Hot Rod Body and Chassis Builder's Guide

Overview

You’re building a hot rod. The first step is the chassis. If it’s not right, the car won’t handle well. If it’s really not right, the car might destroy itself. There are choices to be made, from frame rails to suspension components, and some combinations will work better than others. Next is the body. This is what everyone sees first. It’s what makes a hot rod a hot rod. This book is a sure-fire guide to the best approach. Veteran builder and writer Dennis Parks walks you through the...

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Overview

You’re building a hot rod. The first step is the chassis. If it’s not right, the car won’t handle well. If it’s really not right, the car might destroy itself. There are choices to be made, from frame rails to suspension components, and some combinations will work better than others. Next is the body. This is what everyone sees first. It’s what makes a hot rod a hot rod. This book is a sure-fire guide to the best approach. Veteran builder and writer Dennis Parks walks you through the whole process, from finding and using existing panels to choosing New Old Stock panels from the aftermarket. The Hot Rod Body and Chassis Builder's Guide offers fool-proof advice for building the hot rod of your dreams.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Dennis Parks has authored a number of books on building hot rods, but his latest, the Hot Rod Body and Chassis Builder’s Guide, has to be the most comprehensive yet!” – Rod & Custom

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760335321
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Series: Motorbooks Workshop Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 694,086
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis W. Parks has written numerous bestsellers for the Motorbooks Workshop series, including How to Paint Your Car, How to Build a Cheap Hot Rod, Hot Rod Body and Chassis BuilderÆs Guide, and The Complete Guide to Auto Body Repair.www.dennisparks.com
Dennis W. Parks has written numerous bestsellers for the Motorbooks Workshop series, including How to Paint Your Car, How to Build a Cheap Hot Rod, Hot Rod Body and Chassis Builder’s Guide, and The Complete Guide to Auto Body Repair. Parks has also been a longtime contributor to several hot rod–related magazines, such as Street Rodder, Rod & Custom, Custom Classic Trucks, and several others. He is currently a contributor to the new magazine RoddingUSA. Parks’ personal hot rod projects currently include a complete buildup of a 1955 Chevy pickup truck. He lives in Cedar Hill, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Chapter One – Tools

            Pneumatic Tools

            Bench Tools

            Hand Tools

            Portable Stand-alone Tools

Chapter Two – Chassis Work

            Repairing an Existing Chassis

            Project: Installing an Aftermarket Transmission Crossmember

            Project: Building a New Chassis

            Project: Safety Wiring Brake Rotors

Chapter Three – Hot Rod Body Repair

            Rust/Paint Removal

            Patch Panels and Panel Replacement

            Filling Holes and Dings

Chapter Four – Reproduction Bodies

            Proper Storage of Fiberglass Bodies

            Mounting the Body on the Chassis

            Installing Fenders

            Baking Fiberglass Bodies

            Bracing

            Protecting Steel Bodies

Chapter Five – Working with Metal

            Making Patterns

            Cutting

            Straightening

            Bending

            Project: Making a Three-Piece Hood

            Punching Louvers

            Bead Rolling and Making Flanges

            Hammer Forming

            Project: Building a Flat Dash with a Round Edge

            Fastening

            Smoothing a Bumper (Hiding the Bolts)

Chapter Six – Surface Preparation and Undercoats

            Surface Preparation

            Undercoats

            Project: Block Sanding and Applying Sealer

Chapter Seven – Painting; Color and Other Topcoats

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