Classic Car Restoration – Porting Heads for Power – TV Segment

This segment is from automotive author Jim Richardson’s video , “How To Port Cylinder Heads for More Power.” Here Jim describes how to do port matching.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Classic Car expert Jim Richardson shows how to restore stainless steel trim. From the TV series Classic Car Garage.

10 Comments/Reviews

  • ccgtvonline says:

    The combination of blueing and the metal scribe will more accurately trace the gasket then will a felt tip pen because you can get right to the edge of the gasket to trace that line. Usually a marker, even a fine line one, will not allow the kind of accurate line definition you need while sanding or grinding the ports.

  • mine1username says:

    I like his methods here. I do take things one step further though by getting a couple of “slave” head gaskets with the same crushed thickness as whats going to end up on the motor. I then bolt them on and put some slave intake gaskets of the same type being used, and torque the intake down. I trace the outside (top) surface along the intake outline around the entire manifold. Then you can take it all apart and you’ll know exactly how and where the intake gaskets will be positioned.

  • ccgtvonline says:

    The video is designed for beginners. As such Jim recommends this combination until one becomes more familiar with the process. Better to take one’s time then to ruin a good set of heads because of aggressive porting.
    Also, this is only a portion of the video, the rest of the video goes into pocket porting, head matching and several other topics.

  • Stickman53fe says:

    80 grit and 50 PSI takes way too damn long. Other than that, not bad. should have gone into short side radius and bowl work though. Getting rid of slag and port matching doesn’t do that much. The bowl work and the radius is where there power is.

  • TunedPortZ28 says:

    I am bout to port a set of 416 heads for my 5.0L 305 ci TPI camaro and I am wondering if there is any way to properly measure RPM so I can get the desired 10,000-12,000 RPM out of my grinder? I am using a 2.5hp air compressor with a 45gal. tank and a Harbor Freight cheap grinder.

  • LittleMan00707 says:

    Hi, I am rebuilding my first engine. Just off knowledge from when I was younger and grew up around it to tv shows and internet searching. I am rebuilding my 4.3lt V6. Is this something that is easy to do other then taking your time? Any other things I can do myself to save money?

  • BAROUETTE69 says:

    i can see clearly that is still dents on it and it doesn’t looks like new, like he said

  • ccgtvonline says:

    It’s the same piece. However, Jim spent a good deal of time getting it to that point. The purpose of the video is to show the techniques and steps involved to restore trim pieces. With practice and much patience, you can get it to look almost new.

  • SongbirdSurvival says:

    “…and to save myself some time on the buffing I’m just going to swap to an undamaged trim during the camera cut.”
    Also I used emery cloth not sandpaper….

  • MrScaredshiftless says:

    Check out Papa dent. Nice tool to get out small dents and dings from stainless trim.

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