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How to Rebuild the Small Block Ford

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Walks you, step-by-step, through a rebuild with detailed color photos along the entire way. Whether you're a first-time engine builder or a seasoned professional, this is the essential guide to rebuilding your small-block Ford.
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Walks you, step-by-step, through a rebuild with detailed color photos along the entire way. Whether you're a first-time engine builder or a seasoned professional, this is the essential guide to rebuilding your small-block Ford.
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Editorial Reviews

Modified Mustangs & Fords
"We were glad to see a revised version come across our desk recently, now with full-color printing. Not only does the color printing make the book more interesting to read, but also from a technical aspect it actually helps when looking at inspection and detail photos within the book." -Modified Mustangs & Fords, April 2009
Not just a generic rebuild edition, this book is a complete reference that goes into a lot of detail on every step involved in rebuilding a Ford-engine correctly. -Linechaser, May 2006
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Route 66 Chronicles Blog
"This detailed, heavily illustrated manual is ideal for the master mechanic or the beginner intent on keeping his Ford running as new." -Route 66 Chronicles blob, reviewed by Jim Hinckley, November 2010
Round Up
"This book is definitely worth reading if you're planning a rebuild, or are just curious as to what this would entail." Round Up, January 2014
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932494891
  • Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 324,691
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

George Reid has been a Ford enthusiast for more than 30 years. He enjoys restoring and building Fords. George has written a number of books for CarTech.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 4
What is a Workbench® Book? 5
Chapter 1: Before You Begin 6
Planning Your Engine 12
Our Engine 14
Horsepower and Torque 15
Tools to Get the Job Done 16
Tools You Should Rent 20
Keep a Clean Work Shop 21
Chapter 2: Engine Disassembly 23
The Teardown 23
Step by Step: Tearing Down the Engine 25
Why Do Engines Wear Out? 33
Chapter 3: Selecting Parts 36
Blocks 37
221/260/289/302 Cylinder Heads 38
Small-Block Cylinder-Head Identification 43
351W Cylinder Heads 45
Aftermarket Cylinder Heads 45
Guide to Ford Aftermarket Cylinder Heads 47
Crankshafts 47
Crankshaft Identification Charts 52
Connecting Rods 52
Pistons 54
Flywheels and Flexplates 55
Harmonic Balancers 55
Oiling System 55
Camshafts 58
Rocker Arms 60
Water Pumps 61
Cooling Fans and Radiators 61
Carburetors 62
Intake Manifolds 63
Ignition 64
Chapter 4: Machine Shop 66
The Block 67
Rotating Assembly 68
Step by Step: Machining the Block 71
Step by Step: Maching the Rotating Assembly 78
Oil System 83
Cylinder Heads 83
Step by Step: Machining the Heads 85
Chapter 5: Engine Assembly 98
Short Block 99
Basic Torque Specifications 101
Why Degree a Camshaft? 102
Step by Step: Assemble the Short Block 102
The Rest of the Bottom End 110
Step by Step: Assemble the Rest of the Bottom End 111
The Top End 112
Step by Step: Assemble the Top End 113
Chapter 6: Break-in and Tuning 119
Cooling System 119
Ready to Launch 120
Chapter 7: Performance Buyer’s Guide 129
Chapter 8: Engine Math 134
Cubic-Inch Displacement 134
Calculating Compression Ratio 134
Choosing the Right Carburetor Size 136
Calculating Horsepower and Torque 136
Estimating Horsepower at the Drags 136
Appendix 137
Cylinder Numbers and Firing Order 137
Torque Sequences 137
Torque Specifications 138
Piston Ring Gap Alignment 139
Timing Belt/Chain Alignment Marks 139
General Engine Specifications 140
Work-A-Long Sheet 141
Source Guide 144
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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Very useful and informative

    This is very useful and answers a lot of the questions that I am looking for,

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