How To Rebuild The Small-block Ford by George ReidHow To Rebuild The Small-block Ford by George Reid

How To Rebuild The Small-block Ford

byGeorge Reid

Paperback | October 20, 2008

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Over the years, the small-block Ford has remained one of the most popular and widely used engines on the planet. From the earliest Fairlanes and Mustangs to the latest Mustangs and light trucks, the Ford small-block has powered them all. With the amount of aftermarket support and rebuildable cores out there, you don't have to worry about spending an arm and a leg for quality rebuild - especially if you do the teardown and assembly yourself.

InHow to Rebuild the Small-Block Ford, CarTech's unique Workbench format walks you step by step through a rebuild, including: Planning your Rebuild; Disassembly and Inspection; Choosing the Right Parts; Machine Work; Assembling your Engine; and First Firing and Break-In.

The Workbench format also gives you helpful hints and tips on performance upgrades, including cams, heads, ignition, induction, and more. It also points out problem areas to watch for, professional builder tips, jobs that need special care or special tools, and more. Whether you're a first-time engine builder or a seasoned professional, this is the essential guide to rebuilding your small-block Ford.

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.
Title:How To Rebuild The Small-block FordFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.38 inPublished:October 20, 2008Publisher:CartechLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1932494898

ISBN - 13:9781932494891

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Table of Contents


What is a Workbench® Book?

Chapter 1: Before You Begin 
Planning Your Engine 
Our Engine 
Horsepower and Torque 
Tools to Get the Job Done 
Tools You Should Rent 
Keep a Clean Work Shop 

Chapter 2: Engine Disassembly 
The Teardown 
Step by Step: Tearing Down the Engine 
Why Do Engines Wear Out? 

Chapter 3: Selecting Parts 
221/260/289/302 Cylinder Heads 
Small-Block Cylinder-Head Identification  
351W Cylinder Heads 
Aftermarket Cylinder Heads 
Guide to Ford Aftermarket Cylinder Heads 
Crankshaft Identification Charts 
Connecting Rods 
Flywheels and Flexplates 
Harmonic Balancers 
Oiling System 
Rocker Arms 
Water Pumps 
Cooling Fans and Radiators 
Intake Manifolds 

Chapter 4: Machine Shop 
The Block 
Rotating Assembly 
Step by Step: Machining the Block 
Step by Step: Maching the Rotating Assembly 
Oil System 
Cylinder Heads 
Step by Step: Machining the Heads

Chapter 5: Engine Assembly 
Short Block 
Basic Torque Specifications 
Why Degree a Camshaft? 
Step by Step: Assemble the Short Block 
The Rest of the Bottom End 
Step by Step: Assemble the Rest of the Bottom End 
The Top End 
Step by Step: Assemble the Top End 

Chapter 6: Break-in and Tuning 
Cooling System 
Ready to Launch 

Chapter 7: Performance Buyer&s Guide 

Chapter 8: Engine Math 
Cubic-Inch Displacement 
Calculating Compression Ratio 
Choosing the Right Carburetor Size 
Calculating Horsepower and Torque 
Estimating Horsepower at the Drags 


Cylinder Numbers and Firing Order 
Torque Sequences 
Torque Specifications 
Piston Ring Gap Alignment 
Timing Belt/Chain Alignment Marks 
General Engine Specifications

Work-A-Long Sheet 

Source Guide