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At a time of prohibitive costs, this book shows how a great hot rod can be built on a modest budget. The author documents his own building project--a "Track-T" kit roadster--showing in step-by-step detail how to turn a pile of parts into a quintessentially cool hot rod. This provides a detailed, easy-to-follow guide for building a car of your own. Parks’s advice and instructions cover every aspect of the affordable hot rod build, from establishing a target vehicle and budget to finding parts, building the car, and fine tuning the finished vehicle on the road. The book also includes a full resource guide.

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Hot rods are more popular than ever, but that popularity has driven up the cost of original parts and finished cars, making hot rodding more expensive than ever. But there’s hope for the hot rodder with a limited budget: How To Build a Cheap Hot Rod. This book shows how to create a great hot rod without breaking the bank.

 

Author and hot rod builder Dennis Parks shows you step by step how to build a car for less than the cost of a new Hyundai, in this case a very cool Model T, a.k.a. "Track-T", roadster. Parks is your expert guide as you identify your target vehicle and budget, find parts, build your car, and fine-tune the finished vehicle. Money-saving tips and detailed how-to sequences provide the essential information builders need to make sure their hot rod projects get built right and for the right price.

 

 

 

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Product Details

  • Series: Motorbooks Workshop
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; 1st edition (November 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760323488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760323489
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D. J. 3100 on September 13, 2009
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When I read the title of this book I thought it meant How to build Hot Rods cheaply. I was wrong, the title is correct How to Build a Cheap Hot Rod. The author buys the cheapest fiberglass T body and chassis, uses a V-6 Ford engine and spends over $16,000 to build just what he started with - the cheapest hot rod kit available. I thought it interesting that he spent $300 on an engine and tranny, but $1100 on a 9 inch rear end. I think he'd have been happier in the long run spending a touch more on the engine and using a less expensive differential. He had to have someone else do his welding (if you want to build a hot rod, spend the time to learn to weld).

There are no money saving tips here, he buys all his parts off the shelf for real money.
When all is said and done, he has spent $16,000 on an unpainted (even though he bought the paint), fiberglass T, with an ugly $300 engine/tranny. He'd be lucky to sell it for $8000. You can do better without his help.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Don S. Gibbs on November 11, 2009
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I bought the book to learn in detail how to build the Speedway Motors 27 T kit. I was disappointed that half the narrative is generic. There is a lot of discussion of how to select the right car for your build etc. Much of the detail I was anticipating was glossed over. And the worst part, the book ended with the car still under construction. Like so many hot rod projects, it is incomplete.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jeep1104 on January 4, 2014
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I felt cheated by the author when I read this book. He didn't finish the cheap hot rod. He didn't have time, he said, the publisher wanted the manuscript when the hotrod was about half finished. So he stopped there - published the book. I was one of the suckers who bought what was billed as a completed build. The most important parts would be how it all came together, what the bugs were from the first test drives, how he fixed them, what needed to be modified to get the license plates. In that regard selling the book is dishonest.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Torello F. Tacchi on November 15, 2008
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How To Build a Cheap Hot Rod.
Just recieved my copy, and indeed it is a cheap build. By today's standards, even the cost of raw materials "ain't cheap". It is an excellent basis for building a "copy" rod or even modifying a "real" antique. Today, modifying an antique is short of blaspahmy, but to each his own. Hot rodding is not only modifying, but also includes building. This book give an excellent insight on the subject of building and assembling for both old and new.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wilky on September 25, 2010
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The book was good, however I would like to have seen him complete it, and talk about how it drove. It did help me realize that this kit may not be for me and now looking at other kits.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CashelByron on November 10, 2007
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I have always enjoyed old cars and working on cars and the idea of building a hot rod has been in the back of my mind. Because the ones that get the big press--vehicles by Boyd Coddington and Chip Foose--tend to cost six figures or more, it did not occur to me that a hot rod was something that could be built on the cheap. The last pages of this book show the complete budget, demonstrating that the V6 Track T on its pages cost under $16,000. And it's a cool looking car.

For anyone thinking about a hot rod project who wants to proceed at a very reasonable cost, this book is the logical starting point. It's a doable project for anyone with basic mechanical skills--there's always someone with more skill you can bring in as necessary. The author had a hand on numerous components, so that price can be less if you're an ace with tools and especially if you have a car to start with. My hot rod lies a few years down the road, but this is still a good read and a way to get the ball rolling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Oster on January 23, 2015
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Your money would be better spent buying spark plugs for your lawn mower. You would think by the artist's rendition on the cover that a hot rod actually gets built, but it doesn't. Apparently, Mr. Parks' isn't any better at time management than welding, as the book ends before the car gets finished. Don't buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Battery Usage on February 25, 2013
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I have several mags that cover the same store bought items covered in the book. Don't waste your money if you all ready get car mags.
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