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Rebuilding and Tuning Ford's CVH Engine Hardcover – 19 Jun 2000

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Manuals Inc (19 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859600069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859600061
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.6 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,411,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ford CVH engine (Compound Valve angle, Hemispherical combustion chamber) has been used in many well known Ford models, including Fiestas 1.4, 1.6, XR2I, RS Turbo, Escorts 1.4, 1.6, RS1600i, XR3, XR3i, RS Turbo and Orions 11.3,1.6 and 1600i. This book includes a brief history of this unit followed by hints, tips and advice on rebuilding and tuning an engine in the home garage, describing what can be undertaken by the enthusiast and what should be put out to specialists.

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Format: Hardcover
Following in the usual excellent standards of Haynes technical publications comes this rebuilding and tuning manual for the Ford CVH engine.
The CVH engine provided Ford with reliable power for all Escorts and Fiestas at 1.3 litre cylinder capacity and above from 1981 onwards. Models in which this power plant was installed include the 1980/90 'boy racer' favourites - RS Turbos, RS1600i's, XR2i's and XR3i's.
This book will serve as a sensible and practical guide for anybody wishing to 'tinker around under the bonnet' and covers everything from a strip-recondition-rebuild job through to an all out race tune.
Peter Wallange's style and coverage has reached further heights following on from his book covering Ford's Pinto and Crossflow engines (predecessors to the CVH). He has been ably assisted by his son John in the photography department, and the mainly colour photographs are clear and well presented.
The subject matters cover all the normal tuning topics like three angle valve chamfers, gas flowing, performance exhausts etc. and include more 'in-depth' technical tweaks including performance cams, vernier cam pulleys, tweaking turbo chargers and water injection systems. It also briefly caresses the topic of linking latop PC's to engine ECU's for an engine mapping job, which marries Formula One principles with the suburban lock-up garage spanner rack.
The book is an absolute must for die hard 1980's and 90's boy racers who frequent DIY tuning. If you also consider that the CVH is becoming very popular in rear engine mounted kit cars, one should regard this publication as excellent home-garage bookshelf material.
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Format: Hardcover
'A reader' from Reigate has it spot on, this book is a top notch guide to Fords ubiquitous powerplant of the 80's. Excellent photos do the straightforward writing style justice throughout.
I'd just add briefly to his comments - the book also covers turbo conversions and other easily achievable engine swaps amongst fiesta/escort/orions of the time. Some other good advice in this book is the section on diagnosing potential problems with a cvh (such as worn big ends, pistons & cam) - without needing to stripdown the engine - good to know if you're buying a car with a cvh in!
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Format: Hardcover
Generally, I agree with the other reviewers. This book is well organised and useful. But only up to a point.

Regarding the later Efi cars, eg the Fiesta XR2i, with multi point injection and coil packs, advice concerning ignition fault finding and tuning, other than 'chipping', is very limited. Fair enough, since this can be v. complicated, but it is still relevant, even if only to help the home tuner engage in informed 'debate' with the experts.

And though the book discusses downdraught Webbers at length it says nothing about a favourite carb change for big power on a non turbo - ie side draught DCOE Webbers. I think this is a significant omission.

Hence for someone wanting to do a mechanical upgrade the book has a lot to offer. But for anyone planning to do anything a bit complex in the relationship between head, cams and the electronics/injection of an Efi, or big power upgrades with DCOEs, you may need to start elsewhere,(eg Burton's website) or accept that this book can only take you part of the way.
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