Articles written by: Mike Mavrigian

Mike Mavrigian has been building and writing about engines almost as long as there has been internal combustion. He has written well over 1,000 technical articles and seven books, and is editor of Precision Engine Magazine. Mike’s shop, Birchwood Automotive, specializes in street performance and racing engines and vehicle restoration. As you’ll see in this article series, he includes a wealth of information on his engine builds.

Tech Articles

Installation and Removal Tips for LS Engine 24x or 58x Reluctor Wheels

Any builder familiar with late model engines knows that an engine’s computer control system monitors both camshaft and crankshaft position in order to achieve correct spark and fuel delivery. Many […]

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Best of Both Worlds: Building a Gen 1/LS Hybrid with World Products’ Motown II LS Block (Part 2)

Editor’s Note: Mike Mavrigian must do nothing but build engines and write stories about them. We have visions of his shop, Birchwood Automotive, set deep in the woods with Mavrigian keeping little […]

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Best of Both Worlds: Building a Gen 1/LS Hybrid with World Products’ Motown II LS Block (Part 1)

Editor’s Note: Mike Mavrigian must do nothing but build engines and write stories about them. We have visions of his shop, Birchwood Automotive, set deep in the woods with Mavrigian […]

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Project LS Next (Part 3): We Dyno Test the 440 Cubic-Inch “LS Next” Project

In this episode of Project LS Next, we find out what Mike Mavrigian’s 440 cubic-inch LS engine made on the dyno—after he installed the induction system, ignition, and a pair […]

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Project LS Next (Part 2): Installing the Oil System and Valvetrain on Our 665-Horse LS Build

Editor’s Note: We’re back with Part Two of Project LS Next, a 440 cubic inch LS engine based on Dart’s LS Next iron block and built by Mike Mavrigian at […]

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Project LS Next (Part 1): The Short Block for our 665-Horse 440 LS Build

Editor’s Note: Mike Mavrigian of Birchwood Automotive is back with another cool engine build. This one is a 440 cubic inch LS engine based on Dart’s LS Next iron block. […]

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Back in Black Nighthawk LS (Part 3): 629 Horsepower from a 408 LS Engine!

Editor’s Note: Mike Mavrigian’s shop, Birchwood Automotive, specializes in street performance and racing engines as well as vehicle restoration. We covered his last build, a 499 cubic inch Mopar 400 […]

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Back in Black Nighthawk LS (Part 2): Heads, Valvetrain, Oiling System & More

Editor’s Note: Mike Mavrigian’s shop, Birchwood Automotive, specializes in street performance and racing engines as well as vehicle restoration. We covered his last build, a 499 cubic inch Mopar 400 big […]

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Mopar 499 Street Hero (Part 4): The Dyno Results and an EFI Surprise

Editor’s Note: Mike Mavrigian has been building and writing about engines almost as long as there has been internal combustion. Mike’s shop, Birchwood Automotive, specializes in street performance and racing […]

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Mopar 499 Street Hero (Part 3): Cylinder Heads, Valvetrain & External Parts

Editor’s Note: Mike Mavrigian has been building and writing about engines almost as long as there has been internal combustion. Mike’s shop, Birchwood Automotive, specializes in street performance and racing […]