General Interest Auto Books from Amazon

General Automotive Interest

Racing, Multiple Manufacturer Books, Automobile History, Hot Rods, Classics, Musclecars

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General Car Books

1001 High Performance Tech Tips

By Wayne Scraba


How to Build Horsepower Vol 1

By David Vizard


Performance Ignition Systems : Electronic or Breaker-Point Ignition System Tuning for Maximum Performance, Power and Economy

By Christopher Jacobs and Christopher A. Jacobs of Jacobs Ignition

The Step-By-Step Guide to Engine Blueprinting: Practical Methods for Racing and Rebuilding

by Rick Voegelin

A review from Amazon:

I purchased and read several engine blueprinting books before undertaking my 396 LT1 stroker project. Voeglin's book is not a step by step guide,
unless its been revised since I read it, but it does flow in logical order. What it does have is some of the best and most complete advise on what to
  check and why. This book is not for the plastigauge set: you'll need a set of micrometers and preferably a dial bore guage, etc. It will definately teach
  you how to use them.

Like most such books, it centers around the small block Chevrolet, but is not specific to them: he provides information in numerous places where
 Mopars and Fords deviate from the Chevrolet.

Auto Math Handbook: Calculations, Formulas, Equations and Theory for Automotive Enthusiasts

by John Lawlor

A review from Amazon:

I was happy with the book. It was represented to give calculations, formulas, etc. in an easy to understand format for the auto enthusiast. It did exactly
                     that. I was interested in calculating my compression ratio after milling my block and heads and using new (semi-flat top) pistons. The book conveyed
                     this information effectively. As for the review that complained about not being able to calculate MEP, I had no problem understanding the authors point.
                     MEP is not something you calculate, its something you measure. It is measured with a tool called an indicator. Again, I think the book is exactly as
                     advertised. For "enthusiasts" not professors, engineers or automotive professionals, (although I know a couple professionals that enjoyed the book).
                     As for the "filler" type material at the end of the book, some people may genuinely be interested or may actually need the information. There are many
                     people out there with little or no knowledge about such things.
                     I was very happy with the book, and am looking forward to a sequel.

Auto Fundamentals (Text)

by Martin W. Stockel

A review from Amazon:

This is a fantastic book! It explains difficult concepts in easy-to-understand language, but it never patronizes the reader. The depth and breadth of the
  coverage are also very good - while reading it, I never found myself wanting information that I couldn't find somewhere within this book.

The most surprising feature is the book's readability. For starters, the grammar and spelling are great, with no typos or conflicting information, which is
  (sadly) exceptional for this sort of small-press technical book. The text flows nicely from one topic to the next, complemented by the ample diagrams
and photos. It's rare that I find myself not wanting to put down a industrial textbook, but this one kept me turning pages.

The book deals primarily with the 'theoretical' side of auto mechanics, meaning that it answers questions like 'What is x?', 'What does y do?', and 'Why
did they do z this way?' rather than 'How do I fix component x on a y model car built in year z?' But the text is plainly oriented toward working mechanics
(unlike Bosch's Automotive Handbook), offering much practical info as well as many general rules and guidelines of interest to mechanics.

In short, if you want to learn how automobiles work with a view toward fixing them, you can't go wrong with this book. If you were born with a wrench in
 your hand, you probably won't learn a lot here, but anyone else from neophyte to advanced intermediate will get his money's worth.


How Cars Work

by Tom Newton

A review from Amazon:

How Cars Works is refined simplicity. I work for a major Auto Parts chain and when I get new employees, the first day they read this book. Just from two
                     hours, an average "Joe" off the street can get the feel for how a car works. This book is well illustrated to fit the text. Granted, this book does not go
                     deep into any specifics, but gives general information on all subjects such as Engine (top and bottom end), brakes, cooling system, chassis, and much
                     more. I would recommend this book to any new drivers as well as anyone wanting to know more about cars.

Cannonball! World's Greatest Outlaw Road Race

 by Brock Yates

The "Cannonball Baker Sea To Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash" is the real-life basis for a few movies that came out in the mid-70's, such as "Cannonball," "Cannonball Run," "Death Race 2000," and my personal #1 favorite movie of all time, "Gumball Rally."

A review from Amazon:

Brock Yates finally tells the real story behind the famous (or infamous, depending on one's POV) Cannonball Races. The reader finds out that
                     although the movies tell some of the story, Yates and many of the participants tell the REAL story behind these illegal races. I fully agree with the
                     picture of Car and Driver's December 1975 issue: The 55 speed limit WAS the dumbest law since Prohibition. It was interesting to see that many of the
                     characters in the movies were based on real people-and you see some of them in the book (guys dressed as priests, the fake ambulance crew, etc.,
                     while some had to be left out of the movies for lack of space, it would have been nice to see the guys in the Suburban depicted in the movie, or the
                     doctors in the Jaguar driving with a Igloo ice chest with a pair of pig's eyes in the cooler marked DONOR). A good read about a time when the roads
                     were more open and many had the attitude about the 55 that Yates and company shared. I only wish that it was possible to run a Cannonball today-to
                     quote a participant, Robin Miller (Now with ESPN's RPM2Night) "I'd do it in a New York minute." Now if only I could borrow Mom's new Chevy Tahoe for
                     the race...

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