It’s simple: We offer the ZZ502/502 Base crate engine for builders who want the super-strong bottom end and high-flow aluminum oval-port cylinder heads, but also want to finish the engine their way.
The ZZ502/502 Base engine uses our new cylinder block casting that is stronger and better suited to high-performance combinations. A forged steel crankshaft, forged rods, and forged pistons form the reciprocating assembly, with a smooth-operating hydraulic roller camshaft delivering big 0.527/0.544-inch lift. The lightweight aluminum heads boast 110-cc combustion chambers and big, 2.25-inch intake and 1.88-inch exhaust valves.
We rate the ZZ502/502 Base engine at 508 horsepower and 580 lb-ft of torque when it is finished with Chevrolet Performance aluminum intake manifold (P/N 12363406) and Holley 870-cfm carburetor (P/N 19170094). The other parts you need to complete the engine — including chrome dress-up parts — are available from your dealer and chevroletperformance.com.
The ZZ502/502 Base is a great foundation. It’s up to you to make the most of it.
Chevy Big-Block V-8
Displacement (cu. in.):
Bore x Stroke (in.):
4.470 x 4.000
Block (P/N 19170540):
Cast-iron with four-bolt main caps
Crankshaft (P/N 10183723):
Connecting Rods (P/N 19170198):
Forged steel, shot-peened
Pistons (P/N 12533507):
Camshaft Type (P/N 12366543):
Camshaft Lift (in.):
.527 intake / .544 exhaust
Camshaft Duration (@.050 in.):
224° intake / 234° exhaust
Cylinder Heads (P/N 12363390):
Aluminum oval port; 110-cc chambers
Valve Size (in.):
2.250 intake / 1.880 exhaust; stainless
Rocker Arms (P/N 12368082):
Rocker Arm Ratio:
Base 8° BTDC, 30° total
Maximum Recommended rpm:
Already own one, but lost some of the paperwork? We’ve got you covered with downloads and links for some of the more important documents below. You’ll find everything from the vital data about your engine’s capabilities to how to install it into your build, even all of the warranty information should you need to make a claim. And don’t forget, the best way we can make sure to get you the latest information on your specific part is to tell us which one you have by registering your engine. No matter what stage of your build you’re in — from shopping for the right part to that part having turned in a few miles — we have the information you need.
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Unless specifically noted to the contrary herein, vehicles equipped with Chevrolet Performance Parts may not meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and emissions regulations and should not be operated on public roads. Chevrolet Performance customers are responsible for ensuring their use of Chevrolet Performance complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances. Many parts intended for racing or other “off-highway” use are not designed or tested for crashworthiness or to meet the safety needs of the motoring public, and may adversely affect the original intended performance or handling characteristics of the vehicle. These parts are designed and intended to be used with experts supervising their installation and use, to help assure the proper and safe operation of the vehicle.
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