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How to Rebuild High Performance Pontiac V-8's Re-Issue

by Jim Hand

The Original Book

Jim Hand’s first book, How to Build Max Performance Pontiac V8s, was published from 2003 till about 2012 by CarTech (North Branch, Minnesota in the United States of America). It was one of the first “entirely digital” books published by CarTech and its content was to be photographed in black and white. Digital camera technology rapidly advanced and late in the book’s distribution life, CarTech considered rereleasing the book, although this time in full color. Unfortunately, as originally requested, there were no color digital images. Therefore, there was no way to redo the original book.

The Second Book

Rocky Rotella, a well-known Pontiac enthusiast, builder, writer and historian, was able to provide text and photos to enable CarTech to offer an updated and different version of this book under the same name, How to Build Max Performance Pontiac V8s. Rocky’s book was first released in late 2012 and is currently (September 2022) offered in CarTech’s “print on demand” series. .

A New Version of the Original Book

Shortly after discontinuing the original version of the How to Build Max Performance Pontiac V8s in 2012, a limited but consistent demand for it started to appear. Because the information was released in 2002, some of it has been considered dated, many of the manufacturers listed had changed, merged, and/or disappeared, and some parts mentioned were getting hard to find. However, the technical information was and is still very applicable. Discussions took place with CarTech in 2021 and they very graciously allowed Jim Hand (the copyright owner) to have the rights to the original book’s content. With this, we were permitted to release the original information and photos in another book and under another title (so as to not confuse buyers of the current CarTech catalog of books). 

Changes to this New Version

Like digital photography, publishing has drastically changed. An American publisher, was a perfect candidate to release the new version. They are a book production company and an independent small press that does short run book production for independent publishers, corporations, universities and self-publishing authors. Because of the expected smaller demand for this new version of the How to Build Max Performance Pontiac V8s, they were perfectly suited. 

The original CarTech book sold thousands of copies and the information presented in it was well received. For this reason, no information was intentionally changed or updated. All of the recommendations and manufacturer’s names and part specifications were left as listed. In all cases where photo rights were owned, the original photos were reused. There were a few grammatical and punctuation changes made to correct minor errors identified from original publishing oversights. 

There is some technical information added about the 1971 LeMans Wagon and various QR codes are spread throughout the new version to enable a smart phone to be used to hear the car and its engine, listen to its exhaust, and see it running at the KCIR strip.


HRP113 How to Rebuild Pontiac V-8's (Jim Hand) $29.95
HRP113S How to Rebuild Pontiac V-8's (Signed by Jim Hand) $39.95

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How to build Max-Performance Pontiac V-8's

Today's Pontiac enthusiast has a wide range of factory and aftermarket components to choose from, and in How to Build Max-Performance Pontiac V-8s, all the critical components are reviewed in great detail. The book by Rocky Rotella includes honest advice on the proper way to modify components for optimal power and durability. The book also gives readers an assessment of the many aftermarket accessories offered for these great engines, and shares the capabilities such parts bring with them. Additionally, high-performance engine buildups are completed and the results are shared. If you're considering building a traditional Pontiac V-8 engine for increased power and performance or even competitive racing, this book is a critical component to achieving your goals.

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How to Rebuild Pontiac V-8's Updated!
by Rocky Rotella

Under the guidance of Semon "Bunkie" Knutson, John DeLorean, and a host of creative and innovative people, Pontiac established its own identity and distinct V-8 engine platform under the GM banner. In 1955, Pontiac's V-8 started out at a meager 287 cubic inches, but it was an auspicious beginning to an illustrious line of engines. The potent powerplant grew and evolved over the coming decades, which included the 389 Tri-Power, 421, Ram Air IV 400, 428, and the Super Duty 455. These V-8s powered a number of legendary cars - the GTO, Firebird, Trans-Am, and many others. This Workbench series book will guide proud owners who will rebuild these engines and give them a new lease on life. Long-time Pontiac expert and magazine writer Rocky Rotella guides the reader through the entire rebuild process. Drawing on his vast experience, Rotella uses detailed captions and explanatory photos to show each crucial step of the disassembly, inspection, machine work, parts selection, assembly, and break-in process. The book instructs the reader how to skillfully pull the engine and prevent damage to the car. It documents how to carefully inspect the components for problems and fix these issues that could spell doom for a newly rebuilt engine. The book discusses finding a reputable and professional machine shop that specializes in Pontiac engines, as well as aftermarket parts and OEM parts interchange for high-performance, so you can select the best parts for a particular engine. All essential machine shop procedures are covered in detail. Inspection and pre-assembly are thoroughly explained.

Most importantly, the methodical and practical approach provides the insight and vital information required for the task, as with all Workbench series titles. This, the first-ever book dedicated to rebuilding the Pontiac V-8 engine, is a valuable addition to any Pontiac enthusiast's library.

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How to build Max-Performance Oldsmobile V-8's

The traditional Oldsmobile V-8 powered some of the most memorable cars of the muscle car era, from the 442s of the '60s and early '70s to the Trans-Ams of the late '70s. These powerful V-8s were also popular in ski boats. They have found a new lease on life with the recent development of improved aftermarket cylinder heads, aggressive roller camshafts, and electronic fuel injection. Anyone considering use of an Oldsmobile V-8 to power their ride will save time, money, and headaches by following the clear and honest advice offered in How to Build Max Performance Oldsmobile V-8s. Plenty of full-color photos and step-by-step engine builds showcase exactly how these engines should be built to deliver the most power per dollar.

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Oldsmobile V-8's 1964-1990
by Mike Forsythe

Bring that old Oldsmobile engine back to life with this new, all-color Workbench-edition book.

Oldsmobile caught the performance world by surprise when it launched its new overhead valve (OHV) V-8 in 1949 called the Rocket. These engines, along with Cadillac, were the first post-war OHV design produced by General Motors. In a world of flathead V-8 performance, they were a major step forward and an instant hit. As was the norm for all American car manufacturers in the 1950s and 1960s, the Rocket V-8s grew in size and performance capability until the Generation II engines began production in 1964. Offered in a variety of displacements over the 27-year run, the Generation II engine was offered in sizes ranging from 260 to 455 ci, suiting every possible need from reliable fuel economy to all-out performance.

In Oldsmobile V-8 Engines 1964–1990: How to Rebuild, veteran author Mike Forsythe takes you through the complete process of rebuilding and restoring your Generation II Rocket V-8 to its original glory. Covered in a thorough step-by-step format are the tools required, the disassembly process, analysis of what went wrong, parts selection and replacement, the machining process, pre-assembly, final assembly, and the break-in process. Some performance upgrade options are also included.

The Oldsmobile Generation II engine had a lengthy and productive run not only powering Oldsmobiles but also a variety of Buicks and Pontiacs. If you are in the restoration process or simply want a return to factory-original performance in your Cutlass, Delta 88, Vista Cruiser, Toronado, 98, or 442, this book is an essential tool in bring your Oldsmobile back to its original glory.

Pages : 144
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 483 color photos

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How to Build Max-performance Buick Engines

How to Build Max-Performance Buick Engines is the first performance engine book ever published on the Buick family of engines. This book covers everything from Nail-heads of the '50s & '60s, the later evolutions of the Buick V-8 through the '60s & '70s, through to the turbo V-6 of the '70s & '80s. The most up-to-date information on heads, blocks, cams, rotating assemblies, interchangeability, and oiling-system modifications, along with details on the best performance options available and avenues for aftermarket support. 144 pgs, 324 color photos. MPB115 How to Build Max-Performance Buick Engines Book $24.95

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How to Build and Modify Rochester Quadrajet Carburetors

  • Covers all types of Q-Jets by expert rebuilder Cliff Ruggles
  • Fills the needs of advanced tuners, beginners, and everything in between
  • Includes information on where to get the best parts/kits etc.
  • Not a Q-Jet "Theory" book like many others, but precise information to get your Q-Jet to run better
  • 128 pages, 300 highly detailed color photos by Cliff Ruggles

The Rochester Quadrajet carburetor was found perched atop the engine of many a classic GM performance vehicle. The Q-Jet is a very capable but often misunderstood carb. This book, How to Rebuild and Modify Rochester Quadrajet Carburetors, seeks to unveil of mystery surrounding the Q-Jet and show owners how to tune and modify their carbs for maximum performance. The book is a complete guide to selecting, rebuilding, and modifying the Q- Jet, aimed at both muscle car restorers and racers. It includes a history of the Q-Jet, an explanation of how the carb works, a guide to selecting and finding the right carb, instructions on how to rebuild the carb, and extensive descriptions of high-performance modifications that will help anyone with a Q-Jet achieve great performance and/or mileage.

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Oldsmobile Muscle Portfolio 1964-1971 Road test

Oldsmobile Muscle Portfolio 1964-1971 Road test, performance and technical data, driving reports, and model intros. Includes information on Jetstar 88, Starfile, Wagon, Delmont, Toronado, Cutlass 4-4-2, W30, W-31, Hurst-Olds, Rallye, Delta, and Royale. 140 pgs., 250 b&w illus. HPP116 Oldsmobile Muscle Portfolio 1964-1971

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