are there any good books on building cars for beginners?

pikwitonei8 years ago
Build Your Own Sports Car for as Little as £250 and Race It!, 2nd Ed. (Hardcover) is an excellent project book. Robert Champion was a shop teacher and got his students involved in individual projects where they build these sports cars by constucting the frame and using a donor car for all the parts.
PKM pikwitonei8 years ago
Here's an Amazon link to "Build your own sports car" (by Ron Champion). The Locost, as this car is known, has a wide following around the internet with plenty of build diaries to see how other people's builds went.

Another plus for this car is that people often abandon builds for a number of reasons when part way through- you may be able to find a partly-completed frame for sale by someone abandoning their build, much more cheaply than buying a frame from a kit car manufacturer.
Honus8 years ago
It all depends on what you want to do. If you want to build a car from the ground up (like a road race car) then I highly recommend all the books that Carroll Smith has written, especially Engineer To Win.

For magazines check out Grassroots Motorsports. They put on a low budget challenge every year that generates some amazing entries.

Modifying cars is a whole different story- that's best addressed by knowing which model car you want to work on.
NachoMahma8 years ago
. Define "building cars." Modify/build-from-scratch? . New/used/classic? Cosmetic/functional? Engine? Drivetrain? Stereo? Body? . . If you want to put together a classic Mustang, reprints of the Ford assembly manuals are available.