Technical Specification Books
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.
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".
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.
Inspired by the Rod & Custom ‘Dream Truck’ Ron Covell and Joe McGlynn radically rework a ‘56 Studebaker pickup - giving it a 4” chop, a 6” section, and pie-cutting the hood. Every step is shown up-close, with clear detail, and the ongoing commentary brings out many of the ‘fine points’ of the work. You’ll see how and where to lay out the cuts, different ways to cut the metal, and how to fit the pieces back together to establish flowing contours. There are demonstrations on the English Wheel, planishing hammer, and Pullmax, plus TIG welding and plasma cutting. Special attention is paid to getting the hood and door gaps uniform.Although chopping and sectioning are radical modifications, Ron and Joe’s thoughtful, methodical way of working through the steps is easy to follow!
MIG Welding is widely used for car and motorcycle building and modification, but few people really understand how each of the variables affects the finished weld. This program can be easily understood by a beginner, but it covers information even seasoned professionals can learn from. Ron Covell goes through the entire process step-by-step, and gives clear descriptions of how each factor changes the weld, including wire speed, voltage, wire stickout, gun angle, travel speed, and gas flow. He also covers plug welds, patch panels, welding aluminum, and using flux core wire. You'll especially enjoy the special bonus section on Plasma Cutting!
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.
This little book tells you the secrets of pinstriping that the author spent years learning the hard way. This is an entry level no BS book that you should read before trying your hand at pinstriping.
- Types of brushes to use
- Which kinds of paint works best
- Prep and cleaning for paint
- Step-by-step techniques to become a master pinstriper
8-1/2" x 5-1/2", 32 pages.
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
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.
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.
Selecting the best cylinder head for your small block Chevy is critical for making optimum power. This book starts with the basics and works into more in-depth head concepts and variables. It covers Gen I and Gen II small blocks, occasionally touching on Gen III and Gen IV engines. 144 pages.
Whether you're a diehard Chevy enthusiast or a nostalgia buff who wants something different in your street rod, this book offers great information on the legendary 348 and 409 V8 engines. It includes a complete history and details on modifying these engines for performance and racing. 100 pages.
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.
This is the complete chassis tuning and set-up guide for quarter midgets. Includes both dirt and asphalt tech.
This engine building book shows you how to get big-cube power in your Mopar small-block, and then shows you how to optimize the engine's induction, heads, valvetrain, ignition, exhaust, & more.
Our friend Dennis Parks purchased and assembled our Speedway Track-T Roadster and documented each step required in this book. This is the perfect companion book for anyone considering this or any other T build. 192 pages.
Custom paint jobs are more popular than ever, and no form of custom painting is "hotter" than the flame job. This book will explain how to design the best-looking flames for a particular vehicle, how to transfer that design to the vehicle, and how to apply the paint. The process of painting the flames will be broken into major segments so that the reader can go as far as they feel their skills and confidence will allow.
By Bob Emmons. From buying the car and roll cage kit to mounting the kit, stripping the car, front/rear suspension modifications, adjusting the handling within the rules, and mounting the seat, gauges, etc. For entry level street stock class. 63 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.
By John Thawley. Contains methods and procedures long guarded by the "old timers" of the trade. Covers metal shrinking, hammer welding, working with wood for rods, upholstery and button tufting, how to do engine-turned gold leafing, pinstriping, and much, much more. Over 400 photos really give you the picture!
Includes construction drawings, photos, and valuable easy-to-read and understand technical data. Reprinted from the original 1954 edition which sold for $2! A classic guide for any auto buff's library. Featuring: California Hot Rods, Track Jobs, Fast Road Cars, Lakes Cars, GMC Engines in Chevrolet Cars. Covers Chevy 216-235 6, GMC 228, 248, 256, 270 and 302 6 cylinder and Buick straight eights. 128 pages.
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.
By Bill Fisher and Bob Waer. For 396, 402, 427 & 454. Lists special buys on factory equipment, specs on clearance, torque, info on tuning, headers, manifolds, heads, valves, & pistons. 160 pages.
By Doug Roe. Quadra-Jets, 2 barrels, Mono-Jets, & other Rochester carburetors are fully discussed in this illustrated manual. 176 pages.Topics include:
- Modification and tuning of Rochester 2G and 4G models
- The famous Quadrajet
- E4ME, E4MC, E2ME and E2MC
Written by supercharging expert Pat Ganahl, this book covers blower basics, blower background and history, a tutorial on how blowers work, and information on used superchargers and their practicality. In addition, this title includes chapters on the different styles of superchargers, like the traditional Roots-style blowers vs. the emerging centrifugal styles, blower installation, how to build your engine to handle the demands of a blower application, and information on tweaking factory blower systems.
Softbound, 8.5" x 11" with 128 pages, 330 color photos.