Poly 318 Engine Parts List

(Applicable to 277, 301, 303, 313, 318, 326, 390, 402 engines)

I have compiled a thorough parts list for the poly 277, 301, 303, 313, 318, and 326 using available brands I use and trust. I am not sponsored by any of these companies. For A-block and LA interchange information, see the parts interchangeable page. These part numbers should cross-reference to different brands, and I provide detailed notes. Many of these parts can be found at Summit Racing, JEGS, Speedway Motors, Rock Auto, Napa Auto Parts, and other retailers.

Poly 277 301 303 313 318 326 Engine Parts List

ComponentEngine for LookupPart Numbers and Notes
Assembly Lubricant, Engine, All but Cam Lobe and Lifter FootRed Line 80312I use this assembly lube for all internal engine components except the camshaft lobe and lifter foot.
Assembly Lubricant, Engine, Cam Lobe and Lifter FootDriven 00732 or 00738I use this assembly lube on the camshaft lobes and lifter feet. Warning: Do not use on the sides of the lifter bodies since it is too tacky and stops the lifters from immediately spinning upon startup.
Bearings, Camshaft,
Stock and Performance
A-block and LA273/318/340/360I prefer Clevite SH875S.
WARNING: 1979 onward LA/Magnum camshaft bearings changed in design and do not interchange with 1956 – 1978 A/LA.
Bearings, Connecting Rod, StockA-block and LA273/318/340/360I prefer Clevite trimetal P-Series CB481P8
Bearings, Connecting Rod, PerformanceA-block and LA273/318/340/360I prefer Clevite trimetal H-Series CB481H (standard fillets) or CB481HN (enlarged fillets)

WARNING: Aftermarket forged crankshafts usually have larger fillets and require narrow bearings, such as the HN designation, Consult the crank manufacturer and verify during mock-up.
Bearings, Main, StockA-block and LA273/318/340I prefer Clevite trimetal P-Series MS1344P Full Groove
Bearings, Main, PerformanceA-block and LA273/318/340I prefer Clevite trimetal H Series MS540H.

WARNING: Aftermarket forged crankshafts usually have larger fillets and require narrow bearings, such as the N designation in MS540HN. Consult the crank manufacturer and verify during mock-up.

Important Differences in Main Bearings:

You may run across a discussion of a change in the thrust bearing thrust-wall height and how putting a 1974 onward thrust bearing in a pre-1974 block may cause binding if the rabbit in the block webbing and/or main cap is not machined tall enough to where the bearings thrust wall bottoms out and the bearing is held off of the webbing/cap. This situations will cause the crank to bind. However, A-block builders may disregard this concern. The thrust bearing change was only on the LA360, which indeed uses a different part number for 1971 – 1973 and 1974 onward. I’ve reviewed Clevite and other manufacturers’ parts catalogs, and they all show the A-block 277/301/303/313/318/326 and LA273/318/340 use the same bearing from 1956 – 2000 with a thrust bearing OD of 3.50″ give or take a few thousands depending on bearing manufacturer.
CamshaftA-blockMajor aftermarket part retailers no longer carry or can source A-block camshafts. Note that the wedge LA camshafts are completely different from the canted-valve A-block. The A-block has a lobe configuration starting at cylinder one running back of exhaust/intake/exhaust/intake/etc.; the LA has a configuration of exhaust/intake/intake/exhaust/etc. Cast blanks are no longer produced and are getting difficult to source. The cheapest option if the used camshaft is a good core is to have it reground. See the page on camshafts for recommended cam grinders and specifications. Another option is to have a new camshaft machined from billet, although this is a more expensive option for flat-tappet lifters and argues for converting to roller lifters. See the above camshaft page for details about using a billet LA blank and who builds roller camshafts for the A-block.

Note that a reground camshaft may require longer pushrods, which should be checked during mock-up.
Cylinder Head BoltsA-block
See Notes
No engine bolt manufacturer I know of produces a 6.5″ long 1/2″-13 cylinder head bolt, which is what the A-block uses for the center bolts and differs from LA bolts. The shorter outer bolts are available through ARP. The factory bolts are extremely high quality and can be reused for both OEM and performance builds up to 500 HP/TQ. Above that and for forced induction applications, I recommend the ARP studs listed next.

For what it’s worth, the factory bolts are 160,000 psi tensile strength, which is the rating for Grade 8. While head bolts are produced with extremely tight tolerances, a reduced shank, and a shoulder on the head, a quality Grade 8 bolt is a suitable option even though unorthodox. I would prefer to reuse the factory bolts, but as they become difficult to find we might end up being left with common Grade 8 bolts as the only option besides studs. A Grade 8 washer must be used since the bolt does not have a built-in shoulder, so the ideal length would be 6.625″ – 6.75″ to account for the washer thickness.
Cylinder Head StudsSee NotesARP AR8.0 or AR8.5 for the center

ARP AR4.060 for the outer

ARP Washers 2008534

ARP Nuts 2008637
Cylinder Head DowelsA-block and LA0.390″ diameter x 1/2″ – 3/4″ long
Dipstick Tube, OilAll A-block, LA with Modification. See Notes.Trans-Dapt 9224
Note: The exact A-block dipstick tube is not reproduced, but an LA tube and dipstick can be used by bending for clearance as necessary and by sanding down the diameter of the stub that presses into the block.
DistributorAll LA and some Magnum 318/360Recommended:
FireCore distributor
FBO distributor

See the ignition system page for selection and tuning.

WARNING: Cheap units, such as Pertronix and Proform, are built with inferior, cheap imported components and often have reliability and performance issues for both street and racing optimum performance and reliability including erratic/bouncing timing and cutting out. These issues are often attributed to the shaft being bent, the cam being machined out of round, and/or the electronics. 2000 – 2013 Mopar Performance distributors with the miniaturized Accel GM HEI internals are also prone to erratic timing and should be avoided.
Distributor Intermediate Drive Shaft, Stock, Iron GearAll LAMelling IS72
Sealed Power 224-6166
Mopar P3690715
Distributor Intermediate Drive Shaft Gear, Nickel/Bronze AllowAll LAComp Cams 420
Howards Cams 94415
Crower 76010
Mopar (Shaft and Gear) P3690874
Note: A nickel/bronze alloy gear is extraordinarily rarely needed for an A-block camshaft since most are flat-tappet. These camshafts and the iron intermediate drive shaft gears play well since they are both harder than a roller camshaft. No softer-alloy roller camshafts are readily available outside of full-on custom jobs that may require a softer intermediate driveshaft gear. If you choose to run a nickel/bronze alloy gear on a flat-tappet camshaft, beware that the first gear you install may wear out sooner than expected as it hones the harder camshaft gear, but the second gear you install should wear less since the camshaft gear has been honed smoother.
Distributor Intermediate Shaft BushingLA273/318/340/360
B/RB
Melling M63030B
Mopar P1737725
Exhaust Manifold Studs and BoltsGeneric, See Notes.3/8″-16 into head x 2″ long for cast-iron manifolds (often 3/8″-24 for nut side).
See the manifold installation tech article.

The bottom row goes through to the coolant jacket and must use studs with sealant such as RectorSeal T Plus 2 (see the installation guide).

The top row are blind bosses and can use either studs or bolts.

Check ebay for best prices on bulk studs. ARP 100-1414 or 400-1414 are the appropriate studs, although expensive.
Flexplate and Flywheel1962 onward A/LA273/318/340
Internal Balance Only
See Notes
WARNING: Cast-crank LA340 and 360 are externally balanced and may have weighted flexplate/flywheel. Using a weighted flexplate/flywheel on the internally balanced A-block will throw it out of balance.
Freeze Plugs
1956 – 1961
A-blockMelling MEP14B (brass dish)
Sealed Power 3811014 (steel dish)
Note: These kits do not include the oil bypass plug. See the oil bypass tech article for repair details.
Freeze Plugs
1962 – 1967
LA273/318/340/360Melling MPE-613BR or Sealed Power 3818010 (brass cup with cam plug)
Napa 567014 (brass cup without cam plug)
Fuel Pump, Mechanical, Stock Flow/PSIA-block and LACarter M6866: 1/4″ NPT ports, 25 GPH, approximate rating of 7 PSI, unregulated.
Fuel Pump, Mechanical, PerformanceA-block and LAEdelbrock 1720: 3/8″ NPT ports, 110 GPH, 6 PSI, internally regulated, adjustable base.
Note: Entire fuel system from the tank pickup to the pump must be sized to at least 3/8″ to take advantage of the pump’s volume ability. If the system will remain 5/16″ before the pump, use a 1/4″ NPT port pump. See my page on fuel system modifications for ideas about sizing up to 3/8″.
Gasket, Full SetA-blockFelPro FS7734PT2
Best Gasket RS579G
Gasket, Air CleanerA-block and LA4-barrel WCFB and AFB (4.20″ I.D.):
Dana Victor Reinz 711381400 (fiber)

4-barrel AVS/Holley (5.10″ I.D.):
FelPro 60038 (fiber)
Dana Victor Reinz 711372700 (fiber)

2-barrel (2.625″ I.D.):
FelPro 5198 (fiber)
Dana Victor Reinz 711385400 (cork)
Gasket, Cylinder HeadA-blockFelPro 7734PT
Manufactured: 0.037
Crushed Thickness: 0.0333
Gasket, Exhaust CollectorA-blockFelPro 9045. Confirm diameter per vehicle’s exhaust system.
Gasket, Exhaust ManifoldA-blockFelPro MS9342B. See the manifold installation tech article.
Gasket, Fuel PumpA-blockFelPro 6579
Gasket, Intake Manifold, FiberA-blockBest Gasket 18019. Superior to factory steel type. See the manifold installation tech article.
Gasket, Intake Manifold, SteelA-blockFelPro MS9344SH. See the manifold installation tech article.
WARNING: Steel intake gaskets are known to leak depending on the trueness of the head and intake mating surfaces. I highly recommend using the fiber gasket.
Gasket, Oil Filter, Canister TypeA-block, Gen I Hemi/Hemi-block PolyFelPro 70522 Fiber Type
WARNING: Do not use the rubber gasket, for they easily squeeze out and leak.
Gasket, Oil Filter Adapter to BlockA-block and LAFelPro 70522
WARNING: Don’t use the rubber gasket since they are prone to pushing out and leaking.
Gasket, Oil PanA-block and LA 273/318/340FelPro OS6566C2 or 1806
Gasket, Thermostat HousingGen I Hemi/Hemi-block Poly, A-block, LAFelPro 35063
Gasket, Timing coverA-block and LAFelPro TCS65631 or TCS45284
Gasket, Valve CoverA-blockFelPro VS11828R or VS11828C
Gaskets, All OthersLA273/318/340
Harmonic DamperA-block, LA273/318/340 Internally Balanced
with Modification
The A-block never used a harmonic balancer since they are internally balanced.

The A-block damper with the timing mark clocked on the right is no longer produced.

LA273/313/340 internally balanced dampers fit but have the timing mark clocked on the left:
Stock: Dorman 594021 or similar
Performance SFI: Trick Flow 19010 or similar
Harmonic Damper Seal Repair Sleeve A-block and LAFelPro 16201 or Pioneer HB2124
Heater Bypass Hose, Intake ManifoldA-block and LADAYCO 70476 for 3/4″ Nipple
Lifters WarningRead Notes FirstTopline Automotive as of 2020 is supposedly one of two lifter manufacturer that casts the lifter bodies and produces the internal components in the USA. They have their own brand called “Hylift Johnson,” but be forewarned that as of 2020 the finish quality of the Hylift Johnson brand can be terrible with deep gouges/nicks in the lifter foot and sides, which I discuss in the next paragraph. Also be forewarned that there is a competitor named “Johnson Lifters” that advertises their lifters as being made in the USA, but my understanding from speaking to different retailers and to Top Line Automotive is that “Johnson Lifters” has the bodies cast outside the USA with enough machining and assembly in the USA to legally claim “Made in USA” even though the bodies are imported. There have been issues with the imported metallurgy that may result in the lifter face deteriorating and flattening the camshaft lobes, especially when an appropriate oil with ZDDP additives is not used; however, recent imported lifters show quality metallurgy and machining, so I hope the days of bad lifters are behind us. My recommendation is to modify the lifter bores for direct cam lobe oiling (see my oil modification page for details of this modification) and run a quality engine oil with ZDDP (I prefer Valvoline VR1 oil).

In my and other people’s experience, Hughes Engines Hylift Johnson line of lifters have shoddy and unacceptable face finishes, especially for the price. Hughes Engine’s customer service in my experience dealing with damaged lifters has been terrible, and I will never use the company again. Sets I and at least two others I know purchased through Hughes Engines (lifter 5003) have deep gouges in the face right out of the box that a mechanic’s pick catches on. These gouges are common during the manufacturing process as the lifter bodies crash against each other, but a precision crowned finish on the lifters before they are assembled should grind off all gouges and leave a clean finish. Gouges in new lifters suggests poor craftsmanship and quality control, and the gouges may result in uneven wear and damage to the lifter and camshaft should the lobe edge hit a high spot caused by the gouges and stop spinning. The lifters I recommend below have excellent metallurgy and finish and use the Top Line Hylift Johnson USA-cast bodies but with a superior finish and internal components.
Lifters, Mechanical, Flat-tappet,
Stock Replacement
A-block, See Notes Regarding LA.Melling JB2084 or Sealed Power AT2084
Note: I have not been able to confirm through Melling, Sealed Power, and Topline, but the Melling and Sealed Power solid flat-tappet lifter bodies are identical to Topline Hylift Johnson lifters. However, these direct replacement lifters often cost as much as a set of premium LA lifters, so I recommend using LA lifters from the brands below with custom-length pushrods.
Lifters, Mechanical, Flat-tappet, Performance LALunati 70937 (my preference); Crower 66945; Comp Cams 2901 (with EDM direct-lobe oiling holes)

Note: The premium LA mechanical flat-tappet lifters require custom-length pushrods since the lifters are taller than A-block lifter.
Lifters, Hydraulic, Flat-tappet, Stock ReplacementA-block, See Notes Regarding LA.Melling JB879 or Sealed Power HT879
Note: Quality stock A-block replacement lifters often cost more than premium LA lifters, so I don’t use them anymore and instead use premium LA lifters and order custom-length pushrods.
Lifters, Hydraulic, Flat-tappet, PerformanceLALunati “Micro-Trol” 71977 high performance (my preference); Howards “Max Effort” 91712 high performance; Roads “V-Pro Street” 2018P variable duration high performance.

Note: The premium LA hydraulic flat-tappet lifters require adjustable rocker arms to set preload and custom-length pushrods since the lifters are taller than A-block lifter.
Lifters, Hydraulic, Roller, PerformanceLA
Lifters, Mechanical, Roller, PerformanceLA
Oil, Normal Operation for flat-tappet and roller liftersSee NotesI run Valvoline VR1 10W30 conventional for both engine break-in and normal operation because independent tests have shown it has a far superior film strength of 103,000 psi than insanely overpriced break-in and performance oils, and its additive package does not have excessive amounts of zinc, phosphorus, and other additives that in lab tests have actually damaged metal. It has 1400 PPM zinc and 1300 PPM phosphorus, which are both maxed out for safe limits without harming the metal parts over time. Any comparable oil with above 90,000 psi film strength is appropriate for our engines. Anything below 70,000 psi should be avoided.

To explain more, I get VR1 for $6/quart that outperforms Amsoil “Z Rod” at $15/quart with 95,000 psi film strength and Joe Gibbs “Driven Hot Rod” at $10/quart with 86,000 psi film strength. Both of those oils have great film strength but not as good as VR1. Both those oils also have similar amounts of zinc and phosphorus. In comparison, Lucas “Break-in” has a dangerously low 49,000 psi film strength along with dangerously high levels of 4400 PPM zinc and 2600 PPM phosphorus. The Lucas oil is a prime example of the high-ZDDP formula myth since if the myth were true the Lucas oil would have far higher film strength than VR1.

WARNING: I would not use synthetic to seat new piston rings since the wear protection impacts quicker seating.
Oil, Rebuild Break-inSee NotesI run Valvoline VR1 10W30 conventional oil for engine break-in because independent tests have shown it has a far superior film strength of 103,000 psi than insanely overpriced break-in and performance oils, and its additive package includes good levels of ZDDP but does not have excessive amounts that in lab tests have actually damaged metal. It has 1400 PPM zinc and 1300 PPM phosphorus, which are both maxed out for safe limits without harming the metal parts over time.

WARNING: I do not use synthetic oil to seat new piston rings since the wear protection impacts seating the rings.
Oil Filter, Canister TypeA-block, Gen I Hemi/Hemi-block PolyWix 51076
Oil Filter, Spin-on TypeA-block and LANote: Unless otherwise noted, the following filters all have 3.66″ diameter and are the same rating of 7 – 9 GPM flow, 21 micron element, and bypass pressure of 8 – 11 psi.

Shortest and Narrow 3.40″ long x 2.92″ diameter (good for header clearance): Wix 51348

Extra Short: 3.37″ (16 psi bypass, which is not an issue for the A-block): Wix 51311

Very Short 3.78″: Wix 51521

Short 4.34”: Wix 51068

Standard 5.20”, 1 quart: Wix 51515

Extra Long 7”, 2 quart: Wix 51773
Oil Pump, Standard Volume/PSI 1956 – 1961A-blockFactory part is 1618949 with a housing casting number 1618952. Aftermarket pumps are Melling M51 for 277, 301, 303 , 313, 318, 326.
Oil Pump Cover Seals, Melling M51, 1956 – 19611956 – 1961 A-block
(e.g. 1958 Plymouth Fury A318)
Buna Nitrile (NBR) Square O-rings:
2-3/8″ ID x 1/8″ wide AS568-229
7/8″ ID x 1/8″ wide AS568-212
Oil Pump, Standard Volume/PSI 1962 – 1967A-block and LAMelling M72
Oil Pump, Standard PSI, High Volume 1962 – 1967A-block and LAM72HV
Note: Extremely few performance A-blocks require a high-volume pump due to the engine’s superior oiling design. Higher pressure is better for 90% of performance builds.
Oil Pump, Standard Volume, High PSI
1962 – 1967
Must Modify A-block/LA. See Notes.No high-pressure pump is available. See my technical article on converting to high pressure.
Oil Pump Intermediate Drive Shaft, 1956 – 1961A-blockMelling IS47 (shaft only, requires gear)
Note: The later A-block and LA shaft is not interchangeable.
Oil Pump Intermediate Drive Shaft, 1962 – 1967A-block and LAMelling IS72
Motor Mounts
Cup and Snubber Style
1957 – 1959 Plymouth
1957 – 1959 Dodge
1959 Chrysler
A-blockOEM Numbers 1635326, 1734529, 1827449, 1828237, 1944724 all discontinued

TRW 2133

Search online for NOS or reproductions by “Old Parts Source”
Motor Mounts
Non-captured, Two Studs
1960 – 1966
A-block and LA2227 – Left
2228 – Right
Motor Mounts
Non-captured, One stud
1967 – 1972
A-block and LA2250 – Left and Right
Motor Mounts
Captured
1973 onward
A-block and LA2325 -Right w/ Bracket
2326 – Left w/ Bracket
2369 – Left/Right Insert Only

Note: Will fit A-block engine flanges but required building or adapting the chassis mounts
Pistons, Cast,
318 Bore/Overbore
A-block. See Notes for LA Option.Egge L2050 (Figure 2a). Check Ebay for best prices on these pistons.
LA318: LA318 flat-top pistons without valve reliefs can be used if valve reliefs are fly-cut for the A-block valves.
Pistons, Cast,
340 Bore
LA340LA340 flat-top pistons without valve reliefs can be used if valve reliefs are fly-cut for the A-block valves.

WARNING: To overbore the A-block to 4″, the block should be sonic tested to ensure minimum cylinder wall thickness.
Pistons, Forged,
Custom
Custom. See Notes.Race Tec/Auto Tec (California) or Ross Racing Pistons. Both manufacturers have the drawings for and have produced A-block pistons.
Pistons, Billet, CustomCustom. See Notes.Gibtec Pistons (Colorado)
Piston RingsNot Specific to Engine. Match Bore and Piston Grooves.I prefer Hastings or Total Seal.
I prefer thinner 1/16″ x 1/16″ x 3/16″ for custom pistons.
Pulley, Crankshaft,
1956 – 1992
A-block and LA1970 – 1992 LA273/318/340 dampers and pulleys have a slightly different pulley bolt pattern, so using a 1970 – 1992 pulley on a pre-1970 damper or pre-1970 pulley on a later damper requires elongating pulley holes, which will not have a negative impact on anything.
Pulley, Water Pump,
1956 – 1969
A-block and LAShallow pulley needed when using 1956 – 1969 cast-iron, short-shaft pump with left (driver) side intake (Figures 3a).
Pulley, Water Pump,
1970 – 1992
LADeep pulley needed when using 1970 – 1992, long-shaft aluminum pump with right (passenger) side intake. (Figures 3a).
Pushrods, Stock, Mechanical LiftersA-block 1956 – 1967Melling MPR55 or Sealed Power RP3030 (5/16” x 8.418”)

WARNING: Due to wear and possible rebuild machine work on parts, pushrod length should always be checked.
Pushrods, Stock, Hydraulic LiftersA-block 1956 – 1967Melling MPR153 (5/16” x 8.364”)

WARNING: Due to wear and possible rebuild machine work on parts, pushrod length should always be checked.
Pushrods, Custom,
High Performance
Custom for Performance or LA LiftersI use Smith Brothers for custom chromoly 5/16″ x 0.083″ wall (they also offer thicker wall and titanium).
Rocker Arm Adjuster ScrewsFactory Style: Sealed Power MR1933

Positive Locks: 3/8″-24 Threads
Note: The MR1933 are likely to go out of production, and stock is becoming limited through suppliers.
Rocker Arm Shaft Expansion PlugsSee NotesA-block shafts used two different inside bores. Either use a 5/8″ plug (Pioneer EPC52) or a 11/16″ plug (Dorman 555-082 or Melling PC144)

See the cylinder head tech article for information on cleaning the rocker shaft.
Sealant, Threaded Fasteners and PlugsPermatex 80003I use it on oil and coolant pipe plug, expansion plugs, etc.
Sealant, Silicone, PermanentMopar RTV 4883971I use it whenever a gasket requires silicone sealant, such as the intake manifold, oil pan, etc. It is superior to Permatex RTV.
Sealant, Silicone, Temporary TackPermatex High Tack 80062I use it for temporarily holding gaskets in place during mock-up. I don’t use it for permanent installation since the fast cure makes it a weaker silicone.
Sealant, Silicone, ExhaustPermatex Ultra Copper 81878When needed, I use it on exhaust components.
Sealant, Gasket MakerPermatex 80019
Spark Plugs3/8″ Short-reach OnlyI prefer Autolite 85. Champion 63 (formerly J12Y) is another option or cross-reference for another brand.
Note: Some people claim that running any spark plug other than a Champion will mess with and harm the ignition system because they think the ignition system was designed specifically for Champion. This claim is mistaken, and any reputable spark plug brand will work with the Mopar points or electronic ignition system.

WARNING: Do not install LA-type 3/4″ long-reach plugs, such as Autolite 65. They will contact the piston.
Starter MotorSee NotesSee the starter motor page for a full discussion of the different starter motor options.
ThermostatA-block and LA180° Standard-flow: Stant 45358
180° 50% Higher Flow, My Preference: MotoRad 2006-180 (note that Tuff Stuff repackages this MotoRad thermostat and charges twice as much).

195° Standard-flow: Stant 45359
195° 50% Higher Flow: MotoRad 2006-195 (note that Tuff Stuff repackages this MotoRad thermostat and charges twice as much).

Note: A high-flow thermostat is a good idea on all engines. It should be used if running a high-flow water pump.

See the cooling system page for thermostat selection and diagnostics.

WARNING: Running a 160° or no thermostat will not resolve overheating. If it were only that easy.
Timing Cover Dowels
Iron Covers
A-block and LA Timing Cover or Cylinder Head Dowels0.390″ diameter x 1/2″ – 3/4″ long
Timing SetA-block and LACloyes C3002K (OEM-type single non-roller)
Cloyes C3028X (double roller w/ cam advance adjustment)
Cloyes 93503X9 (billet double roller w/ cam advance adjustment)
Timing Set Cover
Iron, 1956 277/303
A-block and LA with Modification. See Notes.1956 A-block 277 and 303 covers are iron, unique from all other A/LA, and are not reproduced (Figure 4a). The casting number is 1618684.

Timing Set Cover
Iron, 1957 – 1961
A-block and LA with Modification. See Notes.1957 – 1961 A-block covers are iron and not reproduced (Figure 4b). These are excellent covers because the thick cast iron does not corrode anywhere nearly as bad as later aluminum covers. The cover can be used on all 1957 – 1967 A-blocks.

1962 – 1967 aluminum A-block covers interchange with the 1957 – 1961 A-blocks (Figure 4b).

1964 onward LA273/318/340 aluminum covers can be made to work: Allstar ALL90028 or Dorman 635-400.
Note: The LA cover has the timing marker cast in on the left, whereas the A-block damper timing mark is clocked on the right. There is also a missing bolt hole on the 1970 onward cover that requires plugging in the block. See the timing cover and water pump installation tech article for details.
Timing Set Cover
Aluminum, 1962 – 1967
A-block and LA with Modification. See Notes.1962 – 1967 aluminum A-block covers interchange with all the 1957 – 1967 A-blocks. They are unique from LA covers in that they have an additional bolt hole and do not have a timing marker.

1964 onward LA273/318/340 aluminum covers can be made to work: Allstar ALL90028 or Dorman 635-400.
Note: The LA cover has the timing marker cast in on the left, whereas the A-block damper timing mark is clocked on the right. There is also a missing bolt hole on the 1970 onward cover that requires plugging in the block (Figure 4c). See the timing cover and water pump installation tech article for details.
Valves, Exhaust, 1956, 277/303See notes1956 277/303 used a slightly different valve than later A-blocks.
Factory: 1.562″ diameter, 4.484″ long, 0.372″ stem diameter


Note: Exhaust valves can be taken to 1.625″” safely. Custom race valves can be ordered through REV Racing Engine Valves.
Valves, Exhaust, 1957 – 1958, AllA-block or Custom
See note about 313
Factory: 1.560″ diameter, 4.580″ long, 0.372″ stem diameter

Note: Export 313 heads may have slightly larger valve head diameter.

Note: Exhaust valves can be taken to 1.625″” safely. Custom race valves can be ordered through REV Racing Engine Valves.
Valves, Exhaust, 1959 – 1961, AllA-block or Custom
See note about 313
Factory: 1.563″ diameter, 4.450″ long, 0.372″ stem diameter

Note: Export 313 heads may have slightly larger valve head diameter.

Note: Exhaust valves can be taken to 1.625″” safely. Custom race valves can be ordered through REV Racing Engine Valves.
Valves, Exhaust, 1962 – 1967, AllA-block or Custom
See note about 313
Factory: 1.563″ diameter, 4.530″ long, 0.372″ stem diameter

Note: Export 313 heads may have slightly larger valve head diameter.

Note: Exhaust valves can be taken to 1.625″” safely. Custom race valves can be ordered through REV Racing Engine Valves.
Valves, Intake, 1956, 277/303A-block or Custom
See note about 313
Factory: 1.844″ diameter, 4.547″ long, 0.373″ stem diameter

Note: Export 313 heads may have slightly larger valve head diameter

Note: Intake valves can be taken to 2.02″ safely. Custom race valves can be ordered through REV Racing Engine Valves.
Valves, Intake, 1957 – 1958, AllA-block or Custom
See note about 313
Factory: 1.840″ diameter, 4.60″ long, 0.373″ stem diameter

Note: Export 313 heads may have slightly larger valve head diameter

Note: Intake valves can be taken to 2.02″ safely. Custom race valves can be ordered through REV Racing Engine Valves.
Valves, Intake, 1959 – 1961, AllA-block or Custom
See note about 313
Factory: 1.844″ diameter, 4.510″ long, 0.373″ stem diameter

Note: Export 313 heads may have slightly larger valve head diameter

Note: Intake valves can be taken to 2.02″ safely. Custom race valves can be ordered through REV Racing Engine Valves.
Valves, Intake, 1962 – 1967, AllA-block or Custom
See note about 313
Factory: 1.844″ diameter, 4.590″ long, 0.373″ stem diameter

Note: Export 313 heads may have slightly larger valve head diameter

Note: Intake valves can be taken to 2.02″ safely. Custom race valves can be ordered through REV Racing Engine Valves.
Valve Cover,
Bolt Washers
See NotesEarly A-blocks used a thick, cupped washer. I discovered that skateboard truck washers are almost identical.
Valve SpringsA-block and LA
Match Camshaft Specs
See Notes
A-block and LA share the same spring diameter and install height (1.625 – 1.6875″).

Replacements for a factory A-block camshaft grind are Melling VS150.

Springs must meet the camshaft specifications, fit the valve seal, and meet the correct install height.

WARNING: Rocker arm travel across the valve tip should be checked for proper geometry.
Valve Spring KeepersSee Notes7° or 10° are available and should be matched to the valve stem diameter, groove type, and retainer angle.
Valve Spring RetainersSee NotesShould be matched to the valve spring, valve stem diameter, and keeper angle.
Valve Stem SealsSee NotesThe seal depends on the valve stem diameter (3/8″ stock but available in 11/32″ and 5/16″) and how the machinist turns down the guide. Consult the machinist.
3/8″ Stem Positive Seal: FelPro SS72730 is common
3/8″ Stem Umbrella: FelPro SS70014 is common
Water Pump, 1956,
Iron, Left Intake
A-block 277/303 OnlyUnique Pump, short shaft, requires a shallow pulley (Figure 5a). Casting/part numbers include 1632079 and 1643173. Save used units to rebuild since rebuilt and NOS units are getting difficult and expensive to locate.
Water Pump
1957 – 1969,
Iron, Left Intake
A-block and LAShort shaft, requires shallow pulley (Figures 5b).
OEM Type: WP58180, TFW43030
High-flow: FlowKooler 1701

See the cooling system page for pump selection and installation.

WARNING: Depending on the cooling system, a high-flow pump can actually move the coolant too quickly through the system to where heat from the engine does not have sufficient time to disperse into the coolant and the heat in the coolant does not have time to disperse into the radiator metal. In these cases, a standard-flow pump will actually cool the engine better.
Water Pump
1970 onward
Aluminum,
Right Intake
LALong shaft, requires deep pulley (Figures 5b).
OEM Type: WP58181, TFW43026
High-flow model: Tuff Stuff 1465NA

See the cooling system page for pump selection and installation.

WARNING: Depending on the cooling system, a high-flow pump can actually move the coolant too quickly through the system to where heat from the engine does not have sufficient time to disperse into the coolant and the heat in the coolant does not have time to disperse into the radiator metal. In these cases, a standard-flow pump will actually cool the engine better.

Poly 277 301 303 313 318 326 273 340 360 Electronic Ignition Distributor Engine
Figure 1a: HiRev 7500 Electronic Ignition System with USA Components
Poly 318 277 301 303 313 326 Piston
Figure 2a: Aftermarket Egge Cast Aluminum Piston
Poly 277 318 301 303 313 326 Pulley
Figure 3a: Pre-1970 A/LA Shallow Pulley (left) and 1970 onward LA Deep Pulley (right)
Poly 318 273 340 360 277 301 303 313 326 Timing Cover
Figure 4a: Unique 1956 Timing Cover Compared to 1957 – 1961 Timing Cover

Poly 318 273 340 360 277 301 303 313 326 Timing Cover
Figure 4b: A-block Iron and Aluminum Timing Covers

Poly 318 273 340 360 277 301 303 313 326 Timing Cover
Figure 4c: LA 273/318/340 Aluminum Timing Cover
1956 Poly 318 303 Water Pump
Figure 5a: Unique 1956 277/303 Water Pump Compared to 1957 – 1969 A-block/LA Pump
Poly 318 273 340 360 277 301 303 313 326 Water Pump Long Short
Figure 5b: 1957 – 1969 Iron A-block/LA Water Pump Compared to 1970 onward LA Pump

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