New 454cu in engine block: World Products launches formidable Windsor-style competitor

New 454cu in engine block: World Products launches formidable Windsor-style competitor

By Alfie Bilk: 

00-Dick&FordBlock Introducing a new engine block with big power potential, understandably, gives rise to a sense of occasion.

First, consider the time and treasure invested in its creation. Also, consider the enormity of the engineering details and the designer who tirelessly examined hundreds of complex regions of the new casting. It’s an endeavor not for the faint of heart.

But its culmination is exactly what we observed at the end of 2014 when, during the PRI exhibition in Indianapolis, World Products unveiled two innovative Ford-based blocks. Both defined as small-blocks they are distinguished mainly by their deck heights: one measures 8.2in., the other 9.5in.

The 9.5 version displayed in finished form sported a displacement of 454cu in (7.4L), exhibited a host of advantages, and echoed the biggest engine news of the show. It is called Man O’ War.

The Man O’ War block had existed previously, but when World Products was sold in late 2012 the new owners decided to entirely revise it. Now graced by new architecture and the brainchild of World’s Engineering Director, Dick Boyer, it accommodates the original 10-bolt cylinder heads as well as the latest aftermarket high-performance 18-bolt counterparts. Introducing six head bolts per cylinder combined with extra thick decks greatly reinforces gasket clamping. But its sporting credentials didn’t end there.

Devoted to the idea that the new engine should be the strongest and most rugged, Boyer, an accomplished race engine builder and tuner, cast the new power unit in a 40,000psi iron alloy. He also increased the thickness of the main bearing webs, upgrading the front one by adding 0.080in and the center three by 0.030in. To increase the main web structure further, the traditional 1/2in main cap fasteners were revised to 7/16in, leaving more material in the webs.

World Products recently announced two new Ford-based engine blocks at the PRI show. One features an 8.2in deck height, a 302 replacement, the other 9.5in which accepts all 351 Windsor-style components, including OEM cylinder heads and exhaust systems.

World Products recently announced two new Ford-based engine blocks. One features an 8.2in deck height (302 replacement) the other 9.5in which accepts all 351 Windsor-style components, including OEM cylinder heads and exhaust systems.

Both 8.2in and 9.5in blocks adopt Siamese cylinder bores with thick walls that can be bored to 4.200 inches and extra thick decks with six head bolts per cylinder for secure gasket clamping.

Both 8.2in and 9.5in blocks adopt Siamese cylinder bores with thick walls that can be bored to 4.200 inches and extra thick decks with six head bolts per cylinder for secure gasket clamping.

Both engine blocks are substantially upgraded, using 40,000psi cast iron alloy. They also feature thicker main webs and longer cylinder barrels that extend into the crankcase by 0.500in. These present better piston support with long-stroke crankshafts.

Both engine blocks are substantially upgraded, using 40,000psi cast iron alloy. They also feature thicker main webs and long cylinder barrels that extend into the crankcase by 1/2in. These have better piston support with long-stroke crankshafts.

The 8.2in deck block has clearance for a 3.500in stroke crank and the 9.5in block for a 4.250in crank. Billet steel or nodular iron main caps are provided. These feature a splayed 4-bolt layout with dowels and stepped registers and ARP fasteners.

The 8.2in deck block has clearance for a 3.500in stroke crank and the 9.5in block for a 4.250in crank. Billet steel or nodular iron main caps are provided. These feature splayed 4-bolt layout with dowels & stepped registers and ARP fasteners.

Designer Dick Boyer with latest Ford-based Man O’ War engine; it’s equipped with priority-mains oiling for reliable lubrication at high rpm. It also features larger diameter oil galleries to reduce restrictions.

Designer Dick Boyer with latest Ford-based Man O’ War engine; it’s equipped with priority-mains oiling for reliable lubrication at high rpm. It also features larger diameter oil galleries to reduce restrictions.

The perceptive Boyer not only ensured the engine would accommodate many off-the-shelf parts, but also made available a complete package, if desired.

Boyer not only ensured the engine would accommodate many off-the-shelf parts, but also made available a complete package, if desired.

A replacement for both Ford’s 302 and the ubiquitous Windsor motor, World’s new block is therefore available in two deck heights 8.200in and 9.500in respectively. Deck heights have a direct bearing on the engine’s capacity. Shorter deck heights limit the stroke length and hence the engine’s cubic inch displacement.

The 8.200in block is a direct replacement for 5.0L Mustangs and is compati­ble with OEM heads and exhaust systems. The 9.500in block works with all 351 Windsor-style components. Both employ Siamese cylinder bores with thick walls, which can be bored to 4.200in.

Much to the blocks’ credit, the bottom of the cylinder barrels are extended down into the crankcase by 0.500in. This approach introduces superior piston support while operating with long-stroke crankshafts. In the case of the 8.200in deck blocks, clearance is provided for a 3.500in stroke crank while the 9.500in deck blocks accommodate a 4.250in stroke crank.

Either billet steel or nodular iron main caps are fitted. Featuring a splayed 4-bolt stepped and doweled register they incorporate ARP fasteners (bolts are used with the nodular caps, studs with the billet caps). In addition, priority-mains oiling system is featured, which delivers oil to the main bearings first, ensuring reliable lubrication at high rpm. To further improve main bearing lubrication prospects, the inadequacy of restrictive oil flow was overcome by enlarging the diameter of the main oil gallery and also the passage from the oil filter to the main gallery.

But perhaps Boyer’s real stroke of genius lies not only in combining 4.125in bore with 4.250in stroke, ensuring the engine would accommodate many off-the-shelf parts, but also in making it available as a complete package, if desired.

An entire kit of compatible components engineered and tested and proven simplifies construction, shortens build time and suppresses rising costs. Pushrods, for example, are supplied to the exact length and specification—so is everything else.

Introduced in 1962 by Ford as their engine replacement for the Y-block, the rated power and torque values of the early Windsor were stated as 145hp at 4,400rpm and 216lb ft at 2,200rpm. As it evolved over the next 40 years it, arguably, became Ford’s most successful competition engine. Now revitalized for 2015 in 454cu in configuration, Boyer has brought a fresh engineering richness to the concept. By combining the new block with World’s standard kit of parts, he generated 735hp during preliminary tests.

Finally, the blocks are semi-finished to 0.005in undersize to accommodate 4in and 4.125in piston and ring packs. Part numbers and details are as follows:

087010 – 8.200″ deck, 3.995″ bore, Nodular 4-bolt caps

087020 – 8.200″ deck, 4.120″ bore, Nodular 4-bolt caps

087072 – 9.500″ deck, 3.995″ bore, Nodular 4-bolt caps

087082 – 9.500″ deck, 4.120″ bore, Nodular 4-bolt caps

087110 – 8.200″ deck, 3.995″ bore, Billet 4-bolt caps

087120 – 8.200″ deck, 4.120″ bore, Billet 4-bolt caps

087172 – 9.500″ deck, 3.995″ bore, Billet 4-bolt caps

087182 – 9.500″ deck, 4.120″ bore, Billet 4-bolt caps

Source:

World Products
(877) 630-6651
www.WorldProducts.net

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