This is a guest review by Brandon Gregg.
Number of Pages: 192.
I love that this book starts by explaining how to choose a project car. It also details the differences between the different Ford models and the meanings between different VINs. I love that it tells you upfront what to expect in terms of what tools you need and how much to expect to spend. It talks about what to avoid in regard to titles, rust cars, basket-cases, and other hazards before purchasing. It also discusses what kind of car you may want based on how much time and energy you want to put into it (a weekend project car or full restoration). It guides you to look for certain things depending on how you will use the future, such as a Sunday driver, a pro-street, or a track car. Many people revel in the chance to take a vehicle, which is perhaps not roadworthy, or the barebones of one, like a 240sx shell, and turn it into a completely reinvigorated machine; the Nissan 240sx is a particularly popular project undertaken by drifting enthusiasts. Finally, the introduction gives you keys to a successful build. For a complete summary, you can go here.
Once we get into the restoration manual, talks about what to look for when inspecting the vehicle after you buy it and are preparing for restoration. It also discusses what you need in your work area, such as tools and room to work. It explains specific information and tips for success, such as documenting every nut and bolt you take off and where it goes. It gives step-by-step instructions for the bodywork and paint, fine tuning, rear axel and driveline, brakes, suspension, interior, and miscellaneous restoration (polishing, electrical and charging systems, ignitions, etc.). It offers detailed information on the engine and transmission, which you can get second hand from places like Sir Car Part. It also provides tips for showing and preserving your car, proper storage and care, and market value.
He does a great job adding a ton of pictures and great tips to use along the way. While he tries his best to go in-depth as possible, no book will ever be able to completely cover the entire restoration process. Nothing will ever go as smoothly as it sounds in instruction books. Things never go as planned. But, the format is consistent, so it is easy to follow along with the instructions. You won’t be able to do an entire restoration based on this book, but it is a great starting point. I recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about getting into the hobby. People who have been doing it for years may not find as useful, which is the only reason why it’s not five stars. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!