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Skip White Performance
3349 E. Stone Dr.
Kingsport, TN 37660

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This sale is for a set of heads (2 heads).

Important note.

Our user id is: skipwhite, and our store name is whiteperformance1. You may have noticed other sellers using a similar name offering similar products. These other sellers have capitalized on our name as we see it, and many customers searching for us will inadvertently find them, thinking we are one in the same company. There is only one "Skip White." We are the original premier seller under this name since approximately 2003. We have no other names, nor are we associated with any other company regardless of the similarity in the name or location. Our official company name is Skip White Performance. Please see the article in the lower part of this ad for a more detailed explanation.

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Intake Exhaust

Valve Opening CFM Valve Opening CFM

0.050 31 0.050 27

0.100 66 0.100 57

0.200 125 0.200 112

0.300 194 0.300 152

0.400 255 0.400 192

0.500 296 0.500 219

0.600 310 0.600 240

0.700 323 0.700 257

0.800 335 0.800 271

The Speedmaster bbc heads are perfect for 427, 454, 496 and 540 street/strip engines. Read the important note below before purchasing. These are what we use on our 505 and 555 bbc engines. They will produce up to 680 hp with the proper cam and intake manifold on pump gas. Compression ratio must be addressed. This is an outstanding trouble-free set of heads. Fully built, ready to install.

Important note.

These heads are not suitable on 396 or 402 engines that have the less then 4.250" bore size. With the larger 2.250" intake valve on the BBC OVAL heads, it can interfere with the cylinder wall. These heads are well suited on 4.280" and larger bore BBC engines. The recommended compression would be from 9.8:1 to 10.5:1 with pump gas, taking advantage of the aluminum castings.

In the lower section of this ad you will find valuable information on how these heads perform when used with various engine sizes and cam combinations in street rod form. Please read the complete ad before purchasing.

Fully assembled with premium PBM race grade valves, 1.46 springs, Comp retainers, viton valve seals, spring ID locators, high grade Comp Cams 10 degree locks. The hardware setup in these heads is for use with hydraulic flat tappet cams. Below is a detailed breakdown of the hardware used in these heads. We do offer these heads set up for all types of cams. See our other listings.

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Valve size 2.250 and 1.88. These heads have the correct seat diameter to allow use of these valves.

We know of many sellers of aluminum high performance heads that claim to use good hardware. Chances are they don't know the difference between low grade and high quality hardware. Failure to follow proper assembly procedures and the use of low grade hardware are what cause most problems. Good quality hardware and proper installation can determine how well the heads will function and hold up under hard use.


Please note: Due to a high volume of sales at this time, these heads may take up to 3 business days to complete and ship. Please let us know if you are under a time constraint with this order, and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

These are true multi-purpose heads for street, drag race, and power boat applications. This set is an excellent upgrade over OEM cast iron heads on your big block engine. We honestly feel there is not a better set of heads for the price. These heads are tried and proven. The intake runner volume is 300cc, and the combustion chambers are 119cc.

You can reduce your engine weight by around 100 lbs. with the use of aluminum heads. You can also increase your power up to 250hp over an OEM 454 engine, depending on choice of cam and intake manifold. Comression ratio must be approx. 10.5:1 or higher on 427 and 454 engines. 496 or larger engines can get by with less compression but no lower than 10:1.

We do our own assembly on our heads. See details below about our hardware and assembly procedure.

We also offer variations of these heads for use with all types of cams. Be sure of what type cam you plan to run before purchasing. Read the ad completely before purchasing.

The horsepower gain from the weight reduction of aluminum heads alone is noticeable, not to mention the fact that aluminum heads will allow you to run a bit more compression without the risk of detonation. The benefits are many to running aluminum heads. The most expensive cars in the world all run them. There are no drawbacks!

Tech support is available. We are confident that we offer the best advice in the business.

We also offer these heads in bare form, as many customers have selected a machine shop of their choice, as well as their own hardware. We hope you will check out our other listings for the many other items we have available.

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Here is a rundown on the hardware used in these heads and the assembly process.

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PBM Competition Series Valves.

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PS824 forged high temp stainless. 10% reduced weight. Hardened keeper groove.

We use what we consider to be the best valves on the market: the Competition series PBM backcut valves. These valves are considered very high quality. Do a search on this brand of valves and you will find them to be very highly rated.

PBM has three different series of valves. These are the top line. The backcut feature reduces valve weight by an average of 13 grams per valve. This weight reduction of approx. 208 grams for the complete set has a great effect on acceleration, deceleration, and will extend valve train life. The valve spring compression and rebound action will remain stable at a higher rpm with the use of reduced weight valves. The instability of a valve spring at high rpm is known as valve float. This is very damaging to the heads, and valve train components.

The backcut feature is not be mistaken for an undercut. These valves have both features. Backcutting is an additional radius put on the head of the valve to increase the flow numbers and reduce valve weight. The flow increase is usually around 3-6 points on the flow bench, and possibly more, depending on the initial flow rate of the heads. According to one of our machinists who built Winston cup engines for 15 years, the exhaust valves had an additional radius cut on the outermost edge that allowed a better escape of the exhaust gas. This cut on the exhaust valve is in addition to the backcut feature.

The Competition series is made from a much higher temp alloy than most other stainless valves. There are at least three levels of stainless valves on the market, excluding those used in very high level racing such as pro-mod. The PBM Competition series is compared to the highest level of those three.

Notice in the picture below the concaved face of the valves. You will only see this on high end valves. Most other valves are either flat faced or have a dimple in the center.

The pictures below show our PBM valves installed in set of CNC'd combustion chamber heads. This is not actual combustion chamber of the PC heads. The pictures are to show you the valve face design.


Pictured directly below in the first pic. is the PBM competition valve, and the other pic. is of our conventional style valve. It was difficult to show the back-cut feature in the picture, but note that the valve that is hand-held (PBM) has a third radius cut.

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These valves are swirl finished, back-cut plus undercut style, and have a very well designed lock groove. The exhaust valves have an additional feature: a blunt face on the outermost edge to assist in the elimination of exhaust gases. Low temp valves will fail with ease under the right conditions. High temp valves are not just for those running to extremes; they are essential for all carbureted engines. Should your engine lean out for any reason, the combustion temperatures can rise in an instant. Carbs that are not working as they should (and all carbs have their moments) can cause a lean condition and you will most likely not know this is happening.

Using a low grade stainless valve on a BBC engine, will cause problems sooner or later. If you're running a blower, your valves must be of the highest grade stainless. Marine engines require a premium valve due to the fact they are ran at high rpm (usually 85% of max rpm) for long periods of time. This sustained high speed is more than any standard stainless valves can take, and not just due to the heat. The stems must be perfectly designed and constructed with high end alloys. These valves are used in many 800 hp BBC engines. You simply can't do this with low level stainless valves, or they will fail.

High Performance Springs.

Our springs are 1.46 diameter, with an internal damper. Others are using springs that are much smaller in diameter. Smaller diameter springs may be in the correct spring pressure zone, but they usually have a shorter life. All of our engines using the Speedmaster BBC heads use these springs.

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10 Degree machined valve locks.

We use only Comp Super 10 degree machined locks. Our head builder noticed the low grade locks on the market fit more loosely than he felt they should, not to mention the possibility that they were made of inferior metal. He envisioned the engine being much more prone to dropping a valve at high rpm. Using these locks, coupled with our PBM valves, we have yet to have an engine drop a valve due to a valve lock failure.

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Comp Cams retainers # 75740-16 and Comp Cams ID locators Part number: 4771-16

Our Comp Cams retainers # 75740-16 and Comp ID locators # VTH-4771-16 are made from 4130 chromoly steel. These retainers have a perfect fit with the Comp valve locks. We have used these on all of our engines for many years, and have had zero failures.

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Assembly Procedure

We hone all of the bronze valve guides with a ball berry flex hone to establish not only perfect clearance, but also a semi cross hatch finish for oil retention. We finish off with a natural bristle brush. The heads are then placed in our parts washer and cleaned with high pressure hot water, then pressure dried. Before installing the valves, we apply a heavy coat of engine assembly lube to the valve stems. The coating on the valve stems is essential to protect the bronze guides from gaulding on initial startup.

Our next step is to set the spring pressure to a predetermined pressure using a spring height checking device, most suitable for street rod use. The springs we are using allow for a near perfect seat to nose ratio. Be warned that some sellers of aftermarket heads may not be checking the installed height when assembling the heads, and may not be setting them up to the correct pressures. We have a full scale machine shop with several very knowledgeable engine builders that know and fully understand how to properly assemble a set of heads. Combine the possibility of poor assembly methods with incorrect or low grade hardware, and it is easy to see how failures can result.

Guide plate recommendation.

We strongly recommend the use of the Dart adjustable guide plates with these heads, or with any BBC aluminum heads for that matter. These guide plates will allow better rocker tip alignment due to the fact they are fully adjustable. We use them on every set of BBC heads we install on our engines, including the Dart Platinum Pro-1's, and AFR heads. The rocker tip may end up offset to one side more than is acceptable when using fixed guide plates, and the Dart adjustable guide plates allow a decent amount of correction. The variances in stud position to valve guide alignment vary on all brands of heads. The rockers could also contribute to this issue, as the trunnion or rocker body could have variance. By having proper rocker tip alignment, you are distributing the pressure on the valve tip evenly. This not only reduces uneven valve tip wear, but also prevents undue stress on the valve guides in the heads. The part number for these guide plates is BBC-ADJ-GP. See our other listings for these items.

Pushrod recommendation.

Do not use stock GM pushrods with these heads.

The spring pressures on aftermarket heads are somewhat higher than on OE heads. Combine this with the larger lift and duration cams often used, and stock pushrods may flex or permanently bend. They will most likely be the wrong length. The stock pushrods are usually made from a mild 1810 steel that has been heat treated. Under high rpm, they will usually flex and cause a loss of lift, resulting in a power loss. The engine will usually run erratically when pushrods are flexing. The Spintron valve train dyno proves that inadequate pushrods will flex to a great degree as engine rpm increases.

Some GM pushrods have a welded ball on them, and they stand a greater chance of breaking off with the use of larger than stock cams and increased spring pressure. We offer high quality USA made, Howards brand pushrods made from 4310 chromoly. They are superior to any stock pushrod. Our prices on them are the best you will find.

You will see many low cost pushrods on the market, but these are totally unsuitable for use with these heads for the many reasons mentioned above, and they are not guide plate compatible. These pushrods will cause problems when used on a high performance setup.

Should you purchase a set of pushrods from us and find that the length is not suitable, you may return them, and we will send out the size you request.


If you have been a regular shopper with us, you will have noticed we do offer some knock-off products that are made off-shore. We do also sell many products made in the USA. We have always been very particular as to the quality and workmanship of such products, while considering the cost. We scrutinize our products very carefully and refuse to sell products that simply don't meet our standards. We have now eliminated another of the low cost knock-off products from our line. The low cost imported rocker arm studs have shown numerous problems unlike those in the past. We have looked at several others on the market, and still find many issues with them that are not acceptable.

Many of the studs had run-out in the shaft of up to an eighth of an inch. This caused major problems with rocker alignment, and depending where the position was when the stud tightened up, would determine the direction of the rocker misalignment. If the warped stud was facing toward or opposite the valve, then the roller tip would would not be centered to the valve tip. This would then create a loss of lift and cause increased wear on the valve tip.

If the warped stud tightened up in a side to side position, then this would allow the rocker tip to be cocked on the valve tip. This would then side load the valve tip with undue pressure, creating a serious wear problem on the side of the valve tip and create excessive wear on the valve guides in the heads. This also side loaded the rocker trunnion and front roller, creating an excessive wear issue in the roller rockers.

We also found a difference in the tread pitch and depth compared to the ARP studs. The rocker studs in an engine are under a tremendous upwards pull and improper thread design may cause the studs to pull out of the head. The ARP studs screw into the heads with a very precise fit and feel.

After thoroughly comparing the ARP studs and several off shore models, I am convinced that we will never offer the off shore studs again, regardless of the price difference. They were never as bad in the past as what we’re seeing now. This run-out was most likely caused by improper heat treating methods.

We are aware of only one other rocker arm stud besides ARP on the market of decent quality, and that's from the GM Performance division, and it's fair to say they are most likely supplied to GM by ARP under private label.

We have rejected many products that are outright junk and would cause serious issues in your engine only to see other sellers offering those same exact products. It's all about learning where to draw the line.

The correct ARP rocker stud part number to use with these heads is #100-7101. See our other listings for these parts.

Studs and guide plates are NOT included. Other sellers may include these items but rest assured, they are usually not suitable for these heads. We use nothing but the Dart adjustable guide plates and ARP rocker studs when we build an engine using these heads, as they allow for perfect alignment of your rockers. See our other listings for a full selection of accessories.

We are glad to offer many great low cost items, as well as the high end products, but will always give careful consideration to quality, functionality, and overall value.


We have noticed several sellers offering these heads with a one size fits all valve springs for dual use on hydraulic flat tappet and hydraulic roller cams.

We are sure this is not the proper way to setup the heads.

If they have this one size fits all setup somewhere in the middle spring pressure values of what is required for a hyd. flat tappet and a hyd roller cam, then it would be too much for the hydr. flat tappet cam, and create a wear issue. Putting too much pressure on flat tappet cams is a sure way to kill the cam. If these middle of the road springs were used on a hyd. roller cam, then the spring pressure would be too low. Valve float and its damaging effects, along with a loss of performance are sure to occur.

We use the correct spring for your setup and it is never the same on a hyd. flat tappet as it would be on a hyd. roller cam. As mentioned above, the spring requirements between a roller cam and flat tappet cam are dramatically different. Even the odd ball solid flat tappet cam has its own unique setup depending on the lift. The one size fits all hardware claims also to work on these cams. We know of several sellers offering this insane setup to unsuspecting buyers, and it’s not the proper way to set up a set of heads. We would not even consider using a spring setup like this, and believe me, the simplicity of it is appealing.


Intake Gasket: Felpro 1212 For oval port heads.

Intake Port volume: 300cc

Intake Port Dim:

Int Port Location: Stock

Intake Valve Dia.: 2.250"

Exh Valve Dia.: 1.880"

Exhaust Port Dim:

Exh Port Location: Raised

Exhaust Gasket: Depends on what type exhaust you're using. Best to try and match up the gasket to your header or exhaust manifold

Head Gasket: Felpro 1017-1 for Mark V & VI blocks, or our PC-5211 MLS head gaskets for Mark V and earlier blocks.

Flow, Exhaust: BBC-50 Head bolts, or ARP 135-3607 Head bolts or our BBC-75 Head stud kits.

Manifold: Most any oval port style intake will work. Our oval port aluminum intakes fit very well.

Milling: Max. .060 Scroll down to see info in this listing for details on this.

Pistons: Most stock or aftermarket pistons. Our Wiseco pistons combine perfectly with these heads.

Push Rod length: We have the correct pushrods needed. See our other listings.

Push rod Guide Plate: We strongly recommend Dart adjustable guide plates. Not included. # BBC-ADJ-GP. See our other listings

Rocker Arm studs. ARP 100-7101 Do not use off-shore rocker arm studs. ARP only. Not included. See our other listings.

Retainers: Steel 10° Comp brand machined locks are used on all of our heads.

Spark Plug: Straight, .750" reach, gasket, Autolite 3923 or NGK 4544 for one step lower heat range. See our other listings for these.

Spring Pockets: 1.550" OD (.030" deeper max)

Springs: 1.46 outer diameter. Dual spring for hyd.

roller cams. Single for those running a hyd. flat tappet cam.

Valve Length: .250 over intake valves, std length exhaust valves.

Valve Stem Dia: .3415" - 11/32"

Valve Train: STD BBC 7/16” stud mount

Valve Guides: 1/2" OD Int = Mag-bronze Exh = Phos-bronze (.002" press)

Valve Guide length:

Valve Guide clearance: .0014" - .002" (with our .3415 dia. valve stem)

Valve Guide Spacing:

Valve Seats: Hardened Ductile Iron, .006" press

Valve Seat dim. Standard

Valve Seat angles: Int = 32° - 45° - 60° - 70° Exh = 37° - 45° - radius

Stud Girdle:

Torque: Head Bolts = 65-70 ft/lb

Rocker Studs = 50 ft/lb

Manifold = 35 ft/lb

Block Use: Any BBC, GM OR DART Iron or Aluminum

Weight: 70-72 lbs fully assembled pair.

A final note...Skip White Performance...About Us

I'm sure many of you have noticed there are 2 high performance engine builders in Kingsport, TN with similar names, leading to a great amount of confusion.

We are Skip White Performance, NOT White Performance and Machine.

Due to the name similarity, many customers looking for us online inadvertently find them, thinking we are the same company. Definitely not...there is no connection between the two companies. We don't have a problem with free enterprise (competition). However, when the competition builds their foundation on such things as a name similarity and their supposedly long history of being in business, then we think it's about time we set the record straight.

We have owned White Performance since 2003, with the exception of the machine shop, which was owned by Fred White at the time. He continued to operate the machine shop and build engines for us while we continued selling online under the user ID of skipwhite and the store name of whiteperformance1.

Due to their limited production capability and many disagreements about the engine and head building process as well as workmanship, we opted to open a full scale machine shop of our own a few years later. Fred White began competing against us even though our contract had a non-compete clause in it.

As our business grew, we opened a second, much larger warehouse and machine shop around 2011, located on Brookside Ln. in Kingsport TN. By putting heart and soul in this company, we have become the number one street rod engine builder in the nation.

Fred sold his shop to an investor in 2016 and the new owners continue to reap the benefits from this confusion between the two shops. This investor lacked any knowledge of this industry. They continue to use the White Performance & Machine name. Contrary to what is posted on their website, Fred White is no longer associated with the company in any way. Their main spiel in advertising is, "In business since 1979," when in fact, we purchased the White Performance company in 2003, with the exception of the machine shop.

All in all, we have been in this business going on 17+ years. Skip White's passion has been owning and building street rods for 47 years on a personal level. The knowledge he has gained over time has allowed him to venture into this business and succeed to a very high level.

The great pretenders continue capitalizing on our success due to the name similarity, but have been degrading our reputation. We have been getting calls nearly on a daily basis from people that now realize there are two shops in this town with very similar names. Customers complain of serious problems in getting their orders in a timely manner from them. They think they purchased their cylinder heads from us. Due to the confusion, there is an increasing amount of negative feedback that is affecting our name within the street rod community, when in fact we have a near perfect reputation in this industry. We have an "A+" rating with the Better Business Bureau and we have maintained the A+ rating for many years.

FAST FORWARD TO PRESENT DAY...We have become the largest street rod engine builder in the nation. Our engines, rotating assemblies, and cylinder heads are built to very high standards and shipped to our customers in a timely manner. We are a premier seller on with a positive feedback score of well over 206,000 and growing, as compared to our competitor’s score of approximately 24,000.

Our engines are custom-built to our customers' specifications and are shipped in approx. 2-5 weeks, perhaps sooner, depending on the season. Our rotating assemblies usually ship out in about one week or less, and our heads ship in about a week or less.

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