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Book - Musclecar & Hi-Po Engines-Chevy 348 & 409

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Whether you're a diehard Chevy enthusiast or a nostalgia buff who wants something different in your street rod, this book offers great information on the legendary 348 and 409 V8 engines. It includes a complete history and details on modifying these engines for performance and racing. 100 pages.

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Offenhauser 5042 348/409 Chevy Finned Aluminum Valve Covers
(Part #5605042)
                        

By Offenhauser. These rugged, cast aluminum Offy valve covers give classic good looks to lots of Hot Rod power plants! Fits 1958-1966 Chevrolet 348 or 409 "W-block" engines in both passenger cars and trucks.

The sides, ends and fins have all received the "polisher's touch".

NOTE:   The mounting holes of all Offenhauser valve covers are drilled standard and to factory specifications. Sometimes variations in the heads may require a slight enlarging of the holes.

348-409 Chevy Mag-Look Electronic Distributors
(Part #91015260)
                        

If you don't want a magneto, but love the looks, get one of these electronic distributors! These fully self-contained 6061-T6 billet aluminum distributors feature full centrifugal advance for ease of starting along with 2-wire hook-up that anyone can handle. All modern electronics, including a special 2.5 Amp coil, give you a "State-of-the-Art" ignition system. Has a 3-1/2" diameter. Will work with multi-spark ignitions (such as MSD 6AL).

  • For 1958-1965 348/409 Chevy W-Series V8
  • Precision 6061-T6 billet aluminum housing
  • The popular Joe Hunt Magneto look
  • Unique advance mechanism
  • Totally self contained unit with two wire power connection
  • Special coil rated at 2.5 Amps - out performs most others
  • Constant voltage throughout the entire R.P.M. range
Plain Aluminum 348/409 Big Block Chevy Water Pump, Mechanical, Short
(Part #91015563)
                        

If you are spending the money to build a 348 or 409 Chevy engine you had just as well put a high performance aluminum water pump on it. Threaded on top for heater hose fitting. Barbed hose fitting included. Comes with gaskets.

  • Threaded on top for heater hose fitting
  • Barbed hose fitting included
  • Comes with gaskets
  • Plain aluminum finish
Edelbrock 60819 348/409 Chevy Aluminum Cylinder Head
(Part #32560819)
                        

These heads are for your '61-'65 348-409 W-Series Chevy engine. They weigh about half what a cast iron head does and are bolt-on. The 220cc intake and 90cc exhaust runners with 2.19" intake and 1.72" exhaust valves will give you a big increase in performance. They are a great match for the large port intakes and are shipped assembled.

They can be used on 348 engines if limited to a .550" lift. 

325-60819 Instructions  (PDF)


Edelbrock 5408 348/409 Dual Quad Intake Manifold, Small Port
(Part #3255408)
                        

Performer RPM Dual-Quad intake manifolds are designed to fit 1958-1965 Chevrolet 348/409 "W" Series engines. These manifolds deliver performance improvements in the 1500-6500 rpm range with Edelbrock Performer Series dual-quad carburetors, and they accept Edelbrock dual-quad accessories including fuel lines, throttle linkage, and air cleaners.

Includes oil fill tube (not installed) and matching push-in breather cap. Use with dual quad linkage and fuel line at right. Carb center-to-center measurement is 6-7/16".

325-5408 Instructions (PDF)

Edelbrock 7158 Performer RPM Chevy 348/409 Intake Manifold, Small Port
(Part #3257158)
                        

The Performer RPM W-Series intake manifolds are designed to fit 1958-1965 Chevrolet 348/409 "W-Series" big-block engines. Two versions are available; one for small-port cast iron heads and the other for factory large port heads. They both deliver improved performance in the mid to high rpm range (1500-6500 rpm) when combined with an Edelbrock Performer carburetor. Both also feature a front mounted oil fill tube for those who want the nostalgic look of Edelbrock's Classic series valve covers with no breathers.

2.06" x 1.15" Port Exit

Includes chrome oil fill tube (not installed) and matching push-in breather cap. For square-bore carburetors only.

Best Gasket RS506G 1958-61 Chevy 348/409 Gasket Set
(Part #910RS506G)
                        

You won't get very far rebuilding that W-Series engine if you don't have a gasket set. These modern, 100% complete gasket sets are a great solution to old sealing problems. They feature a GraphTite cylinder head gasket which consists of Kevlar reinforced graphite facing material mechanically bonded to both sides of a perforated steel core. This modern engineered, high-performance material is rated to a temperature of 1400° F. Steel fire rings are installed in the combustion chamber areas of the gasket.

GraphTite head gaskets have superb sealing characteristics, excellent torque retention, and hold up to the punishment dished out by high-performance engines – high quality all the way. This gasket might be overkill for cruiser engines, but so what...extra performance never hurts!

Gasket Kit Contents (Link)

Best Gasket RS638G-1 1962-65 Chevy 409 HP Gasket Set
(Part #910RS638G1)
                        

You won't get very far rebuilding that W-Series engine if you don't have a gasket set. These modern, 100% complete gasket sets are a great solution to old sealing problems. They feature a GraphTite cylinder head gasket which consists of Kevlar reinforced graphite facing material mechanically bonded to both sides of a perforated steel core. This modern engineered, high-performance material is rated to a temperature of 1400° F. Steel fire rings are installed in the combustion chamber areas of the gasket.

GraphTite head gaskets have superb sealing characteristics, excellent torque retention, and hold up to the punishment dished out by high-performance engines – high quality all the way. This gasket might be overkill for cruiser engines, but so what...extra performance never hurts!

Gasket Kit Contents (Link)

Best Gasket RS638G 1961-65 Chevy 409 Except HP Gasket Set
(Part #910RS638G)
                        

You won't get very far rebuilding that W-Series engine if you don't have a gasket set. These modern, 100% complete gasket sets are a great solution to old sealing problems. They feature a GraphTite cylinder head gasket which consists of Kevlar reinforced graphite facing material mechanically bonded to both sides of a perforated steel core. This modern engineered, high-performance material is rated to a temperature of 1400° F. Steel fire rings are installed in the combustion chamber areas of the gasket.

GraphTite head gaskets have superb sealing characteristics, excellent torque retention, and hold up to the punishment dished out by high-performance engines – high quality all the way. This gasket might be overkill for cruiser engines, but so what...extra performance never hurts!

Gasket Kit Contents (Link)

Chevy 348/409 Finned Aluminum Valve Covers, Polishd
(Part #5721002)
                        

W-Series 348 and 409 Chevys just cry out for a set of finned aluminum valve covers. Their unique shape and classic appeal will be the focal point of your hot rod. These valve covers feature raised CHEVROLET script and fins, strong sand-cast aluminum construction, thick walls and gasket flanges that will not bend when bolts are tightened.

  • Strong sand-cast aluminum construction
  • Thick side walls and gasket flanges that will not bend when bolts are tightened
  • Polished finish
  • Mounting hardware included
  • Uses stock gaskets (not included)
     
COMP Cams 48-600-5 Thumpr Cam, Chevy 348/409, 2000-5800 RPM
(Part #282486005)
                        

These COMP Cams Thumpr cams will make your 1958-1965 Chevy 348 or 409 wake up and sound nasty. Thumpr cams have a long exhaust duration and other grind characteristics to produce a powerful, hard-hitting exhaust note. Lifters sold separately.

High performance street, stock converter ok, best with 2000+ converter and gears. Choppy/thumping idle.

Thumpr Cam Spec Chart (GIF)

Edelbrock 2067 RPM Dual-Quad Manifold Carb Kit for 348/409 W-Series Chevy
(Part #3252067)
                        

This RPM Dual-Quad Manifold and Carb Kit from Edelbrock is just what you need for your 348/409 "W-Series" Chevy. These offer the ultimate setup for anyone that wants the look and the performance of dual-quad carbs. These kits include a high-tech throttle linkage, Russel fuel inlet and high quality intake gaskets from Edelbrock for a simple installation. This manifold and carb kit comes in an Satin finish.

  • For 348/409 "W-Series" Chevy, Small Port
  • High-tech throttle linkage
  • Includes Oil Filler Tube with matching breather cap
  • Satin Finish
  • Sold as Kit

Kit includes:

  • Intake Manifold (3255408)
  • Electric Carburetor (3251803)
  • Manual Carburetor (3251804)
  • Throttle Linkage (3257094)
  • Fuel Line (3258091)
  • Intake Gaskets (7242)
  • Intake Bolt Kit (8509)
  • Carburetor Stud Kit (8008)
Multiple Carburetor Tech Tip (Link)
Edelbrock 2069 RPM Dual-Quad Manifold Carb Kit for 348/409 W-Series Large Port
(Part #3252069)
                        

This RPM Dual-Quad Manifold and Carb Kit from Edelbrock is just what you need for your 348/409 "W-Series" Chevy, Large Port (for use with Edelbrock heads). These offer the ultimate setup for anyone that wants the look and the performance of dual-quad carbs. These kits include a high-tech throttle linkage, Russel fuel inlet and high quality intake gaskets from Edelbrock for a simple installation. This manifold and carb kit comes in a standard satin finish.

  • For 348/409 "W-Series" Chevy, Large Port (for use with Edelbrock heads)
  • Includes Oil Filler Tube with matching breather cap
  • High-tech throttle linkage
  • Satin Finish
  • Sold as Kit

Kit includes:

  • Intake Manifold (3255409)
  • Electric Carburetor (3251803)
  • Manual Carburetor (3251804)
  • Throttle Linkage (3257094)
  • Fuel Line (3258091)
  • Intake Gaskets (7240)
  • Intake Bolt Kit (8509)
  • Carburetor Stud Kit (8008)
Multiple Carburetor Tech Tip (Link)
Edelbrock 20674 RPM Dual-Quad Manifold Carb Kit for 348/409 W-Series Chevy
(Part #32520674)
                        

This RPM Dual-Quad Manifold and Carb Kit from Edelbrock is just what you need for your 348/409 "W-Series" Chevy. These offer the ultimate setup for anyone that wants the look and the performance of dual-quad carbs. These kits include a high-tech throttle linkage, Russel fuel inlet and high quality intake gaskets from Edelbrock for a simple installation. This manifold and carb kit comes in an EnduraShine finish.

  • For 348/409 "W-Series" Chevy, Small Port
  • High-tech throttle linkage
  • Includes Oil Filler Tube with matching breather cap
  • EnduraShine Finish
  • Sold as Kit

Kit includes:

  • Intake Manifold (54084)
  • Electric Carburetor (32518034)
  • Manual Carburetor (32518044)
  • Throttle Linkage (3257094)
  • Fuel Line (3258091)
  • Intake Gaskets (7242)
  • Intake Bolt Kit (8509)
  • Carburetor Stud Kit (8008)
Multiple Carburetor Tech Tip (Link)
Edelbrock 20694 RPM Dual-Quad Manifold Carb Kit for 348/409 W-Series Large Port
(Part #32520694)
                        

This RPM Dual-Quad Manifold and Carb Kit from Edelbrock is just what you need for your 348/409 "W-Series" Chevy, Large Port (for use with Edelbrock heads). These offer the ultimate setup for anyone that wants the look and the performance of dual-quad carbs. These kits include a high-tech throttle linkage, Russel fuel inlet and high quality intake gaskets from Edelbrock for a simple installation. This manifold and carb kit comes in an EnduraShine finish.

  • For 348/409 "W-Series" Chevy, Large Port (for use with Edelbrock heads)
  • Includes Oil Filler Tube with matching breather cap
  • High-tech throttle linkage
  • EnduraShine Finish
  • Sold as Kit

Kit includes:

  • Intake Manifold (54094)
  • Electric Carburetor (32518034)
  • Manual Carburetor (32518044)
  • Throttle Linkage (3257094)
  • Fuel Line (3258091)
  • Intake Gaskets (7240)
  • Intake Bolt Kit (8509)
  • Carburetor Stud Kit (8008)
Multiple Carburetor Tech Tip (Link)
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Book/Manual - How to Rebuild & Modify Chevy 348/409 Engines
(Part #28178210)
                        Chevy's W-series 348 and later the 409 became  legends on the street, and in particular the 409 also became a legend on  the track. In the early 1960s, these engines powered a variety of GM  vehicles and the Z11 Impalas at the drag strip. Recently, the 348s and  409s have enjoyed a high-performance renaissance and many speed  manufacturers are making heads, blocks, and virtually every part for  these engines.
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