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Learning Resources

Tips On Choosing Street Rod Books

Building a street rod (or hot rod or pro-touring car) is generally a mix of restoration, performance and styling modifications. Having a basic understanding of handling is important to ensure that modifications to the suspension/wheels/tires do not result in an awkward or poor handling vehicle. Having an appreciation for drag racing suspension design princples also helps for straight-line acceleration performance. We suggest starting with a book on vehicle dynamics (and a companion drag racing book as well if you intend to race your rod)

Next, we suggest books that cover general hot rod design and builds, restoring the chassis, body and interior, metal fabrication techniques and then specialized books on different aspects of the vehicle if need be.

Learning Resources Filter Instructions
Book Category 
Topic (Level)
Vehicle Type
Resource Type
Bodywork
Automotive Bodywork & Rust Repair
Automotive Bodywork & Rust Repair
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Provides instruction on repairing damaged and rusty bodywork. Covers tools, preparing/cleaning sheet metals, fabricating sections and patches, welding options, fitting and smoothing, metalworking and finishing.

Get "Automotive Bodywork & Rust Repair":
Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
GT
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Rally
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Street Rod
Touring Car
Book Resource
Bodywork
How to Paint Your Car on a Budget
How to Paint Your Car on a Budget
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Practical instruction on equipment, preparation and painting techniques on a budget. Covers decision making around painting, bodywork repairs before painting, equipment and paints, preparation, sanding, masking, and painting techniques.

Get "How to Paint Your Car on a Budget":
Bodywork ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Advanced)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
GT
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Rally
Street Rod
Supercar
Touring Car
Book Resource
Chassis
Chassis Engineering: Chassis Design, Building & Tuning for High Performance Handling
Chassis Engineering: Chassis Design, Building & Tuning for High Performance Handling
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Chassis Engineering is a great introduction to race car design. In a practical and down-to-earth way, it covers the fundamentals of how race cars handle and the requirements for designing and constructing a car. The book includes chapters on chassis design, suspension design, frame construction, aerodynamics and tuning. Overall it provides the reader with the foundation of how the key components of a race car work and interact together. Read full review

Get "Chassis Engineering: Chassis Design, Building & Tuning for High Performance Handling":
Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Aerodynamics ( Basic)
Bar Stool Racer
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
Kart
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Off-road Truck
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Quad/ATV
Rally
Rider Mower
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Street Rod
Supercar
CycleKart
Book Resource
Chassis
Hot Rod Body and Chassis Builder's Guide
Hot Rod Body and Chassis Builder's Guide
3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Focused on the chassis and body of the hot rod this book. Includes guidance on restoring or building a chassis, suspension, body construction using existing, fabricated or aftermarket bodywork, body finishing and tools.

Get "Hot Rod Body and Chassis Builder's Guide":
Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Bodywork ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Advanced)
Street Rod
Book Resource
Driving
How to Drag Race
How to Drag Race
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Covers the drag racing experience, equipment setup, driving techniques and classes. This book also includes information about safety equipment, tires, line-locks, delay boxes and racing math.

Get "How to Drag Race":
Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Chassis ( Basic)
Suspension ( Basic)
Driving ( Basic)
Driving ( Advanced)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Street Rod
Book Resource
Electrical
Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems
Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Covers electrical theory, automotive electrical systems, troubleshooting, construction of new and modification of existing vehicle electrics. Instructions on tools, adding new circuits, installing electronics and vehicle wiring. Several project are documented including adding a stereo, electric windows and electronic accessories.

Get "Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems":
Electrical ( Basic)
Electrical ( Advanced)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
GT
Off-road Truck
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Rally
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Street Rod
Supercar
Touring Car
Book Resource
Fasteners/Joining
High Performance Hardware: Fastener Technology for Racers and Enthusiasts
High Performance Hardware: Fastener Technology for Racers and Enthusiasts
4 Stars (4 / 5)

High performance hardware provides both theory and extensive practical information on hardware and fasteners. It covers material properties that relate to fasteners as well as pretty much every type of fastener used on a race vehicle.

Get "High Performance Hardware: Fastener Technology for Racers and Enthusiasts":
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
Bar Stool Racer
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Dune Buggy
Kart
Quad/ATV
Rider Mower
Street Rod
Book Resource
General
Caterham Sevens: The Official Story of a Unique British Sportscar from Conception to CSR
Caterham Sevens: The Official Story of a Unique British Sportscar from Conception to CSR (Marques & Models)
5 Stars (5 / 5)

The history and evolution of the Caterham versions of the Lotus 7 since 1973.

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General/History/Bio
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Street Rod
Supercar
Book Resource
General
The Magnificent 7: The enthusiasts' guide to all models of Lotus and Caterham Seven
The Magnificent 7: The enthusiast's guide to all models of Lotus and Caterham Seven
5 Stars (5 / 5)

This historical guide shows the popular Lotus 7 original and variants produced since 1957, including Caterhams.

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General/History/Bio
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Street Rod
Supercar
Book Resource
Interior
Custom Auto Interiors
Custom Auto Interiors
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Step by step guide on creating custom auto interiors. Includes over 800 color photographs and instructions to guide builders through the process and techniques.

Get "Custom Auto Interiors":
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Custom Street/Import
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Street Rod
Supercar
CycleKart
Book Resource
Interior
How to Restore and Customize Automotive Interiors
How to Restore and Customize Automotive Interiors
4 Stars (4 / 5)

A step-by-step guide to both restoring and customizing interiors. Teaches what tools and materials to use, planning projects, techniques for restoration and customizing and maintenance/care. Includes seat repairs and re-covering, floor coverings, custom door panels, headliners, and consoles.

Get "How to Restore and Customize Automotive Interiors":
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Street Rod
Supercar
Book Resource
Materials/Fabrication
Fiberglass & Other Composite Materials
Fiberglass & Other Composite Materials: A Guide to High Performance Non-Metallic Materials for Race Cars, Street Rods, Body Shops, Boats, and Aircraft.
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Forbes Aird's guide to composites. Includes sections on (FRP) fiber reinforced plastic basics (Fibers/Resins), basic layup techniques, advanced layup techniques as well as molds, plugs, tools and equipment. Also includes a chapter on FRP sandwich construction.

Get "Fiberglass & Other Composite Materials: A Guide to High Performance Non-Metallic Materials for Race Cars, Street Rods, Body Shops, Boats, and Aircraft.":
Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Bodywork ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Advanced)
Street Rod
CycleKart
Book Resource
Materials/Fabrication
Metal Fabricator's Handbook
Metal Fabricator's Handbook
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Teaches welding techniques, metal forming, hammerforming and practical metal fabrication projects. Project include forming custom body panels, tanks, roll cages/safety cells and exhaust headers.

Get "Metal Fabricator's Handbook":
Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Bar Stool Racer
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
Kart
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Off-road Truck
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Quad/ATV
Rally
Rider Mower
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Street Rod
Supercar
CycleKart
Book Resource
Materials/Fabrication
Professional Sheet Metal Fabrication
Professional Sheet Metal Fabrication
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Teaches the details of professional sheet metal fabrication including shaping, cutting, and joining . The books also includes how to plan sheet metal projects, acquire tools, repair dents, patch panels, copy shapes and finish the final products.

Get "Professional Sheet Metal Fabrication":
Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Street Rod
Supercar
Book Resource
Materials/Fabrication
Racer's Encyclopedia of Metals, Fibers and Materials
Racer's Encyclopedia of Metals, Fibers and Materials
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Provides introductory and more advanced information about metals, metal fatigue, composite fibers and the uses of a wide variety of materials in race cars.

Get "Racer's Encyclopedia of Metals, Fibers and Materials":
Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
Dune Buggy
GT
Kart
Off-road Truck
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Quad/ATV
Rally
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Street Rod
Supercar
Touring Car
Book Resource
Materials/Fabrication
Sheet Metal Fab for Car Builders: Make Panels for Cobra, Lotus, Hot Rods
Sheet Metal Fab for Car Builders: Make Panels for Cobra, Lotus, Hot Rods & More
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Information, tips and techniques on how to fabricate complex sheet metal panels in the home workshop. Includes many photographs which demonstrate the techniques of metal shaping and fabrication.

Get "Sheet Metal Fab for Car Builders: Make Panels for Cobra, Lotus, Hot Rods & More":
Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Street Rod
Supercar
Book Resource
Materials/Fabrication
Welder's Handbook : A Guide to Plasma Cutting, Oxyacetylene, ARC, MIG and TIG Welding
Welder's Handbook : A Guide to Plasma Cutting, Oxyacetylene, ARC, MIG and TIG Welding
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Teaches the essentials of fabricating with metals including metal properties, welding equipment, jigs, welding safety, brazing, cutting, and forming. The book goes into details on types of welding as well as consumables, fluxes and sample projects to practice with.

Get "Welder's Handbook : A Guide to Plasma Cutting, Oxyacetylene, ARC, MIG and TIG Welding":
Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Rally
Rider Mower
Street Rod
Supercar
CycleKart
Book Resource
Powertrain
Boyd Coddington's Hot Rod Engines, Drivelines & Chassis
Boyd Coddington's Hot Rod Engines, Drivelines & Chassis
4 Stars (4 / 5)

A comprehensive book on the planning, design and construction of hot rods. Covers engine selection, inspection and assembly as well as transmission, final drive, front and rear suspension, steering, brakes, shocks, springs, engine and transmission installation and wheels/tires.

Get "Boyd Coddington's Hot Rod Engines, Drivelines & Chassis":
Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Street Rod
Book Resource
Powertrain
David Vizard's How to Build Horsepower
David Vizard's How to Build Horsepower
5 Stars (5 / 5)

A guide to designing the engine as a system and constructing it to produce maximum horsepower. The design aspects use the airflow through each part of the engine as a basis for instruction. Provides detailed information on how to select, modify and tune each component to work at peak efficiency with others in the engine.

Get "David Vizard's How to Build Horsepower":
Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
GT
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Off-road Truck
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Quad/ATV
Rally
Rider Mower
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Street Rod
Supercar
Touring Car
Book Resource
Powertrain
Engine Builder's Handbook
Engine Builder's Handbook
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Explains how to troubleshoot and rebuild all types of engines. Provides tips, techniques and detailed information on engine inspection, teardown, the short block, cylinder heads, assembly and camshaft theory.

Get "Engine Builder's Handbook":
Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Dune Buggy
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
GT
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Off-road Truck
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Rally
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Sprint (Full Size)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Street Rod
Supercar
Touring Car
Book Resource
Powertrain
Performance Exhaust Systems: How to Design, Fabricate, and Install
Performance Exhaust Systems: How to Design, Fabricate, and Install
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Explains how to design and construct exhaust systems matched to the engine to optimize power. The book includes theory and practical design of the entire exhaust system (headers, resonators, catalytic converters, mufflers) and teaches how to fabricate or select and purchase the individual components to match the design. The book also shows metal working techniques for fabricating full-custom systems.

Get "Performance Exhaust Systems: How to Design, Fabricate, and Install":
Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
GT
Midget (Full Size)
Off-road Truck
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Rally
Sprint (Full Size)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Street Rod
Touring Car
Book Resource
Powertrain
Street Turbocharging
Street Turbocharging: Design, Fabrication, Installation, and Tuning of High-Performance Street Turbocharger Systems
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Provides turbocharging theory, practical information and project vehicles. Includes components, constructing systems, engine building, fuel injection, and testing and aftermark options.

Get "Street Turbocharging: Design, Fabrication, Installation, and Tuning of High-Performance Street Turbocharger Systems":
Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
GT
Street Rod
Supercar
Touring Car
Book Resource
Suspension
How to Build & Modify Sportscar & Kitcar Suspension & Brakes: For Road & Track
How to Build & Modify Sportscar & Kitcar Suspension & Brakes: For Road & Track
3 Stars (3 / 5)

Explains how to Improve the suspension, springs and shocks of sports and kit cars. This book includes information on suspension geometry, chassis integrity, ride height, camber, castor, spring, and dampers as well as testing and adjustment advice.

Get "How to Build & Modify Sportscar & Kitcar Suspension & Brakes: For Road & Track":
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Street Rod
Supercar
Book Resource
Suspension
How to Make Your Muscle Car Handle
How to Make Your Muscle Car Handle
5 Stars (5 / 5)

For fans of muscle cars, this book explains the handling and vehicle dynamics of muscle cars and how to improve them through modifications that work as an integrated whole. Included is front and rear suspension geometries, springs, shocks as well as aftermarket solutions to improve handling/cornering. Some later model american RWD vehicles (80s/90s) are also included.

Get "How to Make Your Muscle Car Handle":
Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Street Rod
Book Resource
Vehicle Dynamics/Handling
High-Performance Handling for Street or Track
High-Performance Handling for Street or Track: Vehicle dynamics, suspension mods & setup
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Provides advice on planning modifications, installing components and tuning the handling characteristics of street vehicles. Includes an overview of vehicle dynamics and advice on selecting aftermarket components such as brakes, wheels, camber adjusters, anti-roll bars, springs, shocks and bushings. Also includes tire and wheel selection.

Get "High-Performance Handling for Street or Track: Vehicle dynamics, suspension mods & setup":
Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Suspension ( Basic)
Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
GT
Rally
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Street Rod
Supercar
Touring Car
Book Resource
Vehicle Dynamics/Handling
How to Make Your Car Handle
How to Make Your Car Handle
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Teaches how to improve vehicle handling through suspension and chassis modifications and understanding vehicle dynamics. Includes basic suspension theory on roll centers, roll axis, camber change, bump steer, anti-dive, ride rate, ride balance as well practical chassis modifications.

Get "How to Make Your Car Handle":
Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Chassis ( Basic)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Aerodynamics ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
Dune Buggy
Formula (Non-wing)
Formula (Winged)
GT
Kart
Midget (Full Size)
Midget (Quarter)
Off-road Truck
Pickup truck (Custom Off-road)
Pickup Truck (Scratch-built)
Rally
Rider Mower
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Sprint (Full Size)
Sprint (Micro)
Stock Car (Scratch-built /Late Model)
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Street Rod
Supercar
Touring Car
Book Resource
Whole Car (Customize/Upgrade)
Detroit Speed's How to Build a Pro Touring Car
Detroit Speed's How to Build a Pro Touring Car
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Guide to building a high performance handling muscle car--the pro-touring car. Includes chapters on chassis modifications, front and rear suspension geometry/components and modification, tires and wheels, powertrain, wiring and plumbing. Several example Pro-touring cars are showcased as well.

Get "Detroit Speed's How to Build a Pro Touring Car":
Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Electrical ( Basic)
Electrical ( Advanced)
Street Rod
Book Resource
Whole Car (Customize/Upgrade)
Race Car Fabrication & Preparation
Race Car Fabrication & Preparation
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Production car preparation for racing. Includes information on transmission preparation, clutches, component selection, safety systems, wrecking yard parts, fabrication, welding basics, rear end setup, hardware, the cockpit, roll cages, wheels and tires, plumbing systems, electrical and cooling system.

Get "Race Car Fabrication & Preparation":
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Chassis ( Basic)
Suspension ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Advanced)
Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Electrical ( Basic)
Autocross/Solo (Entry-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Top-Level)
Autocross/Solo (Mid-Level)
Custom Street/Import
GT
Stock Car (Production-Based)
Street Rod
Touring Car
Book Resource
Whole Car (Design and Build)
Building Hot Rods: 30 Years of Advice from Fatman Fabrication's Brent VanDervort
Building Hot Rods: 30 Years of Advice from Fatman Fabrication's Brent VanDervort
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Compilation of advice and best practices on building hot rods. Includes tips and techniques from Brent VanDervort on fabrication, component installation and troubleshooting.

Get "Building Hot Rods: 30 Years of Advice from Fatman Fabrication's Brent VanDervort":
Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
General/History/Bio
Street Rod
Book Resource
Whole Car (Design and Build)
Hot Rodder's Bible: The Ultimate Guide to Building Your Dream Machine
Hot Rodder's Bible: The Ultimate Guide to Building Your Dream Machine
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Advice and tips/tricks from hot rod experts on planning, designing and building hot rods. Provides information on finding a donor car, chassis and suspension mods, selecting and installing engines/transmissions, interiors, and body/paint work.

Get "Hot Rodder's Bible: The Ultimate Guide to Building Your Dream Machine":
Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Advanced)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Advanced)
Street Rod
Book Resource
Whole Car (Design and Build)
How to Build a Hot Rod
How to Build a Hot Rod
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Teaches the planning, construction and assembly of a hot rod. Covers defining the project concept, planning and costing, part selection, mockup/layout, restoration and fabrication, assembly, finishing and upholstery. Step-by-step illustrations for all aspects of construction.

Get "How to Build a Hot Rod":
Chassis ( Basic)
Suspension ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Electrical ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Basic)
Street Rod
Book Resource
Whole Car (Design and Build)
How to Build a Traditional Ford Hot Rod
How to Build a Traditional Ford Hot Rod
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Demonstrates using photos, drawings and detailed information the build of a flathead roadster. The book includes advice on planning a traditional hot rod project, finding parts, tools, time, space and the services needed. Photographs and instructions show the build including frame, front suspension and steering, brakes, engine, and transmission.

Get "How to Build a Traditional Ford Hot Rod":
Chassis ( Basic)
Suspension ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Bodywork ( Basic)
Street Rod
Book Resource
Whole Car (Design and Build)
How to Build a Winning Drag Race Chassis and Suspension
How to Build a Winning Drag Race Chassis and Suspension
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

This book explains how to modify a street car chassis and suspension for drag strip or high performance street use. It includes theory on handling, chassis fabrication, front/rear suspension, shocks and springs, brakes, rear axle selection, steering, and wheels/tires. Safety information is also included.

Get "How to Build a Winning Drag Race Chassis and Suspension":
Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Chassis ( Basic)
Chassis ( Advanced)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Street Rod
Book Resource
Whole Car (Design and Build)
How to Build Period Correct Hot Rods
How to Build Period Correct Hot Rods
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Describes how to build a hot rod that is consistent with its era. This book includes guidance on various eras (1950s through 70s), East Coast and West Coast, and the attributes that make hot rods from these eras faithful to their period. The book shows how to choose and locate parts which match these eras, and which frames, suspensions and interiors are correct for particular eras.

Get "How to Build Period Correct Hot Rods":
Chassis ( Basic)
Suspension ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
Bodywork ( Basic)
Street Rod
Book Resource
Whole Car (Design and Build)
How to Hook & Launch: Traction Mods for Street & Strip
How to Hook & Launch: Traction Mods for Street & Strip
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Concepts of drag racing vehicle dynamics. The author explains the incremental process of a drag racing car's launch, traction and performance. The book takes a practical approach to maximizing traction through a wide variety of potential chassis/suspension modifications as well as engine/powertrain optimization and tuning.

Get "How to Hook & Launch: Traction Mods for Street & Strip":
Dynamics/Handling ( Basic)
Dynamics/Handling ( Advanced)
Chassis ( Basic)
Suspension ( Basic)
Suspension ( Advanced)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Junior Dragster)
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Drag Racer (Scratch-Built)
Street Rod
Book Resource
Whole Car (KitCar)
Build Your Own Kit Car
Build Your Own Kit Car
5 Stars (5 / 5)

A guide on how to plan, manage and build your own kit car. The first half of the book is devoted to the history, the types of kit cars, how to choose a car and how to set up your workspace. The second half includes the build of a car including chassis, suspenion, brakes and interior.

Get "Build Your Own Kit Car":
Chassis ( Basic)
Suspension ( Basic)
Powertrain ( Basic)
Safety/Ergo/Interior ( Basic)
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How to Build Cobra Kit Cars + Buying Used
How to Build Cobra Kit Cars + Buying Used (Performance Projects)
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Guidance on how to build a Shelby Cobra-style kit car. This book focuses on selecting the right kit for your goals, assembling the major components and ensuring the final product is sound. It also includes buying advice for purchasing a used Cobra kit car.

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Street Rod
Supercar
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Whole Car (KitCar)
The Car Builder's Handbook: Tips and Techniques for Builders of Kit Cars and Street Rods
The Car Builder's Handbook: Tips and Techniques for Builders of Kit Cars and Street Rods
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Basic tips and techniques to help avoid mistakes during the build and assembly of kit cars and hot rods. Provides sections for planning, chassis, powertrain and interiors on ground-up or partial kit and hot rod projects.

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Touring Car
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Whole Car (KitCar)
The Kit Car Manual
The Kit Car Manual: The complete guide to choosing, buying and building British and American Kit Cars
4 Stars (4 / 5)

A guide to choosing, buying and building kit cars. Includes information about kit cars, estimating costs, building space, engines, drivetrain, brakes, chassis, FRP bodywork, wiring, fuel system, and interior. Also includes new designs and developments and motorcycle engine powertrain options.

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GT
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Whole Car (KitCar)
Your Kit Car Assembly Manual
Your Kit Car Assembly Manual
4 Stars (4 / 5)

A book about improving the design, fabrication and assembly of kit cars (The book's information was produced as the result of a Lotus 7 kit). Provides photographs and detailed assistance to those who own a kit car or are in the process of building one. Instruction on how to complete chassis, assemble suspension, install steering and brakes, wiring, lights and engine/powertrain. Also shows how to redesign when donor car parts specified aren't available.

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Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
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Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Street Rod
Supercar
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Whole Car (Plans)
Build Your Own Sports Car for as Little as £250 and Race It!
Build Your Own Sports Car for as Little as £250 and Race It!
5 Stars (5 / 5)

Whether you are designing a race car from scratch, looking to build from plans or simply trying to understand what it takes to build your own race car, Ron Champion's book is a wonderful resource to have. While the book focuses on building a specific type of road car (A Lotus 7 replica, these days referred to as a "Lowcost"), it offers many insights into the components, design and fabrication of a race car. Read full review

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Materials/Fabrication ( Basic)
Materials/Fabrication ( Advanced)
Fasteners/Joining ( Basic)
Fasteners/Joining ( Advanced)
Construction/Assy ( Basic)
Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
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Bodywork ( Basic)
GT
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
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Supercar
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Whole Car (Plans)
Build Your Own Sports Car: On a Budget
Build Your Own Sports Car: On a Budget
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Using the "Haynes Roadster" design developed with CAD software, this book details the construction of a two-seater Lotus 7 (Lowcost) type race car. The book helps the builder understand and learn about design while constructing their own vehicle chassis and suspension. Various donor vehicles for components may be used.

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Construction/Assy ( Advanced)
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Bodywork ( Basic)
Sport Racer/Sports Prototype
Street Rod
Supercar
Book Resource
Whole Car (Plans)
How to Build Tiger Avon or GTA Sports Cars for Road or Track
How to Build Tiger Avon or GTA Sports Cars for Road or Track: Updated and Revised New Edition
4 Stars (4 / 5)

Details the build of Tiger Avon and GTA sports cars using pre-developed plans and Ford Sierra components. The Builder determines the rear suspenion type and powerplant, which are not specifically addressed.

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Custom Street/Import
Drag Racer (Production-Based)
Street Rod
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