Hot Rods & Custom Cars
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Americas Wildest Show Rods of the 1960s and 1970s
The 1960s and 1970s were a time of artistic excess. Crazy outfits, new-found freedoms of the boomer generation, and the hippie movement, all created an explosion of style completely unique to the period and generation. The 1960s and 1970s were also a time of intense automotive enthusiasm. New car launches every September were greeted with anticipation, muscle cars with excessive horsepower were the norm, and the average Joe was rodding and racing every weekend. When these two forces came together, the results were unforgettable. A new breed of car was developed-the Show Rod. These creations were never intended for use on the streets, and many of them were never intended for any use at all. Customizers designed and built them to attract huge crowds to the big car show circuit that was travelling the country at the time, and in that they certainly succeeded. What began as visions of futuristic cars eventually morphed into cartoon-like representations of cars. Things got wilder when the model car industry got involved, and then television shows and pop music acts jumped in too. Icons like Barris and Roth, household names even to fringe car guys, made their name in this era, as did others like Gene Winfield, Dean Jeffries, Candy Joe Bailon, Bob Reisner, Darryl Starbird and Tom Daniel, all important characters in promoting, designing and building this insane pieces of rolling artwork. This completely unique book is a round-table discussion featuring all of these great customizers discussing the era, their builds, and each others rods as well.
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Anatomy of the Hot Rod
If you grew up reading the classic "green pages" in Hot Rod magazine - or even if you didn't - you're going to love with lavish look inside some of the coolest hot rods around. In the old days the "green pages" information was great, but the photos left something to be desired. Writer/photography Doug Mitchel has changed all that by teaming the same kind of essential information with his outstanding photography. In Anatomy of the Hot Rod, Doug tells you about everything that goes into building a world-class hot rod, then "hooks you up" with the unforgettable visual imagery of "crate" 350s, triple-carb flathead V-8S, chromed Halibrand rear ends, beefed-up gearboxes, shiny Jag suspensions and jewel-like Stewart-Warner gauge clusters. If you're into owning or building a knock-your-socks-off hot rod of any variety - nostalgic Old Skool, classic "rat rod" or High-Tech contemporary, this is the book you need on the shelf in your garage.
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Automotive Cheap Tricks & Special F/X
For anyone who believes that man can't live by single color alone, there's Automotive Cheap Tricks and Special F/X! A comprehensive and up-to-date how-to handbook on airbrushing and custom graphics. You'll learn a vast array of techniques from wood-graining to flames to pin-striping and beyond. This wildly colorful manual has techniques and insights for artists at all levels of expertise.
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Building Hot Rods: 30 Years of Advice from Fatman Fabrication’s Brent VanDervort
For over 14 years, Brent VanDervort, owner of Fatman Fabrications, has written a technical column for the Goodguy's Gazette, the monthly publication of the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association. His new book, Building Hot Rods: 30 Years of Advice from Fatman Fabrication's Brent VanDervort, combines the best of those columns into one book. Hot rodding has changed from being primarily populated by the mechanics and hands-on workers of years ago. Today, many Rodders have the enthusiasm, but lack practical experience for the problem solving that makes building a hot rod such an enjoyable adventure. VanDervort's columns, respected and well read all these years, are designed to answer the questions of those car builders and customizers. An engineering degree and 30 years of experience designing and building some of the most innovative hot rod chassis components in the world give VanDervort a unique perspective on the technical side of hot rodding. With 144 pages, over 50,000 words and 200 photos and illustrations, Building Hot Rods: 30 Years of Advice from Fatman Fabrication's Brent VanDervort gives both new, and experienced hot rodders and car builders the information they need. Whether it's help installing a front frame clip in an old Ford, or solving a problem with an aftermarket fuel injection system installed in a early Mustang, the answers that current car builders need are all here.
Classic Hot Rod Style
Trends come and go in hot rodding, but true hot rod style never goes out of vogue. It is hard to define but you know it when you see it. Larry OToole has been a hot rodder, magazine editor, photographer, book publisher and author on the subject of hot rodding for over 40 years and he has documented every emerging trend from the entire hot rod world. Who better to bring you the latest in that constantly evolving hobby where styling trends meet engineering ability? Traditional hot rods have been cycled and recycled for many years and each time there is a wave of interest in this style of hot rod, that emulates an earlier time, there is evolution of the breed taking place. Classic Hot Rod Style, OTooles latest foray into the worldwide phenomenon of traditional hot rodding brings the reader a feast of photographic images that capture the mysterious, intangible ingredient that defines a stand-out hot rod. Even the most die-hard of hot rod fans will struggle to describe what it is that sets such hot rods apart from the rest, they will pause and tell you it is that certain something that is inherent in their design its that Classic Hot Rod Style. Gathered together in this fabulous full-color production is a thoroughly researched essay on the evolution of the Classic Hot Rod Style that makes the cars featured throughout the book perfect examples of the breed. This descriptive story is followed up with in-depth features on many such examples with full details on what their owners used to assemble their dream hot rods, together with hundreds of clear photographs that let you see inside these Classic Hot Rods. Finally a pictorial gathering of dozens more examples of the breed let you see where hot rodding is headed in the future. All have been selected for their contribution to that certain something that sets them apart from the pack, its that Classic Hot Rod Style that every hot rodder loves.
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Custom Cars & Lead Sleds: America’s Best Customs 50’s-90’s
Custom Cars & Lead Sleds tells the tale of the custom car craze in America from the 1950s to the 1990s. This is the history of custom cars from the first Barris Brothers creations to the revival of the Kustom Kemps in the 1980s, complete with rare historical photos. Write and photographer Timothy Remus shares his fascination for custom cars in the text and his photographs lovingly display the cars as art.
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Deuce: The Original Hot Rod: 32×32
Ford's classic '32, equipped with a behemoth engine and modified for speed is everything a hot rod should be. They certainly don't make 'em like this anymore. We're talking about the car that launched the hot rod subculture: Ford's 1932 Deuce. With its stylish lines, timeless grille, and flowing fenders, Ford's Deuce coupe pretty much defines the term "hot rod." The breadth of creativity this classic design has inspired for generations of hot rod builders is on full display in Deuce. Ford's '32 was an immediate hit. By 1931, the Model A was obsolete in a marketplace where drivers wanted more style and power. The design goals for the '32 Ford could be summarized as "more": more cylinders, more horsepower, and more style. The resulting car achieved its objectives and then some. It was faster, more comfortable, more refined - a masterpiece of industrial design, yet still affordable. Henry Ford and his design team got it right. As the Deuce transitioned to the used car market, it drew the attention of those with a need for speed. Stripped down with an emphasis on performance, the Deuce became the bedrock of the burgeoning hot rod movement. To this day, it very much defines what a hot rod should look like. Hot rodders took Henry's master stroke to a whole other place, and Deuce stands as a tribute to their ongoing ingenuity.
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Ford Hot Rods
This colorful book looks at Ford hot rods, from the early Model T to the A and B models, and includes such custom creations as the High Boys, Deuce Coupes and Fat Fendered Fords. Gingerelli examines the flat four engine and details the major players in the speed shop business in the early years up to the 1960s. Includes a look at the behind-the-scenes decisions Ford made creating such landmark cars at the flathead V-8. Includes quotes from Henry Ford.
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Ford Roadsters Custom Interiors
Ford Roadsters Custom Interiors is the second of a series of books featuring the work of Ron Mangus, well-known for award-winning custom hotrod interiors. Ford Roadsters Custom Interiors features four, two-page photographic spreads for beautiful, custom, award-winning 19271933 Ford roadsters. The cars and interiors presented in the book will inspire readers and help them visualize interior design possibilities for their own car. Detailed photographs of the interior features accompanied by Rons captions explain the ideas behind the interiorsthe design process, color and material selections, unique features, challenges, sound system solutions, and some of the creative problem-solving needed to work out the design. Ron is continually asked by customers and hotrod enthusiasts for pictorials of his interiors to enjoy and inspire, and this series answers the desire for a presentation of his creativity and innovation.
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Goodguys Hot Rod Chronicles: The History of Hot Rodding’s First Family of Fun
A brief history of the Meadors family and the story of the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association which they managed.
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Hot Rod Chassis How-to: Understand, Install and Update ’28-’64
From street rodders building traditional '32 Fords with straight axles and buggy springs, to hot rodders and street racers looking to update the stock suspension and brakes on a '55 Chevy or early Mustang, thousands of men and women work every day to build and update the chassis for their particular style of hot rod. This book answers the questions that hot rod builders have as they choose the best style of suspension for their particular vehicle and work to install a straight axle or complete front suspension kit. An established author of both books and columns, VanDervort owns Fat Man Fabrications, one of the world's leading suppliers of suspension components and kits to street rodders, hot rodders, racers, and restoration experts. To help choose the best suspension components and install them correctly, a good chassis book needs theory and how-to information. This book provides both: information that explains the pros and cons of an independent suspension versus a straight axle, as well as detailed step-by-step sequences that show how best to install those new components.
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Hot Rod Gallery II: More Great Photos and Stories from Hot Rodding’s Golden Years
In the best-selling original book, Hot Rod Gallery: A Nostalgic Look at Hot Roddings Golden Years: 1930-1960, author and historian Pat Ganahl opened his archives and shared 192 pages and 350 photos of "some" of the most interesting and best photos of his collection. Filled with fascinating images of some of the coolest cars and builders, long-forgotten car clubs, and great shots of the dry lakes, nostalgia fans flocked to grab a piece of hot rodding history all in one convenient package. Well, if some is good, more is better, right?" In Hot Rod Gallery II: More Great Photos and Stories from Hot Rodding's Golden Years, Ganahl dug deeper into his massive archive for even cooler and more never-before-seen photos in both color and black and white to provide another album of great hot rodding photos. He was pleasantly surprised to find that he had more great stuff in old files and folders, hidden away for decades. In this edition are even more dry lakes shots, post-war rods, lead sleds, show circuit cars, and a chapter on marvelous mills. He even dug a little deeper into the early 1960s. If you liked the first edition of Hot Rod Gallery by Pat Ganahl: A Nostalgic Look at Hot Rodding's Golden Years: 1930-1960, you may like this one even more. Ganahl guarantees that it is filled with images you have never seen, and he offers his commentary and a lifetime of expertise in this selection of fantastic images from his expansive archive. You can spend hours looking at all the details and soaking in the history in these images, and we know youll enjoy this book as much as you did the first.
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Hot Rod Gallery II: More Great Photos and Stories from Hot Rodding’s Golden Years (Signed by Author)
In the best-selling original book, Hot Rod Gallery: A Nostalgic Look at Hot Rodding's Golden Years: 1930-1960, author and historian Pat Ganahl opened his archives and shared 192 pages and 350 photos of "some" of the most interesting and best photos of his collection. Filled with fascinating images of some of the coolest cars and builders, long-forgotten car clubs, and great shots of the dry lakes, nostalgia fans flocked to grab a piece of hot rodding history all in one convenient package. Well, if some is good, more is better, right? In Hot Rod Gallery II: More Great Photos and Stories from Hot Rodding's Golden Years, Ganahl dug deeper into his massive archive for even cooler and more never-before-seen photos in both color and black and white to provide another album of great hot rodding photos. He was pleasantly surprised to find that he had more great stuff in old files and folders, hidden away for decades. In this edition are even more dry lakes shots, post-war rods, lead sleds, show circuit cars, and a chapter on marvelous mills. He even dug a little deeper into the early 1960s. If you liked the first edition of Hot Rod Gallery by Pat Ganahl: A Nostalgic Look at Hot Rodding's Golden Years: 1930-1960, you may like this one even more. Ganahl guarantees that it is filled with images you have never seen, and he offers his commentary and a lifetime of expertise in this selection of fantastic images from his expansive archive. You can spend hours looking at all the details and soaking in the history in these images, and we know you'll enjoy this book as much as you did the first. Signed, limited edition.
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Hot Rod Gallery: A Nostalgic Look at Hot Rodding’s Golden Years 1930-1960
This history of hot rodding is long and fascinating. An old saying in hot rodding is that the car you have bought recently isn't truly yours until you've messed with it. And from its birth in the flats at Muroc pre-WWII to a burgeoning speed industry, young enthusiasts and entrepreneurs did what people do best with any form of new technology: They messed with it. Make it faster, make it cooler, or simply make it better than the next guy's. In Pat Ganahl's "Hot Rod Gallery," the acclaimed author gathers his finest images to tell the story of the history of hot rodding from the beginning to 1960 through fascinating and rarely seen photos. From Muroc and early Gow Jobs, to the first drag strips, to the first speed shops and manufacturers, to the first car shows, Ganahl covers it all. Follow the transition from the dry lakes to the street to the first dragstrips. Check out the beginnings of the show circuit, from the first SCTA shows and the Oakland Roadster shows to outdoor car shows. See the beginning of the custom car movement, the hot rod B movies of the 1950s, the rods on the street, as well as the engines, parts, and people who made rodding what it is today. Covered in rarely seen and never-before-seen photos, some in black and white, and some in magnificent color, this softcover edition of "Hot Rod Gallery" is packed with memories. Hot rods, customs, drag cars, dry lakes racers, speed shops, engines, and the people who built them. No hot rod library is complete without it.
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Hot Rods & Custom Cars
Drivers have been customizing their vehicles since the earliest days of motoring, with modified bodywork, more powerful engines or simply an unusual paint job. Hot Rods and Custom Cars is a celebration of the world of custom cars, from V8-modified Ford Model Ts to elegant 'Lead Sleds' such as the 1949 Mercury and powerful muscle mutations such as the Plymouth Road Runner.This book looks in detail at over 45 beautiful custom cars from the UK, Europe and America, providing an exhilarating tour of some of the most amazing and spectacular automobiles ever to have rolled out of a garage. Covering outlandish and extrovert vehicles based on all the most famous marques including Chevrolet, Ford, Hudson, Mercury, Volkswagen and Willys, Hot Rods and Custom Cars is packed with a wealth of information. Each car is presented in 3-view format, with key engineering changes and styling features annotated. A feature box lifts the bonnet to focus on each car's unique powerplant, while informative and lively text details the car's development, design and handling. A comprehensive specifications panel provides technical information. Lavishly illustrated with over 400 colour photographs, this book will appeal to anyone with a love of these souped-up, customized machines.
How To Build a Cheap Hot Rod
The ever-escalating cost of building or buying a hot rod is leaving more and more would-be hot rodders behind. This book will get those hopefuls off the sidelines by showing how a hot rod can be built for less than the cost of, say, a new Hyundai. Author Dennis Parks documents his own project--building a quintessentially cool Model T roadster from a "Track-T" kit--showing in step-by-step detail how to turn a pile of parts into a rockin hot rod. He provides a detailed, easy-to-follow guide for building a car of your own. The advice and instructions cover every aspect of an affordable hot rod build, from establishing the target vehicle and budget, to finding parts, building the car, and fine tuning the finished vehicle on the road. With Parks' money-saving tips and photo-supported how-to sequences, virtually anyone with minimal mechanical skills and the will to use them can be sure of building their hot rod right, and for the right price. The book also includes a full resource guide and recommendations for further reading.