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How to Build Max-performance Mopar Big Blocks (S-A Design) Paperback – July 15, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: S-A Design (Book 171)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: S-A Design; 1ST edition (July 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934709034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934709030
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,424,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No matter what level you are thinking about, this book will help you make correct choices. -----Performance in Motion, Summer 2009

The book also has the advantage of being up to date, which is especially helpful in, for example the intake manifold chapter, where Finkbeiner is able to compare the most current aftermarket offerings. Also useful is a short but practical chapter on planning the engine build. --Musclecar Enthusiast, November 2009

The information supplied is very well presented and right to the point. ---Enging Professional, reviewed by Mike Caruso, Oct-Dec. 2009

About the Author

A veteran magazine writer/photographer, Andy Finkbeiner has created scores of articles for Popular Hot Rodding, Mopar Action, and Mopar Muscle. Finkbeiner bought his first Mopar, a 1965 Dodge Coronet, while in college. That Coronet came with a 426W engine that started the author on the path of many big-block projects. Finkbeiner lives with his wife and two kids in Wilsonville, Oregon. He owns AR Engineering, which is a company devoted to the design and manufacturing of parts for muscle car era Mopars.

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Customer Reviews

Plenty of detail in building a 600-1000hp engine.
M. Francis C
A little vague in some areas... but over all not a bad book and not for the novice engine builder.
Foust
This is a must have....I just built a 451 2 years ago and I wish this book was out then.
R. Sorak

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By freedeep on March 17, 2013
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Some good general information throughout the book, but details are missing that would have been helpful. For example: Aftermarket rocker arm lengths are shown in a photo, and the reader is told to "be careful" and do your own research. A good book would have measured and listed the lengths, and described which rockers worked with which cylinder heads and valve stem lengths. It is almost as if the author did not build all that many engines or did not keep notes or research / plan the books details because at times helpful information is not there.
I bought the book looking for information. Telling me to do my own research sank the book in my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Francis C on September 26, 2011
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Great book for MAX performace rebuilds. Also bought the mid performance book for 600hp builds.

Plenty of detail in building a 600-1000hp engine.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Sorak on August 5, 2009
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If you're building a Mopar Big Block and dont spend the little this book costs, you're a fool. This is a must have....I just built a 451 2 years ago and I wish this book was out then.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Bittinger on November 14, 2012
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This is a very well written, easy to read item. I've found nothing inaccurate, no typos, which can be disastrous with a book of this type. Measurements, techniques, and formulas are well explained so they're easy to understand. Even the author's opinions (which are identified as such) are justified sufficiently. Very few topics are left vague. If so, the author usually points out a specific reason for it. Details, details, details.. it's FULL of 'em. Both for production and aftermarket blocks, heads, etc. (and the differences between them). Great book, don't regret this purchase in the least. Highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CannTankerous on October 17, 2009
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This ought to be in your library next to Senatore's '99 book on the subject. The AR Engineering owner knows what he's doing and does a good job explaining the latest on building big power from Chrysler's fine muscle-era big-block without breaking the bank.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rod on August 23, 2014
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Its a good book for the beginner who is just starting out as engine builder for his car, but a lot of the information it contains you can get from other places.
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By jblandspeed on May 9, 2014
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Great book by Andy who deserves all the credit for it. Elsewhere on this site it say the book is by Andy and myself. That is an error. This is Andy's book and a damned good one. Well done Andy. ......John Baechtel
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By george harrell on March 17, 2014
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This book answers all of the questions one would ask for a BB mopar build.Very informative and removes all the guess work.
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