SEMA 2011: Dart’s New Budget SHP Cylinder Heads; Assembly Lube

Dart is best known in the industry for their high quality heads, blocks, and coatings.  But race parts come at a higher cost, which is why a few years ago Dart released their budget line of parts called SHP.  The first parts introduced to the SHP line were small block Chevy and Ford blocks, though don’t think budget means it’s bad quality, all Dart’s parts are stemmed from their top shelf race parts in a budget-friendly package.  Even Dart’s short blocks are assembled in house along side their Pro Stock engine campaign.

New to the SHP line is a cast A356-T6 aluminum small block Chevy cylinder head that is designed to work with most off the shelf components, so you won’t need to worry about acquiring costly custom components. These heads come in bare or assembled packages in 180cc or 200cc intake port volumes.  Assembled heads come with a 2.02 intake and 1.60 exhaust valve with a 1.250 single spring standard.

Dart SHP Small Block Chevy Head Features:

• A356-T6 aluminum alloy
• Bolt on compatibility: Standard valve angle and spacing are retained to allow use of off the shelf pistons and valve train components
• Multi-angle intake seats and radiused exhaust seats dramatically increase air/fuel flow
• Hardened exhaust seats are compatible with unleaded gasoline
• Manganese bronze valve guides extend cylinder head life
• Machined for 1.250 or 1.437 diameter valve springs
• Straight spark plug configuration

Dart’s High Performance Assembly Lube is designed for mechanics and technicians to pre-lube bearings, cams, lifters, and valvetrain components. Specially formulated and produced in collaboration with Lucas Oil Products, this premium lube is ideal for new engine builds as well as rebuilding. The semi synthetic formula contains zinc, moly, and other high pressure additives which offer maximum protection during engine break-in.

Dart High Performance Assembly Lube will eliminate dry starts and prevent seizing, galling and scuffing. It is also useful to maintain protection of critical engine parts during long term storage, and is compatible with all common oils.

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Mark Gearhart

In 1995 Mark started photographing drag races at his once local track, Bradenton Motorsports Park. He became hooked and shot virtually every series at the track until 2007 until he moved to California and began working as a writer for Power Automedia. He was the founding editor for its first online magazines, and transitioned into the role of editorial director role in 2014. Retiring from the company in 2016, Mark continues to expand his career as a car builder, automotive enthusiast, and freelance journalist to provide featured content and technical expertise.
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