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How to Build Altered Wheelbase Cars

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One of the most distinctive and interesting eras in hot rodding was the early '60s, when Gasser-class and altered wheelbase machines were changing the definition of what a hot rod was. Eventually, the altered wheelbase machines gave rise to the Funny Car, but before they did, they left a permanent mark on the history of drag racing.

In How to Build Altered Wheelbase Cars, renowned writer Steve Magnante first walks readers through the colorful history of the altered wheelbase period and then shows them how to perform these radical modifications themselves. Magnante's fun and colorful style makes for entertaining reading, and the coverage of floorpan mods, chassis alterations, and both front and rear suspension upgrades are covered in great detail on three different chassis types. After reading this book, the basic technical tenets of altering vehicle wheelbase will be understood and the almost mythical legend surrounding such cars will be fully realized. What were once considered race only modifications can now be civilized for street use, and Magnante carefully reviews all of the relevant points for optimal appearance, performance, and safety.

The techniques and processes detailed between the covers of How to Build Altered Wheelbase Cars have been proven on Magnante's own personal vehicles, and after his many street miles and drag strip passes, readers can rely on Steve's advice. With plenty of historical images for reference and clear step-by-step how-to photos, you can build your own altered-wheelbase car for fun on the street or the strip.

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The photos in this edition are black and white.

One of the most distinctive and interesting eras in hot rodding was the early '60s, when Gasser-class and altered wheelbase machines were changing the definition of what a hot rod was. Eventually, the altered wheelbase machines gave rise to the Funny Car, but before they did, they left a permanent mark on the history of drag racing.

In How to Build Altered Wheelbase Cars, renowned writer Steve Magnante first walks readers through the colorful history of the altered wheelbase period and then shows them how to perform these radical modifications themselves. Magnante's fun and colorful style makes for entertaining reading, and the coverage of floorpan mods, chassis alterations, and both front and rear suspension upgrades are covered in great detail on three different chassis types. After reading this book, the basic technical tenets of altering vehicle wheelbase will be understood and the almost mythical legend surrounding such cars will be fully realized. What were once considered race only modifications can now be civilized for street use, and Magnante carefully reviews all of the relevant points for optimal appearance, performance, and safety.

The techniques and processes detailed between the covers of How to Build Altered Wheelbase Cars have been proven on Magnante's own personal vehicles, and after his many street miles and drag strip passes, readers can rely on Steve's advice. With plenty of historical images for reference and clear step-by-step how-to photos, you can build your own altered-wheelbase car for fun on the street or the strip.

Pages : 144
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 548 B/W Photos
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613250761
Product Code : SA189P

Dedication

Acknowledgments

Introduction

 

Chapter 1: Funny Pages: History and Evolution of the Altered Wheelbase Door-Slammer 

Chrysler Funnies 

Ford Funnies

GM Funnies 

 

Chapter 2: Wilshire Shaker Nova Construction Overview

Plan and Prepare for Surgery

Move the Rear Wheels

Replace the Front Subframe

Prepare the Engine and Transmission 

Paint and Bodywork

Install Front Clip and Straight Axle

Apply Graphics and Install Engine

Interior Details 

Fuel System and Loose Ends 

Test and Tune 

 

Chapter 3: Rampage Dart Construction Overview

Plan and Prepare for Surgery

Move the Rear Wheels 

Install Subframe Connectors

Relocate Rear Leaf Springs

Install Mini-Tubs 

Upgrade and Narrow Rear Axle

Install Roll Bar 

Install Straight Front Axle

Install Engine and Transmission

Install Hood Scoop

Build Fenderwall Headers

Apply Body Graphics and Lettering 

 

Chapter 4: Funny Fairmont Construction Overview

Plan and Prepare for Surgery

Move the Rear Wheels 

“Swiss Cheese” the Rear Bumper

Install Straight Front Axle

 

Chapter 5: Match Bash: Other Voices

 

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