For someone planning to build an entirely new racing engine from scratch, it isn’t until you pick up a book like Taylor’s “The Internal Combustion Engine in Theory and Practice” that you realize just how much you’ve bitten off. I purchased both volumes about 6 years ago during a fit of boredom while on a road trip out west. I was actually amazed when I found both volumes in a small Borders (remember them?) in California. It’s true! I get bored on vacations and end up in book stores…
The two volumes can be purchased from Amazon.com for about $60 each. So far, they’re the best value I’ve found for the amount of knowledge and data they contain. I can say even at this early stage that my volumes will become tattered and broken before this is all over.
Speaking as a visual thinker, I’ve found both volumes follow the same format: Concepts outlined in the text are almost always followed up with charts, illustrations and photographs. This makes the information so much easier to digest as I can’t remember a jumble of words, but charts and illustrations become etched into memory.
As an aircraft mechanic and machinist who has been working with internal combustion engines my whole life, I’ve had a number of “ahah!” moments browsing through both volumes. Once I started to delve into Volume 2 last week, it was like opening a book of answers. Many things I’ve observed in the design, running and operational qualities of engines and the questions they posed have been answered and I’m not yet a quarter of the way through.
A full report will follow once I’ve had a chance to internalize all 800 pages. The quest for knowledge is so much fun!