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So.......almost every time I see TechInspector on a camshaft forum he is usually referring to a Crane Cams Catalog. The way he dishes information from this catalog it seems that a catalog like this would be nice to have on the shelf and I would like to know where it came from. The reason of this thread is I would like to hear of good literature that people have on their shelf or online somewhere. I am thinking we could post titles, authors, web links to information that is really good, and links to books that we would recommend to someone. If a link is posted please tell us what the info is about and not just post a link that way if someone is not interested in the info they are not opening every link they see to hopefully come across something that they would like to read. I personally don't mind buying books and would like to have a nice library of damned good information, I just don't know what to buy and I think a lot of us would like to know what each other is reading.

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Originally Posted by crussell85
I would like to know where it came from.
I ordered it from Crane before the sale and re-organization. I have run a ton of Crane stuff throughout the years. I've also run some Isky, some CompCams and some Racer Brown 392 hemi cams.
I sometimes use Crane, but usually end up with a Comp if I'm doing a DynoSim because Comp made the software and about 800 cams are in there just by clicking on a few buttons. I also lean on Keith Black pistons
Airflow Research
Racing Head Service
SRP pistons for affordable forged units
Scat for cranks and rods
Stan Weiss head flow charts
and a few others that escape me right now. But like I say, when I'm running up an engine build for someone, I might have 8 or 10 different pages open at one time with a notebook, pen and calculator at the ready.

Quite often, I recommend a certain book or books to a reader with the idea that he/she needs to bone-up on whatever the subject is before coming here to ask questions. I use Amazon for that and usually recommend a used book to save a few sheckels. One of the most referenced books is one or more of the engine swap books. If you've never done a swap, you really need to read one or more of these.

If an OP is a relative newcomer to the hobby and is planning his/her first engine build, I think the book "How to Rebuild Your Small Block Chevy" by David Vizard is an excellent start.
Here is a compilation of Vizard's contributions....

Pat Ganahl is a good writer if you want to learn about blowers in a street/strip application....

And I constantly refer to Blower Drive Service's website. They have been in the business for a long time and know the answers to any question you may have about a blower and the application requirements. There are many charts and formulas that I use frequently to make my point.....If you will take the time to surf all through this site and read everything they have written, you'll know more than the average bear.....
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