Old Cars Book Reviews: October 2020

Ben Williams October 26, 2020 12 No Comments


Billy F. Gibbons: Rock + Roll Gearhead

Cars and guitars go collectively love fins and Cadillacs or rocker arms and cylinder heads, and also you’ll discover all of them inside “Billy F. Gibbons: Rock + Roll Gearhead.” The hardcover e-book is lush with skilled pictures of well-known ZZ Top entrance man Billy F. Gibbons’ instruments of his commerce (guitars) and righteous rides, a lot of which had been made well-known on the band’s album covers and in its music movies.

Cars lined are Gibbons’ extremely well-known Pete and Jake-built 1933 Ford Eliminator coupe that appeared on the duvet of ZZ Top’s “Eliminator” album plus the band’s music movies, toys, mannequin kits…you title it. The e-book additionally options Cadzilla, that 1948 Cadillac fastback that Craig Naff and Boyd Coddington’s store famously chopped and sectioned to the delight and dismay of gearheads all over the place. Gibbon’s rides within the e-book additionally embody, however will not be restricted to, his well-known Kopperhed, a 1950 Ford personalized right into a three-window coupe; 1961 Cadillac Coupe deVille; 1936 Ford three-window; lowered 1962 Chevy Impala SS; Larry Watson-esque 1958 Thunderbird; and 1932 Ford roadster; ‘80s Chevy El Camino; and ’51 Willys wagon.

For every of the featured automobiles, Gibbons shares perception into why he digs it and its construct, providing nuggets of cool perspective into a number of the pastime’s most well-known customized and gorgeous rod constructing personalities. Gibbons does the identical for his customized guitars featured within the final third of the e-book, and lots of of those devices have automotive themes and can attraction to the equally musical gorgeous rodder.

The slick 224-page e-book was printed by Motorbooks and was co-authored by Tom Vickers and David Perry; it retails for $50 and could be discovered at your native e-book vendor or at quartoknows.com.


How to Restore Your Chevy Truck: 1967-1972

Almost something with a mattress is gorgeous today, and the all the time good wanting 1967-1972 Chevy vans stay among the many hottest haulers round. For its legions of followers, CarTech Books presents “How to Restore Your Chevy Truck: 1967-1972.”

Author Kevin Whipps breaks the restoration and rebuild course of down into chapters on physique restore; paint; engine removing and set up; transmission choice and ID; drivetrain protecting axle ID, ratios and differential rebuild; brakes; suspension; electrical system; and inside. There’s even a bit on changing an extended mattress truck to a brief mattress.

The all-color paperback e-book has 500 shade images and charts throughout its 176 pages and is a good start line to the Chevy truck builder. Order for $36.95 plus transport and dealing with from www.cartechbooks.com/SA461 , name 800-551-4754 or discover it at your native e-book vendor.


1001 Steve McQueen Facts: The Rides, Roles & Realities of the King of Cool

Everything it’s essential to know concerning the “King of Cool” — particularly 1001 details — is included within the new e-book “1001 Steve McQueen Facts” by Tyler Greenblatt. Over the 280 pages, Greenblatt enumerates tidbits of McQueen info in chapters damaged down by period that are then additional damaged down by his automotive assortment, his racing expertise, his movie profession and his private life throughout that point interval. The softcover e-book consists of 50 black-and-white pictures of McQueen and his automobiles and different enjoys.

Order for $29.95 plus transport and dealing with from www.cartechbooks.com/CT654, name 800-551-4754 or discover it at your native e-book vendor.


Junkyard: Behind the Gates at California’s Secretive European-Car Salvage Yard

Salvage yard homeowners have a popularity for being as bent, rusty and crusty as their stock. Some deserve that popularity for being eccentric and notoriously tough to work with, some don’t. The late Rudi Klein earned his place within the former group, and thank goodness.

Klein owned a wrecking yard in Los Angeles targeted on recycling German cars, and from the early 1970s onward, he started saving the wrecks and relics of discarded Porsches, Mercedes-Benzes, BMWs and the love in his yard. He additionally obtained different unique and attention-grabbing European automobiles, too: Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Rolls-Royces, Aston Martins, Alfa Romeos and others, however Porsches and Mercedes had been the vast majority of his stock: Desirable Porsche 356s and 911s, and really fascinating Mercedes 300 and 300SL fashions.

Across 174 pages, circa-2000 scenes of Rudi Klein’s assortment are lavishly unfold throughout the massive, shiny pages. Klein’s story is advised throughout simply seven pages, so the rest of the hardcover e-book’s pages are devoted to the stock collected by Klein. A dented Jensen right here, a unclean Miura there, an almost stripped Ferrari 330 GTC nonetheless tightly holding onto its prancing horse emblem, a crunched 35 atop a finned Mercedes sedan…all scenes that go away any true gearhead awestruck — if that they had ever been given an opportunity to glimpse them.

Now that Klein is gone and the gathering’s stock has been decreased within the final 20 years, “Junkyard” is a uncommon alternative to go the place few however Klein, Rebmann and Lowisch had ventured. The price of admission to this salvage yard misplaced to time is $40, and “visitors” can revisit the expertise each time they open the pages to “Junkyard.” Order from writer Motorbooks through www.quartoknows.com or discover the e-book at your native bookseller.  

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