Technical Specification Books
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 6v to 12v bulbs.
Twenty pages. Small easy to handle size 8-1/2" x 5-3/8".
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.
One of our old school books. This book walks you through finding, rebuilding, adjusting and modifying a Ford steering box. 24 pages with 47 photos.
Covers 1928-1948 Ford cars, 1948-1952 F-1 trucks and 1953-1956 F-100 trucks. Also covers installing a F-1/F-100 steering box in an earlier frame.
By Mike Urich. Explains the basics of fuel inlet, idle, main metering, power, accelerator pump, secondary and choke systems, and how to choose a carb based on engine size. Gives modifications and tuning and performance tips. Also includes disassembly and repair section. 80 pages.
These quick and easy plans allow you to build a 4' x 8' Tear Drop Trailer using readily available building and trailer materials. Includes drawings, dimensions, construction tips and material suppliers. Welding and fabrication skills required.
12 pages, B&W illustrations.
By Ron Bishop. A step-by-step, easy to follow instruction manual for restoring Ford 1932-53 V-8 flatheads. Comprehensive instruction manual covers all the basics of rebuilding a flathead Ford.
Page after page of technical information on understanding and adjusting the sprint car chassis, chassis set-up, and chassis alignment. Includes information on torsion bar and coil-over springs, stagger and tracking for wing and non-winged cars, on dirt or pavement. By Steve Smith. 103 pages.
By Steve Smith. Covers frames, suspension, chassis, torque arms, chassis alignment, tires, wheels, wings, parts and sources. Well illustrated. 87 pages.
- 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
By Steve Smith. Covers every facet of stock cars: chassis set-up, suspension, tires, brakes and chassis construction. Filled with tech tips. 143 pages.
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.
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.
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.
Takes you through design, construction, suspension, set-up, theory and all other aspects of late model racing. 104 pages.
This comprehensive 40-page book by Curt Baker shows you step-by-step how to install Ford F100 pickup drum brakes onto your '37-'48 Ford passenger car spindles. This is a popular upgrade over the factory passenger car mechanical drum brakes or less powerful leading edge design "juice" brakes. F100 brakes outperform the leading edge "juice" brakes because they use the rotation of the drums to cause the brake shoes to twist and press against the drum lining much harder and in a more even pattern, reducing shoe wear. As a side benefit, they also require less pedal effort to operate. Book includes a detailed list of all the parts you'll need for the upgrade, including part numbers.
A must have for anyone looking for more powerful brakes with traditional hot rod appeal. Soft bound, 40 pages, B&W photos.
By John Block. Great information to help the average builder make his own equipment. Shows you how to fabricate:
- Engine Stands
- Sheet Metal Brakes
- Hydraulic Presses
- Engine Hoists
- Rotating Chassis Fabrication Stands
- Motorized Flame Cutters
The LS Series family of engines are quickly becoming the engine of choice for high performance street and race applications. Learn what it takes to build these engines right in this engine building book. 600 photos. 160 pages.
For those who want to build or modify their LS engine, this book provides the most detailed and extensive instructions ever offered. Whatever your performance goals might be, How to Build and Modify GM LS-Series Engines shows you what modifications are needed and how to make them. Premier LS engine technician Joseph Potak addresses every question that might come up, covering topics including crankshafts and piston assemblies, cylinder heads, camshafts, valvetrain, block modifications, intake manifolds, fuel system, header selection, and setting up ring and bearing clearances for particular uses. In short, this book is the ultimate resource for building the ultimate LSX engine.By Joseph Potak. Paperback, 176 pages with 300 color photos. 8.25" x 10.625"
A step-by-step buildup of a Mustang Mini Stock project car. Provides detailed instruction on how to build you own race car.
- Finding a suitable car
- Stripping the car
- Installing a roll cage
- Working with a unibody chassis
- Using a McPherson strut front suspension
- Designing the front suspension geometry
- Working with the stock 4-point rear suspension and coil springs
- Complete race car fabrication and preparation
- Complete chassis setup and alignment
- Scaling the car and adjusting the weight
- Chassis adjustments and troubleshooting
- Ford 2300cc performance engine build-up
- For dirt and paved tracks
Whether you are restoring an early Ford or building a period-correct hot rod, this book is for you. It covers all aspects of what to look for and expect when rebuilding the 1932-1950 Ford 3-speed tranny.
Full of photos, drawings, part numbers, specifications and other impossible-to-find tips and knowledge. 63 pages.
Rebuilding the Small Block Chevy Step By Step is a quality, step-by-step Workbench Book and DVD combination that shows you how to build a street or racing small-block Chevy in your own garage. The book includes more than 650 photos and easy-to-read text that explains every procedure a professional builder uses to assemble an engine from crankshaft to carburetor. The DVD includes over two hours of coverage showing in detail all the procedures that the book describes. The DVD is filmed in a bright, well-lit studio that really brings out the detail of the engine-building process. Detailed sections show how to disassemble a used engine, inspect for signs of damage, select replacement parts, buy machine work, check critical component fit, and much more! The DVD takes a trip to the machine shop and shows the viewer the entire process. Performance mods and upgrades are discussed along the way, so the book and DVD combo meets the needs of all enthusiasts, from restorers to hot rodders. This rare instructional combination package is a must-have for every small-block Chevy fan.
If you are racing in these classes, you need this manual. Covers all aspects of this growing class. For dirt and paved tracks. Covers Pro-4s and tube chassis cars as well.
- Complete high-performance build-up of Ford 2300 cc engine
- Fabricating and prepping a Pinto chassis
- Scaling and adjusting the weight
- Detailed chassis setup specifications and procedures
- Front suspension with proper geometry
- Rear suspension and driveline
- Low buck part sources
- Chassis adjustment and troubleshooting
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
- Sold individually
No race garage or trailer should be without this MSD bible. This comprehensive book covers current MSD components and shows you how to install them to a variety of different engines and ignition systems. There are pages of technical information including specifications, coil applications, wiring tips and troubleshooting. Countermen will find this book extremely helpful when customers are searching for an ignition system or asking tough technical questions.
One of Jim Horner's books. Whether it's a restoration project, street rod, race car or kit car, don't be intimidated - wire it yourself with this book. Learn about basic electrical theory, how various electrical components work and drawing circuit diagrams. Choose the right components, build your own wiring harness and install them. Step-by-step details inlcude 6-12 volt conversions, restoring antique systems and building trailer and race car systems. 159 pages.