in order to fit the 496 engine into it, cannot be undone
at a later date.
Supra's -primarily because of the Fast and Furious Movies,
have become a very valuable car, and are high in demand.
We'll be saving all parts removed, just in case sometime down
the road we might want to put it back stock...
So the Supra fans out there, no need to throw rocks at us
for modifying the Supra with a BBC!
$450.00 with automatic trans...
|Purchased off Craigslist, right
at $450 dollars, one Gen 6 454 Big Block Chevy Fuel
injected motor. Our engine has 4 bolt mains with a one
piece seal version of the crank, it was a complete motor
Not much is known about the engine except for the fact
that it came out of a truck that the owner said they'd
From what we could see, it looked like any other pull
out motor, with roughly 60,000 or so on it. No evidence
of any major repairs, with all the gaskets and seals
appearing to be original.
No signs the heads or the oil pan having ever been off.
The only item new looking was the alternator.
One huge motor! The engine literally weighs a ton in
the stock configuration. Took four men to load this
puppy into the back of the truck to get it back to the
The first thing it's going to get, is stripped down
and thoroughly inspected. The engine will be going on
a diet from day one!
Click to enlarge
Didn't take long to remove all the external parts and
in short order we had the pistons and other heavy parts
out. Close inspection showed little to no cylinder ridge,
we were able to remove the pistons by just sliding them
No blown head gaskets, no spun or damaged bearings to
be found. Even though we looked closely, we couldn't
find any reason for this motor to have been removed.
The only questionable items we could see at least visually,
was the condition of the lifters and the cam. The lobes
of the cam showed allot of what we think is heavy wear.
Since we can only guess if this is the case, we will
have to rely on the machine shop to find if there are
issues with our block.
Sending our block to the machine shop, means we need
our internal parts now. Machine shops can't bore a
block without the pistons or properly prep and machine
or hone the mains without the crank.
Normally with an unknown condition of the block, it
would be better to have it professionally checked
by the machine shop before ordering of a stroker kit
or any parts for that matter. That way if there was
an issue with the block we wouldn't be stuck with
a stroker kit we couldn't use or find us locked in
to finding a new block to match ours exactly.
We are taking our chances on this one! Based on our
inspection, we think we will be good on our block,
but it's definitely a risk... If our block ends up
being bad, we'll then be stuck finding a replacement
and that would really kill our budget.
The machine shop will be tasked to not only check
our block for the obvious issues, but with the amount
of horsepower we plan to be making, they'll need to
do a little "out of the normal" stuff for
Block cleaning, bead blasting, checking all the bores,
and inspecting the crucial deck surfaces. For the
Gen 6 block the common concern is keeping the deck
as thick as possible. So if our block needs decked
for any reason, we need to make sure the shop knows
to keep it to a minimum.
Also of concern we want to make sure our cam bearings
are installed properly and all the threads in the
block "chased" and counter sunk. We'll be
responsible for grinding all the edges off to clean
up the casting lines and such, but by the time we
would go out and purchase all the taps to chase all
the threads on this block, we might as well pay them
to do it for us.
Kit of choice!
Great price, great components and
all forged top of the line items!
After extensive searching on the Internet for pricing as well
as choice of parts in the kit, we settled on the kit offered
by Skip White Performance out of Tennessee. Their kit Includes
everything you need in a rotating assembly, with the balancer
and flex plate included -all of it in one package for $1550.00
We contacted the sales department by e-mail, working with
a fellow there name Daniel, we just needed to have a few questions
answered before we were ready to place our 1st parts order
for out new Rat motor!
Since we don't have any top end of the motor parts like the
cylinder heads, valve train or intake, we needed their advice
on choosing the kit parts now. The decisions made now need
to be based on our budget and plans for the other parts to
be purchased later.
Our biggest concerns were how much total compression we'd
end up with and if we could mix and match any of the kit components
for other brands. We've read online about issues with some
piston brands and the location of the wrist pin in relationship
with the ring lands.
We felt relying on the guys at Skip White Performance would
be the smart way to go since with the thousands of kits they've
sold, they should be able to advise us on the smartest way
to handle our needs.
We'll let you know how the purchase went on the next installment
on the Stroker Rat buildup!