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Old 09-18-2008, 06:27 PM
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Chassis and Suspension Books

Put together a compilation of book titles I'v seen posted on chassis and suspension design. I'll be stocking up on my reading material for winter and wonder if there are any must haves or books I should pass on.

1. Competition Car Suspension: A Practical Hand Book - Allan Staniforth
2. Street Rodders Handbook - Frank Oddo
3. Street Rodders Chassis And Suspension Handbook - Rodder Street
4. How to Build Hot Rod Chassis: So-Cal Speed Shop's - Timothy Remus
5. Boyd Coddington's Hot Rod Engines, Drivelines & Chassis - Timothy Remus
6. How to Build High-Performance Chevy Ls1/Ls6 V-8s: Modifying and Tuning Gen III Engines for GM Cars & Pickups - Will Handzel
7. Engineer to Win - Carroll Smith
8. Chassis Engineering For High Performance Cars - Herb Adams
9. Tune to Win - Carroll Smith
10. Prepare to Win - Carroll Smith
11. Doorslammers, the Chassis Book - Dave Morgan

Edit: As new titles are suggested I will try to keep the list updated.

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I have been doing reasearch for my next build and I chose Chassis Engineering For High Performance Cars - Herb Adams. I had thumbed thru most of the others at the book store and they were mostly magazine articles on steroids "At XYZ shop they used parts from (Fill in your favorite vendor here) to assemble a '32 rolling chassis" Crap, I can get more info just by reading Centerlines chassis thread.

Deuce Project Continues.....

I wanted to learn the engineering behind the design so I could fabricate my own suspension components if neccesary. I'm only halfway through the book and it's kind of gear toward racing, but it 's nuts and bolt application book like I wanted.

A lot of guys build thier own stuff on this board.

Check out Bill Shope's webpage for a wealth of information on suspensions: http://home.earthlink.net/~whshope/

Or check out some of Twistedminis threads. He builds some killer minitruck suspensions systems from scratch.

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http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...=150434&page=1

Also a very interesting read.. (not sure if I can post links to the outside world... Easier to ask for forgiveness than permission).

Hands on nuts and bolts is what I'm looking for.
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I'll add a couple of "must haves" to your list....
Tune to Win, Carroll Smith
Prepare to Win, Carroll Smith
Doorslammers, the Chassis Book, Dave Morgan
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A lot of good info from our own Billy Shope.
http://home.earthlink.net/~whshope/

I now see this link was already posted by Arrowhead.
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Cool, thanks for the help. I ordered
- Engineer to Win - Carroll Smith
- Chassis Engineering For High Performance Cars - Herb Adams
I should get them in a day or two. Hopefully this will get me pointed down the right track. I figured it would be a good challenge to try to come up with a street able 4-link I could use on my 50 Ford PU (trying something new).

There is also a great excel spreadsheet floating around which lets you input all your parameters, and yield AS, AD, RC, CG and what not but I need to do a little more research before I can guess as to what good target values are.
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Try Steve Smith Autosports as they have a good selection of titles on chassis setup..Mostly circle tracking but good info anyway..also some software to help setup a front suspension if one is inclined to build his own MII style front end..

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