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Ford Falcon & Mercury Comet Restoration Guide and Tech Guides

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How To Rebuild Big-Block Ford Engines
From factory drag racing, to the ac Cobra, to the legendary Mustang, the history of the Ford big-block is a long and storied one. Making its debut in the late 1950s, the Ford fe big-block engine sat between the fenders of factory lightweights, Cobra jet Mustangs, 427 Cobras, cougar eliminators, talledega Torinos, and mach 1s. In the late 1960s, Ford transitioned the fe big-block out of production in passenger cars and performance applications in favor of an all-new design, called the 385 series, also known as lima big-block. Originally used in luxury-car applications, the 429-cubic-inch version of this engine found its way into performance applications such as Mustangs and Torinos starting in 1971. The high-compression 4-barrel versions, called Cobra jet or super Cobra jet, are some of the most powerful engines Ford has ever produced. An engine similar in design to the lima series engine, the legendary 351 cleveland made its debut in 1970. While technically a small-block in many ways, its oval ports, canted heads, and physical size made people think of it more as a "Mid"-block than a small-block. The 351- and 400-cubic-inch versions (the latter known as "M" Series engines) of the cleveland engine were used in passenger car applications and in light Trucks starting in 1975. The m stood for "Modified," As the deck height, bearing sizes, as well as pistons and connecting rods were modified for low-compression passenger car and light Truck use, and they were used all the way through the early 1980s. All three engines are covered in full detail in this workbench series rebuild volume. It includes step-by-step heavily illustrated instructions that walk you through the entire process of rebuilding your Ford engine. If you want to breathe new life into your tired old Ford engine, this is the book for you.
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Hubert Platt: Fast Fords of the "Georgia Shaker"

  • Pages: 192
  • Size: 8.5 X 11 (inches)
  • Format: Paperback
  • Illustrations: 
    173 Black &
    254 Color


Webster's Dictionary lists the term showman as "a notably spectacular, dramatic, or effective performer." In the art of drag racing, Hubert Platt checked all boxes. Known as the "Georgia Shaker," Platt cut his motoring teeth on the long straightaways and twisty back roads of South Carolina while bootlegging moonshine. After a run-in with the law in 1958, Platt transferred his driving skills from illegal activity to sanctioned drag racing and began one of the most dominant runs in drag racing history until his retirement in 1977.
After stints in 1957, 1938, and 1962 Chevrolets, Platt's next ride was a Z11 Impala, which carried his first "Georgia Shaker" moniker. Once Chevrolet pulled out of sanctioned racing, Platt found a new home with Ford for 1964 and remained there until he hung up his helmet. Some of the cars he campaigned became icons in their own right. His factory-backed and personal machines included a 1963 Z11 Impala, 1964 Thunderbolt, 1965 Falcon, 1966 Mustang Funny Car, 1967 Fairlane 427, 1968-1/2 Cobra Jet, 1969 CJ Mustang, 1970 427 SOHC Mustang, and 1970 Boss 429 Maverick.
A 1986 NHRA Hall of Fame member, Platt's lasting legacy on the sport can't be denied. Whether he was launching his Falcon with the door open, conducting a Ford Drag Team seminar, or posting low E.T. at the 1967 US Nationals in his Fairlane, Platt's imprint on drag racing was all-encompassing. His son and biggest fan, Allen Platt, shares his dad's iconic career in, Hubert Platt: Fast Fords of the "Georgia Shaker"!

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Book, How To Fabricate Automotive Fiberglass & Carbon FiberParts

  • Author: Dan Burrill and Jeffrey Zurschmeide

  • Softbound

  • 8.5 x 11

  • 176 Pages

  • 409 Color Photos

  • ISBN: 9781934709986

Fiberglass and composite parts are commonly used in many collector cars, hot rods, Corvettes, and even latemodel vehicles. Body panels, interior components, and enige parts are fabricated from fiberglass and composite materials (plastic molded or carbon fiber). While other fiberglass and composite material books have been published, few are focused on fabricating and repairing automotive parts, and this book concentrates on completing common and advanced projects at home in the garage.
The reader is shown how to use glass strand mat, woven fiberglass cloth, carbon fiber cloth, and hybrid fabrics for particular applications. The strength of these mats and ideal uses are covered in detail. Also shown is how to correctly mix the typical resins (Polyester, epoxy), hardeners, and gels. Core materials such as wood, foam and honeycomb Nomex, are often used to add strength to various parts. All the relevant tools, including mixing containers, holding containers, saws, scissors, files, and shaping tools are discussed. Constructing wood patterns to exacting standards from wood, Formica, aluminum, and other materials is essential and covered in detail.
Whether repairing existing components, fabricating new ones, building a race car, or restoring a classic, this is the one book to guide the reader through each critcial stage.

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Junior Stock Drag Racing Book

  • 160 Pages

  • 458 Color And Black &
    White Photos

  • 8.5" X 11" Softbound


In the 1950s and 1960s, drag racing was an exciting new sport that anyone with a car could participate in. Based on their equipment, the participants' cars were assigned to specific classes. This structure made it possible to compete against others with similar equipment, and for the most talented tuners and drivers to become National Champions and/or World Record holders in their class. This class format encouraged amateur participation on a level never before seen. Drag racing was a popular hobby for many, and their competition vehicles were typically warmed-over street cars that had been strategically upgraded to the limits of their specific class. This made drag racing wildly popular and amazingly attainable. The end of the class structure meant a great loss in the sport's popularity, but these amazing times will never be forgotten. Stock-class drag racing is celebrated in this new book, with hundreds of vintage color photographs showing the way it used to be. If you were a fan or participant back in the day, or are a lover of vintage drag cars, Junior Stock: Stock Class Drag Racing 1964-1971 is a book you'll thoroughly enjoy.

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Book, The Tasca Ford Legacy, By Bob McClurg

  • 192 Pages

  • 230 Color And Black and White Photos

  • Hardcover

  • First Book Ever Published On This Subject Near And Dear To Ford Fans

  • Available June 2014

Bob McClurg brings his accumulated knowledge and experience of more than four decades to this heavily researched book with the full cooperation of the Tasca family. He details the early days, when Bob Tasca was just getting his start, through the growth of the dealership during its successful performance years, all the way to modern times. The Tasca name is still proudly selling Fords, and winning races with them too. If you are a Ford fan, or even a muscle car fan, the Tasca Ford story is a story you will want to read.

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Ford Falcon restoration and tech guides & Mercury Comet restoration and tech guides are a great source for the do-it-yourselfer. Look at our selection of books, assembled to help you do everything from weld and paint to rewire or reupholster your classic Ford or Mercury. All of the books are priced just right, so don't wait to expand your library and knowledge.