The books don't tell you everything. When you get to a specific area post your questions first and you'll get more help than you need but you'll get alot of good information. It pays to be patient and doing the job right the first time.
First thing is what motor you want to use, chev, ford, dodge, etc., small or big block. What type of car do you want?
Good luck, this will be an experience and don't get discouraged if it seems to take too long.