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Tuning the A-Series Engine: The Definitive Manual on Tuning for Performance or Economy Hardcover – 20 Sep 1999

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Manuals Inc; 3rd Revised edition edition (20 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859606202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859606209
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 3.5 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A third edition of the title, originally published in 1985, which provides all the information required to successfully tune the Series A engine.


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Format: Hardcover
Since 1989 this book (back in 1989 1. edition - now 3. edition) has been more or less my bible. Lots of illustrations and photos with well written text explaning what to do and NOT to do, to make the A Series engine develop more power and/or better economy/mileage. All the practical tips is supported/documented by serious testing - and the background theory!.
Especially interesting is:
the camshafts chapter (contains both test results proving the Scatter Pattern concepts potential and the reason why it works/theory behind)
the cylinder head chapter (including the latest 7 head from AKM Racing in Denmark)
the Blocks, Cranks, Rods & Piston chapter (which type of block to use for boring to 73.5 mm, which pistons, where to find good rods and how to lightening them safely)
and I could carry on - In short:
A MUST FOR ANYONE WITH INTEREST IN TUNING THE BL'S A-SERIES ENGINE - GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY, AVOID DOING THE SAME MISTAKES OTHERS HAS DONE!
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Format: Hardcover
The Definitive Manual on Tuning is exactly what it is. Even if your like me and have a basic knowledge of engines you will find that suddenly you start to sound like a guru. I have used so much of this info already investing in second-hand parts and the like. The best thing about this book is that David Vizard doesn't just presume we all have an endless supply of cash, instead he promotes hard work aswell as advising on the purchase of new parts.
Verdict: I think this book is the best use of paper ever!
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If anyone knows about 'proper' engine tuning, David Vizard does!
A very useful, if a little text-heavy book - essential if you are planning to build your own A-series engine. Gives practical advice for everyone, whatever you use your engine for. Good sections from the hi-perfomance side of things such as Nitrous & Turbo kits, to the real world of economy and reliability. Caters for 850CC up to 1275CC+ engines. Useful section on the pros & cons of various bolt-on mods, and a quick refence guide with star ratings for the easiest and most common mods. Also useful is the 'example engine builds' as used by D.Vizard in his own Minis.
Not a book you can borrow however, there is soo much info here, you cannot possibly read this book and not want to refer back to it as you build you own engine. It's at least an inch thick!
Some of the info & parts mentioned are a little dated now, but if you know what you want, then your local Mini shop can always help you find the relevant part available today.
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Format: Hardcover
A real gem of a book. No fancy jargon. Most importantly written by someone with a hands on experience. Lots of good tips and practical advice.
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This is an excellent book with the majority of information you would need to modify your A series engine for performance or economy. I did find, however, that it is more orientated at the performance market (I'm not complaining).

The book is set out in chapters with each one talking about a different aspect/part of the engine (i.e. carburettor, exhaust and cams) in detail starting with the theory then how to tune the engine. It contains lots of experimental data found by the author himself comparing different types/makes of components. The author also gives his recommendations which, judging from how excellent the book is and his experience, are well worth taking into account.

All aspects of the engine are considered and the theory is excellent allowing the reader to apply the information to parts not made when the book was published.

I do have one criticism however, the book sometimes uses details and acronyms which have not been explained previously and is sometimes difficult to follow. Taking into account how detailed and generally excellent the book is, a bit of head scratching on some concepts is a small price to pay.

Not only a thorough book, but also a thoroughly good read...
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Format: Hardcover
I'm a mechanic and spent 7 years as an instructor to NVQ level3. I came across this book in 1986 and flicked through it.....I had to have it, went back home and got money to pay for it there and then! I built a road mini to the specs and when I sold it 8 years later, the work colleague who I sold it too, insisted on taking the book! I've missed it ever since so I bought the 3rd version a couple of weeks ago. If you want to get into the guts of an engine and learn how to,..... really work on them,.......... this is the book. The basics are covered in exhaustive detail and the reader is compelled to to learn more! And more there is.... every new page throws up a real-life reason why we had to learn all that boring Physics in college. It's a little long in the tooth now in relation to the final result, but as a lay-mans technical tome, it has yet to be beaten.
If only D.V. would write a new one on modern advanced Engine Management Tuning!! (There is absolutely nothing available in the same league as the book I have just reviewed).
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Tuning the A-Series Engine: The Definitive Manual on Tuning for Performance... wow what a book. arrived fast and packaged well. have read fist couple of chapters and it is so informative. very detailed and written in plain English thanks for this i will learn alot.
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