Tuning the A-Series Engine: The Definitive Manual on Tuning for Performance or Economy Hardcover – 20 Sep 1999
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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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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!
Verdict: I think this book is the best use of paper ever!
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.
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...
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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