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    Default Need info on a BBC book

    Im wanting to build a BBC to repower my jet boat and i need to learn about the different heads and what to look for, anybody recommend a good book or website that maybe covers the different heads and motors and years etc. im looking to build a 550-600 hp motor for a jet boat if that helps

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    This is one good one!...

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    If you are looking for a great reference book on the basic's between the Mark 4, Gen5/6, and the Chevy parts that go with them, and what crosses between them, The Dennis Moore Book, Marine Big Blocks is great. But its hard to find. It doesn't give you that many HP building tips, but as a reference sourse, its great.

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    wow that marine book is spendy! one on ebay is 120 the only one on amazon is like 300.00

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78 Charger View Post
    wow that marine book is spendy! one on ebay is 120 the only one on amazon is like 300.00
    Geez, it seems that people are greedy because its out of print I guess.


    Chevy Rat Motors is good also. by Ed Staffel. The how to hot rod BB chevys is good, but a bit dated. (at least the copy I have is). STaffel's is more current.

    I don't know if they make it anymore, but Chevy used to put out a performance book themselves. I got mine from a Chevy dealer years ago

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    Those books are good for the basics but most are 20 years old.SA design books are good.Look for smokeys power secrets its got good info but its old school stuff.Get some catalogs from crank,rod,cam and head places call them and have them send it out.There is some good info in them and you can stay up to date on latest products.

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    thanks guys, i picked up the rat motors one, thats the only one i could find here in town, but that shoudl at least give me the basics of different heads, blocks etc. that way ill knwo what to shop for...thanks again for your input

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homez View Post
    good place to start
    Some good reference in there, but FAR from the bible!...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoFastRacer View Post
    This is one good one!...

    Chevy Power!

    Definately one everyone should have...I agree.

    Always make sure to get the latest release. They should be available on the shelf at any GMPP (GM Performance Parts) dealer too.

    CHEVROLET POWER is the official factory performance manual!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78 Charger View Post
    wow that marine book is spendy! one on ebay is 120 the only one on amazon is like 300.00
    Yeah, and if you look at the back cover of the book, the price marked is $16.95 US, lol. It sucks (for the buyer) when books like that go out of print and then the quantities available get very low.
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    I have one. It's okay. Some good insight...a lot of 'no schit shirlock.'
    Good newbie book. Thus why worth $$$$ to some people I guess.
    BTW: Geared towards I/O people, not other watersports.

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    What about Chevrolet Big Block Parts Interchange Manual by Ed Staffel Jr.? Does anybody know anything about this book? Is it a good one?
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    I thought this one was pretty good...


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    Okay now im learning a little, im looking to build a 500-600 hp motor for my 18.5ft boat, im shopping for a 454, but any suggestions of a mark 4 or 5 and rect or large oval heads. im not looking for mega motor but i would like to have the option of a 70-75mph blast here and there, what do you guys suggest at least as a start, what block what heads etc?

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