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Old 09-18-2003, 08:55   #1 (permalink)
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Windsor info - books, web, catalogs, software?

Hi,

I'm trying to find some really comprehensive info on Windsors and engines in general. Can anyone recommend a good book or other source of info on stuff like
- types of Windsors
- heads, cams, valvetrain
- stroking, pistons, bottom end
- engine mangement
- gearboxes
- anything else I should know
I'm a bit clueless, so it needs to be a thick mother of a book.

The reason is I've been toying with the idea of swapping my I6 EF with a V8 and I have NFI about them. I'd just go get one from the wreckers, but problem is ideally I'd like the engine to make a mild ~350hp which I can drive to school everyday and ~500hp on N2O, which means a lot of screwing around. And I'm poor so it needs to be pretty well thought out and have max bang per $.
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try a swap meet or even a place like the motor show or any major car show has stalls setup with ppl selling a heap or car manuals and motor manuals you dont see very often.
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Some books that I have found to be useful:-

Ford Windsor Small Block Performance @ $49.95ea.
Build & Mod Ford Fuel Injected 5.0 V8s @ $34.95ea.
5.0 Litre Ford Dyno Tests @ $54.95ea.

All available online at http://www.pitstop.net.au There is also an outlet in Perth. I ordered online and had them in my hand two days later.
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www.amazon.com
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Are there any titles in particular that you've found helpful or are they all bloody Street Machine picturebooks?

What about simulators? I assume they're the best way to match heads/cams/power. Which do u guys use?
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since you're in perth, go to the Pitstop bookshop in town. They've got every car book you'll ever need.
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Yeah, I did go there the day before yesterday and I wasn't too impressed by the books there. Plus my mate was trying to get me to leave so I didn't really get round to choosing a book.
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I reckon this book has been the most usefull in giving me a plan for my engine rebuild and gives good insight into what the std. engine parts are capable of.

How to build max performance FORD V8s on a budget.
by George Reid.
Description: This is a comprehensive guide to getting the maximum power fro your money from Ford`s small block and big block V8 engines. It covers Windsor and Cleveland small blocks and big blocks up to over 500 horsepower. Everything from identification, stroking the crank to modifying induction systems and valve trains is described.And dyno tests of ten engines.
It gives you a good idea of what the stock engine parts are good for before some speed shop employee tells you those carrillo H-beam rods are just the ticket for your motor and you go throwing away money on parts you never needed.
you will never find everything in one book but this one will set you in the right direction. I got my copy from Pitstop books
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Another good one (available at Pitstop) is "How To Rebuild Small Block Ford Engines" author Tom Monroe.

Covers inspection, parts id and interchange, disassembly, short block and cylinder head re-conditioning, engine and cylinder head assembly, installation and tune up.

It has loads of pretty pictures as well :)
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