David Vizard's How to Build Horsepower

by David Vizard


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David Vizard's How to Build Horsepower, David Vizard explains the art and science on extracting the maximum horsepower from engines, as well as all the aspects of engine power output and building high-performance powerplants. Learn how to optimize engine components, such as aftermarket cylinder heads for superior power flow, determine the best valvetrain components, learn how to select the best camshaft and get insights into all aspects of cam performance.

The Basics of Every Known Speed Secret
The Dynamometer
When Isn’t Bigger Better?

Primary Point Induction
Air Temperature
Ram Air: the Basics
Practical Density Issues
Significant Pressures and Flow
Element Clogging

Fuel Delivery Systems
Mixture Ratio
Exhaust Pollutants
Mixture Quality
Carb Function Basics
WOT Calibrations
The Boosters
Idle and Transition Circuits
Acceleration Enrichment
Carbs—How Big?
Carbs Versus Fuel Injection

Intake Manifolds
Length and Volume
V-8 Intake Manifolds
Tunnel Ram Intakes

Supercharger Types
Turbos and Centrifugal Turbine Superchargers
Boost Curve Shapes
Supercharger Selection
Superchargers and Built Motors
Getting the Cam Right
Turbo Cams
Fueling System

Cylinder Heads
Optimizing Cylinder Head Airflow
Valve Shrouding
Practical De-shrouding
Port Evolution
Cross-Sectional Area
Applied Basic Porting
Wet-Flow Testing
Compression Ratio

Porting and Flow Testing
Building a Really Trick Low-Cost Bench
Flowing the Exhaust

Ignition Systems
Number-One Ignition Goal
The First Step
Plug Cables
Ignition Timing and Curves
Modified Motor Timing Requirements
Modified Ignition Systems
Expected Results

Real Camshaft Science
Mechanical Attributes Simplified
Our Hi-Perf Four-Cycle Engine
Airflow Dynamics
Choosing a Cam

Cam Event Criteria
Optimal LCA
Valve Lift: How Much?

Valvetrain: The Physical Build
Reading Cam Spec Data
Timing Gears
Cam Timing

The Short-Block Engine
The Block
The Rotating Assembly
Connecting Rods
Lubrication System

Exhaust Manifolds
Pipe Diameter
Alternative Configurations
Using This Header Tech

Mufflers to Tail Pipes
Simple Steps to Success
Cats and Mufflers
Muffler Flow: How Much is Needed?
Pressure Waves
Crossover and Balance Pipes
The Ultimate System?

This all-new edition of Vizard's top selling How to Build Horsepower explains the latest and most effective engine building techniques and strategies. The reader is treated to the secrets and methods for building virtually any automotive engine. Vizard's unique and entertaining style of writing clearly explains the key principles and provides extreme detail and uncommon insight, so at-home engine builder can realize their performance goals.

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  • Publisher: Cartech, Inc.
  • ISBN: 1934709174 (1-934-70917-4)
  • ISBN-13: 9781934709177 (978-1-934-70917-7)
  • Format: Softcover, 144 pages
  • Date Published: 10-2012


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