The 2008 Amsoil/Mopar Muscle Engine Challenge - Cedarstrand Racing Engines
Cederstrand Racing Engines Places Fourth
From the June, 2009 issue of Mopar Muscle
By Dave Young
Photography by Courtesy of Cederstrand Racing Engines, Dave Young, Randy Bolig
August Cederstrand of Cederstrand...
August Cederstrand of Cederstrand Racing Engines built a powerful 440 for this year's contest. At more than 670 hp and 573 lb/ft of torque, the Cederstrand entry placed a strong fourth in our dyno Challenge.
When deciding what engine to feature in this year's Amsoil/Mopar Muscle engine challenge, we figured that with tough economic times affecting most of us, we'd choose the Mopar engine that would logically give the most bang for the buck, the 440. As the largest displacement V-8 engine ever produced by Chrysler, the 440 was standard equipment in various platforms including muscle cars, trucks, and many C-bodies. Since the 440 packs a mean punch stock and responds well to modifications, we decided it would be fun to see how much power professional engine builders could make with this potent V-8.
This year, our rules restricted all the engine builders to a .060-inch maximum overbore 440, and they all had to use the same Indy SR cylinder heads, steel connecting rods, and run on Rockett Brand 93 octane pump fuel. Otherwise, anything other than weld or epoxy modifying the heads or block was fair game. Engine builder August Cederstrand of Cederstrand Racing Engines built an impressive 440 for our 2008 Engine Challenge, making more than 670 hp and 573 lb/ft of torque to capture fourth place in our contest. This month we'll go inside the Cederstrand Racing Engines entry and see just how they did it.
Engine builder August Cederstrand...
Engine builder August Cederstrand of Cederstrand Racing engines brought a powerful and reliable 440 to our contest, easily tuning his engine to 670.9 hp and 573.1 lb/ft of torque for a combined score of 1244.
To build a 440 that would make great power and be durable enough to last for multiple dyno pulls, August says he decided to use nothing but top quality parts for this engine. Stating that the entire engine is only as good as its weakest part, August relied on quality parts, accurate machining and assembly techniques, and a well thought out combination to give him an advantage in this year's contest. Having been dyno tuned prior to arriving at Comp, this engine needed only minor ignition timing and valve lash changes to produce killer horsepower and torque. During the scored dyno pulls, August pulled out all the stops by adding velocity stacks and cooling the intake manifold with electric parts cleaner for maximum power. Follow along as we go inside the Cederstrand Racing Engines entry to find out just what combination of parts and techniques were used to capture fourth place in a very close contest.
While on the dyno at Comp...
While on the dyno at Comp Cams' Memphis facility, August efficiently tuned his engine by making ignition timing and valve lash changes to optimize power.
Knowing the 440 Mopar block is one of the toughest factory blocks ever produced, Cederstrand Racing Engines chose a seasoned '71 block for their build. As a clean factory block, August chose to sacrifice a few cubic inches and only bore it .030 inch oversize to save the block for future builds. After boring the block, it was honed with torque plates and fitted with tough Milodon ductile iron main caps and Milodon main studs, then treated to new freeze plugs and painted inside and out. To fill the block, August chose a factory forged steel crankshaft, which was turned .010 inch undersize, and matched the crank with a set of Ross forged flat-top pistons and Oliver forged I-beam connecting rods. The entire rotating assembly was balanced to within 1/2 gram. Clevite full-grove main bearings and coated rod bearings were utilized, and Total Seal rings with a gapless top and Napier second ring were used to seal the combustion chamber. To ensure proper oiling, a Milodon PN30931 single external pan and oiling system was used with a Melling high volume oil pump. To further reduce windage, a Milodon "top fuel" style windage tray and NAPA high volume oil filter were utilized.
With a tunnel-ram intake and...
With a tunnel-ram intake and dual quad carburetion, this 440 certainly has intimidating looks. On Comp's dyno, the Cederstrand Racing 440's numbers backed up its appearance.
To top this solid short-block, Cederstrand Racing Engines was required to use the same Indy SR aluminum cylinder heads as the rest of the field. Starting with Indy's CNC ported castings, August installed S.I. Silverline stainless steel racing valves with undercut stems and performed a full-radius valve job before hand-lapping the valves. Isky PN 9357 double valvesprings were used to control the action of the .728-inch lift, 260-degree duration at .050-inch lift, Comp custom ground solid roller camshaft. T&D 1.6 ratio roller rocker arms were used for their durability and ratio accuracy, and the rocker shafts were shimmed .030 inch for perfect valvetrain geometry. Manley 3/8-inch chrome-moly pushrods with a 7.65-inch overall length were used to actuate the rockers. To spin the camshaft, August chose an accurate Milodon gear drive instead of the conventional double-roller timing chain and gears, stating that for valvetrain accuracy and durability, nothing beats a gear drive.
As a foundation for their...
As a foundation for their 440, Cederstrand Racing Engines utilized a factory '71 440 engine block.
Topping this combination, August chose Indy's tunnel-ram aluminum intake manifold with a pair of 650-cfm Holley HP series carburetors. The intake was port matched in house, and Magnaflow anti-reversion plates were installed before bolting the carbs on. To light the fires, an MSD Pro-billet distributor and MSD 8.5mm race wires routed the spark to the NGK platinum race plugs. Like most of our competitors, August says there's no one part or technique that helped him build such a powerful 440, but rather a well thought out combination of parts and techniques that helped his engine achieve its impressive power numbers. At over 670 hp, this is one bad 440 and would be fun in any street car or bracket racer. We congratulate Cederstrand Racing Engines for placing fourth in their inaugural Engine Challenge and wish August success with his new business.
|Indy Cylinder Head||Chenoweth Speed and Machine|
|Indianapolis, IN 46239||Morton, IL, 61550|
|Schurbon Engine and Machine||Cederstrand Racing Engines|
|Maquoketa, IA, 52060||Brea, CA, 92821|
|JMS Racing Engines||Promax|
|El Monte, CA, 91732||Indianapolis, IN 46222|
|JD Engine and Machine|
|Columbia, MO, 65203|
Since this is a stock stroke...
Since this is a stock stroke 440, Cederstrand chose a factory forged steel crankshaft in their engine.
To keep this 440 properly...
To keep this 440 properly lubricated, Cederstrand installed a Milodon single-line external oiling system combined with a Melling high-volume oil pump. This is one of the best setups available for the big-block Mopar and will easily handle oiling duties up to 7,000 rpm and beyond.
To beef up the factory block,...
To beef up the factory block, Milodon main caps, studs, and hardware were used throughout.
To further reduce power-robbing...
To further reduce power-robbing windage, a Milodon "top fuel" style windage tray was modified slightly, and then sandwiched between the block and oil pan. A large capacity oil filter also helped reduce windage by keeping oil out of the crankcase.
6.76-inch Oliver forged connecting...
6.76-inch Oliver forged connecting rods were combined with Ross PN 99539 forged pistons to complete the rotating assembly, and the assembly was balanced to within 1/2 gram.
Diamond flat-top forged pistons...
Diamond flat-top forged pistons were treated to special coating on the piston tops and installed to achieve a compression ratio of eleven to one.
Cederstrand Racing Engines...
Cederstrand Racing Engines used the same Indy SR heads as the rest of the competitors, and treated the combustion chambers and exhaust ports to a thermal barrier coating.
Total seal rings, with a gapless...
Total seal rings, with a gapless top ring, Napier second ring, and low-tension oil rings were used to seal the pistons in the cylinders.
S.I. stainless steel valves...
S.I. stainless steel valves were utilized and treated to the same thermal barrier coating as the cylinder heads.
T&D roller rocker arms were...
T&D roller rocker arms were used and shimmed .030 inch off of the rocker stands for proper valvetrain geometry. Requiring the use of ball-ball pushrods, these are some of the toughest, most accurate rockers on the market for a big-block Mopar.
Cederstrand port-matched the...
Cederstrand port-matched the intake to the cylinder heads for a smooth transition at the intake port, then topped his tunnel-ram with a pair of modified Holley HP series 650-cfm carburetors.
For his last judged pull,...
For his last judged pull, August sprayed his intake with electronic parts cleaner to cool it down, netting a slight gain in power. The NHRA outlawed this practice in Pro Stock racing, so there must be something to it.
Since our contest factors...
Since our contest factors peak power and torque, Cederstrand used an Indy tunnel-ram intake manifold, giving his engine the potential to make better peak numbers than if he'd used a conventional single-plane intake.
By using underdrive pulleys,...
By using underdrive pulleys, less power is used to spin the water pump so more power is available at the crankshaft.
Like many high-performance...
Like many high-performance engine shops, Cederstrand Racing Engines is a family run business. August states that without the help and support of his family (his sister and mother attended the dyno challenge with him), he couldn't have accomplished his fourth place finish in our contest.