V8 Horsepower Performance Handbook


Author Scott Parkhurst wrote this book on the premise that to become an accomplished engine builder you have to know where to begin and how to plan your engine project for maximum effectiveness. That means having a thorough understanding of every component in the engine and how they all function together to make horsepower. It also means understanding the subtle nuances of your engine’s individual parts and the pitfalls that can upset you plans if you don’t allow for them at every stage of the process. V8 Horsepower Performance HandbookTo help you accomplish this he breaks the engine down into its basics systems and individual parts and works through their relationships in a logical and thoroughly descriptive manner.

The book begins with a brief but concise overview of American V8 performance engines and how far they’ve come in the search for horsepower. It describes the startling progression of quality performance parts made for American V8s, particularly those that are no longer manufactured.  And it ties together modern EFI and electronic engine management as applied to later model engines with the suggestion that even older out of production engines can continue to gain power when equipped with these new modern tuning conveniences.

After setting the stage he proceeds through the engine with individual chapters devoted to cylinder blocks, cranks, rod, pistons and rings, camshaft and valvetrain, cylinder heads, intake and exhaust systems, ignition and fuel systems, cooling systems and all the supporting hardware.  Then he describes high tech component treatments and supercharging and how they can be applied to any engine for greater performance.

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 and was the founding editor of Engine Masters Quarterly and Street Thunder. He played a major role in the organization of the enormously popular Engine Masters Challenge competition.  If you’ve never built an engine or have limited experience, this book points out all the important details you have to keep in mind when planning and building high-performance engines.  It’s not just recommended reading, it’s an essential read for anyone contemplating a high-performance engine build.

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks;
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760335524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760335529