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Build your own car! - handbooks for self-assembly (1/2)

Want to build your own car? Here are manuals with instructions on how to build sports cars, buggies, kit cars and racing cars yourself (1/2). They provide detailed instructions to solve technical problems yourself and to repair or replace parts.

Car Builder's Manual - Designing and constructing your own car from scratch

Many people today feel inspired to build their own car, either completely from scratch or by assembling a kit. This book explains in detail, using easy-to-understand text and illustrations, how to plan a project and carry out the tasks required, safely and efficiently to a good standard and within a reasonable time scale.

A companion volume to Ron Champion's successful Build Your Own Sports Car for as little as £250 - and race it!.

Author:Lionel Baxter
Specs:176 pages, 27.5 x 21.5 x 1.6 cm / 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.63 in, hardback
Illustrations:289 illustrations, overwegend in colour
Publisher:Haynes Publishing (GB, 2001)
Book: Car Builder's Manual - Designing and constructing your own car from scratch

Car Builder's Manual - Designing and constructing your own car from scratch

Language: English

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Build Your Own Off-Road Buggy - for as little as £100

From the author of the best-selling Build Your Own Sports Car for as little as £250 here is a step-by-step illustrated guide to building a single-seater off-road buggy using standard tools, basic skills and low-cost materials.

This all-colour book shows how to make the tubular frame, and advises how to modify and use cheap but serviceable mechanical components sourced from a donor motorcycle. The end product is a budget-price fun vehicle - and a learning experience in engineering and design.

Author:Ron Champion
Specs:160 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 1.3 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 0.51 in, hardback
Illustrations:120 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Haynes Publishing (GB, 2002)
Book: Build Your Own Off-Road Buggy - for as little as £100

Build Your Own Off-Road Buggy - for as little as £100

Language: English

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Build Your Own Sports Car - for as little as £ 250 and race it! (2nd Edition)

The first edition of this bestseller inspired so many people to build their own sports car that there now exists a thriving Locost Car Club, and an MSA-approved race series for Locosts run by the 750 Motor Club.

This second edition in full colour is updated and expanded, with a new chapter on all aspects of racing a Locost, information on how to get through the Single Vehicle Approval test, and builders' own stories.

Author:Chris Gibbs
Specs:192 pages, 27 x 21 x 1.1 cm / 10.6 x 8.25 x 0.43 in, hardback
Illustrations:400 colour photographs
Publisher:Haynes Publishing (GB, 2007)
Book: Build Your Own Sports Car - for as little as £ 250 and race it! (2nd Edition)

Build Your Own Sports Car - for as little as £ 250 and race it! (2nd Edition)

Language: English

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Build Your Own Kit Car

Renowned kit car expert Steve Hole presents a comprehensive guide to planning, managing and executing a kit car build. The first part of the book covers:
- The history of kit cars: detailing the innovations the kit car industry has made in car building technology, and how companies like Westfield and Caterham have become household names
- Types of kit cars, including the differences between kits, replicas and one-off builds
- Choosing the right car for you
- Budgeting for your build
- Setting up your workspace, tools needed and workshop safety
- Building techniques

The second half of the book takes you through a full build project, from chassis, brakes, suspension and engine through to trimming and interiors. The last chapters of the book set out clearly and simply how to get your kit car tested and registered, and guide you through the associated regulations.

Author:Steve Hole
Specs:192 pages, 24.5 x 19 x 1.3 cm / 9.7 x 7.5 x 0.51 in, paperback
Illustrations:300 colour photographs
Publisher:The Crowood Press Ltd (GB, 2013)
Book: Build Your Own Kit Car

Build Your Own Kit Car

Language: English

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How to Build Cobra Kit Cars + Buying Used - Step-by-Step Assembly Procedures. Complete Guide to Cobra Kit Manufacturers

The original Shelby Cobra left an indelible imprint on the automotive landscape. This nimble English roadster, powered by a raucous Ford V-8, set new performance standards, won countless races, and became an iconic supercar.

The Shelby Cobra was only in production for six short years and only about 1,000 cars were ever made, but Cobra aficionados yearned for and revered these cars. Then, beginning in the late 1970s, companies manufactured and sold Cobra replicas as a kit car, so enthusiasts could build one in their garage, and other companies eventually offered complete rolling chassis as well as complete new cars.

Author D. Brian Smith, former editor-in-chief of Kit Car magazine, shows you each crucial step for assembling a modern Cobra replica, and in particular, he profiles assembling the most popular Cobra kit car - the Factory Five Cobra Mk4.
He guides you through selecting the right Cobra kit car for a particular budget and performance goals, and then shows how to plan, budget, and use the necessary tools. Detailed step-by-step captions and photos show you how to assemble each major component group of the car so you assemble a strong running, reliable, and safe Cobra replica.

Also included in this informative guide is how to buy a pre-owned Cobra replica. It shows you how to inspect, evaluate, and test drive used Cobra kit cars for those who prefer to purchase one already assembled.

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Author:Brian D. Smith
Specs:178 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 1 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 0.39 in, paperback
Illustrations:500 b&w photographs
Publisher:CarTech Inc (USA, 2012)
Series:S-A Design (SA202P)
Book: How to Build Cobra Kit Cars + Buying Used - Step-by-Step Assembly Procedures. Complete Guide to Cobra Kit Manufacturers

How to Build Cobra Kit Cars + Buying Used - Step-by-Step Assembly Procedures. Complete Guide to Cobra Kit Manufacturers

Language: English

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How to Build Tiger Avon or GTA Sports Cars for Road or Track (Veloce SpeedPro)

The step-by-step guide to building your dream sports car on a budget. The Tiger Avon is a high-quality, high-performance cycle-wing roadster, while the GTO is a sleek new design.
Both models are based on readily available Ford Sierra mechanical components with a choice of independent or live axle rear suspension. Engine wise, you can use a straight 4 or V8 of your choice, including Ford Pinto, Ford Zetec, Rover K-Series or even motorcycle units.

Pages of the book How to Build Tiger Avon or GTA Sports Cars (1)

Features
- Build a fabulous car on a tight budget!
- Your choice, traditional Tiger Avon or the exciting new GTA!
- Choose whether you want to build the chassis yourself or buy the complete unit
- All body panels are available to buy, or you can create your own body to your design and mould it yourself
- Choose your own power unit: car or motorcycle, 4 cylinder in-line or V8
- Excellent power to rate ratios, even with standard Sierra 'Pinto' engines
- Complete building instructions are provided, including mechanical components, bodywork, instruments and electrical systems
- Includes how to convert an existing Tiger Avon to a GTA.

Author:Jim Dudley
Specs:168 pages, 25 x 20.5 x 1.5 cm / 9.8 x 8.1 x 0.59 in, paperback
Illustrations:250 colour photographs
Publisher:Veloce Publishing Ltd (GB, 2012)
Series:SpeedPro
Book: How to Build Tiger Avon or GTA Sports Cars for Road or Track (Veloce SpeedPro)

How to Build Tiger Avon or GTA Sports Cars for Road or Track

Language: English

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How to Build A Fiberglass Car - Based on the Construction of the Victress Sports Car

The original contributors, W. I. Boyce-Smith, Edmond Kelly and Hugh Jorgensen, all played a significant role in the design, development and construction of the fiberglass bodied Victress sports car. While the technology of constructing impact resistant lightweight automobile bodies has advanced considerably since this book was first published, many of the exotic materials and composites in use today are beyond the capabilities available to the average home-based "special" builder.

However, this comprehensive and informative book, written in easy to understand language, puts the capability of designing and building a custom bodied special within reach of the home-based enthusiast. The principles it contains are just as relevant today as they were some 50 years ago when this book was first written.

The design process is clearly explained, the raw materials required are described, and the construction process is presented in an easy-to-follow step by step procedure. Obviously, this book would also be a valuable reference for anyone contemplating repairing, refurbishing or restoring a fiberglass bodied automobile. This edition also includes a 40 page bonus section featuring reproductions of Victress sales literature.

Out-of-print and unavailable for many years, this book is becoming increasingly more difficult to find on the secondary market and we are pleased to be able to offer this print-on-demand reproduction as a service to all those automotive "special" builders and enthusiasts worldwide.

Author:Floyd Clymer
Specs:90 pages, 28 x 21 x 0.7 cm / 11 x 8.25 x 0.28 in, paperback
Illustrations:28 photographs and drawings
Publisher:Veloce Press (USA, 2010)
Book: How to Build A Fiberglass Car - Based on the Construction of the Victress Sports Car

How to Build A Fiberglass Car - Based on the Construction of the Victress Sports Car

Language: English

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