Hot Rod Body and Chassis Builder's Guide by Dennis W. ParksHot Rod Body and Chassis Builder's Guide by Dennis W. Parks

Hot Rod Body and Chassis Builder's Guide

byDennis W. ParksForeword byJohn Kimbrough

Paperback | October 28, 2009

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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.        

Dennis W. Parks has written several best-selling how-to books 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' personal projects currently include a complete buildup of a 1955 Chevy pickup truck...
Title:Hot Rod Body and Chassis Builder's GuideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 10.75 × 8.25 × 0.5 inPublished:October 28, 2009Publisher:MotorbooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:076033532X

ISBN - 13:9780760335321

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Table of Contents



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


            Protecting Steel Bodies

Chapter Five – Working with Metal

            Making Patterns




            Project: Making a Three-Piece Hood

            Punching Louvers

            Bead Rolling and Making Flanges

            Hammer Forming

            Project: Building a Flat Dash with a Round Edge


            Smoothing a Bumper (Hiding the Bolts)

Chapter Six – Surface Preparation and Undercoats

            Surface Preparation


            Project: Block Sanding and Applying Sealer

Chapter Seven – Painting; Color and Other Topcoats

Editorial Reviews

“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