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Modern Engine Blueprinting Techniques: A Practical Guide to Precision Engine Blueprinting

Author: Mike Mavrigian   Series: Pro Series

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ISBN: 9781613250471
Engine production for the typical car manufactured today is a study in mass production. Benefits in the manufacturing process for the manufacturer often run counter to the interests of the end user. What speeds up production and saves manufacturing costs results in an engine that is made to fall within a wide set of standards and specifications, often not optimized to meet the original design. In short, cheap and fast engine production results in a sloppy final product. Of course, this is not what enthusiasts want out of their engines. To maximize the performance of any engine, it must be balanced and blueprinted to the exact tolerances that the factory should have adhered to in the first place. Four cylinder, V-8, American or import, the performance of all engines is greatly improved by balancing and blueprinting. Dedicated enthusiasts and professional racers balance and blueprint their engines because the engines will produce more horsepower and torque, more efficiently use fuel, run cooler and last longer. In this book, expert engine builder and veteran author Mike Mavrigian explains and illustrates the most discriminating engine building techniques and perform detailed procedures, so the engine is perfectly balanced, matched, and optimized. Balancing and blueprinting is a time consuming and exacting process, but the investment in time pays off with superior performance. Through the process, you carefully measure, adjust, machine and fit each part together with precision tolerances, optimizing the design and maximizing performance. The book covers the block, crankshaft, connecting rods, pistons, cylinder heads, intake manifolds, camshaft, measuring tools and final assembly techniques. For more than 50 years, balancing and blueprinting has been an accepted and common practice for maximi
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Engine production for the typical car manufactured today is a study in mass production. Benefits in the manufacturing process for the manufacturer often run counter to the interests of the end user. What speeds up production and saves manufacturing costs results in an engine that is made to fall within a wide set of standards and specifications, often not optimized to meet the original design. In short, cheap and fast engine production results in a sloppy final product. Of course, this is not what enthusiasts want out of their engines. To maximize the performance of any engine, it must be balanced and blueprinted to the exact tolerances that the factory should have adhered to in the first place. Four cylinder, V-8, American or import, the performance of all engines is greatly improved by balancing and blueprinting. Dedicated enthusiasts and professional racers balance and blueprint their engines because the engines will produce more horsepower and torque, more efficiently use fuel, run cooler and last longer. In this book, expert engine builder and veteran author Mike Mavrigian explains and illustrates the most discriminating engine building techniques and perform detailed procedures, so the engine is perfectly balanced, matched, and optimized. Balancing and blueprinting is a time consuming and exacting process, but the investment in time pays off with superior performance. Through the process, you carefully measure, adjust, machine and fit each part together with precision tolerances, optimizing the design and maximizing performance. The book covers the block, crankshaft, connecting rods, pistons, cylinder heads, intake manifolds, camshaft, measuring tools and final assembly techniques. For more than 50 years, balancing and blueprinting has been an accepted and common practice for maximi

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Engine production for the typical car manufactured today is a study in mass production. Benefits in the manufacturing process for the manufacturer often run counter to the interests of the end user. What speeds up production and saves manufacturing costs results in an engine that is made to fall within a wide set of standards and specifications, often not optimized to meet the original design. In short, cheap and fast engine production results in a sloppy final product. Of course, this is not what enthusiasts want out of their engines. To maximize the performance of any engine, it must be balanced and blueprinted to the exact tolerances that the factory should have adhered to in the first place. Four cylinder, V-8, American or import, the performance of all engines is greatly improved by balancing and blueprinting. Dedicated enthusiasts and professional racers balance and blueprint their engines because the engines will produce more horsepower and torque, more efficiently use fuel, run cooler and last longer. In this book, expert engine builder and veteran author Mike Mavrigian explains and illustrates the most discriminating engine building techniques and perform detailed procedures, so the engine is perfectly balanced, matched, and optimized. Balancing and blueprinting is a time consuming and exacting process, but the investment in time pays off with superior performance. Through the process, you carefully measure, adjust, machine and fit each part together with precision tolerances, optimizing the design and maximizing performance. The book covers the block, crankshaft, connecting rods, pistons, cylinder heads, intake manifolds, camshaft, measuring tools and final assembly techniques. For more than 50 years, balancing and blueprinting has been an accepted and common practice for maximi

Publisher Description

Engines are built to fall within a wide set of standards and specifications, often not optimized to meet the original design. In short, cheap and fast engine production results in a sloppy final product. Of course, this is not idea for high-performance engines. To maximize the performance of any engine, it must be balanced and blueprinted to the exact tolerances that the factory should have adhered to in the first place. Four cylinder, V-8, American or import, the performance of all engines is greatly improved by balancing and blueprinting. Dedicated enthusiasts and professional racers balance and blueprint their engines because the engines will produce more horsepower and torque, more efficiently use fuel, run cooler and last longer. In this book, expert engine builder and veteran author Mike Mavrigian explains and illustrates the most discriminating engine building techniques, so the engine is perfectly balanced, matched, and optimized. Balancing and blueprinting is a time consuming and exacting process, but the investment in time pays off with superior performance. Through the process, you carefully measure, adjust, machine and fit each part together with precision tolerances, optimizing the design and maximizing performance. The book covers the block, crankshaft, connecting rods, pistons, cylinder heads, intake manifolds, camshaft, measuring tools and final assembly techniques.

For more than 50 years, balancing and blueprinting has been an accepted and common practice for maximizing performance. An enthusiast or professional that invests the time to precisely build an engine in this fashion will be rewarded with an engine that will run strong and last for years. This book provides an unprecedented level of detail and instruction on the process of balancing and blueprinting your engine.

Author Biography

Mike Mavrigian is the owner of Birchwood Automotive Group, a specialty car builder, and the publisher/ owner of "Engine Machinist" magazine, a publication targeted toward the engine machine trade.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 5 Introduction 5 Chapter 1: Flaw Detection 8 Sonic Testers 8 Hand-Held Magnetic Particle Testers 9 Wet Mag Bench Testers 10 Dye Penetrant 10 Pressure Testing 11 Chapter 2: Engine Blocks 12 Flaw Checking the Block 13 Decking the Block 14 Correcting Cylinder Bores 16 Oil Restrictors and Screens 16 Lifter Valley Surface 17 Rod and Crank Clearance 17 Oil Hole Alignment 19 Threaded Holes 19 Chapter 3: Block Machining 20 Main Bore Align Honing 20 Deck Resurfacing 22 Cylinder Honing 23 Cylinder Boring 23 Plateau Finishing 27 Cylinder Bore Distortion 27 Lifter Bores 29 Hot Honing 29 Camshaft Bore 30 Chapter 4: Oiling Systems 31 Wet Sump Systems 31 Dry Sump Systems 34 External Oil Coolers 37 Oil Restrictors 37 Oil Drainback 37 Intermediate Shaft 38 High-Pressure High-Volume Pumps 38 Pre-Lube Before Initial Startup 39 Chapter 5: Engine Math 40 Bore and Stroke 40 Connecting Rod Length 41 Rod Ratio 43 Piston Compression Height 46 Compression Ratio (part 1) 46 Combustion Chamber Volume 47 Piston Dome Volume 47 Head Gasket Volume 48 Deck Height Volume 48 Cylinder Swept Volume 48 Compression Ratio (part 2) 48 Chapter 6: Crankshafts 49 Crankshaft Types 49 Surface Hardening 51 Reducing Rotating Mass 51 Inspection 52 Stroker Clearance 53 Shot Peening 57 Stress Relieving 57 Counterweight Modifications 59 Cross Drilling 59 Chamfering Oil Holes 59 Chapter 7: Connecting Rods 60 Rod Types 60 Center-to-Center Length 65 Piston-to-Rod Clearance 65 Rod-to-Block Clearance 65 Rod-to-Camshaft Clearance 65 Rod Bearing Clearance 66 Rod Side Clearance 66 Beam Design 67 Rod Bolt Tightening 67 Connecting Rod Inspection 74 Chapter 8: Pistons 75 Performance Pistons 75 Piston-to-Wall Clearance 77 Piston Diameter 78 Piston Skirt to Crankshaft Clearance 78 Coatings 78 Piston Pins 78 Ring Grooves 80 Piston-to-Head Clearance 80 Piston-to-Valve Clearance 81 Piston Compression Distance 82 Compression Ratio 82 Deck Height 82 Gasket Volume 83 Piston Dome Volume 83 Combustion Chamber Volume 84 Valve Pockets 84 Ordering Custom Pistons 85 Chapter 9: Piston Rings 92 Ring Types 92 Tension and Gap 94 Piston Ring Trends 95 Determining Ring Depth 98 Ring Installation Methods 98 Chapter 10: Camshafts 99 Cam Types 99 Protecting the Cam 101 Cam Runout 102 Cam Endplay 102 Degreeing the Cam 102 Adjusting Cam Timing 105 Lobe Separation Angles 105 GM LS Cam Lifters 105 Special Firing Order Camshafts 106 Camshaft Needle Bearings 107 Distributor Gears 108 Chapter 11: Cylinder Heads 109 Cast Iron versus Aluminum 109 Deck Surface Finish 111 Deck Flatness 112 Valves 112 Ports and Runners 114 Finishing Bare Cylinder Heads 115 Inspection and Reconditioning 117 Flow Bench Testing 119 Cylinder Head Installation 120 Chapter 12: Valves, Springs, Retainers and Locks 121 Valve Inspection 121 Valve Seats 122 Performance Valve Technology 124 Valvesprings 127 Retainer Fit 130 Valvespring Seats 134 Retainers and Locks 134 Chapter 13: Rocker Arms 136 Rocker Arm Ratio 136 Guideplates 137 Roller Rockers 138 Rocker Arm Materials 141 OHC Followers 141 Valve Cover Clearance 141 Upgrading OEM LS Rocker Arm Trunnions 142 Chapter 14: Pushrods 145 Check for Runout 145 Pushrod Length 145 Guideplates 151 Pushrod Diameter 151 Pushrod Wall Thickness 152 Pushrod End Types 152 Clean the Pushrods 152 Chapter 15: Intake Manifolds 153 Manifold Types 153 Port Matching 155 Intake Plenum 156 Intake Port Surface 159 Manifold Bolts 159 Converting LS to Carb 161 Manifold Surface Protections 161 Carb Spacers 164 Chapter 16: Balancing 165 Internal versus External Balance 166 Weight Matching 166 Bobweights 167 Balancing Procedures 170 Chapter 17: Timing Systems 172 Chain Drive 172 Belt Drive 173 Gear Drive 175 Chapter 18: Engine Performance Coatings and Treatments 177 Coating Types 177 Cryogenic Stress Relief 180 Vibratory Stress Relief 182 Hard Cylinder Coating 183 Source Guide 185

Review

"Modern Engine Blueprinting Techniques is a 'must' reference for any who would build high-performance engines blueprinted to exact tolerances, and comes from an expert engine builder who provides in-depth, step-by-step coverage of the topic. From measuring and machining within precise specifications to fitting parts together, optimizing designs and ordering and working with custom parts, this comes packed with color photos of parts and processes and is very specific in its instructions. Also included are insights on parts costs and their history and how affordability can be built into the process. The result is a powerful survey, highly recommended for any working with engines."-- (03/12/2014)

Long Description

In this book, expert engine builder and veteran author Mike Mavrigian explains and illustrates the most discriminating engine building techniques and perform detailed procedures, so the engine is perfectly balanced, matched, and optimized.

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