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This review is from: How to Power Tune Jaguar XK: 3.4, 3.8 and 4.2 Litre Engines (Speed Pro) (Paperback)
Having just complied a comment on this author's book on SU carbs (save your money) I'll be slightly more generous on this one - but not much. As I said in my other analysis, this author is lauded as 'an experienced race-engine builder'. Methinks not or, if he is, I bet his engines didn't win many races! The book suggests in its introduction that it is about 'getting as much power as possible from the Jaguar XK engine'. I don't think so. To build a race engine requires substantially more knowledge than appears in this book. Where's the reference to dry sumping and the correlation between camshaft and exhaust diameter / length to name just two? Where are the tables and figures identifying modifications with bhp gains? Where is the analysis of piston dwell at TDC resulting from long stroke and longish con-rods and the consequential relationship with camshaft timings? Missing.
In the book's defence, however, it does contain some interesting information on D types and it might save the casual owner who just wants to 'get a little bit more' from his Jaguar from going down the wrong road. If you want to go racing, however, this book is probably best avoided.