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Whether you’re wishing to expand your knowledge, perform an installation, or just entertain your passion for automobiles, you can be sure to find the literature you’re looking for right here at Speedway Motors. From technical specification books and owner’s manuals to enthusiast books and catalogs, we carry a variety of readings and guides to suit your needs. Available instructional and how-to books and videos are a popular addition to any bookshelf or workbench, along with picture books or light reading perfect for accompanying your nightstand. Man or woman, young or old, any enthusiast will be happy with automotive literature from Speedway Motors!

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  • Fast Company - Six Decades of Racers, Rascals and Rods, Book
    Fast Company - Six Decades of Racers, Rascals and Rods, Book
    (Part #91085500)
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                The 'Speedy' Bill Smith Story. If you know anything about 'Speedy' Bill, you can guess what's in this book. Over 350 pages total and 32 of them with pictures! You will read about the man, the business that he built, the roads he traveled and the people he met. It's a hard back book.
            
  • Ford Racing M-0750-P2013 Performance Equipment Catalog
    Ford Racing M-0750-P2013 Performance Equipment Catalog
    (Part #91085102)
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                The must have catalog for ford fanatics.  The ford racing catalog for all your high performance equipment needs.
            
  • T-Bucket Assembly Manual
    $19.99
    Product Rating: 4.14 Stars
    T-Bucket Assembly Manual
    (Part #715900)
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    This manual shows you how to assemble one of our 1923 T-bucket or 1927 T Roadster kits. It's full of photos and step-by-step instructions to clearly illustrate the assembly process. Manual now includes chapters on installing the engine and drivetrain, preparing and intalling the body, windshield, wiring, and even how to install upholstery.

    If you're considering a T-bucket purchase, you can purchase this manual first to see what it takes to build it yourself. The manual's price is fully refundable with the purchase of a 1923 or 1927 T kit.

    NOTE:    This manual provides detailed examples on the assembly of a traditional T-bucket.  The manual does not provide in detail the assembly of our Tribute-T, but can be used as a generic reference to cover basic concepts.

  • Book - How To Wire Your Street Rod
    Book - How To Wire Your Street Rod
    (Part #91085124)
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                By Jack Sweeden. This book is a fully illustrated, instructional guide that takes you step-by-step through wiring your street rod.  12 pages. 
            
  • 10 Spline Quick Change Gear Chart
    10 Spline Quick Change Gear Chart
    (Part #91681208)
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                Speedway Motors now offers an extremely durable 10  spline quick change gear chart to help you determine the correct final  drive ratio for your car at the track or in the shop. Includes both  "Low" and "High" calculations for all gear sets ranging from 1-58 when  used with 4.12, 4.57, 4.86 ring and pinion ratios.
    • Extreme durability
    • Tear, oil, and water resistant
    • Convenient and accurate
    • 10 Spline Gear Chart



  • The Coolest Coloring Book Ever
    The Coolest Coloring Book Ever
    (Part #91085317)
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                This outrageous coloring book has 20 rather unique (ok, maybe a little bizarre) drawings that really don't even need to be colored, just hung on your garage wall. It will remind you of those crazy t-shirt designs of the 60's and 70's. 
  • Track-T Instruction Manual
    $39.99
    Product Rating: 3.44 Stars
    Track-T Instruction Manual
    (Part #97386127)
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    "Test the water" before you buy the kit! This step-by-step manual has instructions, tips and photos... even suggested tools and parts sources. 91 pages, b&w photos with wiring schematics.

    Cost of the manual is completely refundable upon purchase of the kit.

  • Book - The Official 12 Volt Conversion Guide
    Book - The Official 12 Volt Conversion Guide
    (Part #91085180)
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                This guide book takes you step by step through the formerly terrifying task of converting your hot rod from 6 volt to 12 volts.   

    Includes the secrets to generator and alternator conversion and hook-up, lighting, gauges, ignition, starters, troubleshooting and more. There's even a cross reference from 6 to 12 volt bulbs.

    Twenty pages. Small easy to handle size 8-1/2" x 5-3/8".

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  • Book/Manual - How To Swap GM LS-Series Engines Into Almost Anything
    Book/Manual - How To Swap GM LS-Series Engines Into Almost Anything
    (Part #28178156)
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                How to Swap GM LS-Series Engines into Almost  Anything shows how to fit these powerhouse engines into popular GM  F-Body cars, such as the Camaro and Firebird, and also how to install  these powerplants into non-GM muscle cars, sports cars, trucks, and of  course, hot rods. This book includes a historical review, complete  specs, and detailed information so you can select and fit the best LS  engine for a particular vehicle and application.

    A section on mounting kits, explaining how to install these engines into a variety of cars using readily available motor mount kits, universal engine mounts, or fabricated mounts. In addition, the book shows you how to perform necessary oil-pan modifications and adapt accessory drivers as well as choose the most suitable fuel pump, exhaust system, wiring harness, and electronic control module. This guide takes it a step further, revealing how to select the best reprogramming equipment and software for a vehicle and its application. Finally, the book covers the range of compatible transmissions for LS engines.
    • By Jefferson Bryant
    • 144 pages
    • Photos: 375 color
    • Paperback
    • Sold individually
  • Swindell Series Sprint Car Set-Up Sheets
    Swindell Series Sprint Car Set-Up Sheets
    (Part #94082050)
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    • Can be used if running a 305, 360 or 410 sprint car
    • 1 tablet contains 50 sheets
    • Easily organize your set-up notes for each race
    • Gives you a permanent record of every adjustment and set-up
    • Designed and used by World of Outlaw and Chili Bowl Champion Sammy Swindell
  • Halibrand Champion Owners Manual
    Halibrand Champion Owners Manual
    (Part #91085013)
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                Thirty pages filled with complete details, illustrations and tips on all Halibrand Champion open tube rear axles. It includes exploded view illustrations and a list of replacement parts, plus helpful tips to prepare for installation, assembly, disassembly and maintenance.
            
  • Steve Smith Autosports S217 Book - The New Racers Tax Guide
    Steve Smith Autosports S217 Book - The New Racers Tax Guide
    (Part #91085090)
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                  One of Steve Smith's books.  A totally new, updated book.  It tells you how to legally subtract your racing costs from your income tax by running your operation as a business.  Step-by-step, how to do everything correctly.  Includes a complete discussion of racers' Tax Court cases (who has won, who as lost, and why).  An alternate form of funding your racing.  Read this book now and start saving.  79 pages.       
            
  • Book - Borg Warner Overdrive
    $14.99
    Book - Borg Warner Overdrive
    (Part #91085209)
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                The Borg Warner 'R' series overdrive transmission was offered as an option until the early 1960's in many cars. This book is one of our books that covers design, operating, troubleshooting, repair and wiring. 24 pages.        
            
  • Ford Flathead V8 Builders Handbook
    Ford Flathead V8 Builders Handbook
    (Part #91085211)
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                This book covers every facet of your Flathead Ford V-8. Rebuilding? Get one of these books! 200 images. 154 pages.
            
  • Book - The Official 12 Volt Conversion Guide
    Book - The Official 12 Volt Conversion Guide
    (Part #91085180)
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                This guide book takes you step by step through the formerly terrifying task of converting your hot rod from 6 volt to 12 volts.   

    Includes the secrets to generator and alternator conversion and hook-up, lighting, gauges, ignition, starters, troubleshooting and more. There's even a cross reference from 6 to 12 volt bulbs.

    Twenty pages. Small easy to handle size 8-1/2" x 5-3/8".

  • Book - The Secret World of Race Car Sponsorships
    Book - The Secret World of Race Car Sponsorships
    (Part #91085222)
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                  Finally a great book on race car sponsorships written by a racer, for a racer. One of these books will take you from how to get a sponsor and more importantly, how to keep a sponsor. Well worth the money. 40 pages.    
            
  • Steve Smith Autosports S301 Book - Stock Car Racing Chassis
    Steve Smith Autosports S301 Book - Stock Car Racing Chassis
    (Part #91085033)
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                  By Steve Smith. Covers design, theory and construction. Explains shock & spring selection, caster/camber, sorting a chassis, and step-by-step construction of a Chevelle chassis. 33 pages.   
            
  • Steve Smith Autosports S280 Book - IMCA Racing Technology
    Steve Smith Autosports S280 Book - IMCA Racing Technology
    (Part #91085121)
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                By Steve Smith. Everything a racer needs  to know to build, set-up and race the  modified competitively. Nine informative  chapters cover ares of design, suspension  systems, chassis set-up and adjustment.  120 pages. 
            
  • Book - How To Build Chevy Small Block Circle Track Engines
    Book - How To Build Chevy Small Block Circle Track Engines
    (Part #91085241)
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                This informative new engine building book explains how to understand the specific needs of your car and track, and how to build an engine to address them. Includes information on parts selection, machine work and assembly, with in-depth builds on three race engines.
            
  • Steve Smith Autosports S286 Book - Mini-Micro Sprint Racing Technology
    Steve Smith Autosports S286 Book - Mini-Micro Sprint Racing Technology
    (Part #91085122)
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                By Steve Smith. Covers frames, suspension, chassis, torque arms,  chassis alignment, tires, wheels, wings, parts and sources. Well  illustrated. 87 pages.
            
  • Steve Smith Autosports S203 Book - How To Build Trailers
    Steve Smith Autosports S203 Book - How To Build Trailers
    (Part #91085263)
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    This is a must have book if you are going to build your own open, flatbed trailer. Details on suspension and components, materials, all phases of construction, braking systems, couplers, electrical, design and fabrication, and accessories.

    We also have complete scale drawings for a flatbed tandem axle trailer with leaf springs and tire track. All material specifications and parts sources included.

  • Book/Manual - How to Hook and Launch: Traction Mods for Street & Strip
    Book/Manual - How to Hook and Launch: Traction Mods for Street & Strip
    (Part #28178195)
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                Please view the product's page for more information
            
  • Welders Handbook
    $14.99
    $16.99
    Welders Handbook
    (Part #91085171)
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    By Richard Finch. Covers all types of welding, from gas welding and cutting to arc, MIG, TIG and plasma-arc welding and cutting. Tips on weld jigs and fixtures. How to weld mild steel, Chromoly, aluminum, magnesium and titanium. 170 pages.

  • Book/Manual - How to Rebuild & Modify Chevy 348/409 Engines
    Book/Manual - How to Rebuild & Modify Chevy 348/409 Engines
    (Part #28178210)
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                Chevy's W-series 348 and later the 409 became  legends on the street, and in particular the 409 also became a legend on  the track. In the early 1960s, these engines powered a variety of GM  vehicles and the Z11 Impalas at the drag strip. Recently, the 348s and  409s have enjoyed a high-performance renaissance and many speed  manufacturers are making heads, blocks, and virtually every part for  these engines.
    • By John Carollo
    • 144 pages
    • Photos: 259 color
    • Paperback
    • Sold individually
  • Book - How To Build Big-Inch Ford Small Blocks
    Book - How To Build Big-Inch Ford Small Blocks
    (Part #91085253)
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                Have you been dreaming about a little extra displacement for your Ford? By increasing the bore and stroke of your current engine, you can add those cubic inches without the hassle of switching to a big block. 
    George Reid thoroughly explains the concept of building a stroker, paying special attention to the effect that increasing the bore and stroke have on the engine as a whole. With this information, you’ll be better able to tailor your heads, cam, intake manifold, carburetor, and exhaust system to get the most out of the extra cubes.
    Also included in this engine building book is a complete guide to factory head and block castings, as well as aftermarket block and head guides, so you can choose exactly the right parts for your project. This book is the definitive guide for building a big-inch Ford small block, complete with four engine buildups ranging from 331 to 408 cubic inches.
  • Book - 335 HP Flathead Ford V8 Performance Handbook
    Book - 335 HP Flathead Ford V8 Performance Handbook
    (Part #91085309)
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                This book by Joe Abbin will show you 'real' horsepower figures from 'real' Flathead Ford engines that were built and run on the dyno, the street and the dragstrip. Clearly shows each engine (naturally aspirated and supercharged) being built and dyno tested. 138 pages.
            
  • Book - Racing Safely, Living Dangerously - Bill Simpson
    Book - Racing Safely, Living Dangerously - Bill Simpson
    (Part #91085502)
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                "The on-track stories are good, but the  off-track exploits are even better. Any stories involving famous racers  and South American brothers are worth the price of admission."

    "Bill Simpson with the Beatles, Bill Simpson the safety pioneer, Bill Simpson in handcuffs, Bill Simpson the racer, Bill Simpson crashing through a restaurant with his boat, Bill Simpson sets himself on fire and wins a court case, Bill Simpson tests his first drag chute and goes to jail via the woods..."

    Written by Bill Simpson himself with help from his friend and renowned motor-sports author, Bones Bourcier.
  • Book - Hurst Equipped: More Than 50 Years of Hi-Performance
    Book - Hurst Equipped: More Than 50 Years of Hi-Performance
    (Part #28128490)
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                George Hurst was a hot rodder at heart, but he was  also a visionary, an innovator, a brilliant promoter, and particularly  skilled at building alliances. Hurst developed and marketed a  high-performance line of shifters that would lead the industry and be  the cornerstone of the company. After forming an alliance with Anco  Industries, Hurst marketed and sold more than 100 speed parts, which  included shifters, heads, wheels, and many other parts, and eventually  the Hurst catalog became the source for high-performance parts in  the1960s and 1970s.

    Jack "Doc" Watson joined Hurst and became a pivotal figure within the company, which led to many performance projects with Pontiac. Over the years Hurst was also able to partner with Oldsmobile to build special 442s known as "Hurst" Olds, AMC with their wickedly effective SC Rambler, and Chrysler, creating a number of Super Stock cars as well as the 300H and one of the most memorable exhibition cars in drag racing history, the Hemi Under Glass.

    No other company or individual had as big an impact on so many aspects of the automotive industry as George Hurst. His performance parts were some of the best ever, the competition cars won many races, and the muscle cars that bear his name were some of the best of the era. Scores of interviews, in-depth research, and exceptional insight from veteran magazine editor Richard Truesdell and co-author Mark Fletcher has created a g
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