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Learn how to build an affordable hot rod following the advice of the masters!

In How to Build Affordable Hot Rods, author and lifelong hot rod aficionado Tony Thacker takes you through the process of building a hot rod on a budget. Drawing on his own extensive experience of both buying and building rods, Thacker explores the good, the bad, and the ugly. The good was setting a land speed record at Bonneville, the bad was buying a rod from which the previous owner had "swapped out" the good engine, and the ugly--well, let’s just not go there. How to Build Affordable Hot Rods includes extensive how-to sections that cover step-by-step chassis builds for Model A, 1932, and 1936 Fords, including front- and rear-end setups. The in-depth chassis builds are complimented with sections on powertrain choices, bodywork and roof chops, wheels and tires, and wiring and paint. Also included are chapters on interiors and the all-important details that individualize any project to ensure that it stands out from the rest.

When Henry Ford introduced his beloved Model T, he unwittingly gave the average person the means to go racing. Prior to the T, racing was mostly a sport of the rich, but that changed with the Model T. Stripped of fenders and hopped up with speed parts, T speedsters ruled, and it wasn’t long before enthusiasm on the track translated to the street and the term hot rod entered the vernacular.

Of course, it didn’t need to be a Ford (and still doesn’t), but the easiest and therefore cheapest route to Hot Rod Boulevard is down the Ford road. The journey accelerated after World War II, as hot rodding boomed with the growth of speed shops, car shows, drag racing, talented and trained GIs returning home, and the launch of Hot Rod magazine to spread the gospel far and wide. More than 100 years after the original Model T, hot rodding remains alive and well in the Australasia, Europe, and (of course) its birthplace the US.

Learn from the best and get started building your affordable hot rod today!

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Learn how to build an affordable hot rod following the advice of the masters!

In How to Build Affordable Hot Rods, author and lifelong hot rod aficionado Tony Thacker takes you through the process of building a hot rod on a budget. Drawing on his own extensive experience of both buying and building rods, Thacker explores the good, the bad, and the ugly. The good was setting a land speed record at Bonneville, the bad was buying a rod from which the previous owner had "swapped out" the good engine, and the ugly--well, let’s just not go there. How to Build Affordable Hot Rods includes extensive how-to sections that cover step-by-step chassis builds for Model A, 1932, and 1936 Fords, including front- and rear-end setups. The in-depth chassis builds are complimented with sections on powertrain choices, bodywork and roof chops, wheels and tires, and wiring and paint. Also included are chapters on interiors and the all-important details that individualize any project to ensure that it stands out from the rest.

When Henry Ford introduced his beloved Model T, he unwittingly gave the average person the means to go racing. Prior to the T, racing was mostly a sport of the rich, but that changed with the Model T. Stripped of fenders and hopped up with speed parts, T speedsters ruled, and it wasn’t long before enthusiasm on the track translated to the street and the term hot rod entered the vernacular.

Of course, it didn’t need to be a Ford (and still doesn’t), but the easiest and therefore cheapest route to Hot Rod Boulevard is down the Ford road. The journey accelerated after World War II, as hot rodding boomed with the growth of speed shops, car shows, drag racing, talented and trained GIs returning home, and the launch of Hot Rod magazine to spread the gospel far and wide. More than 100 years after the original Model T, hot rodding remains alive and well in the Australasia, Europe, and (of course) its birthplace the US.

Learn from the best and get started building your affordable hot rod today!

Pages : 176
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 554 color photos
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613255285
Product Code : SA477

Dedication 

Acknowledgments 

Foreword by Billy F Gibbons 

 

Chapter 1: Background 

 

Chapter 2: Where to Start

Purchasing a Car 

Caveat Emptor (Buyer Beware) 

Buy a Kit

Time and Materials

Change Orders

Read Your Bill

A Basket Case

Start from Scratch:nA Bare Frame

Registration and Titling

Bill of Sale

Certificate of Origin 

Title 

Non-Op Registration

 

Chapter 3: Tools and Equipment

 

Chapter 4: Make It Your Own 

 

Chapter 5: Frame, Chassis, Steering, and Suspension 41

Purchasing a Frame and/or Chassis 

Building a Frame 

Front End 

Mike Williams’s Model A Frame

Dick Wade’s 1932 Frame

James Jard’s 1936 3-Window

Chassis, Steering, and Suspension

Rear-End Redo

Steering

Brakes

 

Chapter 6: Powertrain Choice

Mock-Up Block and Transmission

Ford Model A and B and the Russian B

Ford Flathead V-8 and the French Block

Ardun 97

Ford Y-Block 98

Ford 289

Buick Nailhea

Lightweight Buick/Oldsmobile/Rover

Cadillac 331 Series

Chevy Big-Block W-Head

Chevy Small-Block

Chrysler/Dodge Hemi

Lincoln Flathead V-8

Lincoln Flathead V-12

Oldsmobile

Transmission Background

Adapters

Adapter Plate

Bellhousing, Clutch Can, or Scattershield

Clutch Pressure Plate and Disc

Flexplate

Flywheel 

SFI 

Transmission Options

Rear Axles

Additional Information 

 

Chapter 7: Wheels and Tires

Backspacing

Balancing

Bias-Ply versus Radial Tires 

Bolt Pattern or Circle

Chrome Reverse Rims

Dow 7

Ford Welded Wires

Ford Wide Five

Kelsey-Hayes Wheel Co. and Motor Wheel Corporation

Milk Truck Wheels 

Moon Discs 

Mock-Ups

Offset 

Rollers (Mock-Up Wheels) 

Rim Diameter and Width 

Scrub Radius 

Spindle Mounts 

Stagger and Stance

Tire Shaving 


Chapter 8: Body 

New versus Restored 

Top Chopping 

Chopping Dick Wade’s 1932 3-Window

Assembling a 1934 Roadster

 

Chapter 9: Electrical and Wiring

Ballast Resistor

Batteries

Charging System

Coil 

Fuses

Alternator versus Generator

Distributors 

Distributor Cap 

Fuel Tank Sender 

Ground 

Horn 

Instruments 

Kill Switch

Lights

Points

Magneto

Plug Wires

Starters

Switches

Wiring

Rewiring a 1936 Ford

 

Chapter 10: Details

 

Chapter 11: Interior

Seats

Seat Belts

Steering Wheels

Instruments

Pedals

 

Chapter 12: Paint

Aluminum

Bare Metal

Primer

Red Oxide

The Painting Process

 

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