Charles R. Morris is an auto enthusiast and Ford lover who has written numerous magazine articles for Ford-related publications. A drag racer since 1966, Charlie has run cars in both Stock and Super Stock classes. He is currently the owner of the original Norristown Ford 1963-1/2 lightweight Galaxie.
Ford Y-Block Engines: How to Rebuild & Modifyby Charles Morris
As Ford cars grew in both size and weight after WWII, the need for a more powerful and robust engine than the aging Flathead was becoming apparent. The successor of the Flathead engine, the Ford Y-block V-8 engine delivered far better performance and it didn't have the inherent oiling problems of the Flathead. This engine featured deep skirt block design, and its layout resembles a "Y," hence the Y-block name. Manufactured displacements of 239, 256, 272, 292, and 312 cubic inches, this stout engine grew in displacement over the years to meet demands for more power. It powered a variety of Ford trucks and cars from 1952 to 1964, including the Thunderbird, Edsel, and the famous 53-56 pickups.
The Ford Y-block has been largely ignored for years, but now the engine is enjoying a renaissance. With the renewed interest, many new high-performance parts are on the market. In this comprehensive rebuild and high-performance build-up guide, a step-by-step rebuild of two stock engines is provided, complete with explanatory text and captions as well as full-color photos. During the rebuild process, you learn the unique features of this engine series and how to build a strong and reliable engine. In addition, author Charles Morris profiles the building a modified supercharged 292 engine that uses the latest performance parts and technology developed specifically for this engine series. You are shown how to machine and prep the block, refurbish the cylinder heads, and select the optimal rotating assembly for a particular horsepower level.
The last book published on Y-Blocks was more than 20 years ago, but there has not been an authoritative step-by-step engine rebuild and high-performance book until now. The enthusiasts have been clamoring for information and of course owners will find invaluable coverage of the new parts, machining process, and assembly techniques. If you're a Y-block enthusiast, you will have to have this book.
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You have an engine from a Classic Thunderbird that needs rebuilding. You have basic knowledge in rebuilding, but you really want more details so that this engine will be reliable – but where do you find that information? CarTech books has solved that problem for you Their latest book “Ford Y-Block Engines How to Rebuild and Modify” by Ford Tech Expert Charles Morris will give you all the details you need – and I do mean details. Starting with evaluating your engine, all the way to startup and break in, every step is covered to help you rebuild the best engine possible. Each step in the process is documented and most steps are pictured so you know what to look for. Critical steps may be noted with Icons as Important, Torque Fasteners, Special Tool, Critical Inspection and more to let you know that you need to pay close attention to that specific information. The Appendix is loaded with important information that you will need for your rebuild. Damper timing setting, firing order and rotation, cylinder numbering and more in large easy to read diagrams. This is one of the most detailed engine rebuild books I have ever seen. It is a small investment that will pay for itself many times over. I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.