Forged Pistons

Chevy 250 block and pistons
Just above dead center observe "60" on the piston face
Rebuilding a motor is no easy task. A lot of components need to be stripped, cleaned and put back together with very strict tolerences. The most important part of the engine rebuild is the pistons. That title is earned due to the replacement cost and need for precision. The crank and camshaft are close seconds but the cost to replace those parts just isn't near that of custom pistons.

Speaking of costs, a turbocharged motor more or less requires forged pistons (cha-ching). Since it's 2016 and these Inline 6's maintain a solid reputation, custom forged pistons exist, but at a premium. A set of custom forged pistons from Ross Racing cost approximately $700US. That's not saying they are the most expensive pistons ever made, but going into an under powered, and mostly undesired Inline 6 makes them seem pricey. You might be able to find similar pistons cheaper through some sort of Groupon or perhaps a different manufacturer, but Ross has been around a long time and makes a solid product.

Ross pistons well packaged with all components
Ross Racing forged piston 0.070" over bore with 12CC dish
Before we get too far ahead, lets back up and consider the scenario a little further. Turbo Camaro's pistons read "60" on the face. So the block went down to the local machine shop. The shop could have said you need at least 0.065" over sized pistons or, your cylinder walls are too thin so you'll need sleeves. Sleeves are basically just tubes inserted into your cylinder to increase the wall thickness, but at $60US each they are a serious investment. If the walls are too thin and you can't justify the sleeves, you're off to look for a better block, or a different motor all together. In this case, the machine shop said the cylinder walls were plenty thick but would require 0.070" over bore pistons. The advantage to 0.070" over bore pistons is if the block ever goes, the pistons will probably work in any salvageable 250 block as it's not likely many of them went more than .060" over bore. Yep, you look for any positives when you spend big money on engine parts.

The required pistons were ordered through Tom Lowe at as he is an Inliners International Rep and gets a discount from Ross Racing. The bore and desired 9:1 compression ratio was specified and approximately 4 weeks later, the pistons were received. The pistons included new rings, wrist pins, spirolock clips and all documentation required to complete the install. These pistons should be an excellent addition to the turbocharged Inline 6.

The installation procedure was filmed and posted to Youtube as part of the short block assembly. See that video below.

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