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How to Build Max-Performance Pontiac V-8s

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We review a lot of engine tech books and find this iteration of CarTech's max power Pontiac book an informative look at what's currently out there in the world of high performance Pontiac hardware. And it provides the reader with six great sample engine builds from four top Pontiac engines builders. These builds range from 500 HP to 1200 HP and include hardware that many...

The V12 Engine

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V12 engines from a broad range of manufacturers are examined in detail. Readers learn the purpose behind each engine’s design philosophy, design features, performance, applications, problems and a few failures. What ultimately emerges is essentially the “Last Word” on V12 engine, development and usage from an extraordinarily well qualified authority...

Coventry Climax Racing Engines

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Coventry Climax racing engines were the first British racing engines to power world championship winning Formula 1 cars. They won four Formula 1 world championships under the direction and engineering influence of Chief Engineer and Technical Director Walter Hassen. Hassen had been Chief Development Engineer at Jaguar and he possessed a...
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The Marvelous Mechanical Designs of Harry A. Miller

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A veritable gold mine of prewar racing and engineering design genius, the archives represent a historical treasure of immeasurable value. To help preserve the record of these important racing artifacts and present Miller’s work to engine enthusiasts everywhere White has assembled this 126 page pictorial collection illustrating some of Miller’s best known work...

Smokey Yunick’s Power Secrets New Edition

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The latest version of Smokey Yunick’s Power Secrets reviewed here is unchanged in any way except for a few photos substituted for those that no longer reproduced well. What has changed is the format. The new version features larger type for easier reading and it has extra space for readers to make notes. And for the first time it is now coil bound so the pages lay flat when you want to lay it out...

Turbo

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Most engine builders know their engines inside and out, but many tread on shaky ground when it comes to selecting and applying chargers effectively. Fortunately for all of us there are still experts like author Jay K. Miller willing to share their intimate knowledge of turbocharger science. Miller’s performance credentials are solid and he shares a wealth of turbocharger knowledge with...

Stock Car Racing Engine Technology

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This excellent engine theory book was done in 2007, but it still contains some of best information available on advanced theory and design for racing engines. It was produced by Circle Track Magazine with contributions from noted racing authorities like Smokey Yunick, Jim McFarland, Chuck Jenckes and Dick Wells. There’s no regurgitated filler between the covers of this book; just solid racing engine facts and recommendations. It covers all the major topics of racing engine preparation and a full complement of engine theory topics that will change the way you think about race engine design and assembly.   The book […]

The Complete Chrysler Hemi

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The Chrysler Hemi engine achieved legendary stature early thanks to the intensity of hot rodders and drag racers that quickly recognized its performance potential and adopted it for both street and strip in record numbers. Anyone seeking to understand the remarkable history and technical intricacies of the Chrysler Hemi will discover a wealth of information in Tex Smith’s The Complete...

Chevy Small Block V8 Interchange Manual

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Interchange manuals are notoriously difficult to research and write, particularly when they cover a very popular engine that has been manufactured in more than a dozen different sizes and even more configurations. Still basic interchangeable components should be cataloged with little difficulty because so much previously published material is already available. In this regard the book falls short...

Nitrous Oxide Performance Handbook

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This book delivers the most thorough and well presented explanation of the chemistry and combustion process that occurs with the use of nitrous oxide and paves the way for novice users to advance quickly and easily to top end systems that deliver incredible performance compared to normally aspirated applications that can't compete with the kick that nitrous adds...

Engine Blueprinting

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This book has been the blueprinting bible for nearly thirty years. It is the engine builder’s most comprehensive guide to building more horsepower and reliability into every engine you build. Its longevity speaks volumes about its quality and readers will no doubt agree once they absorb all the engine building details packed into every page...

Chevy Small Block Circle Track Racing Engines

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Some of the best engine mods around are found in circle track racing engines that are required to build strong mid-range and top end power teamed with exceptional durability and in many cases a conscientious budget. Circle Track Magazine technical editor Jeff Huneycutt has got all the particulars and he presents them here in three complete engine builds plus a detailed analysis of..

GM LS-Series Engines: The Complete Swap Manual

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This is a follow-on book to author Joseph Potak’s How to Build and Modify GM LS Series Engines in which he detailed the performance community’s broad embracement of GM’s LS-series engine proving it a worthy successor to the venerable Chevy small block V8. Chevy small block V8. Swapping GM LS EnginesLS engines are configured differently and thus they are not a bolt-in swap for...

Supercharging Performance Handbook

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Supercharging is hot. Many of today’s top performance cars are supercharged right from the factory and they deliver performance like nobody’s business. OEM manufacturers and aftermarket specialty suppliers have invested heavily in supercharging and times have never been better for showroom shoppers and the do-it-yourself hot rodder...

Ford Y-Block

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The Ford Y-block V8 never achieved the popularity of the Ford flathead or the small block Chevy, but it did set a few performance standards back in the day and is still revered by many Ford enthusiasts. Named for its unique Y-shaped cylinder block with the crankshaft centerline located well above the bottom of the block, the Y-block remains a nostalgic favorite for many Ford enthusiasts...

Motorsports Standard Atmosphere and Weather Conditions Methods

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The Motorsports Standard Atmosphere was conceived by author Patrick Hale who gained considerable notoriety in the world of motorsports for the engine simulation software (Racing Systems Analysis) he developed in the mid-1980s to support his own racing efforts in the NHRA’s Competition Eliminator ranks.

How to Build Classic Hot Rod V8 Engines

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Engine guys love to read about engines particularly classic hot rod engines of the V8 flavor. And some engine guys enjoy writing about their passion and sharing their knowledge with other engine guys. That would be author George McNicholl, a self-confessed hot rodder, drag racing fan and genuine performance engine nut. In this book he deals with some of the perennial early favorites...

How to Build and Modify GM LS-Series Engines

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There’s much to digest in this well assembled look at building and modifying LS engines. Novice builders get the straight scoop on the best methods for building LS engines and experienced builders gain a thorough understanding of the all new design and the modifications required to make these babies sing. Potak supports his work with large clear photos and a well written narrative...

Engine Airflow

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Harold Bettes is a widely respected engineer who spent the better part of his career making SuperFlow Corporation one of the premier engine and chassis dyno testing companies in the United States. Among the many performance books available for engine students and builders, his Engine Airflow remains a cut above in terms of value to the reader...

V8 Horsepower Performance Handbook

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The best thing about this book is the down-to-earth presentation geared to novice and first time engine builders. The author is clearly qualified to provide commentary on the subject. After spending seven years as technical editor of Popular Hot Rodding magazine, he co-founded the Engine Masters Challenge was the founding editor of Engine Masters Quarterly and Street Thunder...

The Great FE Intake Comparo

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The Great FE Intake Comparo is the perfect title for Jay Brown’s exhaustingly detailed evaluation of Ford FE engine intake and exhaust manifolds. Once you read it, the “Comparo” is clearly as “great” as the title implies. Few first time authors ever approach the level of detail Brown provides in his refreshingly thorough, , no stone left unturned evaluation of FE V8 induction systems.

The Ford-Cosworth DFV, The Inside Story of F1’s Greatest Engine

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Students and fans of race engine technology will find Andrew Noakes account of the Ford-Cosworth DFV engine’s design, development and performance record a captivating observation of one of the greatest racing engines in motorsport history. Ford DFV Cover ImageThe Ford-Cosworth DFV won more than 150 Formula 1 races during its 17-year heyday which spanned the 1970’s and...

Offy, America’s Greatest Racing Engine

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Any self respecting engine guy knows a thing or two about Offys; most likely they have heard of them and they know that Offys used to be bad ass racing engines back in the day. What they don’t know is that “back in the day” started in 1930 and spanned five roaring decades through 1980 and beyond with some of the most competitive racing ever seen. America’s greatest racing engine challenged and dominated...

Small-Block Chevy Performance: 1955-1996

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The small-block Chevy is widely known as the most popular engine of all time. Produced in staggering numbers and boasting huge aftermarket support, small blocks are the engine of choice for a large segment of the performance community. Originally published as two separate volumes, Small Block Chevy Performance 1955-1996 now covers the latest information on all...

A Technical and Operational History of the Liberty Engine

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In the early days of the twentieth century aircraft engines were regularly employed in racing cars and speed record attempts, both on land and sea. One such engine is the focus of Robert J. Neal’s extraordinary 615 page treatise on the widely regarded Liberty aircraft engine, an aviation workhorse that also excels as a multiple land speed record holder and a marine racing powerhouse of considerable note.