Hot Rods: Roadsters, Coupes, Customs

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MBI Publishing Company, Jul 15, 2009 - Transportation - 160 pages
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When it comes to building your hot rod, you’re faced with choices for everything from which go-fast goodies to slap on your mill to what paint and other eye candy might define your rod more than anything else.  And when it comes to a hot rod, parts aren’t just parts; it’s all in how they come together--either it works or it doesn’t.

 

This new Motorbooks Idea Book covers every system of a traditional hot rod—be it roadster, coupe, or tub—illustrating with hundreds of color photos the various options for frame rails, suspension, steering, brakes, wheels and tires, drivetrain, electrics, cooling, body, interior, and paint.  Looking through this book, you’ll be able to assess which choices fit your aesthetic sensibility as well as how they suit your plan to use your hot rod.  You’ll also get the “big picture”--a clear idea of how some choices work together and others just don’t mesh in the same car.  Whether you’re looking for inspiration or practical answers, this book will guide you from off-the-shelf, fabricated, and even found parts and pieces to the finished hot rod of your dreams.

 

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Contents

Introduction
4
Coupes
20
Sedans and Woodies
28
Trucks
34
Nerf Bars Bumpers Rolled Pans and Gas Tanks
42
Grilles and Front Ornaments
48
Chopped Tops
54
Upholstery Carpet and Trunks
64
Steering Wheels
80
Engines
90
Multiple Carburetors
102
Superchargers and Fuel Injection
108
Chassis
118
Brakes
126
Fancy Colors
142
Before and After
156

Roadster Seats
74

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About the author (2009)

Dain Gingerelli is a well-known automotive journalist whose work has appeared in magazines like Street Rodder, Rod & Custom, Old Skool Rodz, and Motor Trend. He has written several books on hot rods for Motorbooks, including Ford Hot Rods, Hot Rod Milestones, and Hot Rod Roots. He lives in Mission Viejo, California.

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