King ERE-383 #13
520hp @ 6600rpm

King ERE-383 #13 is treated to Trick Flow heads ported by Ai (Advanced Induction Cylinder Head Development).
All King ERE-383's receive Callies Dragonslayer crankshafts, Oliver rods, Callies splayed main caps, Titan gerotor oil pumps and Stef's oil pans.
This motor was treated to a test session on a DTS engine dynamometer.  The motor made above 500 hp from 5800 rpm to 7200rpm

I weigh the piston/pin/rings/locks and give that info to the balance shop.  This is a Mahle piston for 6" rod, 3.75" stroke.

October 4th, 2007:
This is the block only minutes after washing with soap and water.  It's been air dried and oiled with WD40.

Another view of the freshly cleaned block.

Oil galley plug.  Factory has a steel ball in that oil galley.  I use a soft core plug.  If that galley is not plugged then the oil filter will be bypassed and oil pressure will indicate somewhat higher than normal.

Cam bearing installation:  I draw on the bearing to help with proper oil hole alignment.  This is bearing #5 and it needs to have the oil hole at 12 O'clock. 

Here is a Dura-Bond coated cam bearing being hammered home.

The front #1 cam bearing on the LT1 should have the oil holes at 1 and 5 O'clock.  The engine is upside down here so you see the holes at 7 and 11 O'clock.

LT1 oil galley plugs with small holes to allow air to escape the galley for quick lube of the valve-train.

Measuring for main bearing clearance.

Here is the Dragonslayer crankshaft from Callies.

Main bearing clearance ended up at .0025" for all.  I used standard size Clevite H-series for #2, 3, and 4.  I used .001" under Clevite H-series for #1 main cap.  And finally I used standard sized ACL bearings for the thrust #5.

Crank is in and caps are torqued.  Thrust (crank end-play) is .006".

Oliver rod, Mahle piston ready for assembly

Cleaned and oiled.

Mahle uses 2 wire locks for the pin which is 2 grams lighter than using 4 spiro loxs.

Pistons/rods stored in Pepsi rack.

Ring filing.  This tool is from Goodson.

Top ring at .024"

2nd ring at .028"

Invested in a torque plate.  Turns out that it makes the bores a tiny bit more round but the ring gap is the same.

Piston to cylinder wall clearance is 0.0025 to 0.0030"

I have these exact heads here at the shop.  Ai delivered them yesterday.  And now they are the photo child feature at their web page, (LINK) look mid-way down at the TFS 215cc heads.

Measured rod bearing clearance, (Oliver billet stroker rods with Clevite H-series bearings).  All = 0.0025"

For the last year or so the Clevite H-bearings have only been available in the "N" type which is "narrow".  You can see that here.

I am finding better technique for ring installation.  No scratches on the piston and no over-stretched over-expanded rings.

ARP brand piston ring compressor.  Bores have to be super clean and then oiled prior to installing piston/rod combo.

Shim is slid between the rod pairs as support while torquing rod bolts to 90ft-lb.

Freshly unwrapped Titan gerotor oil pump.

The Titan uses a solid drive shaft and it needs to be shortened to fit.

All long blocks receive a brand new rear main seal and housing from GM.

Now the pump is on and the modified stock windage tray is installed.

The Stef's oil pan is custom build for Ellwein Engines to fit around Titan oil pumps.  You can have one for your LT1 powered car by just calling Stan at Stef's. Tell him you want the Ellwein oil pan.  The pans are quite costly so be prepared.

Ai solid roller cam.  It took me a while to get the cam degree correct due to using the Cloyes Hex-A-Just timing set.  I will probably go to the regular double roller Cloyes though.

Hex-A-Just timing set.  The cam button and bolts need to be modified so as not to stick out too far and interfere with the opti-spark.  I just grind down the cam button and use small headed cam bolts.

After degreeing the cam I need to put the heads on and mock up the valve train to check for piston to valve clearance and also pushrod length.  Note this head bolt washer needs to be flattened on the sides to fit past the wide springs.

These Xceldyne retainers and locks are beautiful.  Here is a photo for your eye pleasure.

So the head is on and the Jesel rockers and the adjustable pushrod on Morel solid roller lifter in #1 exhaust.

The lash is set at .026" and the rocker adjust nut turned down 1 turn.  Pushrod measures 8.000"

Flash masked the rocker tip to valve tip marks. (sorry).  I installed shop pushrods for the next test.  The Jesel stand has the shims installed to make the stand taller.  This puts the rocker tip at the dead center of the valve tip.  The engine was rotated and the valves to piston clearance checked out fine.  Will do that test one more time after the final timing set is installed.

Checking piston-to-valve clearance, (PTV).  Cam has to be degreed for this to be meaningful.  I don't do this on motors with smaller cams.

Head on with rockers lashed to .026".  I measured the pushrod length incorrectly the other day because the 8.000" (3/8") set I just received from Ai are too long.  I ordered up a set of 7.900".  Substituting 7.850" 5/16" pushrods here.  

After turning the crank slowly, (just one revolution), this is the result.  Exhaust valve needs more PTV than intake.  I have to carefully peel that out and cut it and measure the thickness.

The intake side was thinnest.  This is 0.080".  It smooshed a little bit at where I squeezed the caliper on it at the valve edge.   The exhaust is .100" 

New Cloyes timing set.  This is a -.010" set.  Crank sprocket is at zero and the cam degreed dead nuts on (104 deg. ICL).

New timing cover from local GM, (Winegardner Pontiac).

ARP head studs being cleaned in Brake-clean.

Using FelPro head gasket at .039" crush with .006" piston in the hole for .045" quench.

The ARP stud set is a 6 point hex-head kit but this center stud needs to use a 12pt nut from my shelf stock. (valve springs too wide for 6pt nut).

The mid size studs at the end of the heads also need to use the 12pt.

Getting ready to put the Stef's oil pan on.  Oil pan gasket needs to go on and then the dipstick tube.

Stef's pan requires to be disassembled and cleaned to make sure weld slag and metal shavings are removed.

Clean and re-assembled.

This rear crankshaft counterweight bumps into the oil pan rail.

That's the spot.  I have to clearance it with a Dremel tool.

Taking a break now from doing the oil pan.  Here is a step by step photo instructional on how to install and set the Jesel rocker lash.  Do one pair at a time.  Roll the crank over so that the intake/exhaust lifters are on the cam base-circle.  Do not have the Jesel rocker pair screwed into the rocker stand at this time. 

Make sure the Jesel rockers have the adjuster nut fully backed out.

Tighten the shaft bolts, (25ft-lb with oil).

Set the lash, (.026") and you are finished with this pair.  Be careful and do not do what I did a few years back.  Do not screw-in or unscrew any shaft bolts when the valve spring is under tension.  The shaft will snap into 2 pieces.

The reason that PTV is so important to check is that the exhaust valve is closing with the piston coming up and chasing it.  An uncontrolled valvetrain, (valve bounce or valve float), could cause the piston to hit the exhaust valve.  This photo shows the piston still pretty far away as the exhaust valve shuts.

Now the piston is near TDC and the exhaust valve is as close as it gets to touching the piston.  The valve is actually in the piston valve relief pocket. 2007, Ellwein Engines 2007, , email Karl Ellwein