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Building an Olds 455

HorsePower teams up with Oldsmobile engine guru, Joe Mondello, to build the show's first 455.

Machining of block surfaces, align hone crank mains, hone cylinder bores, resize rods, balance rotating assembly, polish crank journals, port cylinder heads, valve angle grind, deburr block casting, install and measure bearing tolerances, install oil restrictors and oil galley plugs, modify timing set, file piston rings and degree camshaft.

Motor Oil Super Seal, Coolant Super Seal, ATF Super Seal, Power Steering Super Seal.

Valley Girdle Pro, Ford Small Block.

WYPALL* Red Shop Towels.

Piston ring set 5/64", 5/64", 3/16", .030
Piston. Oldsmobile 455, Forged Dish -.142cc, 4.155 in. Bore, .030.
Freeze plug kit, oil pump, pickup, oil pump driveshaft.

77cc Performer RPM aluminum cylinder heads.

Xtreme Energy Hydraulic Flat Tappet Camshaft, Hydraulic-Street / Strip, needs 9:1 comp. 2800+ stall, headers, gears, rough idle. Pro Magnum Hydraulic Lifters; Olds (V8 260-455) Pontiac (V8 326-455). Both have been infused with Pro Plasma Nitriding Treatment.
Xtreme Energy Cam and Lifter Kits, Pro Magnum Hydraulic Lifters
COMP Cams Hi-Tech Roller Race Timing Sets

Head bolts, Rod bolts, SB Chevy accessory kit, Main studs, Harmonic balancer bolt.

Addco Performance Anti-Sway Bar Kits.

Oil Pump Driveshaft
White acrylic enamel paint and reducer
Water Neck
High Volume Oil Pump
Valve Stem Seals

Used 455 Oldsmobile Complete

Connecting rod bearings, Main bearings, Cam bearings


Seasons

Battle of the Big Blocks
2009 | Episode 23
Which monumental motor will make the most horsepower... the Chevy 454 or the Ford 460? Joe and Mike build one of each in the HorsePower shop. Then, a showdown on the dyno will determine which is the baddest.

2010 Blown Camaro
2009 | Episode 22
HorsePower becomes the first TV show to supercharge Chevy's new factory muscle car, the 2010 Camaro. Mike and Joe will bolt on a new kit to pump an already powerful, stock V-8 smallblock. Then, they use their chassis dyno to measure the horsepower payoff.

Deep Breathing Monte Carlo
2009 | Episode 21
Mike and Joe build their own a super high performance cold air intake system for their Monte Carlo project car. Plus, they test the newest craze in drag racing, using fifth-scale remote controlled, gas powered cars.

More Mopar Madness
2009 | Episode 20
HorsePower's budget Mopar motor is a done deal. Now, it's time to amp up the power in that same motor. Joe and Mike load it up with high performance parts to see how much Mopar muscle their small block engine has got.

Fastback Finale
2009 | Episode 19
HorsePower finishes up its '68 track car project. After a paint job, it's time for re-assembly and installation of gauges, fuel lines and misc. accessories. She'll be picture-perfect and road course-ready.

Catalog Motor Build
2009 | Episode 18
The HorsePower guys use a Summit catalog to source all the parts they need for a budget-friendly, high performance smallblock engine build. We'll see what kind of dyno numbers they get from their little mail order monster.

Mopar Budget Build
2009 | Episode 17
It's Mopar's turn! After completing rock-bottom budget builds on Ford and Chevy engines, HorsePower now gives a Mopar 360 the same treatment. The challenge is to make impressive street power with only about 25-hundred bucks to work with.

Mustang Track Car Body and Chassis
2009 | Episode 16
Mike and Joe continue the buildup of a '68 Mustang built especially for road courses. This time they address the chassis, suspension, brakes, transmission and more.

Mustang Track Car Motor
2009 | Episode 15
HorsePower launches its first build of a '68 Mustang track car - a ride especially built for the road course. In the first episode, Joe and Mike build a 347 cubic inch smallblock with the right power combination to handle the challenges of road course driving.

454 meet '85 Monte Carlo
2009 | Episode 14
After building a 623-horsepower big block engine, Joe and Mike drop it into an '85 Monte Carlo, convert the car to an automatic transmission and take it to the streets for the ultimate test of real world performance.

454 Power Build
2009 | Episode 13
After a successful budget build, the HorsePower guys go hog wild with their 454 big block Chevy in an all-out performance buildup. After all the wrenching, they'll dyno the motor again to see if beats the horsepower of their Ford 460 big block.

454 Budget Build
2009 | Episode 12
It's Chevy's turn as Mike and Joe build a classic 454 big block engine on a skimpy budget of 25-hundred dollars. Will it make more horsepower than their recent Ford budget build? The dyno will reveal the answer. Plus, a trip to the annual NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, KY.

Spraying a 4.6 liter Pony
2009 | Episode 11
The HorsePower guys try out a new concept in nitrous oxide, using a 2005 Mustang. Plus, a money-saving tech tip -creating your own engine cradle for your home shop.

460 Payoff and LS1 Carb Conversion
2009 | Episode 10
Joe and Mike put their modified 460 on the dyno with a goal of making 600+ horsepower.

Ford 460 Back for HorsePower Hike
2009 | Episode 09
HorsePower's Ford big block is back! After a low-budget buildup, it's time pull out the stops and see how much power Mike and Joe can cram into it with beefy aftermarket heads, cam and more.

Olds 455 Dyno Results
2009 | Episode 08
After launching their classic Olds 455 engine build at the homebase of "Dr. Olds", Joe Mondello - Joe and Mike finish their buildup and test results on the engine dyno. Plus, another budget-friendly tech tip.

Hot Rod Cop Car
2009 | Episode 07
A hotrod cop car? Yep! We help our local Sheriff's Department with one of their Dodge Chargers. With performance upgrades, we'll perform dyno before/after tests, and the deputy/driver will perform his own high-speed, seat-of-the-pants test.

Building an Olds 455
2009 | Episode 06
HorsePower teams up with Oldsmobile engine guru, Joe Mondello, to build the show's first 455. It's a legend among muscle car era performance engines.

Scholastic Engine Builder's Challenge
2009 | Episode 05
The second annual Engine Builder Challenge, is a rematch between Wyotech's Blairsville and Sacramento campuses. With a 347 cid Ford Racing short block and a $5,000 budget the teams match skills, and determination in their quest for the 2009 trophy.

Budget 460 Big Block
2009 | Episode 04
We set out to build a classic Ford 460 on a rock bottom budget. From the junkyard to a fresh, nearly-new powerplant. It's a TV build full of tech tips and fun facts about the good ole' 460. It's a low-cash project for money-strapped gearheads.

Track-Ready Turbo Stang
2009 | Episode 03
HorsePower's '93 Foxbody's got a thousand-horse turbo motor. And now its got the rest of the race-ready parts it needs to make horsepower at the rear wheels. That includes fuel system, cooling system, electronics, transmission- the works!

Groundbreaking E-85 Fuel Test
2009 | Episode 02
After another power test on their Chevy LQ4 motor, using a new intake, throttle body and fuel injectors, the HorsePower guys break new ground, first installing an E-85 carb conversion on a small block Chevy and then testing results.

Budget LS Bangs Out Power
2009 | Episode 01
A rebuilt junkyard Chevy LQ-4 motor is treated to a more aggressive camshaft and springs to see how much dyno power it makes. Plus, Joe and Mike hit the road to take in the annual Horsepower Finals.

Summit Racing 383 Stroker Pt. 1
Season 2013, Episode 05

HorsePower goes into complete details of a smallblock Chevy stroker engine build. This how-to shows everything you need to know about engine blueprinting, preparation and the build of the budget-minded engine short block.


Summit Racing 383 Stroker Pt. 2
Season 2013, Episode 06

Part two of a detailed build of a 383 Chevy stroker smallblock. This time: engine tech and installation of the top end. The finale: testing this budget-friendly engine in the dyno room.



Twin Ford 351 Builds Pt.1
Season 2012, Episode 10

HorsePower goes on a salvage yard treasure hunt and finds a pair of 351 smallblocks -- Cleveland and Windsor. After twin teardowns, exploring the characteristics of each, the guys start the first of two performance build-ups.


Twin Ford 351 Builds Pt.2
Season 2012, Episode 11

Part 2 of HorsePower's dual Ford 351 project, as the guys complete the build of a Cleveland engine and then turn their attention to the Windsor engine. Using some original parts and aftermarket heads and intake, the guys transform the Windsor into a better-performing Clevor (or mock Cleveland).



Sucker Punch Finale & 461 Oldsmobile Motor Build
Season 2012, Episode 07

This time the finale of Project Sucker Punch, HorsePower's Buick Century station wagon being built as the ultimate sleeper machine. A 461 turbocharged Pontiac engine goes in along with race-ready transmission and the works, before a payoff on the street.


Is THIS your Father's Oldsmobile?
Season 2012, Episode 02

Tommy and Rick start a new project, hoping to build it with inspiration from the classic Hurst Edition Oldsmobiles. Also, Year One's Braselton Bash, and the guys do a little paint-mixing wizardry.


Pro Street Dodge Suspension
Season 2012, Episode 07

Rick and Tom get a hankerin' for some suspension work. They unbolt, chop, cut, measure, and install a whole new front and rear suspension set-up for the Dodge Dart, including some Pro help with a back-half kit from one of the leaders in the field. Tommy also hand-fabs a steel Spoiler for the Oldsmobile.


Oldsmobile Rear Bumper Fab and Floor Pans
Season 2012, Episode 09

Tommy shows step-by-step how to do custom metal mods on the Hurst Tribute Oldsmobile's rear bumper, and the guys do engine and tranny mock-up, where they find that some floor modifications have to be made.


Oldsmobile Restomod Returns
Season 2013, Episode 02

Tommy and Mank set to work on the Olds Cutlass Hurst Tribute Restomod by making room for an oversized set of custom wheels and tires. Flashback takes a look at a rare Mopar that was built to take the strip by storm, and Mank shows a $20 fix that can be a serious upgrade for your brakes.


Hurst Olds: Panel Gap Perfection
Season 2014, Episode 18

Long term Hurst Olds project returns for sheet metal tech: how-to create perfect hood, fender and door gaps.


Hurst Olds: Aluminum Air Box
Season 2014, Episode 19

How to fabricate a custom functional aluminum forced-air intake system to feed our LSX 454.


Olds Tank Mods & Glass Etching
Season 2013, Episode 03

The Oldsmobile Restomod Project's fuel tank requires some modification for a serious fuel pump, and the guys show you how to do it. Tommy does some rust repair on a door that is in need of rescue, then Mank and Tommy do some glass etching, with 3 different ways to personalize the glass on your ride.


Custom Firewall and Muscle Car Museum
Season 2013, Episode 04

The guys work on getting a completely custom firewall installed on the 1969 Oldsmobile Hurst Tribute Restomod, with help from car builder Brad Starks. Also, Tommy and Mank take a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains to visit one of the nation's Premiere Muscle Car Museums, where they make some rare finds.



Project "Sucker Punch"
Season 2012, Episode 01

HorsePower sets out to build the absolute ultimate sleeper machine. A 1978 Buick Century wagon that will be loaded with all-new high performance parts and power. First order of business: a hefty nine-inch rearend, performance suspension and brakes and more.


"Sucker Punch" Powerplant
Season 2012, Episode 02

HorsePower continues its build of a Buick sleeper station wagon. Time to get serious with a Pontiac block, precisely machined at Butler Performance, built up with high performance parts, plus a turbo charger! It all climaxes with a power test on the dyno.


Sucker Punch Finale & 461 Oldsmobile Motor Build
Season 2012, Episode 07

This time the finale of Project Sucker Punch, HorsePower's Buick Century station wagon being built as the ultimate sleeper machine. A 461 turbocharged Pontiac engine goes in along with race-ready transmission and the works, before a payoff on the street.



Project Deep Sleep
Season 2011, Episode 04

HorsePower builds a '97 sleeper Thunderbird


Deep Sleep's Engine Build
Season 2011, Episode 06

Project Deep Sleep gets the ultimate sleeper engine. It's a stroked 427, based on Ford's new Boss 351 Block. After adding a high performance parts combo, it's off to the engine dyno, where the engine produces surprisingly stout horsepower.


Deep Sleep Engine Drop
Season 2011, Episode 07

The HorsePower guys forge ahead with their ultimate "sleeper" project. First, they drop in their 610-horsepower 427 into the '97 T-bird, then, after massive modifications, mate it to a new-tech tranny and complete the exhaust system. Plus, a trip to the Matco tool expo and the testing of a powerful coolant additive.


Deep Sleep - Final Touches
Season 2011, Episode 09

Time again to wake up Project "Deep Sleep" - HorsePower's '97 T-bird hiding a 427 cubic inch small block beast. Today, the guys put final touches on their stealthy, Mustang and Camaro killer.



454 Budget Build
Season 2009, Episode 12

It's Chevy's turn as Mike and Joe build a classic 454 big block engine on a skimpy budget of 25-hundred dollars. Will it make more horsepower than their recent Ford budget build? The dyno will reveal the answer. Plus, a trip to the annual NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, KY.


454 Power Build
Season 2009, Episode 13

After a successful budget build, the HorsePower guys go hog wild with their 454 big block Chevy in an all-out performance buildup. After all the wrenching, they'll dyno the motor again to see if beats the horsepower of their Ford 460 big block.


454 meet '85 Monte Carlo
Season 2009, Episode 14

After building a 623-horsepower big block engine, Joe and Mike drop it into an '85 Monte Carlo, convert the car to an automatic transmission and take it to the streets for the ultimate test of real world performance.



Budget 460 Big Block
Season 2009, Episode 04

We set out to build a classic Ford 460 on a rock bottom budget. From the junkyard to a fresh, nearly-new powerplant. It's a TV build full of tech tips and fun facts about the good ole' 460. It's a low-cash project for money-strapped gearheads.


Ford 460 Back for HorsePower Hike
Season 2009, Episode 09

HorsePower's Ford big block is back! After a low-budget buildup, it's time pull out the stops and see how much power Mike and Joe can cram into it with beefy aftermarket heads, cam and more.


460 Payoff and LS1 Carb Conversion
Season 2009, Episode 10

Joe and Mike put their modified 460 on the dyno with a goal of making 600+ horsepower.



The Lean Green Street Machine
Season 2008, Episode 14

HorsePower kicks off its most extraordinary project ever. It's a '92 Camaro they will build up for optimal fuel economy AND horsepower. Phase one features a series of parts and tips they'll use to show you how to save energy while also enjoying the fun of a hot rod. Plus, they'll stay within a 500-dollar budget!


Lean Green Street Machine Phase two
Season 2008, Episode 15

More of HorsePower's mission of saving fuel without sacrificing power in their Camaro project car. It's Phase two of this three-episode project. This time they install a Transmission Shift Improver Kit, electric water pump, headers, catalytic converter and exhaust.


Lean Green Street Machine Phase three
Season 2008, Episode 17

This time HorsePower kicks it up a notch with their Camaro project car, modifying the engine with a some cool, machining tricks, plus lighter, aluminum manifold, beehive springs, lighter pistons and more. All of it is designed to improve fuel economy, cut down on emissions and increase horsepower.



Monte Carlo Intro
Season 2007, Episode 13

The mid-eighties Chevy Monte Carlo is a new old hot rod with unlimited potential. Joe and Mike get an '86 and start a buildup that includes a new, big block powerplant, manual five-speed transmission, and more. The idea is to build the car they think Chevy should have built back in the beginning.


Monte Carlo Trans Conversion
Season 2007, Episode 16

HorsePower's newest project car is back, a 1986 Monte Carlo SS. This time Joe and Mike transform its factory automatic tranny to a five-speed. It's an overwhelming job, but it's easier than you might imagine.


Mighty Carlo Payoff
Season 2007, Episode 19

HorsePower finishes up its current '86 Monte Carlo project, straps it to the chassis dyno for a horsepower test and takes to the streets to pound some pavement. Plus, another "Bang for the Buck" test of aftermarket components using the shop's engine dyno.


How Mighty is the Mighty Carlo
Season 2007, Episode 21

The 1986 Chevy known as the Mighty Carlo gets a road test before Mike and Joe test its horsepower on their chassis dyno. Plus, another "Bang for the Buck" engine test, with a little nitrous added for giggles.



That Perfect Finish
Season 2006, Episode 14

Jared shows how to get the Crate Camaro's paint just right with tools and techniques that you can use on your own muscle car. Lou demonstrates what to look for when you're buying a project car and we profile one of the most outrageous muscle cars ever built - the Plymouth Superbird.


Project Blue Hair Engine Swap
Season 2006, Episode 19

Our all-original, low-mileage '70 Nova gets a 440hp GM crate engine - but the swap is not as simple as it sounds. And we'll see some Buick muscle... from the Buick Horsepower Nationals in Indianapolis.


Project Blue Hair Part 2
Season 2006, Episode 20

Our 33,000-mile original '70 Nova continues on the path to greatness! Lou finishes the motor and tranny installation and puts air suspension in the front - all without changing the stock look. And our "Flashback" segment profiles a rare Mopar - the 69 Road Runner 440 Six-Pack.


Project Old Blue Hair 'Sleeper' Wakes Up
Season 2007, Episode 01

Project "Blue Hair" gets an LS364 crate motor, new gas tank and fuel system. Once completed, Lou installs frame connectors to stiffen up the body and wires up the ignition system. Flashback segment covers the 1967 Chevy Camaro Indy 500 official pace car!


Old Blue Hair Gets in Gear Wth a Beefed Up Rear End
Season 2007, Episode 02

Project "Blue Hair" is outfitted with a high performance rear end including carbon steel axles, 4:10 gearing and a posi-trac unit . Lou teaches you how to build your own super stock springs at home and the LS364 gets a cooling system with a custom serpentine setup. And in our Musclecar Flashback segment we look back at the Mercury Cyclone!


Final Day for Old Blue Hair
Season 2007, Episode 03

Project "Blue Hair" is set up to receive a new flywheel and clutch. Lou fabricates a transmission tunnel to accept the Rockland T-6 trans and a little interior modification helps with the "sleeper" look. A new set of wheels put's "Blue Hair" back on her feet! Musclecar's flashback segment looks at AMC's SC/Scrambler!


Raunchy Rat Pay Off & Old Blue Hair Motor Upgrades!
Season 2007, Episode 11

The HorsePower Raunchy Rat project climaxes with Joe and Mike putting the finishing touches. Then MuscleCar's Project Blue Hair makes an appearance to get a makeover of its LS2 engine. And as the days get longer, Joe lets you in on some warm weather events across the country including Summer Nights in Kentucky and a host of Good Guys events all over the country!



Introducing the EZ Boo
Season 2007, Episode 02

HorsePower hosts, Mike Galley and Joe Elmore embark on a mission: to build a car that can compete in heads-up Outlaw racing events! They start with buying a 1979 Chevrolet Malibu. Back at the shop, they tear everything out of the car that won't be used in racing...which is just about everything!


Project EZ Boo Gets Some Serious HorsePower
Season 2007, Episode 07

The Malibu race car is back in the HorsePower shop for a motor. Joe and Mike will install a supercharger on a 572 GM Peformance Parts big block and dyno it before installing it in the car along with a transmission.



Raunchy Rat - HorsePower on the Cutting Edge of a New/Old Trend
Season 2006, Episode 18

Rat Rods are hot! So, Joe and Mike explore the lifestyle and go on a mission to find the perfect Rat Rod body for our "Raunchy Rat" Plus, another "Bang for the Buck" test session... this time a new high performance top end kit and valvetrain they bolt on their test engine and discover the power gains. Also, some of the top Outlaw racers in the nation battle it out for $40,000 in prize money.


Raunchy Rat Gets Framed
Season 2006, Episode 19

Mike and Joe visit the annual Street Rod Nationals in search of a chassis for their '29 roadster Rat Rod body. Then, back at the shop they load it with suspension, brakes and a steering box. After that, they show you how to channel the body to make it ride right on the frame. Raunchy Rat is coming together.


Project Raunchy Rat Gets Some Horsepower
Season 2007, Episode 04

This time Joe and Mike will build and install a vintage Ford Flathead motor, supercharger and transmission as Raunchy Rat gets closer to completion.


Raunchy Rat Returns
Season 2007, Episode 08

HorsePower's Raunchy Rat returns as Joe and Mike finish the brakes and clutch, also creating a floorboard with road signs, installing some off-the-wall seats and finishing touches.


Raunchy Rat Pay Off & Old Blue Hair Motor Upgrades!
Season 2007, Episode 11

The HorsePower Raunchy Rat project climaxes with Joe and Mike putting the finishing touches. Then MuscleCar's Project Blue Hair makes an appearance to get a makeover of its LS2 engine. And as the days get longer, Joe lets you in on some warm weather events across the country including Summer Nights in Kentucky and a host of Good Guys events all over the country!


Raunchy Rat Payoff
Season 2007, Episode 20

A rat rod is never finished, so it seems. However, Joe and Mike finally put the finishing touches on their '29 Ford before Mike takes it to a local car show to blow people's minds.. Also, more exciting heads-up Outlaw drag racing as Joe hits the road to Huntsville Dragway in Alabama.



Project: Stage 3 - Supercharging the '06 Mustang
Season 2006, Episode 13

Mike and Joe kick off a two-show build up transforming a stock '06 Mustang into a Roush Stage 3. After base line runs, they wake up the GT big time with a bolt-on Roushcharger!


Project: Stage 3 - Stopping & Turning the '06 GT
Season 2006, Episode 14

It's phase two of HPTV's '06 Mustang makeover - building a Roush Stage Three out of a stock 'stang. Joe and Mike install big brakes, sport suspension and an aero-body kit. Then it's open road for the ultimate test.



New Project Car - 1992 Mustang LX
Season 2006, Episode 06

This time we introduce our newest project car, a 1992 Mustang LX. Our mission: treat the car to some budget bolt ons that'll deliver the most horsepower possible for your hard earned money.


It's Time to Take Our Mustang LX to the Next Level!
Season 2006, Episode 08

It's time to take our Mustang LX to the next level ... beefing up the suspension and drivetrain to make way for some more power. Plus we party with the world's quickest 10.5 street fighters in outrageous outlaw competition.


Project: LX - Mustang Heads, Intake & Nitrous
Season 2006, Episode 09

It ain't a budget pony anymore! Mike and Joe step up our '92 Mustang with trick flow aluminum heads, EFI intake, performance valve train plus a little "spray" to make sure "Project: LX" gets strong numbers!



Project: Royal Bird - Tranny/Drive Train How-To
Season 2006, Episode 10

"Project: Royal Bird" Part 3: our big 474 inch Pontiac delivers a fat 550 hp on dyno! Now it's time to drop in. Plus track side action from the superbowl of drag racing, the World Street Nationals in Orlando!


Project: Royal Bird - Paint & Restoration Trim
Season 2006, Episode 11

Our '69 Firebird's got horsepower under the hood; this time we pump up the power of its appearance by restoring its interior and exterior. Plus a trip to the "All Chevy Show" for some horsepower history in the making!




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