Book are a very good idea. The local Library should have some to give you and idea of what reference material you might want to buy for yourself. Put down on paper what you want to build, what crank if its stroked, stock bore or bored. What cam and intake, carb and headers. If you build a stroker with a whopping cam you will need a good stall convefrter, 18 to 2200 stall easy. Like I said buikd it on paper and check your budget, twice.