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on November 29, 2011
Normally I give Auto books a pass, as different things appeal to different people. Paint techniques, emphasis on particular options or overzealous fixation on history are common. However, this book actually misses the point of its title, including far more information of a general nature than ever explaining its focus.
For example, the Author goes on for literally the bulk of the book on general engine assembly, oiling system, block prep, etc and spends a mere 19 pages on the intake and carbs themselves! Even worse, whole areas of the tuning process are ignored. Should not a book on Six Pack induction focus on the six pack induction, its tuning and troubleshooting? The areas NOT EVEN MENTIONED are not details, but items such as kill bleeds and their effect on opening speed of the outboards. Would an adjustable kill bleed setup be a better technique for opening the outboards for today's large displacement crate engines than changing the springs?? At what RPM are each spring rated to open the outboards? One will never know, though Larry goes on for 18 pages about the Chrysler oiling system, hardly a important consideration to an exotic multiple carb setup.
Hard parts not even mentioned are major items that effect tuning, such as idle solenoids! Are new idle solenoids as good as NOS (New Old Stock)? Can't find the info. Can today's Holly idle solenoids be substituted with success for NOS ones, even with the different electrical connection? Don't ask. Should a new Six Pack run a Idle Solenoid or will tuning eliminate its function? Readers will never know. How is the idle solenoid activated, grounded, adjusted and what were the different types? Unknown.
My last quibble are the pictures of the carb system itself. A book on an exotic multiple carb induction system might want to do away with the pictures of crusty, rusty, or poorly shot B&W pictures. Good God! After looking at the dark pictures on page 157, I am still not sure which port nipple should be used to activate the outboards and which is the distributor vacuum, even with the screwdriver that is rumored to be pointing at the right place!
On a positive note, the book did give me another resource for information, some of which is original.