Pontiac 400 428 455ci Street Crate Engines

Pontiac 400 428 455ci Street Crate Engines

Bill Cannon, the owner, started racing with his first car, a 1965 GTO 428 4 Speed car in 1976. It has now been upgraded with a full ARC Race Car chrome moly Chrome Strange Strut Front end 7.50 car with tires to match the long killer look the 65 GTO’s had. Moving forward 45 years.

Purchasing 4 axis CNC machining Centers has produced perfection in our abilities to do engines correctly and accurately. A Centroid 4 Axis B4250 block machining center, allows us to be as good as any and better than most that can build Pontiac engines. 40 years of Pontiac work qualifies us as one of the best places to purchase your re-manufactured or Brand New Pontiac street or strip engine.

The block starts with a general check over for any signs of cracks or damage that disqualifies the block, all threads are chased, then it gets to be boiled for 8 hours to remove all debris from all surfaces then a hot soap and water pressure wash for 30 minutes.

After a second 100% qualification of the block, it is loaded in our Centroid 4 Axis CNC machining center, CNC probed on and in every area of the block to be readied for blue print 4 Axis CNC machining of  bores, deck heights, lifter bore sizes and radial clearance if getting a stroker crank.

The Kaiser boring tool is switch out by the 24 CNC tool changer and the block is rotated to perfect +45° and -45° bank angles over the cam and crank center line being dead on 0°. It is CNC bored on perfect 4.620″ bore centers to .020-.030-.040 or .060 overbore which ever is the smallest to preserve integrity of the block and keep as much metal for cooling.

The boring head is changed over to the CBN 12″ resurfacing tool and we deck the block to perfect 45° bank angles over the crank and cam center line and the block never leaves the machine. It is resurfaced to perfect 45° bank angles with a superior surface to insure no gasket sealing problems ever.

If any of the lifter bores are worn, the machine changes the tool and takes care of the lifter bores with a bronze sleeve or bore all of them out to a perfect lifter center line for a .875″ lifter for correct angles, position and wear.

The block is lastly rotated 180°, the tool is changed out and a radial clearance program is used to open up the block for whatever stroke up to 4.750″ you want for a stroker upgrade to increase CI size you request. The tool is change again and we put our AwesomeEngines® Logo and serial number in the block to insure you that I have done my job correctly and you can identify the block as yours if someone misplaced it in their garage.

The block is removed then honed to final specifications in the CV616 and hot washed again.

Meanwhile on the other side of the shop, the crank shaft is treated to a full inspection and only ground to the proper under size surface finish if not perfect.

We recondition most connecting rods with ARP bolts to perfect specifications.

We internally balance the complete assembly to .5 grams OZ-IN.

Pontiac steel heads are completely reconditioned with upgraded new valve guides and hardened valve seats if needed. A 3° angle valve job for the new intake and exhaust valves, new valve springs, retainers, locks, pc style seals, all set up for your camshaft choice after we resurface the heads with a light clean up pass.

New cam bearings, brass freeze plugs are installed during the complete assembly for a like brand new engine that will make more power and run longer. The now completely professionally assembled engine has its oil pump primed, new spark plugs installed then fully dyno tested and tuned for up to 4 hours to make sure all components are broken in correctly and all engines vitals are perfect. If we do not dyno it we do not sell it.

Why would we? Who can control all aspects of the engine in house so you get a perfect engine broken in properly with the right oil, filter and tuning with a dyno sheet with every aspect of the engines performance as well as all temps, oil pressure and power up to 5000 rpm.  Why would we let you or anyone else do the most important step of an engines critical procedure to any one else with a chance of missing something and damaging the engine and does not have a dyno? We control and inspect every aspect of our engines. We never leave this to the purchaser to have to do because it is just another way of getting out of a problem when you have someone saying the break in procedure was done correctly. Ever heard of “its your fault the engine failed, its not covered”?  We do not do that. Ever watch a Monkey in a Garage? They break engines all the time because they do not have the experience to do the break in correctly then they fix it again.

We then put it on an engine cradle, box it up and send it to you all sealed up with all information, dyno sheet and instructions on what to do and what not to do. It just does not get any better.



  • Pontiac 100% 4 Axis CNC Race Prepped to Perfection Block
  • Brass Freeze Plug Kit
  • Reconditioned Undersized to .010/.010″ Almost Every Time Crank
  • Pontiac Rods Reconditioned to Perfect Specifications
  • Clevite or KING Cam, Main and Rod Bearings Installed
  • OEM Replacement Pistons for Compression Ratio Desired
  • Hastings or Speed Pro Rings
  • OEM Replacement COMPETITION CAMS or ERSON Camshaft
  • OEM Replacement Hydraulic Flat Tappet Lifters
  • MELLING Replacement 3 Piece Timing Kit
  • Reconditioned or New Pontiac Aluminum Timing Cover and Kit
  • Water Pump Inside Plate, Seals and New Stock Water Pump
  • New Damper (we never reuse the old damper)
  • Pontiac Cylinder Heads Completely Freshened
  • New Intake and Exhaust OEM Replacement Correct Valves
  • New Replacement Seals, Springs, Locks and Retainers
  • Complete FEL PRO Performance Engine Gasket Kit
  • COMPETITION CAMS Stock Replacement Push Rods
  • ELGIN Replacement Rocker Arm Kits
  • MELLING M54DS High Pressure Oil Pump and Proper Pickup Tube
  • Pontiac New Oil Pan if Original Pan can not be Used
  • Chrome Stock Valve Covers with Baffle for PCV Installed
  • Edelbrock Performer Intake Manifolds are Available in Options
  • Edelbrock or Holley Carburetors are Available in Options
  • MSD Ready to Run or HEI Ignition Kits are Available in Options
  • AwesomeEngines® (free 48 freight, see race news/engine warranty)

Available Upgrades

428 or 455 ci 3.250″ Main Engine Blocks are Available
+ $ 775.00
MR1 Iron Block with Steel Billet Splayed 4 Bolt Main Caps 100% CNC Race Prepped Block (is Your Absolute Best Choice over Any Upgrades Available!)
+ $2475.00
EAGLE or SCAT 9000 4.250″ Stroker Crank, I Beam Rods, Stroker Keith Black Pistons 10.75:1
+ $ 875.00
CARRILLO, JE, MAHLE, Speed Pro or WISECO Stock or Stroker Pistons
+ $ 675.00
EAGLE or SCAT 4.250″ Internally Balanced 4340 Steel Crank, I Beam Rods and Forged Pistons
+ $1275.00
COMPETITION CAMS Magnum Series Pro Street Sweet Sounding Camshaft
+ $ 145.00
COMPETITION CAMS Hydraulic Roller Camshaft, Lifter, Rockers, Springs, Retainers, HP Push Rod Package (another very good option)
+ $ 975.00
COMPETITION CAMS Roller Tip Rockers for Stock Valve Covers
+ $ 275.00
JESEL or T&D Shaft Rocker System
+ $1175.00
EDELBROCK Performer or Performer RPM Intake Manifold
+ $ 345.00
EDELBROCK, HOLLEY or QFT Series Carburetors with Electric Choke are Available (from)
+ $ 495.00
EDELBROCK RPM 61525 204 cc / 87 cc Aluminum Cylinder Heads Done In House with Our Valve Job
+ $2475.00
Street Heat Complete Ignition System with HEI Distributor, Wires and NGK Spark Plugs
+ $ 375.00
MSD Pro Billet Ready to Run Distributor, Coil, MSD Wires and NGK Spark Plugs
+ $ 675.00
ATI SFI Super Damper, SFI Flexplate and ARP Bolts
+ $575.00
PRW Steel Billet Flywheel Internally Balanced are Available for Manual Transmission Vehicles
+ $ 295.00
SOME Stock Intake and Exhaust Manifolds, OEM Carbs, OEM Point and HEI Distributors, Valve Covers are Available, We have to Check
+ Call

Dyno Tested and Tuned with 87 to 91° Fuel • HP Corrected To Sea Level

Some Components May Be Subject To Change of Equal Value Due To Availability. Free Freight Does Not Apply To This Advertised Item. UPS Truck Freight Shipped To A Commercial Address Or The Nearest UPS Terminal Closest To Your Zip Code For Pickup In The 48 States is How We Ship. Residential, Out-Of-Area, Lift Gate Service Subject To Additional Charges, as well as Insurance, Handling Fees, Etc. You will Know How Much Shipping is When I have a Zip Code to Check Pricing to You.

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