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Contents Introduction - The purpose of this book ... Chapter 1 - A little history: the Alfa V6 engine Chapter 2 - The V6 rwd chassis Chapter 3 - Brief description of the V6 engine Chapter 4 - The 24V engine Chapter 5 - Where & what to improve - an overview Chapter 6 - Engine disassembly & cleaning Chapter 7 - The 12v cylinder head Chapter 8 - Intake runners Chapter 9 - A new approach to port modification: food for thought? Chapter 10 - Valves Chapter 11 - Valve guides & followers Chapter 12 - Valve seats Chapter 13 - Free cam rotation in heads Chapter 14 - Valve springs Chapter 15 - Camshafts (12 & 24v) Chapter 16 - The 24v cylinder head Chapter 17 - Cylinder block components Chapter 18 - Crankshaft balancing Chapter 19 - Block machining & crankshaft assembly Chapter 20 - Vital measurements Chapter 21 - Compression ratio Chapter 22 - Block assembly Chapter 23 - Supercharging your Alfa V6 engine Chapter 24 - Fuel system Chapter 25 - Exhaust system Chapter 26 - Oil pump, oil pressure & cooling Chapter 27 - Cooling system Chapter 28 - Belt tensioner Chapter 29 - Ignition & electrics Chapter 30 - Ignition system - general Chapter 31 - Alternator, starter motor & battery Chapter 32 - General electrical Chapter 33 - Differential Chapter 34 - Clutch, rear flywheel & drive shaft Chapter 35 - Gear ratios Chapter 36 - Steering ratios Chapter 37 - Suspension Chapter 38 - RS Racing Chapter 39 - Brakes Chapter 40 - Roll cage Chapter 41 - Body seam strengthening Chapter 42 - Chassis weight reduction Chapter 43 - Power measurement & mapping Appendix Suppliers & specialists American/English glossary of automotive terms Index
Jim Kartalamakis was born in Salonica, Greece. He went to Toronto, Canada, to study electrical engineering, and at 23 bought his first Alfa, which was where it all started. 30 years later, Jim still fondly remembers the life and times of the ARCC (Alfa Romeo Club of Canada). He returned to Greece in 1979, and ever since has had only one make of car, albeit different models - from a 1750 GT through to an Alfetta GTV, a 75 3.0 to, currently, another 75 3.0 and a 1.8 Turbo. For many years Jim was a technical writer for several car magazines, and the official Alfa Romeo technical manual translator in Greece.
Is it worth buying? Definitely for anyone interested in Alfa Romeos, those with a technical bent and anyone who wants a Christmas present that an Alfista will appreciate for years. Regardless of anything else, it's a great read. Alfa News. The publisher and writer call this book the definitive Alfa DOHC engine high performance bible. That is an understatement. Logically presented chapter by chapter in concise, easy to understand language, this book is a must for all owners or prospective owners, of the V6 Alfa Romeo models. This book is part of Veloce Publishings much heralded SpeedPro Series. This particular Alfa volume was written for the knowledgeable do-ityourself tuner, but if you are a mechanic trying to keep Afla enthusiasts cars on the road then I would also heartfelt recommend you have a copy of this book as a reference. This volume follows in the tracks of the author's well-known DOHC tuning manual and delivers V6 enthusiasts everywhere an expert guide for preserving, improving and modifying these excellent cars. The entire book consists of simple, yet explicit steps that are supported by detailed coloured photographs, charts, and illustration on such topics as cylinder head modification, airflow diagrams and dyne plot data. Between the covers you'll find all the important measurements are provided for the unique LSD building procedure, an equally distinctive inductive distributor recruiting with step-by-step instructions, affordable big-brake modifications, a complete suspension sub-section, and all the necessary modern electrical system upgrades. There is also an up-to-date supplier and specialist list, including web information. With over 150 photographs, comprehensive diagrams and covering the peripheral modifications necessary to deal with the massive increase in power, this book is a must-have for any Alfista. - Norm Mort-Freelance.