Been Reading Issue 4

This Month I Have Mostly Been Reading…

Automotive Machining

Here’s a tricky book to place. Firstly, it’s not a how-to title; it’s more of a how-someone-else-does-and-why title. Otherwise the first chapter would be ‘How to write a cheque for £1 million at your local CNC machine shop’ and chapter two would be ‘How to acquire a lifetime’s machining experience overnight’.

Secondly, it’s not an entertaining read. If you’re after thrills and intrigue, I might recommend George RR Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire, the series of books that became A Game Of Thrones. If, however, you want to learn about how to extract the most power, reliability and efficiency from any engine, this is worthwhile reading.
Thirdly, while it is still quite accessible for those of us who haven’t got a degree in engineering, it does assume a certain level of knowledge, and the slow (like me) will soon find themselves lagging behind. There’s a lot of theory, a lot of advanced mathematics, and it can be a bit of a slog.

Lastly, from a certain perspective, you don’t need to know most of this stuff – that’s what you pay the time-served engineer at your machining shop for. There’s a good deal of crossover between this title and another CarTech title, Modern Engine Blueprinting, written by … the same guy. But, if you want to do the job properly and build an engine that’ll turn out the numbers on the dyno without scattering itself all over the startline, this is definitely worthwhile reading and valuable knowledge. It’ll also help you understand all the items on your bill from the machine shop…
Automotive Machining: A Guide To Boring, Decking, Honing And More is written by Mike Mavrigian and published in softback by CarTech with an RRP of £25.99.