How to Build and Modify GM Pro-Touring Street Machines: Classic Looks with Modern Performance!

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GM's muscle cars of the OE60s and OE70s were great for their time ­ but what they did best was go in a straight line. Today's performance cars have it all though ­ speed, handling, and comfort. This book shows you how to build a Pro-Touring machine: a classic muscle car that accelerates, stops, corners, and rides like Detroit's best new high-performance cars.

Author Tony E. Huntimer goes through a car's major systems ­ drivetrain, chassis, suspension, body, and interior ­ and ...

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Overview

GM's muscle cars of the OE60s and OE70s were great for their time ­ but what they did best was go in a straight line. Today's performance cars have it all though ­ speed, handling, and comfort. This book shows you how to build a Pro-Touring machine: a classic muscle car that accelerates, stops, corners, and rides like Detroit's best new high-performance cars.

Author Tony E. Huntimer goes through a car's major systems ­ drivetrain, chassis, suspension, body, and interior ­ and shows you how to upgrade that classic muscle car to make it a modern performer. Electronic fuel injection, 6-speed trannies, better shocks and springs, modern seating and instruments, and subtle body mods are all covered, along with step-by-step how-to sequences on many key modifications. Classic muscle car looks, with modern muscle car performance ­ that¹s what Pro-Touring is all about!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884089763
  • Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Series: S-A Design Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Author 5
Introduction: An Introduction to Pro-Touring 6
The Term 7
Roots 7
What is Pro-Touring? 8
Chapter 1 General Suspension, Brakes, and Tires and Wheels 13
Shock Absorbers 13
Sway Bars 14
Bushings 16
Handling--Understeer and Oversteer 17
Why Upgrade Brakes? 17
Brake Parts 18
Brake Cooling 19
Boosting Brakes 19
Balancing a Braking System 19
Brake Master Install 21
Tires 24
Wheels 24
Fitting Tires and Wheels 25
Chapter 2 Front Suspension and Steering 28
Alignment 28
Control Arms 32
Springs 34
Spindles and Brakes 35
Ball Joints 36
Aftermarket Subframes (20 Questions) 37
DSE Coil-Over Kit 39
Steering 41
Steeroids Rack-and-Pinion Conversion 43
Chapter 3 Rear Suspension 50
Pinion Angle 50
Universal Joints 53
Leaf Springs 54
Coil Springs 60
Live Axle Rear Suspension 60
Independent Rear Suspension 61
Chapter 4 Frames 64
Frame Types 64
Frame and Subframe Bushings 66
Subframe Connectors 67
Front Support Systems 68
Frame Boxing 70
Tubbing 70
Rear Frame Rail Tricks 71
Roll Bars and Roll Cages 72
Chapter 5 Engines 77
Engine Swaps 77
Engine Parts 80
Cooling System 81
Oiling System 87
Induction and Fuel Systems 91
Chapter 6 Drivetrain 98
Manual Transmissions 98
Automatics 102
Rear Ends 105
Limited-Slip Differentials 105
Gear Ratios 105
So What Rear End to Use? 105
Chapter 7 Body and Electrical 108
Stock Body 108
Custom Bodywork 109
Fiberglass 111
Spoilers, Air dams, and Body Mods 112
Aerodynamics 114
Safety Upgrades 117
Charging System 120
Basic Electrical and Wiring 121
Interior 122
Air Conditioning 124
Chapter 8 Buying Parts and Finding Information 131
Purchasing Parts 131
Purchasing Cars 133
Getting Information 135
Appendix A Source Guide 140
Appendix B General Motors Body Designations 142
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