In the first part of our multi-part video series on how to select the right cylinder heads, you’ll learn how runner size and shape factor into choosing the right cylinder heads for your application. Using the ever-popular first-generation small block Chevy as an example, this video will help you identify runners that will keep air moving efficiently, show you how runner sizes affect air flow, and explain why bigger isn’t always better. You’ll also learn what key pieces of information you’ll need to order the optimum set of cylinder heads for your vehicle.

In the next installment of the series, Head Games (Part 2), we’ll cover cylinder head combustion chamber design.

Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.