How to Rebuild Any Automotive Engine
How to Rebuild Any Automotive Engine

How to Rebuild Any Automotive Engine

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How to Rebuild Any Automotive Engine
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Rebuilding the engine in any used car, much less a classic, seems like a much more attractive option when you can save a lot of money by doing it yourself. Sometimes the savings are the difference between keeping your car or letting it go. If you want to keep you car running strong and lasting for years, this is the book for you.
A part of CarTech's Workbench Series, How to Rebuild Any Automotive Engine covers the basics of any engine rebuild in more than 400 photos of step-by-step instruction. Subjects covered include preparation and tool requirements, engine removal, engine disassembly, machine work and clean-up, short-block assembly, final engine assembly, installation, start-up, and break in. Also visited are the options of purchasing crate engines, remanufactured engines, and performance upgrades. This book applies to all cars on the road that feature an internal combustion engine. Spend a little on this book and save hundreds of dollars down the road.


Introduction: What is a Workbench Book
Chapter 1: Preparation and Tools
  • Factory Service and Repair Manuals 
  • Top-Out or Bottom-Out Removal 
  • Workspace
  • Lighting 
  • Digital Camera 
  • Gloves and Hand Cleaner 
  • Oil Dry 
  • Engine Lift/Shop Crane 
  • Jacks and Jack Stands 
  • Vehicle Lifts
  • Engine Stand
  • Engine Stand Bolt Hardware 
  • Hand Tools and Impact Tools 
  • Torque Wrenches and Angle Meters
  • Engine-Building Tools and Materials
  • The Engine Shown throughout this Book 
  • Common Terms 
Chapter 2: Engine Removal
  • Tools and Materials Required
  • Transmission Decision 
  • Should the Hood Stay?
  • Bottoms Up
  • General Removal Procedure 
Chapter 3: Engine Disassembly and Inspection
  • Tools and Materials Required
  • Removing Stubborn or Broken Bolts 
  • Keeping Organized
  • A Quick Blast 
  • Check for Damage 
  • Transmission Removal 
  • Engine Disassembly 
Chapter 4: Machine Work and Clean Up
  • At the Machine Shop 
  • Cylinder Block Reciprocating Component Inspection and Machine Work
  • Cylinder Head Inspection and Machining 
  • Valveseat, Valveguide and Valvestem Seal Repair and Replacement
  • Balancing and Blueprinting: What is it…and is it necessary? 
  • Replacement and Reusable Engine Parts 
  • Carburetors: Renew, Rebuild or Replace?
  • At-Home Clean Up
  • Painting 
Chapter 5: Short Block Assembly
  • Tools and Materials Required
  • General Information 
  • Preparing the Cylinder Block
  • Checking Bearing Clearances
  • A Note About Mechanical Fuel Pump Installation
Chapter 6: Final Engine Assembly
  • Tools and Materials Required
  • Cylinder Head Bolt Considerations 
  • Pushrods, Rocker Arms, and Other Valvetrain Checks 
  • Crankshaft Damper/Pulley Installation
  • Setup for Accurate Timing 
Chapter 7: Engine Installation
  • Tools and Materials Required
  • Component Hook-Up 
  • Transmission Connections and Clutch Adjustment
Chapter 8: Start-Up, Tuning and Break-In
  • Tools and Materials Required
  • Oil System Priming
  • Engine Start-Up 
  • Adjusting Valve Lash after Start-Up
  • Ignition Timing Adjustment 
  • Trouble-Shooting Guide
  • Road Test and Break-In Period
Chapter 9: Remanufactured Engines, Crate  Engines and Performance Upgrades
  • Remanufactured Engines
  • Crate Engines 
  • Installing a Crate Engine: A Case Study
  • High-Performance Parts Considerations

Publisher: SA Design
Paperback: 144 Pages w/ 400 Photos
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11.0 x 0.4 inches
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