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How to Build Max-Performance Chevy Big Blocks on a Budget (SA Design) Paperback – June 15, 2011
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I was a little surprised by Mr, Halverson's comments regarding the lack of mention of GM parts and feel that he may have inadvertently missed the point. I think that my 45 year career as a successful engine builder probably gives me some insight that only comes with long experience. Reading between the lines it would appear to me that David Vizard must have had a hard time packing all the information he has into only 144 pages. I have his original, incredibly comprehensive book on tuning Mini Cooper engines, all 528 pages of it, (and confess I have not managed to read all of them!) I have however read all 144 pages of this one.Read more ›
The level of specificity is absolutely stunning. This book should be a guide to all other authors who intend to write books on a particular engine. For example, Vizard details in both words and pictures casting lumps that impede airflow. He gives precise measurements for critical tolerances such as minimum allowable cylinder wall thickness. Unlike most books which give generalities such as most blocks being capable of a .030" overbore, Vizard says sonic check the walls and go with the biggest bore that leaves you with .200" wall thickness or more. He even details where on the bore you should check and goes so far as to tell you the locations with the highest loads are so that if one cylinder would be .190" in a certain spot, you can judge the true level of risk.
While many authors understandably shy away from giving manufacturer names, Vizard does not. I understand it must be hard for an author to find the balance between providing the best information and biting the hand that feeds you (trashing the manufacturer), yet Vizard does it superbly. He doesn't tell you to skip brand X but he does say, "here are the brands I have used with success, and while I have tried many others, only those on the list do I recommend buying.Read more ›
More importantly, David seeks to expose all of the information to help the reader create the same results gleaned in the book. While blueprinting results to the Nth degree is virtually impossible, these steps will give you similar results as seen in the book. So when David did not include any information on "GM Performance Parts" as part of his discussion, he felt that there were more performance gains to be had -- at a more reasonable price -- than what was offered from GM at the time of this printing.
David is an engineer, with a remarkable understanding of fluid dynamics and air flow having worked as an engineer in the aircraft industry. David has taken the knowledge he's gained in aircraft engineering and transferred that knowledge into usable material in the automotive performance market. If you can read a micrometer, use a torque wrench, and have access to a qualified machine shop you too can build a high horsepower Big Block Chevy -- on a budget -- with excellent results.
I would not hesitate for a moment to use the information in this book to build my own big block Chevy engine, and I have built many over the last 38 years. Do yourself a favor; buy the book, read it, absorb its knowledge then go build yourself a kick-ass big block.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ive been reading Vizard for years (ive got a little orange hard cover on gas flow in a port he wrote 20+ years ago) and he never disappoints. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great information to have when building a performance Big Block Chevy. Excellent information on camshafts too.
Santa Barbara, CA
A great book to get an overview and even some specifics about building a BB chevy for horsepower on a budget. The chapter on heads and flow rates is especially good.Published 9 months ago by Wally Jones
Very awesome and clear book. If you are wanting to build a BBC , get this book. This is really the 1st of two books but it can stand alone.Published 12 months ago by Troy Mecey
Honestly this book has helped me better understand the characteristics of a big block and what's needed to make torque and power! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Chris
I have built sever motors and had no idea how much power potential I have been missing out on!Published 21 months ago by luke