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Hey guys. I'm a beginner engine machinist and am always looking for information on how to hone my craft. What I do now is basic engine machine work. Boring, valve jobs, surfacing, reconditioning rods, polishing cranks (our crank grinder isn't precise enough anymore to grind), replacing valve seats and guides, and stuff along that line. The shop I'm in doesn't assemble engines. We don't run engines either. I'm basically by myself in the shop as the guy that was in the shop before me is now managing the parts store. He's still around for me to ask questions and get help when I need it. Something that I'd like to learn is port work. I don't intend on doing it for customers. Just for myself. Maybe if I get good enough in the future and can be sure of the quality and performance maybe I'd do it for a customer but as of right now, let's assume I know nothing more than how to port match heads to intake manifolds which I don't do for customers either. Where would be a good place to start to learn the concepts and basics of port geometry and design? Is there a good book or website that would help? I know I can always ask questions on here and get some pretty awesome answers but I want to know the background and theory behind it. Going to school for performance engine building wasn't in the cards when I went to college and it certainly isn't now. Thank you in advance!