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Unread 22-10-07, 08:21 PM   #1
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Good engine building book

I'm in the market for a really good book about engine building.

I've never rebuilt an engine before and i'm sure i will need to at some point with what i have in mind

Can anyone recommend a good book to learn the craft?
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I'd also be interested in a book as well.
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There's a couple of American books I have which are good reference - I'll have to dig them up - only trouble is they all speak imperial dimensions and its all V8 stuff, but some good principles and tools in there. Got them in a box somewhere - sure there is a British book as well but can't quite recall.

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I bought a bunch of them from Amazon and read them on the bus to work each morning

There isn’t one that sticks out enough to recommend you go and buy as i picked up tips from each one i read. The most interesting books were two on Engine Blueprinting, really only covers balancing, porting, and how to measure everything accurately. Most of them focus on American V8's so a lot of it isn’t irrelevant to us, but having said that it’s all good to know.

Sort of related is Maximum Boost by Corky Bell, i found it easy to read and explains the science behind forced induction. Math was never my strong point but that book breaks it down into manageable chunks even i can understand.

Unfortunately i lent them all to my mate and i can’t remember the names of them.
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I'd recommend any engine building book by Dave Vizard, the guy is a genius
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I'd recommend any engine building book by Dave Vizard, the guy is a genius
was just thinking that.
1 of my favourite engine books used to be "tuning the A series engine" not quite sure how relevant a book on mini engines is these days but was cool for old school mini tuning
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Agreed.

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was just thinking that.
1 of my favourite engine books used to be "tuning the A series engine" not quite sure how relevant a book on mini engines is these days but was cool for old school mini tuning
Thats why one of the guys pictured in that book will be doing my head porting...some time soon...
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I can only find EFI books by Dave Vizard I read PPC magazine so know all about the genius.
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its a 4-pot book, but seems likely to be more suited to our applications than a V8 orientated book...

I might check it out

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1...456113-4303628

They do one on head building too, might get both
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"tuning the A series engine"

I have this if you wish to borrow it?

PM me.
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its a 4-pot book, but seems likely to be more suited to our applications than a V8 orientated book...

I might check it out

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1...456113-4303628

They do one on head building too, might get both

Interesting review http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blueprint-4-...ustomerReviews

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I found Mr Hammill's book excellent in every sense. Good clear content and a sound price. There are many more technical books on the market (the Engine Builder's Handbook by Monroe for example) but for me Mr Hammill took me through my first re-build with confidence and yes it worked first time. This book forms a sound platform of knowledge but it requires support from other publications. The bottom line -worth every penny
looked up the Engine Builder's Handbook by Monroe and found http://www.amazon.co.uk/Engine-Build...3131352&sr=1-1
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I'm surprised how many of you mentioned the A series engine books, i assumed they were too old to be considered. I've used both of them in the past, building A series engine funnily enough.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tuning-Engin...3131644&sr=1-1
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Modify-Your-...3131644&sr=1-6

I had a quick search in Amazon and found this book, it’s one of the better blueprinting books i bought.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Step-Guide-E...3131627&sr=1-1

Tip: Always buy the second hand books on Amazon, half the price and all of mine were brand new when i got them. I think some stores sell them that cheap just to get rid of them.
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Spooky - thats the 'murrican one I have by Rick Voeglin - mostly V8s but good principles and such.
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Unread 23-10-07, 12:15 PM   #14
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Some good options here, i think i might invest in 3

Engine Blueprinting
Blueprint & Build a 4-cylinder Engine Short Block
Engine Builder's Handbooking

Mark is right - I've always bought the new and used ones off amazon and received brand new copies



Jamo, you can borrow any/all as I can't read all at once!!!
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I think a few of us must have grown up with A-series engines. I have a couple of Vizard's books too, as well as Rick Voeglin's one on blueprinting.
I think the more you can read the better. As pointed out a lot are based on American V8s, but still have some very usefull info.
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