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Learn how to get the most horsepower out of the popular small-block Ford with this all-new full-color guide.

Much of the attention of the performance aftermarket has turned to the Coyote platform and swaps, but Ford is a little different than GM and Chrysler in that regard. The sheer size of the Coyote engine is problematic because it is very difficult to fit into any vehicle with shock towers. However, the shock-tower cars are often the most popular cars to modify. As such, the small-block Ford remains a viable option for making a large amount of horsepower in a much more affordable package.

In Ford Small-Block Engines: How to Build Max Performance, Ford expert Jim Smart covers all of the major components, including crankshafts, rods and pistons, camshafts, the valvetrain, oiling systems, intakes, carburetors, ignition systems and exhaust systems. Featured are the latest street heads from AFR, Dart, Ford Performance, Edelbrock, and other prominent manufacturers. Aftermarket blocks are also covered extensively from a variety of manufacturers, such as Ford Performance, Dart, Speedmaster, Bill Mitchell Products, and World Products. The basic design of this engine is more than 60 years old, but the aftermarket for this powerplant has grown over the years and is still growing.

While the Coyote engine family has earned a strong following, the original Ford small-block engine retains just as strong of a following, with the massive number of these engines still in use throughout the hobby. Whether you want to get started on your build or you just want to learn about the small-block Ford’s capabilities, this book will make a great addition to your library.

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Learn how to get the most horsepower out of the popular small-block Ford with this all-new full-color guide.

Much of the attention of the performance aftermarket has turned to the Coyote platform and swaps, but Ford is a little different than GM and Chrysler in that regard. The sheer size of the Coyote engine is problematic because it is very difficult to fit into any vehicle with shock towers. However, the shock-tower cars are often the most popular cars to modify. As such, the small-block Ford remains a viable option for making a large amount of horsepower in a much more affordable package.

In Ford Small-Block Engines: How to Build Max Performance, Ford expert Jim Smart covers all of the major components, including crankshafts, rods and pistons, camshafts, the valvetrain, oiling systems, intakes, carburetors, ignition systems and exhaust systems. Featured are the latest street heads from AFR, Dart, Ford Performance, Edelbrock, and other prominent manufacturers. Aftermarket blocks are also covered extensively from a variety of manufacturers, such as Ford Performance, Dart, Speedmaster, Bill Mitchell Products, and World Products. The basic design of this engine is more than 60 years old, but the aftermarket for this powerplant has grown over the years and is still growing.

While the Coyote engine family has earned a strong following, the original Ford small-block engine retains just as strong of a following, with the massive number of these engines still in use throughout the hobby. Whether you want to get started on your build or you just want to learn about the small-block Ford’s capabilities, this book will make a great addition to your library.

Pages : 144
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 338 color photos
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613258026
Product Code : SA546

Acknowledgments 

Introduction 

 

Chapter 1: Building Basics

Getting Organized

The Physics of Power 

Giving Away Power 

Building a Stroker 

Assembly Technique 

The Mock-Up 

Checking Endplay 

Thermostat 

Dynamic Balancing

Common Sense Block and Head Prep

How Much Is Too Much?

Ford Muscle Parts

 

Chapter 2: The Block

Boss 302

351W

Buying a Used Block

Aftermarket Blocks: Iron or Aluminum?

Ford Performance 

Dart Machinery 

Speedmaster 

BMP 

Budget Blocks 

Block Preparation 

Fasteners and Clean Threads 

 

Chapter 3: Rotating Assembly

Crankshaft

Crankshaft Selection

Stroker Kits

Building a Stroker 

Strength in Stud Girdles 

Connecting Rods 

Aftermarket Connecting Rods 

Piston Selection 

Harmonic Dampers and Flywheels

Dynamic Balancing

 

Chapter 4: Lubrication 

 

Chapter 5: Cylinder Heads 

255: The Misfit 

1968 302 Tunnel Port 

Boss 302

Aftermarket Cylinder Heads 

Ford Performance Cylinder Heads

Dart Machinery 

AFR 64 Edelbrock 

Head Work 

 

Chapter 6: Camshaft and Valvetrain

Camshaft Function

Street Camshafts 

Dual-Pattern Camshafts

Racing Camshafts 

Why Degree a Camshaft? 

Timing Components

Lifters 

Pushrods and Rocker Arms

Valve-Spring Pressures 

Spring Height 

Valvetrain Geometry 

Rocker-Arm Adjustment 

 

Chapter 7: Induction

Carburetor Selection

Carburetor Size

Carburetor Spacers

Intake Manifold

Bolt-on EFI

EFI Throttle-Body Sizing

Fuel Injectors

Supercharging and Turbocharging

Nitrous Oxide

 

Chapter 8: Ignition

Spark Knock

Breaker-Point Ignition

Dwell Time

Electronic Ignition

Ignition Coils

Distributor

Ignition Wires

Spark Plugs

Charging System

Starters

 

Chapter 9: Exhaust

Exhaust-System Sizing

Secondary Tubes and Collectors

Equal-Length, Step, and Tri-Y Headers 

Exhaust System Selection

Stainless or Aluminized? 

H-Pipes and X-Pipes 

 

Chapter 10: Engine Builds 

Budget 347 Stroker 

Carroll Shelby’s 427W 

Race-Ready Raptor 427W 

5.0L High Output 

Street 302 Tunnel Port 

Supercharged 347 Stroker 

5.0L Turbo Power 

 

Source Guide 

Ford Small-Block Engines: How to Build Max Performance

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