Ford Small Block V8 Racing Engines 1962-1970: The Essential Source Book

Veloce Publishing Ltd
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While many will be familiar with 1960 Ford racing programmes using the very compact pushrod Small Block V8, few know the facts behind the technology employed at Ford during this time. This book gives insight to the confident, logical approach of engineers working at Ford’s Engine & Foundry Division. Engineers who made outstanding technical decisions, leading to many major motorsport events being won using larger capacity derivatives of the 1961 221ci Small Block V8 production engine, a power unit introduced by Ford mid-1961 for use in 1962 model year intermediate Fairlanes and Mercurys. 
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Becoming aware of the lack of Ford Small Block V8 engine information available to the general public, Des Hammill, who has been building racing engines since 1984 (including Small Block V8 Fords), began researching the subject in 1998. During his investigations, he tracked down and spoke regularly with engineers and engine designers employed at Ford between 1950 and 2005, who furnished him with accurate design and development details of these iconic engines.
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Publisher
Veloce Publishing Ltd
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Published on
Mar 15, 2014
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Pages
112
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ISBN
9781845844257
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Language
English
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Genres
Sports & Recreation / Motor Sports
Transportation / Automotive / Customizing
Transportation / Automotive / Repair & Maintenance
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