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Project Charger: The Step-by-Step Restoration of a Popular Vintage Car Paperback – August, 2004
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Mr. Lyles takes you through the entire restoration process, and includes a lot of subjects glossed over in other restoration books. He explains how to stay organized by making lists and notes and taking photos. He covers home powdercoating techniques, and gives many tips on straightening and painting the little detail parts that separate great restorations from mediocre ones. He clearly explains how to align body panels and windows during assembly. His hands-on knowledge is evident because he recommends what grit of sandpaper to use for each step, and what paints, sealers, adhesives, etc. give best results. He is also brutally honest about how many hours and dollars go into a restoration.
The book is not perfect. Mr. Lyles explains in detail how to remove the windshield and backlight, but he doesn't say one word on how to reinstall them - is there a chapter missing? He uses a rotisserie to work on the underside of the car, but doesn't include photos or drawings on how to build one. The photos are in color, which is good, but the color balance is inconsistant, so the car appears to be maroon, purple, or blue in different photos. I also wish he recommended books to find more information on different aspects of restoration - you just can't describe engine rebuilding in a six-page chapter.
Overall, an excellent book for any restorer.
I was NOT very happy that UPS delivered the box crushed and with a big hole in the side....IDIOTS....but the contents were fine.
This would be the main reference for a 'driver' restoration. No one makes or probably will ever make a book that would cover a concours restoration. So this may be as good as it gets.
Wish Amazon would offer more shipping options....
I find the book very helpful and enormously entertaining. I have been reading it not just to learn the process but I find that just reading through sections of the book that cover things I have either already done or will never do is also entertaining.
It's a great book and I highly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, tons of info I recomend to anyone starting there first projectPublished 17 months ago by Trevor Miller
A very cool book that chronicles one man's start to finish muscle car restoration. The fact that he uses the same model car that I own only made it better.Published 18 months ago by Inigo
Not really a restoration guide more of a restoration story with some heads up here and there but still cool to have.Published on February 23, 2014 by tomwadek