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About the Author

Wayne Scraba has a diverse background in both writing and motorsports. He has toiled as a magazine editor, a technical editor, and a freelance magazine contributor and has authored five automotive books. His work has appeared in more than 60 high-performance automotive, motorcycle, and aviation magazines worldwide. His background includes operation of his own speed shop, fabrication of race cars, assembly of street rods, hot rod motorcycle builds, and muscle car restoration. Wayne lives to build custom parts following good construction and mechanical practices.

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  • Series: Motorbooks Workshop
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (August 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760338000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760338001
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Elliott on September 13, 2013
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I can blame this purchase on my 2005 BMW 325. I purchased this book because I was so mad when the plastic parts began leaking either water or PCV gases. After a $730 bill to replace the radiator overflow tank that had a small 1/4 leak. They found the PCV hose (another hard plastic piece) had a leak and would cost $420 to repair. I decided maybe I needed to learn more about hoses and fittings so I could replace the plastic with good solid metal hoses and other metal parts. The plastic leaking PCV hose lead me to AN hoses used on race car engines. That lead me to this book. I confess I read this book in one sitting. It is well written and fits in with my hot rod racing fetish. Reading this book opened up a new view on design and engineering. Gee - I can replace my cheap degradable parts with hoses engineered for airplanes where failure is not an option. Even better the AN hoses cost less than the cheap plastic parts from BMW. If making your car or motorcycle more bullet proof or you want to mod your current car to a higher standard - this book is for you. If you are not open to that kind of work and want to pay your auto shop a bundle of money to replace OEM part with the same cheap plastic OEM parts - well it is your car and your money.
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For the average shade tree mechanic like myself it's amazing to look at a race car and see all the fancy fittings and clamps and other little bits that separate an OK build from a great one.

The author jumps right in and brings up topics that you don't hear people in the car modding community talk about much (a lot of people lust after AN fittings but half of them don't know what the sizes mean). The author gives you pretty much all the information you need to select and purchase the parts you'll need to take your car that extra step.

A lot of the practices are pulled from the aviation industry, but why shouldn't they be? if it's good enough for a plane it's even better for a performance car.

This book is a wonderful reference in my opinion. and it shows that with just a little bit of thinking and some simple parts and tools you can really take your car (or bike) to the next level.

he has example projects in the book that walk you through his process on his car.

I've seen many a misused zip-tie, many a badly routed hose, and components mounted in ways that scare me. This book will show you the right way. and while it may be a little more expensive and take a little more time up front, it gives you the confidence that your car will hold together and run properly no matter what you throw at it.

I'll say it just once more... If you build or modify cars... pick this one up.
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This book would be GREAT for the first time fabricator. Are you embarking on your first true car build, a build where you are not just buying premade parts, but plan to make some of your own. Then Get this book.
If you already have a history in fabrication, carpentry, or any other skill that involves careful planning ahead, measuring, and basic power tools, then this book is most likely a bit basic for you.
I am a carpenter and have been working on classic European cars sins I was 18. Even though this book is well organized and has some good info, it was not as in depth as I was hoping it would be. It covers basic layout, measurement, material and fastener selection, and proper placement and installation.
The sections I found most helpful were the sections that covered different fasteners, their materials, uses, and where to find them.
All together not a bad book, just not for the more experienced among us. I was really hoping it would cover more advanced fabrication techniques.
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I share the same sentiment as the other low raters. It's extremely novice, and covered so little that related to motorcycles, that it's pretty much useless to me. There was really nothing that I'd call "motorcycle specific" in the book. I'd have given it a lower rating, but its saving grace is that it may actually be useful for some automotive customizers.
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this is an extremely useful and practical book. It covers fabrication of mounts, fastener 101, electrical wiring and routing, fuel and brake hard line construction, etc. It is full of large, detailed color photographs with hundreds of tips and tricks. Save yourself lots of time and frustration - keep this book handy
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Read in conjunction with the various Carrol Smith titles this book from Wayne Scraba will provide you will a sound grounding in how to select, fabricate and assemble race car components. Very straightforward to follow, it contains several little wrinkles that were unfamiliar to me even after working on race cars off and on for better than forty-five years.
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Wrong title; it should rather be "How to drill holes, and buy parts made for aviation". Unless you are very inexperienced, will this book be a waste of money. There's an interesting chapter about nuts and bolts, but the rest of the book contains just common sense and old news...
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This is a great book that fills many of the gaps out there in mechanical training books. I really like the emphasis on quality fabrication as opposed to sloppy installs and the section on AN was fantastic. The photos very clear and the section showing the aircraft ties really is applicable to racing. There is also a good discussion on rod ends which are used a lot in race cars.
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