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Old 07-02-2005, 09:17 PM
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need some good automotive books.

Could you suggest some good books on fixing/modding cars? Interested in any subject I will run into while building a car of fixing one.
EDIT: more specifically
engines
manual transmissions
suspension
brakes
modifiying the above
frame construction(mainly safety)
making a car road legal and getting insurance
metalworking/pipe bending/welding
performace for cheap
popular modder engines like the 350 or 454

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Log onto Amazon.com or other bookseller and look for Building a Hot Rod or search under hot rod or Do It Yourself Hot rod or similar search. Some good books were written and/or editted by Tex Smith so you might want to do a search under his name.
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I get mine from Amazon or these guys http://www.cartechbooks.com/vstore/s...ctGroup_ID=270
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Check out old book stores and flea markets too. What might work best for you is the text book from an automotive course at a technical school. I have one of those and it is invaluable! It assumes you know nothing but the very basics of how an engine works, and details things that repair manuals (such as Chilton's and Haynes) assumes you know/understand. A Haynes manual on any car will give you a basic understanding too. Haynes are written more for the DIYer who doesn't know a whole lot, so explains a bit more. The drawback is that for the most complicated procedures they recommend you get a pro and don't describe it much at all. But those are the things really best left alone unless you have a good grasp of what you're doing -- in which case you'll want something more like a Chilton's manual instead of the Haynes. I like the old Motors manuals best though.
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