Synopses & Reviews
For nearly a decade, Tom Brownell’s How to Restore Your Collector Car has been the ultimate how-to guide for anyone looking to turn a neglected classic into a traffic-stopping collector car. From choosing the right vehicle, purchasing (or renting) the right tools to get the job done, to entering the finished product in a show, this is the restoration book for the enthusiast who takes pride in not just getting his hands dirty, but in knowing why every bolt was chosen (not to mention how tightly it was torqued).
For this new edition, noted automotive writer Jason Scott has joined Brownell to provide thoroughly updated information regarding later domestic and foreign collector cars, as well as new techniques and products that restorers will find useful for current or future projects. In addition, the co-authors make note of recent laws governing modifications and environmental considerations. Using this book as a guide, anyone with a modicum of skill and mechanical ability will be able to confidently tackle even the most daunting collector car restoration projects. From setting up your workspace for maximum productivity and safety, to tips and techniques for restoring bodies, paint, engines, drivelines, suspensions, upholstery, glass, brakes, and wheels—even steps for updating safety systems while maintaining collectability—this book covers every aspect of a restoring a classic car to its original glory.
A tried-and-true Motorbooks classic, revised and updated with the latest information, trends, and tips! For more than 25 years, Tom Brownell’s How to Restore Your Collector Car has been a cornerstone of any car restorer’s library. Working from decades of experience and a passion to share his knowledge, Brownell removes the mystery from auto restoration, giving you the confidence to tackle what might at first seem like an overwhelming task. By breaking the process down into clear, fundamental steps, Brownell shows you the path to a highly enjoyable and highly rewarding goal—restoring that car you always dreamt of owning. Whether you are an experienced car restorer with many projects under your belt or a first-timer who aspires to bring an old dream car back to life, this is the book for you.
And now, this great book has been made even better, with updated information for the Internet Age, “resto mod” ideas for adding aftermarket parts that make your old classic safer to drive, updates on the latest parts and trends, and much more. How to Restore Your Collector Car, 2nd Edition is the one book no car restorer can do without!
Updated edition of the ultimate guide to collector car restoration, with essential and easy to use information on everything from tools to techniques and from brakes and wheels.
First published in 1984, this bestselling restoration aid has been updated to include all-color photographs, classic models through the 1970s, and advances in techniques, products, and laws governing modifications. 300 color illustrations.