• Lower Dip Stick Tube Installation with Main Cap Identification Lower Dip Stick Tube Installation with Main Cap Identification
  • Pontiac Valve Stem Sealing Pontiac Valve Stem Sealing We get many questions regarding the intake seal styles on cast iron and aftermarket heads. Pontiac factory cast iron heads came with different styles of sealing such as valve stem o-rings and positive locking valve stem seals. We also machine cast iron heads to accept the same style as aftermarket heads which accept the positive locking valve stem seals. Read more...
  • Pontiac Timing Cover Identification Pontiac Timing Cover Identification How to identify Pontiac Timing Covers from 1964-65, 1966-67, 1968, and 1969 and up
  • Pontiac Water pumps Pontiac Water pumps Here at Butler Performance, we get a lot of tech questions. Some of the most common questions regard cooling the Pontiac engines and water pumps. We have taken some time to show the difference in the water pumps and help you with conversions as well.
  • Installing Lower Dipstick Tube Installing Lower Dipstick Tube
  • Retro-Fit EFI Fuel Pump In-Tank Retro-Fit EFI Fuel Pump In-Tank This article details how to install an EFI in-tank pump in a stock or stock reproduction tank.
  • Pontiac Engine Firing Order

    Pontiac V8

    265, 301, 326, 350, 389, 400, 421, 428, 455

    Firing Order

    Cylinder Numbering Distributor Rotation

    Rotor Under Cap Spins:



    (*307 rotates Clockwise)

    These graphics courtesy of

  • In-Tank EFI Pump on Carbureted Applications In-Tank EFI Pump on Carbureted Applications
  • How to Set Valve Lash How to Set Valve Lash
  • HotRod Magazine's article on "What Causes Passenger Side Lifter Clatter on Pontiac V8 Engines"

    HotRod Magazine's article on "What Causes Passenger Side Lifter Clatter on Pontiac V8 Engines"

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  • D-Port vs. Round Port Edelbrock Performer RPM Heads D-Port vs. Round Port Edelbrock Performer RPM Heads
  • Compression Calculator Compression Calculator Simply fill in the form to calculate your compression ratio
  • Car Craft - Pontiac 400-455 Block Car Craft - Pontiac 400-455 Block    Car Craft 400-455 block.pdf
  • Camshaft Selection

    Not sure what cam is right for you?
    Simply fill out this CAM form and submit it to us. Our engine techs will review the information and give you a recommended cam for you application.

  • Torque Convertor Selection    convertor.pdf

    Not sure what convertor you need?
    Download our convertor recommendation sheet, then fill it out and fax or email the sheet to us. We will call you back with our recommendation.

  • Preassembly Tip Sheet

    Click HERE for this instruction sheet.

  • Pontiac Oiling System Diagram Pontiac Oiling System Diagram    OilRestrictors.pdf

    Click here for the diagram

    Download PDF to determine if you need Oil Restrictors

  • Hydraulic Flat Tappet Lifters    PontLifters.pdf

    Not sure if you have true Pontiac style lifters?

    Download PDF to see difference between Pontiac and Chevy Lifters

  • Butler Performance Inc. Engine Limited Warranty    Warranty.pdf
  • Camshaft Degree Instructions    145.pdf
  • Valve Adjustment To properly adjust valve lash using a hydraulic flat tappet camshaft a sequence must be followed. Begin by working a single cylinder at a time. Turn the engine over by hand, or, have an assistant "bump" the engine over with its starter. When the exhaust valve begins to open, STOP! Adjust the lash of the intake valve at this time. Continue turning engine while paying attention to the intake valve. Stop turning engine when the intake valve has opened and is ¾ closed. Adjust the exhaust valve at this time. Lash adjustment is achieved by sliding the pushrod up and down between the rocker arm and lifter while slowly tightening the rocker arm adjustment nut. When pushrod has no free play between the lifter and rocker arm, STOP! Turn the nut 1/2 turn further to preload the lifter.
  • Pushrod Length Checking Instructions Link to article on
  • Head Torque Sequence Diagram Head Torque Sequence Diagram

    Click here for this instruction sheet

  • Pontiac and Olds Shaker Unit Interchangeability

    To use a shaker scoop from an Oldsmobile engine you will need to locate another shaker from a pontiac application. (See pictures to identify) The bottom portion of the shaker unit is metal and is riveted to the fiberglass shaker. The Olds and Pontiac fiberglass portion of the unit is the same. The rivets will need to be drilled and the metal portion removed to be attached to the corresponding application.

    Oldsmobile Shaker

    Pontiac Shaker

  • Water Pump Height Diagram Water Pump Height Diagram
  • Overheating? - Try our check list

    Cooling has long been an issue in performance enhanced gasoline combustion engines. We recommend engine temperatures not in excess of 180 degrees (F). The cooling system in your pontiac engine is very simple consisting of only a pump, thermostat, fan, and radiator. Failure of only one of the components in the cooling system will result in excessive engine temperatures. Excessive engine temperature can damage an engine in mere seconds. Since different metals expand at different rates with increased temperature you can be sure that engine component clearances are altered, causing wear or premature failure. The most harmful effect of high engine temperature is detonation. Detonation for even a short period of time could damage your rod bearings or possibly even puncture the top of a piston. When attempting to resolve an issue with the cooling system one might start with a checklist covering these subjects:

    • Is there a sufficient amount of coolant in the cooling system?
    • Is the thermostat stuck?
    • Is the radiator clogged? (Inside and out)
    • Is the radiator sufficient for the application?
    • Is there a fan shroud on the radiator?
    • Is the fan close enough to the fan shroud?
    • If the engine is freshly built were the proper gaskets used? (head & intake)
    • If the engine is 1969 or later are the plate and sleeves installed in the timing cover?
    • If the engine is 1969 or later are there good o-rings in the sleeves inserted in the timing cover?
    • If the engine is pre 1969 are both plates installed behind the water pump?
    • Is the impeller of the pump as close as possible to the plate behind it?
    • Is the air/fuel mixture of the engine too lean?
  • Smog-Era heads to OEM intakes modification    HPPP-130100-RO.pdf

    How to modify a smog-era Pontiac cylinder head to accept any original intake manifold

  • Blocks and Motor Mounts - What will fit my car Blocks and Motor Mounts - What will fit my car

    Click Here for information

  • 4.25 or 4.500 crank clearance

    This picture shows the only area that normally needs to be clearanced to put either a 4.25" or 4.500" stroke crank in a Pontiac 400 block- although any new part should be installed and all clearances checked prior to final assembly because of factory production variances.