Hot Rods: Roadsters, Coupes, Customs

Hot Rods: Roadsters, Coupes, Customs

by Dain Gingerelli


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When it comes to building your hot rod, you’re faced with choices for everything from which go-fast goodies to slap on your mill to what paint and other eye candy might define your rod more than anything else. And when it comes to a hot rod, parts aren’t just parts; it’s all in how they come together—either it works or it doesn’t.

This new Motorbooks Idea Book covers every system of a traditional hot rod—be it roadster, coupe, or tub—illustrating with hundreds of color photos the various options for frame rails, suspension, steering, brakes, wheels and tires, drivetrain, electrics, cooling, body, interior, and paint. Looking through this book, you’ll be able to assess which choices fit your aesthetic sensibility as well as how they suit your plan to use your hot rod. You’ll also get the “big picture”—a clear idea of how some choices work together and others just don’t mesh in the same car. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or practical answers, this book will guide you from off-the-shelf, fabricated, and even found parts and pieces to the finished hot rod of your dreams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760335161
Publisher: Motorbooks
Publication date: 07/19/2009
Series: Idea Book Series
Edition description: First
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 782,107
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 5 - 10 Years

About the Author

Dain Gingerelli began writing for motorcycle and automotive magazines in 1970. He’s been an editor for six motorcycle magazines, and he’s authored numerous hot rod books for Motorbooks. His motorcycle titles include 365 Motorcycles You Must Ride and Harley-Davidson Museum Masterpieces.

Table of Contents



Section 1: Body Types and Styles

Chapter 1: Roadsters, Convertibles, Phaetons, and Cabriolets

Chapter 2: Coupes

Chapter 3: Sedans and Woodies

Chapter 4: Trucks

Section 2: Body Treatments

Chapter 5: Taillights

Chapter 6: Nerf Bars, Bumpers, Rolled Pans, and Gas Tanks

Chapter 7: Grilles and Front Ornaments

Chapter 8: Chopped Tops

Chapter 9: Miscellaneous—It’s Those Little Things that Sometimes Matter

Section 3: Interiors

Chapter 10: Upholstery, Carpet, and Trunks

Chapter 11: Roadster Seats

Chapter 12: Steering Wheels

Chapter 13: Instruments and Gauges

Section 4: Drivetrains

Chapter 14: Engines

Chapter 15: Multiple Carburetors

Chapter 16: Superchargers and Fuel Injection

Chapter 17: Exhausts

Chapter 18: Chassis

Chapter 19: Brakes

Chapter 20: Wheels and Tires

Section 5: Paint and Graphics

Chapter 21: Fancy Colors

Chapter 22: Before and After

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