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The High-Speed Internal Combustion Engine
by Harry R. Ricardo, F.R.S., revised by H.S. Glyde
Xeroxback - 434 pages, Third edition, 1941

The original resource for all things internal combustion. My copy is a scan of the 1941 edition, which is missing a bunch of the water injection sections that were written during WWII and published in the 1953 edition. If you can find a 1953 printing, let me know I want to make a copy of it.

Engine Dynamics and Crankshaft Design
by Glenn D. Angle
Xeroxback - 299 pages, 1925
Simmons-Boardman Publishing Company

Lots of good basics, but the lack of computing machinery in the 1920s causes Angle to spend an inordinate amount of time on various approximation techniques to avoid computing values for trig functions. Cool sections on computing summary forces and reactions, inertial damping with flywheels and balance, but I still can't find where he discusses rocking moments in inline motors.

Valve Gear Design
by Michael Charles Turkish
Xeroxback - 434 pages, First edition, 1946
Eaton Manufacturing Company, Wilcox-Rich Division

This is another scan of a book from the classic era. It has lots of good basic information about lobe generation and geometry, but the presentation is very jumbled. There are many forward references, so that you have to read ahead to know what he's talking about. Rocker arm geometry is treated quite well; Turkish is probably the only good source for this information. Of course it's completely obsolete with respect to analysis of lobe geometry discussing harmonic curves at length, but not polynomial curvers, and he never mentions jerk directly, just "smoothing the acceleration curve", but the basics are covered thoroughly.

Two-Stroke Tuners Handbook
by Gordon Jennings
Paperback - 156 pages, 1973

The Source. If you ever read a motorcycle magazine in the '60s, '70s or '80s, then you know who and what Gordon Jennings was, The Top of the Heap. He wrote, and then published this book himself, and it's still the definitive reference 30 years after it's publication in 1973. (My copy has a light blue cover, same design as the red one to the left.)

Internal Combustion Engine Fundamentals
by John B. Heywood
List Price: US$134.95
Hardcover - 930 pages (1988)
McGraw-Hill; ISBN: 0-07-028637-X

The modern reference for theoretical aspects of IC motors. Supercedes Ricardo in many respects.

The Internal Combustion Engine in Theory and Practice
Volume 1: Thermodynamics, Fluid Flow and Performance

by Charles Fayette Taylor
List price: US$45.00
Paperback - 574 pages, 2nd edition 1985
The MIT Press; ISBN: 0 262 70026 3

Just got it, no review yet.

The Internal Combustion Engine in Theory and Practice
Volume 2: Combustion, Fuels, Materials, Design

by Charles Fayette Taylor
List price: US$58.00
Paperback - 800 pages, March 1985
The MIT Press; ISBN: 0 262 70027 1

Just got it, too, no review yet.

How to Build & Modify Chevrolet Small-Block V-8 Cylinder Heads
by David Vizard
List Price: US$19.95
Paperback - 159 pages (1991)
MBI Publishing; ISBN: 0-87938-547-2

Ignore the "Chevrolet" in the title, this is a really great general resource. Vizard goes into great depth on every topic he covers; I've re-read some sections 2-3 times to flush out the subtleties. Widely acclaimed as being the best hands-on reference for flow bench testing and porting.

Motorcycle Turbocharging, Supercharging & Nitrous Oxide: A Complete Guide to Forced Induction and Its Use on Modern Motorcycle Engines
by Joe Haile
List Price: US$19.95
Paperback - 144 pages (September 1997)
Whitehorse Press; ISBN: 1884313078

Pretty entertaining, but I'm not sure if I learned anything.

by Hugh MacInnes
List Price: US$17.95
Paperback (July 1984)
H.P. Books; ISBN: 0895861356

Dated, but with excellent technical content.

Modern Engine Tuning
by A. Graham Bell
List Price: US$34.95
Hardcover - 256 pages; 2nd Edition (December 1997)
Haynes Publications; ISBN: 0854299785

Good resource, stuff like turbo back pressure and all that.

Design and Simulation of Four-Stroke Engines
by Gordon P. Blair
List Price: US$99.00
Hardcover - 814 pages (August 1999)
Society of Automotive Engineers; ISBN: 0768004403

Wow. The most thorough treatment of the practical aspects of an IC motor ever published.

Chassis Engineering/Chassis Design, Building & Tuning for High Performance Handling
by Herb Adams
List Price: US$17.95
Paperback - 144 pages (July 1993)
H.P. Books; ISBN: 1557880557

Not very good, quite dated, fuzzy presentation and some factual errors.

Race Car Engineering and Mechanics
by Paul Van Valkenburgh
List Price: US$17.95
Paperback - 192 pages Bk&Cd-Rom edition (May 8, 2001)
Perigee; ISBN: 1557883661

Looks like a classic, pix from '60s and '70s are cool. Content is excellent; recent revision has kept it up to date.

The Illustrated Guide to Aerodynamics
by H.C. "Skip" Smith
List Price: US$39.95
Paperback - 337 pages (1992)
Tab Books; ISBN: 0-8306-3901-2

Excellent freshman-level introduction to lift and drag.

Classic Racing Engines
by Karl Ludvigsen
List Price: US$49.95
Hardcover - 192 pages, August 2001
Haynes Publishing, ISBN: 1-8596-0649-0

It says "technical" on the cover, but I don't think I'd go along with that. It is an excellent coffee table book with history and details that you won't find elsewhere, at least without a huge amount of work. Highly entertaining and highly recommended.

Automotive Handbook
by Robert Bosch
List Price: US$34.95
Paperback - 852 pages 4th edition (June 1997)
Robert Bentley; ISBN: 0837603331

If it has what you're looking for, it's great, but it isn't a complete compendium on all things automotive, and it does tend to have some esoterica that you'll probably never care about.

The Scientific Design of Exhaust and Intake Systems
by Philip Hubert Smith and John C. Morrison
ISBN: 0837603099
Chaparral Can-Am and Prototype Race Cars
by Dave Friedman
List Price: US$39.95
Hardcover - 208 pages (March 1998)
Motorbooks International; ISBN: 0760305080
by Richard Falconer, Doug Nye (Contributor)
List Price: US$39.95
Hardcover - 208 pages (September 1992)
Motorbooks International; ISBN: 087938607X

The Wish List

         How to Build Max Performance 4.6 Liter Ford Engines 
         by Sean Hyland
         Format: Paperback
         Publication Date: Jan 2004
         ISBN: 188408978X
         List Price: $18.95

         How to Rebuild And Modify Your Manual Transmission
         by Robert Bowen 
         Format: Paperback, 191 pages
         Publication Date: Nov 2005 
         Publisher: Motorbooks International 
         ISBN: 0760320470 
         List Price: $24.95

         Ferrari Formula 1: Under the Skin of the Championship-Winning F1-2000
         Author: Peter G. Wright
         Format: Hardcover
         Publication Date: January 2004
         Publisher: Society of Automotive Engineers
         Dimensions:11.5"H x 11.5"W x 1"D; 4.42 lbs.
         ISBN: 0768013410
         List Price: $89.95

         Coventry Climax Racing Engines: The Definitive Development History
         Author: Des Hammill
         Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
         Publication Date: September 2003
         Publisher: Veloce
         ISBN: 1903706831
         List Price: $27.95

         Race Car Vehicle Dynamics
         by William F. Milliken, Douglas L. Milliken
         List Price: US$99.00
         Hardcover Bk&wrkb edition (November 1997) 
         Society of Automotive Engineers; ISBN: 0768001218 
         Internal Combustion Engines and Air Pollution, 3rd Edition
         Edward Frederic Obert
         Format:Textbook Hardcover, 1st ed., 736pp.
         Publisher: Addison-Wesley; ISBN: 0700221832
         Pub. Date: January  1991
      Recommended by Greg Hermann and Larry Widmer.

         Aaen Performance Clutch Manual
      Touted as the bible of CVT clutch tuning on the F500 list.

         Maximum Boost: Designing, Testing, and Installing Turbocharger Systems 
         by Corky Bell
         Paperback - 256 pages (April 1997)
         Robert Bentley; ISBN: 0837601606
      Mixed reviews.  The tech guys general pan it.  Kevin has a copy,
      I need to borrow and review it.

         Auto Fundamentals: How and Why of the Design,
         Construction, and Operation of Automobiles. Applicable to All
         Makes and Models
         by Martin W. Stockel, Martin T. Stockel, Chris Johanson 
         Amazon price: US$42.64
         Hardcover - 607 pages (May 1996) 
         Goodheart-Willcox Co; ISBN: 1566371384
      Many raving good reviews on amazon, for what that's worth.

      SAE Bookstore Entries:
         SI Engine Modeling
         Edition: 1
         Date Published: 1999
         List Price: US$109.00; SAE Member Price: US$87.00 
         ISBN Number: 0-7680-0383-0
         Number of Pages: 338
         Number of Papers: 26
         Binding: Paperbound
         Order Number: SP-1451
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