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Old 12-08-2005, 12:00 AM
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Literature for the aspiring hotrodder?

New to the forum. I am an auto mechanic with a few years experience. Ive had a long time interest in hotrods and want to learn more about building them. Can anyone recommend any books on in depth build procedures?

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Welcome New Guy!!

There are books specific to certain builds. SBC engine building for one example has probably a dozen different books at Borders. I like looking at the books before I buy them so I don't buy books on line but you can if there isn't a GOOD book store near you. What is your interest, an old rod or muscle car or old 50's ride??


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getting started

I really liked Caldwell's book "Builders Guide to Bolt Together Street Rods". Many books seem like infomercials with subtle and not so subtle mentioning of products. HIs book just talked about the fun of building and how to get through the project without getting derailed. I'm dropping Hot Rod Magazine and Street Rodder and gonna try Rod and Custom. I'm fed up with high buck cars.
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welcome to the web, newbie

Im with Dr. Bob.
There are alot of good books on building hot rods available on the market, to cover just about every spectrum of the hobby. As was mentioned, the best bet is to go to good bookstores, like Daltons, etc, and look over their stock.
Things to look for are the manner in which the book is written. Does it just give a bunch of techno-babble or does it clearly in laymens terms tell you what to do and how to do it. I have a book that I bought a few years back,
by Boyd Codddington, and while Im not at all impressed with some of the chop shop techniques used on his TV show, This book is a gold mine of technical stuff, and its written in plain English. It covers suspension, brakes, tires, wheels, engine and transmission installation, front suspension and steering, and planning and building a frame. The latter reason is why I bought it. The book goes into very good detail on every subject covered in the book.
The title is: " Boyd Coddington's How To Build Hot Rod Chassis". PUblished by Motorbooks International.
If you are wanting books on specific brands of engines, well there are tons of them out there covering everything from the Flathead Ford V-8 to the latest overhead cam jobs with computer controlled fuel and ignition systems.
I picked up a neat book recently titled," Standard Catalogue of V-8 Engines 1906-2002". While this book doesnt give you any details on building engines, it lists vertually every American built V-8 ever made, its displacement, HP, Torque, compression, and bore/stroke. Other than giving you access to whats out there and whats not, its a great book for winning benchracing arguements with. The book was written by John Gunnell, and published by Krouse Publications.
Fisher Books has a great book on building Flathead Ford v-8's, called Ford Flathead V=8 Builders Handbook, 1932-1953, written by Frank Oddo.
The three books Ive mentioned are well written, and arent infomercials for aftermarket suppliers, although they do list names of parts suppliers, and what is available.
Here on this website is a great place to get about any kind of info you want as well, just toss in a thread and see what bites on it.
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This book by Tex Smith is pretty good for starters.

Here is Boyd's book.

Som other relavent titles here and here and here and here and here.

Plus there are dozens and dozens of specialty books on chassis, body work, upholstery, engines, trannys, painting, etc., etc., etc.
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Steve Smith autosports is a good online source if you find you need to go that way..

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