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AMC V-8 Engines 1966–1991: How to Rebuild & Modify

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Rebuild your American Motors Corporation (AMC) V-8 engine with help and guidance from Don’s Auto Parts & Machine Shop, which is located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the home of American Motors!

The AMC Gen II and Gen III V-8 family consists of 290-, 304-, 343-, 360-, 390-, and 401-ci engines. Manufactured in Kenosha, Wisconsin, these engines reside between the fenders of classic cars (such as the AMC Javelin, AMX, Gremlin, AMC Rebel Machine, Matador, and Rambler and SC/Rambler) as well as Jeep CJs and full-size Jeeps.

If this is your first time rebuilding an AMC engine, this book contains detailed photos and instructions beginning with disassembling your engine and determining the machining that will be needed. All of the fine details about boring and honing, crankshaft grinding, balancing, cylinder head rebuilding, engine assembly, oil modifications, and performance upgrades are detailed with photos. Many of the specialized machining steps that are needed for a performance build that your local machine shop might not know about are included in this book.

AMC V-8 Engines: Rebuild & Modify not only shows the steps of a rebuild in detail but also helps you determine what kind of build is right for your project. It will assist you in making the correct decisions on compression ratio, camshaft selection, and which performance parts are needed. Many engine replacement parts are getting hard to find, so this book reveals some of the aftermarket and restoration companies that specialize in remaking AMC engine parts. Items such as camshafts, forged pistons, connecting rods, and cylinder head manufacturers are covered. Get ready to rebuild your AMC V-8. We look forward to helping you along the way!rr

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Rebuild your American Motors Corporation (AMC) V-8 engine with help and guidance from Don’s Auto Parts & Machine Shop, which is located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the home of American Motors!

The AMC Gen II and Gen III V-8 family consists of 290-, 304-, 343-, 360-, 390-, and 401-ci engines. Manufactured in Kenosha, Wisconsin, these engines reside between the fenders of classic cars (such as the AMC Javelin, AMX, Gremlin, AMC Rebel Machine, Matador, and Rambler and SC/Rambler) as well as Jeep CJs and full-size Jeeps.

If this is your first time rebuilding an AMC engine, this book contains detailed photos and instructions beginning with disassembling your engine and determining the machining that will be needed. All of the fine details about boring and honing, crankshaft grinding, balancing, cylinder head rebuilding, engine assembly, oil modifications, and performance upgrades are detailed with photos. Many of the specialized machining steps that are needed for a performance build that your local machine shop might not know about are included in this book.

AMC V-8 Engines: Rebuild & Modify not only shows the steps of a rebuild in detail but also helps you determine what kind of build is right for your project. It will assist you in making the correct decisions on compression ratio, camshaft selection, and which performance parts are needed. Many engine replacement parts are getting hard to find, so this book reveals some of the aftermarket and restoration companies that specialize in remaking AMC engine parts. Items such as camshafts, forged pistons, connecting rods, and cylinder head manufacturers are covered. Get ready to rebuild your AMC V-8. We look forward to helping you along the way!rr

Pages : 144
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 423 color photos
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613255995
Product Code : SA504

Acknowledgments

Introduction

 

Chapter 1: Design Your Build 

Build Options 

Build Budgeting 

Parts Purchasing 

Valve Cover Tag 

AMC Engines 

Build Types 

Aftermarket Parts Options

 

Chapter 2: Teardown 

Engine Stands 

Exhaust Manifold Removal 

Front Accessory Removal 

Carburetor Removal 

Distributor Removal 

Rocker-Arm and Pushrod Removal

Intake Manifold Removal 

Oil Pan Removal 

Front Cover Removal 

Cylinder Head Removal 

Dipstick Tube Removal

Freeze Plug Removal

Camshaft Bearing Removal

Valve-Spring Removal

 

Chapter 3: Engine Block Inspection and Machining 

Hot Tanking and Magnafluxing 

Align Hone, Bore, and Cylinder Deck Inspection 

Resurfacing versus Square Decking 

Oven Cleaning and Blasting 

Block Machining and Blueprinting

Boring and Honing 

Performance Options for Machining

Final Block Prep for Assembly

 

Chapter 4: Crankshaft 

Crankshaft Stroke

Crankshaft Modification for a TorqueFlite Transmission 

Crankshaft Flange 

Bushing Adapters 

Inspection and Magnafluxing 

Grinding and Polishing 

External and Internal Balancing 

Flywheels 

Pistons 

Harmonic Balancer and Flexplate 

 

Chapter 5: Connecting Rods, Pistons, and Rings 

Stock Connecting Rods 

Aftermarket Connecting Rods 

Pistons  

Installing Pistons on Connecting Rods 

Suggested Piston-to-Wall Clearance 

Piston-Ring End Gap 

 

Chapter 6: Camshafts, Lifters, and Timing 

Camshaft Types 

Lifter Bore and Block Inspection

Camshaft Selection 

Camshaft Thrust Plate Installation 

Timing Chain Options 

Rollmaster Timing Chain Modifications 

Distributor Gear Installation 

Oiling 

Harmonic Balancer 

 

Chapter 7: Front Cover, Oil Pump, and Oil Pan 

Front Cover 

Oil Pump 

Oil Pan and Pickup 

 

Chapter 8: Cylinder Heads 

Differences and Specifications 

Aftermarket Cylinder Heads 

Inspection, Cleaning, and Magnafluxing 

Valve Options: Stock versus Performance 

Cylinder Head Machining 

Valve Job 

CCing the Combustion Chamber 

Cylinder Head Surfacing 

Adjustable Valvetrain 

Hardened Guide Plate
Valve-Guide Seal

Selecting Valve Springs, Retainers, and Locks

Cylinder Head Assembly 

Rocker-Arm Options 

 

Chapter 9: Intake Manifold 

Pre-1970 Intake Manifolds
1970-and-Newer Intake Manifolds 

Dual Plane versus Single Plane 

Hood Clearance 

Aftermarket Intake Manifold Options 

Intake-Port Alignment 

Intake-Manifold Gasket 

Carburetors 

 

Chapter 10: Engine Assembly

Assembly Preparation

Camshaft Installation 

Crankshaft Installation with Bearing Check

Piston and Rod Installation

Camshaft Timing and Degreeing

Distributor 

Front Cover 

Crankshaft Gear

Internal Oil Line Installation

Cylinder Head Installation 

Head Gasket 

Cylinder Head Dowel Pins 

Valvetrain with Pushrod Geometry 

Pushrods

Rocker-Arm Assembly 

Setting Valves 

Intake Manifold Installation 

Oil Pump, Front Cover, and Water Pump 

Tinwork, Oil Pan, and Valve Covers

Painting the Engine

Flexplate, Shim Plate, and Reinforcement Plate

 

Chapter 11: Carburetor and Fuel-Injection Units

Autolite Carburetor 4300 

Autolite Carburetor 4350 

4300 Carburetor Decode 

Jeep Carburetor Decode 

Motorcraft Carburetor 2150 

Hurst S/S Cross-Ram 

Edelbrock Carburetors 

Holley Carburetor

Fuel Injection 

Installing a Holley Sniper 

Electric Fuel Pumps and New Gas Tanks 

Oxygen Sensor 

 

Chapter 12: Distributor and Ignition 

PerTronix Distributor 

Flame-Thrower Distributor 

Other Aftermarket Distributors 

Distributor Maintenance

OEM Look 

Selecting a Distributor 

Distributor Installation 

Alignment 

Performance Ignition Systems 

 

Chapter 13: Engine Priming and Test Running

Engine Break-in Oil 

Recommendations 

Priming the Engine 

Running the Engine for the First Time 

20- to 30-Minute Break-In 

500 Miles 

 

Source Guide 

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