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Chevy Rods

Discussion in '"Stock" Alpine' started by Alpine Addict, Nov 25, 2020.

  1. husky drvr

    husky drvr Gold Level Sponsor

    Bill,

    No conspiracy, just fishing to see if you actually had D-Pine II on the road. :) Don't think so, though. :( Been a few weeks since an update.

    Have fun.
     
  2. Tom H

    Tom H Platinum Level Sponsor

    Barry, in fact it WAS these advantages you note that caused me to decide to go with the Chevy rods in the first place. But since it was a failed top ring that caused my engine failure, I was quite reluctant to shave the top of a standard piston to make up for the rod length. That moved me to custom pistons, which then lead me to add stroke and modify my custom piston design. Custom design of pistons also allowed me to get the chamber volume to a point to achieve original 9.2 CR, even after Vizard mod. I guess you could call it a "mizewell" design. But I do find the combination of added displacement, vizard mod, lightened flywheel, KB cam, and weber carb, has provided a nice performance increase.
     
  3. Bill Blue

    Bill Blue Platinum Level Sponsor

    It may surprise some, but whenever anyone approaches me about engine swapping, I really encourage them to consider this engine upgrade. The only downside, it leaves the owner with the stock transmission/final ratio and no easy upgrade. Somebody needs to come up with a 1725 - T5 swap. On paper, it looks easy enough. But everything is easy when you don't know what your talking about.

    Bill
     
  4. jdoclogan

    jdoclogan Platinum Level Sponsor

    I just read that Frank Pisano closed Venolia pistons last year.
     
  5. Tom H

    Tom H Platinum Level Sponsor

    Bummer. They were very easy to do business with. I assume there are other similar manufacturers.
     
  6. spmdr

    spmdr Donation Time

    I have dealt with several piston manufactures over the decades (Tiger engines), J&E, Ross, SRP and CP.

    But I have not used enough pistons to be a "Dealer".

    But at this point, it looks like I may be talking to piston manufactures again...

    I'm thinking Ross.

    Time for a new Thread: Best Alpine custom piston manufacture ?

    DW
     

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