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Speedway Motors is your number one source for open wheel racing how-to books, videos and DVDs. Learn from numerous DIY books and videos on building a Small Block Chevy, Big Block Chevy, or other sprint car engines. From midget suspension tuning and chassis setup to engine building and sprint car racing techniques, you can do it with a technical manual from Speedway!

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  • George Trosley's How To Draw Cartoon Cars
    George Trosley's How To Draw Cartoon Cars
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                George Trosley wrote the book on drawing cartoon cars.  Here it is.  188 pages of How to, step-by-step instructions gathered into a comprehensive collection.
            
  • Ford Flathead V8 Builders Handbook
    Ford Flathead V8 Builders Handbook
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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 - Ford Steering
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    Product Rating: 3.60 Stars
    Book - Ford Steering
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    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.

  • Fast Company - Six Decades of Racers, Rascals and Rods, Book
    Fast Company - Six Decades of Racers, Rascals and Rods, Book
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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.
            
  • Steve Smith Autosports S282 Book - Sprint Car Chassis Technology
    Steve Smith Autosports S282 Book - Sprint Car Chassis Technology
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                        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.         
            
  • Book - Rebuilding the Famous Ford Flathead
    Book - Rebuilding the Famous Ford Flathead
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                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.
            
  • Book/Manual - How To Swap GM LS-Series Engines Into Almost Anything
    Book/Manual - How To Swap GM LS-Series Engines Into Almost Anything
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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
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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
  • Book - How To Build Chevy Small Block Circle Track Engines
    Book - How To Build Chevy Small Block Circle Track Engines
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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 S145 Book - Guide to Fabricating Shop Equipment
    Steve Smith Autosports S145 Book - Guide to Fabricating Shop Equipment
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    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
    Full assembly instructions, materials list, and fully illustrated step-by-step directions. Steve Smith Autosports, 56 pages.
  • Book - How to Build High Performance Chevy LS1-LS6 V8s
    Book - How to Build High Performance Chevy LS1-LS6 V8s
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                The LS1/LS6 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. 
            
  • Steve Smith Autosports S196 Book - Stock Car Dirt Track Technology
    Steve Smith Autosports S196 Book - Stock Car Dirt Track Technology
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                By Steve Smith. Covers every facet of  stock cars: chassis set-up, suspension,  tires, brakes and chassis construction.  Filled with tech tips. 143 pages. 
            
  • Book - 335 HP Flathead Ford V8 Performance Handbook
    Book - 335 HP Flathead Ford V8 Performance Handbook
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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 - Lone Wolf by Doug Wolfgang
    Book - Lone Wolf by Doug Wolfgang
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    Doug Wolfgang is one of the most celebrated and colorful sprint car drivers of all time. In this book, co-written with Dave Argabright, Wolfie tells his story in his own words, reflecting on his career and the sport of auto racing.

    Lone Wolf is pure Wolfgang - direct, honest, insightful and funny. It's a must-read for racing fans. Hardcover bound. 300 pages.

  • DVD Set - Be a Better Racer with Sammy Swindell
    DVD Set - Be a Better Racer with Sammy Swindell
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                "Be A Better Racer" with Sammy Swindell has been  designed to help racers at all levels achieve better results. This DVD  will give you the knowledge, tips and tricks to improve your program.  This video was created in an easy to understand format that will be  beneficial to the beginning or veteran racer. 

    The six videos will focus on everything from the basics, to the "secrets" that Sammy Swindell has developed and used to be one of the greatest racers in the history of motorsports. This is a no-nonsense approach in teaching the fundamentals of the sport. It focuses on the key areas and offers clean, concise explanations of the material. Some of the topics to be covered in the class are:
    • Selecting the right equipment
    • Assembly and proper preparation
    • Set-Ups and racetrack adjustments
    • Weekly maintenance
    • Driver preparation
    • Driving techniques
    • Handling sponsors and more!
    Set includes 3 DVDs and a manual.
  • Track Set-Up Book
    $15.99
    Track Set-Up Book
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                Spiral bound book with pages for set-up, lap times, tire temps, notes, etc.  62 pages. Record 28 different set-ups.
            
  • Coolest Coloring Book Volume 2
    Coolest Coloring Book Volume 2
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    • 20 pages of hot choppers, UTV's, hot rods, and a chimp
    • The same style and detail you've come to expect from APOC & Alan Close
  • Book - The Ins and Outs of Early Ford Transmissions
    Book - The Ins and Outs of Early Ford Transmissions
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                      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. 
  • Halibrand Champion Owners Manual
    Halibrand Champion Owners Manual
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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
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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
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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.        
            
  • Book - The Secret World of Race Car Sponsorships
    Book - The Secret World of Race Car Sponsorships
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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
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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.   
            
  • Book - Chevy Small Block Part Numbers and Casting Numbers
    Book - Chevy Small Block Part Numbers and Casting Numbers
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                A complete reference guide of casting numbers & part numbers. Covers  heads, blocks, cranks, intake & exhaust manifolds. From '55-'99.  94 pages.
            
  • Steve Smith Autosports S286 Book - Mini-Micro Sprint Racing Technology
    Steve Smith Autosports S286 Book - Mini-Micro Sprint Racing Technology
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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
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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.

  • Gear Head Holiday Cards
    $19.99
    Gear Head Holiday Cards
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                Stand out of the crowd this year! These unique holiday cards are printed on beautiful laid stock with a two color letterpress imprint 4" x 6" folded size. Blank inside ready for you to add your own greeting. Package of 10 cards and envelopes.
            
  • Book - America's Coolest Station Wagons
    Book - America's Coolest Station Wagons
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                For all of us who grew up watching the world pass  by from the back of a station wagon, this book touches a special chord.  The same cars many would never want to be seen in are now in high  demand, and it seems everyone has at least one great story involving a  station wagon. Anyone who is a fan of nostalgia can relate to the  subject matter, and for those who like vintage styling and modern  performance, there are plenty of great examples of upgraded vintage  wagons that can (and are) driven daily.

    Noted magazine writing veteran Scotty Gosson takes an informative and lighthearted look at the lowly station wagon. Long lauded as a family mover unworthy of respect, the vintage style and quirky functionality of old wagons is now finding favor with enthusiasts and baby boomers alike. Their unique shapes and smile-inducing purpose separates wagons from more typical vintage rides, and in modified or customized form, wagons take on an entirely different personality.

    Whether you're trying to make a statement or just wanted more space for family, friends, and luggage, this book is sure to make you smile and fondly reminisce time spent in the family wagon.
    • By Scotty Gosson
    • 144 pages
    • Photos: 416 color
    • Paperback
    • Sold individually
  • Book/Manual - How to Hook and Launch: Traction Mods for Street & Strip
    Book/Manual - How to Hook and Launch: Traction Mods for Street & Strip
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  • Welders Handbook
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    $16.99
    Welders Handbook
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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
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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
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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 - Racing Safely, Living Dangerously - Bill Simpson
    Book - Racing Safely, Living Dangerously - Bill Simpson
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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
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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
  • Book - How to Build Max Performance Ford V8s on a Budget
    Book - How to Build Max Performance Ford V8s on a Budget
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                This engine building book addresses high-performance V-8 engines such as the 289, 302, 351ci small-blocks found in Mustangs, as well as the FE series of big-blocks. Emphasis throughout is a budget approach to building high performance powerplants through the use of over-the-counter factory components and selected aftermarket pieces. Includes realistic, low-cost formulas for building serious horsepower in Ford V-8 engines.  128 pages.
            
  • Steve Smith Autosports B800 Trailer Building Blueprint
    Steve Smith Autosports B800 Trailer Building Blueprint
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    We have complete scale drawings for a flatbed tandem axle trailer with leaf springs and tire track. All material specifications and parts sources included.

  • Book - How To Fabricate Fiberglass & Carbon Fiber Parts
    Book - How To Fabricate Fiberglass & Carbon Fiber Parts
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  • Book - Flathead Fever
    $18.99
    Book - Flathead Fever
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                Building of a mild and a wild Flathead engine? Get one of these books first! 142 images in this book. 80 pages.
            
  • Book - Jerry Heasley's Rare Finds
    Book - Jerry Heasley's Rare Finds
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                For the past 20 years, veteran automotive  journalist Jerry Heasley has been documenting the rediscovery of rare  muscle cars in barns, garages, fields, and the most unexpected places.  These stories have appeared in Muscle Car Review, Modified Mustangs and  Fords, and Mopar Muscle and won over a large audience. Some of these  cars have simply become fixtures in garages while others have been  forgotten, neglected, and/or abandoned. Some owners have passed away and  left their beloved muscle cars behind, some have been claimed by  unappreciative spouses, exported to a foreign country, and even hidden  in plain sight. With that, their collectibility, value, and historical  significance have gone unrecognized. These cars have been waiting for a  knowledgeable enthusiast to appreciate their stature and return them to  their former glory. These unusual circumstances and the extremes  dedicated enthusiasts have gone to acquire these cars have created a  fascinating collection of stories. Many stories chronicle the adventures  of collector car buyers doing intense research, checking many sites,  and making a huge number of phone calls to discover an extremely  valuable yet forgotten muscle while others simply fall into lucky car  collector's hands. Whether it has been fate, circumstance, hard work, or  pure luck, Heasley brings each collector car quest to life in vivid and  compelling detail. The collection of fascinating stories contains  iconic cars, such as the 1970 Sh
            
  • Book - Chevy Small Block Interchange Manual
    Book - Chevy Small Block Interchange Manual
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    The small-block Chevrolet engine is the most popular engine in the world among performance enthusiasts and racers. But with its popularity come certain problems--its more-than-45 years of production have led to countless permutations, making modification or repair a confusing proposition. This book makes sense of that confusion for anyone working on a small-block Chevy engine. Covering all traditional small-blocks from 1968 to 2000. 

    300 photos, 143 pages.

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