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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...

Fast Company by Speedy Bill Smith with Dave Argabright

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Those in the know recognize Speedy Bill Smith as a tough racer, a dedicated hot rodder, proficient businessman and the founder of America’s oldest and most prestigious speed shop, Speedway Motors. You’d be hard pressed to find a rodder or a racer anywhere who hasn’t bought a piece of speed equipment from Speedway Motors over the last six decades.

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...

Ralph De Palma, Gentleman Champion

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Hot rodders and hardcore engine guys have a propensity to fixate on what they love and it’s often surprising how narrowly focused they become. Some might acknowledge a fleeting interest in pre-war motor racing activities, but few accept any notion that some form of hot rodding transpired prior to the close of World War II. Can anyone really deny that these early pioneers were anything less than...

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...

Master Motor Builders

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Noted automotive historian Robert J. Neal brings a wealth of knowledge to this meticulously researched examination of Packard’s engine building proficiency. For present day engine buffs it provides essential historical perspective to match the technical revelation of Packard’s extraordinary engine design philosophy. The book is packed with large detail-rich original photographs that reveal the...

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...

Packards at Speed

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Another superb read from the talented pen of Robert J. Neal, automotive historian and suffice to say Packard enthusiast. Packards at Speed delivers an in-depth examination of the Packard Motor Car Company from the viewpoint of the firm's high performance and racing participation. Neal states that this book represents the first volume of his comprehensive effort to study...

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.

Championship Engine Assembly

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Find out what really makes horsepower in a racing engine with Reher-Morrison's comprehensive racing engine assembly book. This book contains the best information and latest technology from Reher-Morrison Racing Engines' expert staff of head porters, machinists and engine assemblers. Over 392 information-packed pages are filled with more than 600 detailed...

Classic Racing Engines

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Esteemed automotive author Karl Karl Ludvigsen’s Classic Racing Engines provides a detailed look at fifty classic racing engines spanning an eighty-year period since 1914 when racing engines emerged as a separate and distinct type of automotive power source. This authoritative book details famous engines and many lesser known engines, providing exceptional depth of detail about

How to Build Big–Inch Chevy Small Blocks

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Small block V8s are the ideal engine combination for most high performance applications and nothing fits the requirement like the tried and true small block Chevy. It’s light and more compact than most engines and it has the greatest depth of performance parts selection to support any desired application. And best of all, can be built with specific parts combinations to derive...

How to Build Killer Big Block Chevy Engines

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Despite an abundance of “How to Build Big Block Chevy” books populating the internet and local book stores, there are still valuable opportunities to learn something new about extracting power from big block Chevy engines. And who better to learn it from than Tom Dufur, a champion drag racer who has won the K&N Super Eliminator Championship twice with...