One of the neatest things to happen for people who love making horsepower over the last ten years has been the emergence, explosion, and acceptance of the “top end kit”. It was a brilliant idea that really took off when people realized that a kit containing a set of matched parts basically guaranteed to deliver you a certain amount of horsepower was the right way to go. No guessing if some parts would work with others, no mystery in what the final outcome would be, no scariness in mixing and matching brands, etc. The only variable in making the good power your top end kit promises is making sure you assembly it all properly. That’s where this video comes in.
We’re going to get a look at a little 302ci small block that has been bored .020 and is going back together. The guys building the engine went with a Trick Flow 11R top end kit that came with the camshaft, heads, rockers, pushrods, etc. The full raft of parts needed to have a tough little small block.
There may not be a lot of rocket science in this video but there’s sound practices and advice given. If you have been considering doing something like this job yourself and you have not done it before, this is a great piece to watch and start learning the ins and outs of assembling the top end of an engine.
The 11R package is a sweet deal with the capability of producing over 430hp with the right induction setup on top of the heads. This package in a Fox Mustang would make for one really, really fun street car and knowing you did it all yourself makes the whole thing even better.