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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.
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.
I bought this book to see if it would have some pointers I hadn't found in other online, DVD, or books on the same subject, it didn't. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mike
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. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Boxer
gives beyond the basics of car body restoration and rust repair especially good for the begginner and british car makesPublished 18 months ago by Brian E. Goodson
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. Read morePublished on March 22, 2010 by Osorio Batres Silvia Rebeca