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How to Build High-Performance Chevy Small-Block Cams/Valvetrains (S-A Design) [Paperback]

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Graham Hansen, author of the best-selling SA Design title How To Build Big-Inch Chevy Small Blocks, takes the mystery out of camshaft and valvetrain function, selection, and design. He covers camshaft basics, including a thorough explanation of how a cam operates in conjunction with the rest of the engine and valvetrain. He discusses technical terms like overlap, lobe centerline, duration, lift, and cam profiling. Comparisons between roller and flat-tappet cams are addressed and analyzed. This book covers rocker arms, lifters, valves, valvesprings, retainers, guideplates, pushrods, and cam drives, as well as detailed information on how to degree a cam and choose the proper cam for your application. Finally, matching cams to cylinder heads, analyzing port flow, and proving it all through dyno tests round out this informative volume.

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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.8" Width: 8.3" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 10, 2005
Publisher   S-A Design
ISBN  1932494081  
ISBN13  9781932494082  

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More About Graham Hansen

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! <div> Graham Hansen has been a Chevy fan all his life and has been building high-performance Chevys and Chevy engines for more than 25 years.&nbsp;His knowledge of Chevy engines and engine parts is nearly encyclopedic, and he&rsquo;s particularly interested in large-displacement small-blocks for street and racing use.<br><br> <br><br>&nbsp;<br><br> <br><br>&nbsp;<br><br> </div>

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very good for price, but not great however  Feb 17, 2008
I have purchased over a handful of chevy small block related tech books over the past few years. This book is very good... for the price. It restates a lot of information you ought to be easily able to pick up on from magazine articles (like chevy hi-performance or gmhtp) and even for free of the web from credible sources, but the whole purpose of buying such a book is to have all that information in one place for reference. So for a fair price, it's a very good book and a good read. I doubt I will buy another head/cam/valvetrain type book for a while; book would be very good for those who know little to nothing on the subject because it's written rather simple and straight forward, and also not a bad book for those who know a lot already because the book does cover a lot and by going over ALL the fundamentals you still learn stuff.

Only things I were disappointed with were errors, like statements such as VE is at the peak horsepower rpm point(page 100) when pages earlier the statement of VE is highest at the rpm point of peak torque (page 13). And I wasn't too thrilled with their chart on LSA narrow vs wide, that seemed to contradict previous and later information that goes into detail and describes how & why the change in LSA has an affect (which then doesn't agree with their chart). The book doesn't have all the answers and there may not even be a correct answer for some questions but it does a good job of at least bringing them to your attention and helps you to think about them. Only other thing I was disappointed with was the lack of math and science on certain subjects like cylinder head flow and port shape/sizing, they always give you the beyond the scope of this book excuse and dumb down the topic. Dumbing down only keeps people dumb! Next time add the hardcore math/science/physics stuff !
Very good information!  Jan 1, 2008
Very good book on camshafts and related valve train components. Definitely one of the better books on the subject.
Darn good book on Chevy Valvetrain technology  Apr 7, 2006
In 20 years as an automotive writer, I've read, probably, a dozen books on valvetrain subjects. Of those, I've probably written reviews on four or five. Without a doubt, this book, High-Performance Chevy Small-Block Cams & Valvetrains, was best--by a freakin' country mile. This title's most attractive feature is a killer mix of Author, Hansen's, choice of Chevrolet SBV8 valvtrain subjects, the clear, understandable and detailed way he explains each those subjects and his comfortable-to-read style. Camshafts and the valvetrains are at the top of the list of most misunderstood aspects of Chevrolet engine technology. Misinformation and urban legend abound on these subjects. This book corrects the misinformation and explodes the myths about cams, cam drives lifters, rocker arms, valves, springs, retainers, guideplates, pushrods, and a multitude of other valvetrain parts. With this new book, Graham Hansen, who also wrote CarTech's popular, How to Build Big-Inch Chevy Small Blocks, has done gearhead Corvetters a great service. In fact, forget it has 'Chevy Small-Block' in the title. It's a standout just for its coverage of cams and valve gear in general. Whether you have a Small-Block, Big-Block, LS1, heck--even if you come from the darkside and with Ford five-oh--if you're looking to really learn about cams read this book. Basics? You want basics? Author, Hansen, takes the mystery out of: camshaft and valvetrain function, selection, and design. He covers how a camshaft works with the rest of the valvetrain and other engine parts. He discusses technical terms like: 'overlap', 'lobe centerline', 'duration', 'lift', and 'profiling'. Differences between roller and flat-tappet cams are explained. More advanced subjects, such as: matching camshaft profiles to cylinder heads and analyzing port flow with respect to camshaft profiles. The book finishes with a chapter on dyno-tested engine build-ups, each having detailed information on the camshaft used in the engine. Chevy Small-Block Cams & Valvetrains is a great read because of it's detail, Mr. Hansen's clear and concise writing, the wide-ranging choice of valvetrain subjects and it's unquestioned accuracy. From this day on, it's the number one reference for cam and valvetrain information on my car book shelf.

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