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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: CarTech, Inc. (September 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613250622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613250624
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Enjoy this hardcore diesel builder's book-it is very well presented. ---Engine Professional, reviewed by Mike Caruso, July-Sept. 2009 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Joe Pettitt is a freelance high-performance automotive journalist, photographer, and car-fi guy.  He has written hundreds of articles for the performance press, including Hot Rod, Sport Compact Car, Drag Racer, Car Craft, Circle Track, and Motor Trend.  His adventures as a high-performance journalist include piloting IROC cars around the famous ovals of Daytona and Talladega and strapping into the world's fastest open road race record holder vehicle as a journalist/passenger.  As a car audio journalist he wrote for Autotronics magazine, where he indulged his passion for great cars and great music.  Pettit lives in Southern California.

Gale Banks owns Banks Engineering, the premier manufacturer of power-enhancement products for gasoline and diesel trucks and RVs. Banks resides in Azusa, California.

 

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Customer Reviews

Very informative info on Diesels in general.
D. MILLER
This book is great if you plan any performance upgrades for you mill, from mild to wild.
David J. Chapel
Looks interesting if you are looking for truck info - but nothing there for VW!
DM

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David J. Chapel on March 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is full of excellant info. It is on the technical side, but very thorough. You can tell who wrote it because of the products that are featured, but why not plug your product! Most of us doing high performance work on a diesel should have no problem figuring it out. This book is great if you plan any performance upgrades for you mill, from mild to wild. BUY IT!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DM on December 25, 2010
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The Amazon review says that this book has a chapter on Volkswagen - but it defintely does not. Looks interesting if you are looking for truck info - but nothing there for VW!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen McMillan on January 21, 2012
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this book's chapter of the 7.3 Powerstroke is factually incorrect. It says that it has an injection pump and pintle-style injectors which is simply not true. makes me wonder about the rest of the facts in the book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Roberto on February 24, 2011
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While I really liked the direct input from one of the foremost experts in diesel engine performance, Gail Banks, the majority of this book was rehashed information available online or common knowledge from any one of hundreds of diesel truck forums. Sadly, there appears to be much better articles out there disproving alot of the suggested upgrades in here. In fairness, the common thought is to use the upgrades the author lists.
In reality, if you have a diesel truck and wish for more performance, save the money for this book and put it towards fuel - read the forums and join the make specific club/group - like Turbo Diesel Registry for Dodges. There are lots of guys running trucks with lots more power then you can imagine and doing it better ways, in many cases for much less then the suggested methods in here. Very disappointing but typical of a Motorbooks International title- they will publish anything!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosie on November 30, 2010
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I found this book to be very informative and good writting style.
Diesel engines may lead the way for uses of different biomass fuels.
This book gives you ideas and suggestions on how to upgrade and modify
diesel engines for more power and fuel efficiency. There are also quotes
of comments from experts in the field. It also covers information on the
history and performance of light truck diesels.
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I discovered that one of my very favorite lang. arts students years later upon hiigh school grad. had become interested in the diesel engines and restoring the engines, etc. while he attened college as well. I found a couple of books, this guide being one, and was told by his dad that I had made an excellent choice. If one has the talent in this area, I would highly suggest it. After looking at the complicated diagrams that were very explanatory, I realized that I had chosen the best career as lang. arts teacher and not engine builder/restorer. It is wonderful that we have talented people that can read a guide like this and understand!!!
I was very impressed. Very good manual!!
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By James Harris on March 7, 2014
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Didn't have all I was looking for at the time but it has good things also just needed a little more than it has
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Although I have been a hot rodder for years high performance diesel are new to me and this book is a great introduction. Joe Pettitt's book is full of knowledge including the history of diesel engines but when I finished something felt missing. When I look through the book I noticed there were no step by step projects. I enjoy articles on selecting parts, building an engine, throw it on the dyno, tuning it and trying it out on the street or track. This book had none.This book was published in 2007 but diesel technology is advancing quickly especially with multiple turbos so it's about time for a new edition. Overall the book is one of best in an uncrowded arena.
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