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Our Books and Recommended Reading
As a part of the reorganization of the WiP website, we've decided to put the table of contents and information on each of our books on its own page. So, if you want to know about a book (current or planned,) just click the title and you'll go to that title's information page...
What else do we read?
Of course, being writers we are also avid readers. Here's a brief selection of books we have found useful, and catalogues you should probably have. All listed catalogues can be had for free from their sources, unless otherwise specified. ISBN numbers for books are in parenthesis after the listing
That's all we've got at the moment - if we find anything else good, we'll be sure to add it to the list!
- Carroll Smith's Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners, and Plumbing Handbook by Carroll Smith. An excellent reference on what holds things together and why. (0879384069)
- Engineer to Win by Carroll Smith. Mr. Smith was an autodidactic mechanical engineer, with abour forty years' experience on racing teams. This book goes into chassis and suspension design, materials selection, loading of stressed members, inspection cycles, and anything else that someone designing a highly-stressed vehicle should know about. (0879381868)
- Supercharging, Turbocharging, & Nitrous Oxide Performance Handbook by Earl and Diane Perkins-Davis. A good entry-level text on forced induction and the use of nitrous oxide. Explains how compoenents are selected, systems are designed, and why. Good if you want to know more about these systems, but there are better books if you plan to design your own. (0760308373)
- Supercharged! by Corky Bell. An excellent text on the nuts and bolts, and whys and wherefores of all aspects of supercharger system design. Worth the read! (0837601681)
- Maximum Boost by Corky Bell. What Supercharged! is to belt-driven forced induction, this book is to turbocharging. If you plan to DIY your turbocharger setup, get this book! (0837601606)
- The Step-by-Step Guide to Engine Blueprinting by Rick Voeglin. While this book mainly concerns itself with high-horsepower V8 engines, the principles apply, and it's a very good text to have on hand for the beginning engine builder. Complicated concepts are explained simply - and it's a style we've tried to emulate. Very well illustrated. (1884089267)
- Machinery's Handbook. A collaborative work, this is "the" reference for the machine trades. Also very useful to anyone who does any sort of work with metal - if you're going to do more than turn screws, you need this book. It's to its 27th edition at this time - but any edition will serve your needs.
- Catalogue - Aircraft Spruce & Supply - Free. A source for AN/NAS hardware, specialty fitting, and specialty instrumentation. A source for aircraft kitbuilders and experimental builders, but creativity knows no limits.
- Catalogue - Wicks Aircraft Supply - Free. Similar source to Aircraft Spruce - it's always good to have an alternate handy.
- Catalogue - MSC Direct - Free! The biggest damn MRO catalogue we've got - this thing looks like a hardbound New York phone book! We can't believe they'll send this thing out for free -but it's money in the bank for them ever since we got it. If you can't find it in here, you might as well work around it or pay to get it made.
- Catalogue - Del City - Free. Electrical sourcebook - good selection of heavy-duty parts, switches, and connectors.
- Catalogue - Waytek Wire - Free. Catering to automotive and heavy truck businesses, this is another good source for heavy-duty electrical goodies.
- Catalogue - Small Parts, Inc - Free. Calling themselves an "Engineering Findings Supplier," they're a little spendy but can source all sorts of usefull stuff you'd otherwise have a hard time finding. Keep this one on the shelf - it comes in REALLY handy every now and again...
- Catalogue - Goodson Shop Supply - Free. Best damn catalogue I've ever seen for engine builders and engine machine shops - get this one as well. There are enough hand tools and light tools in there to keep everyone going - from hobbyists to race shops.
- Scientific Design of Intake and Exhaust Systems by Philip H. Smoth & Dr. John C. Morrison. Just what it sounds like, a detailed treatise on the design of intake and exhaust manifolds and plumbing. Not for the faint of heart - this is an engineering book, and reads like one... (0837603099)
- The Internal-Combustion Engine in Theory and Practice by Charles Fayette Taylor. Two volumes, and loads of data based on original experimentation! Not a compilation of other people's work - this is a "go-to" book for people who want to really know how internal combustion engines work! Two volumes (0262700263 & 0262700166)