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Automotive Welding: A Practical Guide (S-A Design Workbench Series) Paperback – May 14, 2009

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"Landing on our desk this month is another great book that'll really improve your garage skills, help you build a better project, and save you some money in the long run." -Modified Mustangs and Fords, October 2009 (Modified Mustangs and Fords 2009-10-01)

"While the projects relate to real-world experience, their sum allows for an actual complete 'course' in all the different auto welding options, making this a top recommendation for all kinds of libraries." -Midwest Book Review: California Book Watch, reviewed by James A. Cox, November 2009 (The Midwest Book Review 2009-11-01)

"It's a good book for those who are just beginning to weld and fabricate." -Grassroots Motorsports, October 2010 (Grassroots Motorsports 2010-10-01)

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Automotive metalwork is a challenge faced by every racer, hot rodder, and customizer. Good metalwork requires skill and specialized tools, and the high cost of professional welding leads many amateurs to try their hand at it. Amateurs can achieve good results using inexpensive or rented tools, provided they have a good step-by-step reference work to assist them. This book lays out many common automotive metalwork projects, from repairing a cracked or broken cast-iron manifold to fabricating a basic roll bar or a sheetmetal bulkhead. Once you have mastered welding, there is very little that you can’t do. Automotive Welding: A Practical Guide is just the book to get you there. While there are certainly other books on welding available, they vary quite a bit on focus and detail. This is a practical book packed with useful information on the types of projects that a self-trained welder can complete, and that a typical automotive enthusiast would want to undertake. Topics covered are the kinds of welding and metalworking that are available or commonly used, the tools required to perform welding tasks, the different types of welders available, basic welding techniques, grinding and cutting, various forms of sheetmetal work, frame repair and reinforcement, filling body holes and rust repair, tube steel projects, and more.
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Product Details

  • Series: S-A Design Workbench Series
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: CarTech (May 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932494863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932494860
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Russell on March 19, 2011
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The book doesn't actually have much to say about welding specifically, but is more about general automotive metalworking. The coverage of welding topics is inconsistent. Basic fundamentals are described for an audience with no prior knowledge, followed by the merest description of welding technique, before launching in to practical examples and projects which assume proficiency. A good book if you already know how to weld but aren't sure how to apply the knowledge in your projects.
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This practical guide to welding has been very helpful to a 2 year welding novice. Its easy to go to the class at the community college and work on my cars. They have the welders all set for me and others to use. But I really didn't understand the hows and the whys. Now I understand what makes a good weld and how to get good results each time.
This guide has also given me the confidence to start working with a TIG set-up and to also learn how to do aluminum welding.
Thanks for writing a solid easy to read manual. Highly recommending this to my friends in my "Bubba Ring"
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As a beginner, this book is written on a pretty basic and easy to understand level. It goes through specific projects and suggests practice projects to make you even better.
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By jdakota on February 21, 2011
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I am building a drag car and had much welding to do. Roll cage, frame stiffeners, sheet metal and aluminum. This book covered all in an easy to understand dialogue with good illustrations. I think it did what I wanted it to. I welded 30 years ago and needed a refresher and an explanation of the new welding machines that have come on line since that time. The book covered it all.
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I just picked up my copy. It is very easy to read and has countless tips for the beginner or novice welder that wants to work on cars. It is a book for the do-it-yourself type and will save you some money from going to the shops to get work done. All the projects are real and would be something most hot rodders would want to do. You don't have to be an expert to do the tasks in the book. Pictures are plentiful and informative. Well worth the investment!
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I'm very confident when it comes to soldering and brazing, but when it comes to welding I tend to make lumpy, spotty seams. Jeff's book really helped me understand some of the things I've been doing wrong, and better still pointed me in the right direction. It's got me thinking that a little practice is all that separates me from fixing the rusty rocker panel on my '74 Alfa Romeo Spider. Hmmmm, maybe I could make points with my family by practicing on the rusty barbecue grill on the back deck...
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I found this book entertaining and alot like conversing with someone in a bar who knows how to do the stuff. It does have meat to it about welding, metal shaping tools, different types of metal, small projects, etc. The book moves topics fast, and gives just enough information to get one familiar with the topic on the fringe. That's not to say the book lacks relevance, it just moves quickly from one topic to the next in my opinion. I had expected to see more "how to" material and more projects for skill enhancements. It's worth having, as a supplement to the specific books and manuals, if you're doing frame up restorations on old cars or trucks, as this covers about everything an auto enthusiast will encounter.
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This a great hands on book by my good friend Jeff - who I know through auto-racing.

Buy this book if you are looking for the "goto" book to have in your shop and get your projects finished the right way.
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