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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-bystep 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.
• Provides unique instruction in how to save money building a quality hot rod
• Fresh perspective in a field of aged editions
• Penned by an industry veteran with contributions from industry legends
Author: Tony Thacker
Author Bio: After stints with the legendary So-Cal Speed Shop, the NHRA museum, and setting speed records on the salt flats, Tony Thacker wrapped up his professional career by opening an education museum in the Portland area called The World of Speed. However, he is far from being retired and is as busy as ever consulting for a number of clients and works in front of a computer on his first love: some book projects.
Binding Type: Paperback
Illustrations: 558 color photos and charts
Printing Status: In Print
Country Made: NA