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Product Details

  • Series: Enthusiast's Restoration Manual
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing; New Rev Up edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845844114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845844110
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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www.front-runners.net, June 2007 - UK website

Classic Car Bodywork is a guide of start-to-finish body restoration, it goes through techniques from how to replace panels with new items all the way up to fabricating your own sheetmetal from scratch. The author is a Triumph fan, and all the examples shown in the book are applied to British classic cars with occasional examples from other manufacturers thrown in where there are fundamental differences.

I have to say that this book is a great read, the author's enthusiasm for classic cars comes through in the writing yet all the way through it remains easy to understand; an enthusiastic reader can easily digest it from cover to cover. Many of the techniques for metalforming shown will come in handy for those doing running repairs at MoT time, as well as covering proper restoration. It also has useful advice on dealing with rust and making the basic preparations for painting.

In short I rate it at 5/5 – both useful and a good read.



"You can't fail to pick up lots of tip if you're the average DIY mechanic. The book is recommended for any home mechanic undertaking restoration work, and could end up saving you a small fortune." – Mini Cooper Register
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

On leaving art college, Martin worked as a graphic artist to a local paper, but surgery to his right wrist prompted a change of direction, and he retrained in panel-beating. After 10 years in crash repair and salvage, Martin chose to specialize in classic restoration, which appealed more to his creative nature. Customers have always been welcome in Martin's workshop, and many have gotten their hands dirty under his watchful eye.

Customer Reviews

I think my engine choices are bigger than the entire cars featured in this book.
A. H Kazi
It is filled with easy to understand and well illustrated information that the author conveyed in a well formatted book.
Boxer
I got him this book and he said it's perfect for the body work projects he has ahead of him. =)
Rosie

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. W. Joyner on May 9, 2007
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This is a very good book. This guy can turn a completely rusted out car into a new one. I am talking about a car that anyone else would take the motor out, and put in another one. He shows you how to patch and repair anything, without having to go and buy a piece of the car. And how to do it with budget tools.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ross R. Gould on August 31, 2007
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This is an extremely richly and well illustrated book that shows you in easily understood words and pictures how to do minor and relatively major car body repairs at home. While the examples and pictures are mainly UK classic sports cars (or what start out as rust buckets), the techniques apply equally well to modern Australian and North American cars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Herbert A. Wade on March 2, 2014
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Practically how to build a new car body around bits of rust. But most of the things shown require having substantial skill in working with sheet steel and welding go sheet steel. I guess it would be possible to teach yourself those skills but it would probably mean a lot of scrap being produced before you ended up with useable parts. The book makes it clear what skills are needed, what tools are required and the processes to create needed body parts for car restoration. Getting those skills is going to require more than the book though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Alvino on December 28, 2008
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Excellent book clearly written instruction for someone considering extensive metal restoration on a Classice Car Body. Focussed on metal work, I will also buy a book by this author on painting if available when i progress to the painting stage. Well worth the money i'd be happy to answer any specific questions on [...]. Buy without hesitation!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary O. Shepherd on November 2, 2008
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An adequate overview of car bodywork - but not an authoritative, or exhaustive treatise on the subject. A reasonable starting point, but don't just read this and then charge off and begin a full-scale body restoration on your expensive classic car.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. H Kazi on March 12, 2010
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This book details techniques being replaced by more modern tools. These superior methods should not be forgotten. They will be applied to the restoration of my 73 Cuda.

It is unfortunate that I am forced to study pictures of these little English toy cars while preparing to build a Hemicuda restomod. I think my engine choices are bigger than the entire cars featured in this book. What are you going to do?

Jokes aside- great book.
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I bought this book for reminding me of the tips and tricks on doing body work for an upcoming restoration of a 1935 Ford Truck. Needless to say this book is a gem for helping me get this old truck back to new. It is filled with easy to understand and well illustrated information that the author conveyed in a well formatted book. Would recommend to anyone restoring any year of vehicle.
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The examples shown in this book are rusty as hell and this goes a long way in giving you the confidence to try the skills shown in bringing them back to life. As far as diy bodywork books go this is the best on the topic so far. I can actually afford all the tools used in this book and that is one major reason why it gets 5 stars.
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