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    Coolness!
    alan

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    one down!
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    That must be the coolest episode of "How It's Made" I've ever seen. I can't wait to see it after the machine shop is done with it!

    Congratulations on the massive first step.

    Devon
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    AHHH!! they have flicker blocked at work!!
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    sweeeeet



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    Kind of ugly at first but beautiful in another way Looks like the real deal is almost here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Kitchen View Post
    Question for TA:

    On the raised cam blocks, will you be making a special front timing cover with a raised distributor pad, or a shorter distributor? Or maybe you have a new idea!!

    Looking forward to it!
    Good question Jeff. I would assume you could just shim up your regular distributor. Maybe just a thicker gasket?


    Sweet pix Mike. Wow, this is going to make alot of guys very happy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlivingd View Post
    AHHH!! they have flicker blocked at work!!
    Sorry about that there are quite a few photo's and I didn't want to have to shrink them and lower the quality to get them uploaded into a post.
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    Quote: "I would love to use the TA Aluminum 455 block and a set of TA Stage 2 TE heads to build a 700 CI engine
    that looks stock, idles smooth and makes enough torque to stop the rotation of the earth"

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    The raised cam will not use a timing cover at this time. We plan on building a belt drive system for it. We feel the production numbers at this time will not be high enough to warrant the cost of doing a new timing cover. We would also need to make a different core box for the front of the cylinder block to raise the upper timing cover gasket surface.
    Mike Tomaszewski
    TA Performance Products Inc.
    www.taperformance.com
    480-922-6807

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    OMG!!! That is AWESOME!!! Next stop, machine shop... VERY COOL!!!!

    Michael
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    MIKE

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    very nice piece. Now you may not want to say it but is this block going to be machined or is it going in for destructive testing no not that kind of destructive testing but to check out the casting internally.

    nate
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    Hey Mike snr,

    Are you able to throw in one of those with the stg2 TE heads I ordered on thursday
    That is goin to look bitchin when machined up

    Royden

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    TA 4551 455 Buick Aluminum Cylinder Block, Raised Cam Height .................. $6,900.00

    How much stroke will fit in this block comfortably with steel rods?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10sec 455 View Post
    TA 4551 455 Buick Aluminum Cylinder Block, Raised Cam Height .................. $6,900.00

    How much stroke will fit in this block comfortably with steel rods?
    Try calling the shop and asking or I can find out when I get home later.
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    Quote: "I would love to use the TA Aluminum 455 block and a set of TA Stage 2 TE heads to build a 700 CI engine
    that looks stock, idles smooth and makes enough torque to stop the rotation of the earth"

    Michael Tomaszewski Jr.
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    On the contrary, I believe it will be VERY well received, and will open a new chapter of what can be done next.

    Guess what...there will have to be some new cylinder head and induction/exhaust R&D to keep up with what a new block can handle...sounds pretty exciting to me!

    Devon
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    Heheh.. Come to The ShakeDown at E-town in October.. Look in their trailers. You'll see 2 or 3 100,000k motors sittiing on the floor.
    David


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    This is what is in the catalog atm:

    TA Performance is proud to introduce our new, all aluminum 455 Buick engine block! This block has been specifically designed for every engine build imaginable. There are three versions of the TA aluminum 455 block available, a stock replacement version, a raised cam version, and a raised cam, tall deck version. Each block has been designed to use every big block head available, from stock iron heads to our Stage 1 through 4 heads. All available big block intake manifolds will still fit on the stock and street/strip block, however a new intake manifold will be required when using the race version of the TA 455 block due to the increased deck height.

    Differences between the blocks:
    • Stock block has standard mains, cam, cam height, 10.570” deck height that can be lowered to 10.200”
    • Raised cam block has 2.75” or 3” mains and uses a 54mm Ford cam bearing, cam has been raised 1.035” to 6.080” to allow for longer pushrods & larger strokes, 10.570” deck height that can be lowered to 10.200”
    • Raised cam, tall deck block has 2.75” or 3” mains and uses a 54mm Ford cam bearing, cam has been raised 1.035” to 6.080”, tall deck height of 11.700” that can be lowered to 11.200”. This block will allow strokes up to 5.750”
    All blocks have:
    • Up to a 4.500” bore (starts at 4.310”)
    • 6 bolt head pattern around the bores
    • Pickup tube has been relocated towards the front
    • Dry sump IN provisions at the front and rear
    • Priority oiling (mains get oiled first)
    • Valve train oil restriction provisions at the top rear
    • 4 bolt mains, center studs are 9/16” dia and splayed studs are 1/2”dia
    • Dual bell housing bolt pattern to fit Chevrolet, B.O.P and newer GM type transmissions
    • Added Material for strength throughout the block
    • Extremely lightweight yet stronger compared to an iron block
    • Lifter bores can be remachined for key slot type lifters
    Part Nos.
    TA 4550 455 Buick Aluminum Cylinder Block, Standard Cam Height ............... $5,900.00
    TA 4551 455 Buick Aluminum Cylinder Block, Raised Cam Height .................. $6,900.00
    TA 4552 455 Buick Aluminum Cylinder Block, Raised Cam, Tall Deck .............. $7,500.00
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    Quote: "I would love to use the TA Aluminum 455 block and a set of TA Stage 2 TE heads to build a 700 CI engine
    that looks stock, idles smooth and makes enough torque to stop the rotation of the earth"

    Michael Tomaszewski Jr.
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    I sent in my deposit this week for a standard cam version. I've been waiting for this for a long time.
    Doug Hecker
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    Thank you TA and all involved, even if I never buy one of these things it's still nice to know that passion and successful business practices can both survive together.

    Devon
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    Quote Originally Posted by stagetwo65 View Post
    I sent in my deposit this week for a standard cam version. I've been waiting for this for a long time.
    Woo.

    Just so everyone knows we are taking deposits for a block. Be one if the first to own one of these, its a great milestone for us all; the Buick community.
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    Quote: "I would love to use the TA Aluminum 455 block and a set of TA Stage 2 TE heads to build a 700 CI engine
    that looks stock, idles smooth and makes enough torque to stop the rotation of the earth"

    Michael Tomaszewski Jr.
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    for the less math inclined? 4.500" bore x 5.750" stroke is a whopping 731.60 cubic inches. i think you just blew the GM factory 572 out of the water.

    y'all better hop to designing some monster heads and intakes for these bad boys.


    BTW, posted to Buicks.net / TeamBuick.com.

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    I bellieve they have some "indian" type heads in the works as well. They will be plenty big enough.
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    I bellieve they have some "indian" type heads in the works as well.

    yeah, i know.

    and the faster they get them out of the way the faster they can get to the really important stuff like Rover and 350 heads.

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    Any pics of the machined block? I need a new screen saver.
    Wish I had Back:
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    70 GS455 SCO Convert.
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    87 GN Least optioned

 

 
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