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How to Restore Your Muscle Car (Motorbooks Workshop) Paperback – November 7, 2005
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Muscle Car Enthusiast, June 2007
“With more than 1,300 photographs and step-by-step coverage of the restoration process, this book presents the restoration of 12 of the most coveted muscle cars of all time from disassembly to first drive.”
About the Author
Paul Zazarine is a former senior editor of Musclecar Review magazine and is the author of Pontiac GTO Restoration Guide and GTO Recognition Guide. He lives in Sarasota, Florida.
Greg Donahue is a master restorer who has won more than 185 national automotive awards, ranging from the AACA Senior to the Gold Spinner Award to the prestigious NCRS Duntov.
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You'd do better to spend your time on YouTube suffering through innumerable videos of varying quality and length if you wish to get ideas for and instructions on how to restore an old vehicle.
If I had to create an elevator-pitch to describe this I'd call it a very lengthy coffee table book on the topic of muscle car restoration full of very old, black and white photos semi-illustrating its concepts, processes, topics and steps.
For me at least the biggest positive concerning this purchase was that it was used and came from Goodwill so at least it supported a very worthy cause ;-)
I can see two types of people for whom this book will perform a useful service:
1) "Musclecar appreciation" types who have a general interest in the restoration process and who might later engage a professional shop;
2) Someone who plans to restore what I would call a "second-tier" musclecar, e.g. any Pontiac without the words "Ram Air", "Super Duty", or "Judge" in their name (or a convertible), which would cost more to restore professionally than it could ever fetch on the market.
Where I see this book failing is for the people who somehow own a restorable top-shelf musclecar, such as a Yenko or a Superbird, and who want to save a few dollars by doing the restoration themselves. I hope that such people will take the book's advice and research their vehicles thoroughly. By then they should conclude that a professional restoration - whether concours or "correct" - would be money well spent -- or that maybe their baby deserves a better home.
As for me, the owner of a relatively common '68 GTO HT (with an auto), it makes more sense to take the Pro Touring route. A 99-point restore on my car would just burn cash, and still not get any respect at the shows. Might as well make it an awesome driver...