XRV8 Race Parts
High Performance Parts for AM's '56-'67 Rambler V8 Engine
XRV8 Race Parts custom fabricates high performance parts to explore the power making potential of American Motors' '56-'67 Rambler V8 Engine.
Many XRV8 Race Parts require an exchange of goods and services; you send me your core(s), I do my work & send it back to you.
Concerning prices; you and I agree to a fair trade of money for services rendered.
As implied by name, all XRV8 Race Parts are eXperimental 'race only' parts. No guarantees.
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New phone number: (830) 383-1070 ask for David
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Comp Cams 'Endure X' pn# 87017L-(x) & 87018R-(x) look to have high probability for use on custom ground RV8 roller cam (.904" dia. left and right offset) Use pn# 838L link bar (link bar for Ford SB 1.730" center to center, where c to c on RV8 = 1.714")
Dow Corning: G-N Molycoat Paste: Consider this for lobe to lifter interface break-in lube
Rhoads Lifters: for 'variable duration' valve timing
SBI: VL31 -solid lifter, high performance
Sealed Power AT-2084 -stock solid lifter
Sealed Power HT-2011R: requires adjustable rockers for precise lifter preload
OIL FILTER: (see XRV8 oil filter picture album here)
Baldwin B-9: 'medium flow' 20 micron rating, Made in USA!
Baldwin BT-350: *Largest diameter, no anti-drainback valve, no internal bypass, adds one quart to stock system
Baldwin BT-525: *Longest spin on filter element, with anti-drainback valve, no internal bypass
Fleetguard HF6001: 6.82" long, 3.81" diamter, 13/16"x 16 thread (stock RV8 thread size)
Fram PH11: 'Long style', no rusty cap on filter media, no bypass, medium micron
Fram TG5: Adapts by using AMRV8 oil filter gasket. This unit has finer micron 'composite' filter element but still suitable for 10-40W oils. (don't use oil filters designed for the newer thinner synthetic oil: too restrictive & AMC V8 clearances were not engineered for such thin oil) no internal bypass, made in USA
Hastings LF212: (Baldwin owns Hastings? Made in USA)
NAPA Gold (WIX 510830) -same specs as Baldwin BT-350, no internal bypass, adds one full quart to system
Purolator L30005: 'Long style', quality product (German ownership; MANN Filter)
WIX 51049: 'Long style', quality product, 21 micron rating (German ownership; MANN Filter)
WIX 51830: (same specs as Baldwin BT350*) no anti-drainback valve, 25 micron rating (high flow/lower restriction)
*Baldwin's prefix/suffix chart says 'BT' means 'spin on lube or hydraulic'
*Baldwin info: indicates only about 10% of engine oil goes through filter on stock bypass system, see also p45; BT filters use composite media and show 20 micron filtration ability (despite Zoro showing 27 micron rating)
OIL FILTER ADAPTER:
Someone said 'You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make 'em drink.' ...how about filtered water?
The stock Rambler V8 oil filter mount employs a built in bypass which uses an arguably weak spring. With only about 10 psi. backpressure from the filter, the bypass circumnavigates the filter and feeds unfiltered oil to the engine.
To make matters worse, many oil filter makers offering oil filters for Rambler V8 incorrectly incoporate an additional internal bypass in their design; this makes two bypasses ...to make double sure your engine gets served unfiltered oil!
My opinon: 1) Investigate and make sure you don't run a filter that has it's own internal bypass. 2) Run XRV8 RP no bypass oil filter mount for full time 100% filtration only. 3) Double your filter change routine instead.
-Expanded sump under oil pump area
-Trap door rear baffle
-Custom floor to fit 6-cylinder engine crossmember
-drain plug relocation
Oil Pan Gasket: Fel-Pro pn # OS 5270 C
-Chevy Gen1 .927" wrist pin bores honed to AMC .913" wrist pin diameter
-Piston lightening & weight matching for precision internal balanced reciprocating assembly
Aircraft Spruce: DIY chromoly tubing 5/16" x .058" wall (currently $78 for 12 feet, 5-14-19)
-for the stock three piece pushrods having pressed in tips found in some Rambler V8s...
Comp Cams adjustable pushrod checkers: 5/16" b&b pn7703-1, 5/16" b&cup pn7711-1
Comp pn#7422-16; 3/8" tube, cup and ball, 8.710" length (+.030") *heads will need pushrod hole clearances re-worked (needs verification)
Galvin's AMC Rambler Parts -stock replacement (209) 365-6315
Isky webpage link to Rambler V8 pushrods here
Stock replacement: Sealed Power pn# RP-3083
Summit Racing: -Melling MPR-79, 5/16", DIY cut to length? ball and cup, non-oiling
XRV8 Race Parts: Detail grinding and polishing (AMC products only)
AMC radiators by US Radiator but I'd easily recommend Champion Cooling Systems for a well made high performance radiator if keepin' it stock looking is not an issue on your car. The correctly sized two row aluminum for AMCs from Champion is seven pounds lighter, having much better heat dissipation & has excellent trans fluid cooler in correct location.
Galvin's AMC Rambler Parts: used and rebuilt RV8 shaft mounted rocker arms
-Adjustable, also replacement adjuster screws, or non-adjustable types
-also sells 'cup type' adjuster screws for stock RV8 adjustable rocker arms (for use with 5/16" ball/cap type pushrod)
XRV8 Race Parts: Weight matched, detail ground & polished
Rocker Arms Unlimited: Rebuild service/Rebuilt rocker arms for '56-'67 AMRV8
...if your shafts are worn, consider having them hard chromed after brazing process to fill in gouged areas...
High torque mini starter -eBay vendor
TIMING GEAR SET: (See Camshaft Timing) Note: Gears do not use a chain! Chains use sprockets.
Falcon Global: Source for stock 250/287/327 RV8 and 360/401 AMV8 valves
XRV8 Race Parts: Cut down 360/401 AMV8 valves (1.95" intake, 1.60" exhaust) to fit RV8 combustion chambers
Summit Racing: .080" thick valve stem lash caps for .372" valve stem (works with adapted '73-'91 AMV8 valves having 'one groove lower' 4G locks... won't work on stock RV8 'one groove higher' 4G lock type valve stems)
*Demand to use only Sealed Power VK-174R 4-groove locks (the 'R' suffix means they are case hardened)
*DO NOT USE any other VK-174 locks -they are not case hardened and are known to fail in higher performance applications (ie: with higher rate valve springs!) = if the seller does not know the difference between VK-174 and VK-174R... buy from someone who does know the difference! ...hint: it's easy to tell the difference between the case hardended locks and the simple stamped steel locks by testing the metal with a mounted stone in a rotary tool -the harded locks will destroy the grinding stone rapidly, but the stamped steel locks will grind down easily instead.
Fine Wood Boats: Gray Marine Rambler V8 parts (815) 344-9663
Galvin's AMC Rambler Parts: NOS, New Reproduction & Used AMC Rambler Parts
Kanter Auto Parts: Many hard to find AMC, Rambler and RV8 engine parts with excellent service.
*unfortunately Kanter's sells the mis-engineered semi-grooved rod bearings (see Rambler V8 Specifications page)
Old Marine Engine Classifieds: Gray Marine 250 & 327 parts
Van Ness Engineering: Gray Marine Rambler V8 parts (201) 445-8685
Zoro.com: Water pump seal: "Flowserve" pn# 68-062-159 (by "PAC-SEAL")
Alto USA: Auto Trans Parts
Competition Cams: Valvetrain
Crane Cams: Valvetrain
Crower: Race Parts
Engine Works: Race Parts
JE Pistons: Pistons, Wrist Pins
Manley: Race Parts
Sealed Power Vintage: RV8 pn#s!
SBI Catalog: Valvetrain
Trend Performance: Vtrain/Wpins
Xceldyne: Valvetrain (titanium!)
CSG: Engine CID Calculator
Federal Mogul: Champion heat range/plug reach
Melling: Valves, Springs, Oil Pump
Speedway: Comp vspring retainer sizes