December 16, 2013

Building Power with the 351 Cleveland

With the influx of aftermarket parts, especially excellent cylinder heads, the 351 Cleveland as well as the 351M and 400M cousins, are now seen as great performance engines to build. Renewed enthusiasm in this engine has spawned an influx of top-quality new components that make building or modifying these engines affordable. Ford 351 Cleveland Engines: How to Build for Max Performance reviews the history and variations of the 351 Cleveland and Ford's related engines, as well as building for great street performance or competition.

Ford's 351 Cleveland was designed to be a “mid-sized” V-8 engine, and was developed for higher performance use upon its launch in late 1969 for the 1970 models. This unique design proved itself under the hood of Ford's Mustang, among other high-performance cars. The Cleveland engine addressed the major shortcoming of the Windsor engines that preceded it, namely cylinder head airflow. The Windsor engines just couldn't be built at the time to compete effectively with the strongest GM and Mopar small blocks offerings, and the Cleveland engine was the answer to that problem. Unfortunately, the Cleveland engine was introduced at the end of Detroit's muscle car era, and the engine, in pure Cleveland form, was very short lived. It did continue on as a low compression passenger car and truck engine in the form of the 351M and 400M, which in their day, offered little in the way of excitement.

Ford 351 Cleveland Engines: How to Build for Max Performance is an 8.5x11-inch softbound book featuring 144 pages packed with 450 color photos. It retails for $24.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling. Call CarTech at (800) 551-4754 or visit www.cartechbooks.com to check it out.

New Eastwood Interactive Website

The Eastwood Company is celebrating its 35th anniversary and to kick it off, Eastwood has launched a new interactive website featuring hundreds of how-to videos, its new Shop Talk podcast hosted by Kevin Tetz, live-stream product demonstrations, free technical articles and more. Check it out at www.eastwood.com. You just might learn something, or you might find a product that will make things a whole lot easier for you.

Muscle Car 411

The birth of the muscle car marked not only a revolution in performance, but also a revolution in marketing, with manufacturers tailoring their products to a youth audience. The All-American Muscle Car celebrates the 50-year history of the breed through modern and archival photography, and essays from today's top muscle-car writers.

Organized by themes, its chapters cover the introduction and early years of muscle; the cultural trends that made muscle cars so popular; the pop culture that surrounded the cars in music, film, and television; and racing, both legal and illegal. Great rivalries are detailed—Camaro versus Mustang versus Firebird versus Challenger versus 'Cuda, GTO versus Road Runner versus Super Bee versus Chevelle SS versus Buick Gran Sport versus Oldsmobile 4-4-2, and the like. The book also takes a look at some of today's modern muscle cars, including the new Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger.

The All-American Muscle Car is a hard cover book loaded with 192 pages and more than 200 photos for $40. Visit www.motorbooks.com to get your copy.

Rebuilding the 8.8 and 9-Inch Rearends

The Ford 8.8- and 9-inch rear differentials have been extensively used and proven their mettle in racing and high-performance applications. Ford Differentials: How to Rebuild the 8.8 and 9 Inch provides detailed step-by-step photos and information for rebuilding these differentials. Starting with the disassembly of the rearend, the book goes on to identify worn ring-and-pinion gears and other damage or wear, and proceeds to show step-by-step rebuilding of the differential. It also explains how to select the right differential hardware, bearings, seals, and other parts, as well as how to set ring and pinion backlash so the rearend operates at peak efficiency.

Ford Differentials: How to Rebuild the 8.8 and 9 Inch goes on to examine aftermarket 9-inch performance differentials from manufacturers such as Currie, Moser, and Strange, and the reader will learn how to rebuild and set up these high-performance aftermarket axles as well. A comprehensive 9-inch identification chart to ensure readers properly identify the model and specifics of the differential.

Packed with 144 pages and 400 color photos, this essential manual retails for $24.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling. Call CarTech at (800) 551-4754 or visit www.cartechbooks.com to put your order in.