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How to Rebuild Pontiac V-8s (Sa Design-Workbench) Paperback – April 15, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Sa Design-Workbench
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Car Tech (April 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934709417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934709412
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,068,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're a Pontiac V8 fan and/or owner this is probably the book you've been waiting a very long time for. ---TotalKitCar, reviewed by Steve Hole, Sept./Oct 2011

Owners of all V8 powered Pontiacs from the mid-Fifties onwards should benefit from this easy to understand manual. --Classic American, January 2012

As with other Workbench titles, this book offers step-by-step instructions on how to dissemble, repair and reassemble Pontiac V-8 engines. It s filled with detailed color photos, and will guide readers toward either factory-correct or performance-modified rebuilds. It s an inexpensive investment that will pay dividends to those undertaking this task. --Hemmings Classic Car, July 2013 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Pontiac muscle cars has been the driving passion for Rocky "James" Rotella and his family. Rocky has owned and rebuilt a number of Pontiacs himself including a 1976 Trans-Am 455 HO. He has contributed scores of articles to High-Performance Pontiac and Smoke Signals.

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Used this book to rebuild my Pontiac 400 cid engine.
Pen Name
If you are a Pontiac Guy and you're looking for a book to rebuild that vintage engine, this is the book for you.
BlueBonneville
He claims it is one of the most detailed books he has seen, and has proven invaluable to him.
Rob

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Angelo Mandato on May 16, 2011
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I'm currently in the process of rebuilding a 1977 W72 Pontiac 400 motor, this book arrived just in time. I wish I had this book during disassembly, there are tips specific to the Pontiac such as how to find and remove the freeze and oil gallery plugs.

This book, along with How to Build Max Performance Pontiac V8s (S-A Design) are a must if you're a Pontiac nut.

Now for specifics...

This book explains specifics for how to install a Graphite (Graphtite by Best Gasket) rear main seal. As Rocky notes there are also Viton rear seals available for the Pontiac and come with their own detailed instructions so there was no need to cover installation of them in this book. Also very important as noted in this book is to avoid the normal rope seal as they tend to leak. I'm personally going with a Graphtite seal.

Freeze and oil gallery plugs are covered in this book. Take note of the hidden oil plug location, it's highlighted on page 94 step 7.

Read the note on oil filter bypass on page 111. I'm keeping my bypass and doing as Rocky recommends.

Follow his directions on assembly to a T. The only deviation I plan is to not tighten down the valve covers until after I prime the engine. I will have the valve covers in place, I just want to be able to lift them off to check that the lifters are oiled.

What's missing (and this is really nitpicking): This book is missing details how to install/remove the dip stick. Though this book briefly explains how to press in the dipstick tube, I recommend doing a Google search if you're confused.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on October 6, 2013
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Used this book to rebuild my Pontiac 400 cid engine. Great detail. Very good book. Listed in great order. No problems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ROXGOAT on September 9, 2013
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I have rebuilt several pontiac engines but I would highly recommend this book.

Book give a lot of specs that most do not.

It is not "over the head" of the novice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Keefe on April 25, 2013
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Rocky Rotella has firmly established himself as one of the upper echelon of Pontiac writers. His work as a contributor for High Performance Pontiac has consistently been of the highest caliber and so when it came for him to start writing books on the Pontiac V-8, we had high expectations. As we expected, he came through with a high-quality, very usable manual for the proper building procedures.

ng to end. He covers the planning stages, parts location, tool selection and finding the right machine shop before any work begins. With a solid plan formulated, he then shows you the proper procedures for the teardown, inspecting and cataloging of used components, deciding what can be reused and what needs replacing. He also provides a thorough rundown on the factory-supplied parts as well as the current state of aftermarket parts for Pontiac V-8s. He also advises the reader in the areas where an aftermarket replace- ment is superior to a factory piece.

From there, he provides a step-by-step guide to the re- machining, pre-assembly and assembly, as well as the proper procedures for initial startup, break-in and tuning for maximum performance and efficiency.

As if that wasn't already a great book, Rocky finishes off the book with several high-performance engine builds. Here you will find everything from a mildly-upgraded 389 Tri- Power from Dave Bisschopp at SD Performance, a street/strip 421 Tri-Power from Butler Performance and for the truly sneaky, a Pure Stock-style Ram Air 400 and a F.A.S.T. (Factory Appearing Street Tire) 462 cubic-inch Ram Air II with 14.0:1 compression!

Rocky does a great job with the topic and if you are looking to restore the engine in your Pontiac, this is a great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Galt on April 11, 2012
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This book is a good read. It flows nicely and the information is presented in an easy to understand fashion. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is thinking about attempting a rebuild or even having a shop build you a turn-key motor. If you decide to turn the wrench yourself or not you will understand what questions to ask the shop and be able to double check if they know their stuff. Even if you hate to read the pictures and captions justify the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BlueBonneville on July 10, 2011
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If you are a Pontiac Guy and you're looking for a book to rebuild that vintage engine, this is the book for you. Clearly fills a big void out there. Well written, not overly technical, it's sort of the "Rebuilding a Pontiac Engine for Dummies." (This is a compliment).
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By Rob on March 14, 2014
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I bought this for my husband who is restoring his original Firebird he bought in high school. He claims it is one of the most detailed books he has seen, and has proven invaluable to him. Very happy.
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