Engine Balancing, Part 1

“An Introduction to Engine Balancing”

By Ted Eaton

Although the terms “blueprinted and balanced” are typically synonymous with any kind of performance buildup of an engine, it must be noted is that these two terms are completely different in relation to their perceived functions and are generally performed independently of each other.

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Engine Balancing Article Series

  • Engine Balancing Part I   “An Introduction to Engine Balancing”
    Although the terms “blueprinted and balanced” are typically synonymous with any kind of performance buildup of an engine, it must be noted is that these two terms are completely different in relation to their perceived functions and are generally performed independently of each other.
  • Engine Balancing Part II   “Internal Versus External Balance”
    When getting an engine balanced, it’s important to note that there are two different methods in which to have the engine balanced, either internally or externally.
  • Engine Balancing Part III   “Piston Match Weighing”
    Match weighing the piston set is just one of the steps that’s performed as part of having an engine balanced. When balancing a V style engine, this operation must be performed before the crankshaft can be spin balanced due to the piston weight being required as part of the bobweight calculation.
  • Engine Balancing Part IV   “Connecting Rod Balancing”
    An engines connecting rods exhibits traits of both rotating and reciprocating mass and hence, must be match weighed end for end to insure these two masses are kept independent of each other.
  • Engine Balancing Part V   “Bobweight Calculation”The previous articles in this series have expounded upon match weighing the pistons as well as the connecting rod small and big ends
  •  Engine Balancing Part VI   “Balancing the Crankshaft”
    In getting to the point in which the crankshaft from a V8 or other V style engine can be spin balanced, several different operations had to be already completed.
     

Quick Index

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Rocker Arm Geometry

Altering Rocker Arm Ratio By Varying The Pushrod Length

Camshaft Balancing

Camshaft and Lifter Failure Causes

Carburetor Spacer Testing

Cylinder Head Milling For A 1cc Reduction

Degreeing in the camshaft – Part I – Finding TDC

Degreeing in the camshaft – Part II – Phasing in the cam

Degreeing in the camshaft – Part III – Rollmaster timing chain for the Y

Head Gasket Volume Calculations

Intake Manifold Plenum Slots

Milling heads for a horsepower gain

Oil Viscosity and Its Effect on Engine Power

Spark Plug Indexing

Spark Plug Side Gapping

Modifying the Holley Model 4000 (Teapot) for late model distributors

Modifying the Holley 94 two barrel carb for late model distributors

Ford Y-Block – 2X4 Intake Manifold Testing on Iron Heads

Ford Y-Block – 2X4 Intake Manifold Testing on Aluminum Heads

Ford Y-Block – 3X2 Intake Manifold Testing

Ford Y-Block Offenhauser 3X2 Testing by Joe Craine 

Ford Y-Block – Aluminum Head Testing Part I

Ford Y-Block – Aluminum Head Testing Part II

Ford Y-Block – Hopping Up The 272

Ford Y-Block – New Life for a 1955 P Code 292 Police Engine 

Ford Y-Block – 585HP without a supercharger or other power adder

Ford Y-Block – 318 inch buildup using aluminum heads

Ford Y-Block – 330 inchers, aluminum head and iron head versions are both dyno tested.

Ford Y-Block – Stock Iron Heads Can Still Make a HP to the Cubic Inch

Ford Y-Block – Stock or Modified?  Here Are Two Different Builds

Ford Y-Block – Four Barrel Carburetor Testing Using the Iron ECZ-B Intake

Ford Y-Block – Hi Volume Oil Pump For The Y

Ford Y-Block – Neoprene Rear Main Seal Installation (also works for others)

Ford Y-Block – Warped Rear Seal Retainer

Ford Y-Block – 292/312 Rear Cam Plug Installation

Building The Foundation For An Eight Second Ford Y

Blueprinting For An Eight Second Ford Y-Block

A 500 HP+ Ford Y-Block at the 2010 Engine Masters Challenge

Preparing a 375 inch Y-Block for the 2009 Engine Masters Challenge

A Ford Y-Block at the 2009 Engine Masters Challenge – Summary

Engine Masters Challenge Ford Y-Block Entry for 2007

The Ford Y-Block Engine – History and cubic inch particulars

Engine Balancing Part I

Engine Balancing Part II

Engine Balancing Part III

Engine Balancing Part IV

Engine Balancing Part V

Engine Balancing Part VI