Chapman Auto Center has donated a "crate" Small Block Chevy Engine to be raffled off as part of the fund-raising activities for this year's Rim Country Classic Auto Club Beeline Cruise-in on April 26.
The drawing for this engine will take place in front of the Senior Center on Main Street during the awards ceremony between 4 p.m. and 4:30 pm.
There can be many definitions of a "crate" engine. In this case, the engine donated is a 100 percent brand new "long block" 350 cubic inch displacement, 290-horsepower high output engine that has come direct from General Motors Chevrolet Division.
The engine is complete with the oil pan and valve covers, but does not include the accessories. Here are some of the specifications: cast iron block; 4 bolt main caps; cast aluminum pistons; 8.5:1 compression ratio; 5100 RPM max.; valves 1.94 and 1.50; bore 4.00 stroke 3.48; nodular iron crank; 76cc chamber heads
The "crate engine" is only one of innumerable items that will be raffled off at the car show. Tickets will be on sale all day and the public can participate in all the raffle action.
Small block history:
The Chevy Small Block engine was introduced as a 162 horse power, 265 cubic inch displacement engine in 1955. The unit was an immediate success. It had been designed as a compact package that allowed a streamlined production process. The block was actually cast upside down which allowed the use of fewer cores and resulted in an economical use of iron with excellent cooling characteristics.
By 2005, more than 90 million small block engines had been produced in 11 different production sizes.
After the introduction at 265 cubic inches, the displacement grew two years later to 283. In 1962, the 327 engine was introduced and by the late 60's the 302 and then the 350 came along.
In 2006, Chevrolet introduced the LS7 the most powerful factory small block so far.
This beast is now 427 cubic inches, boasts titanium rods, a dry-sump oiling system, an all-aluminum block and heads and produces 505-horsepower direct from the factory.