How To Build Period Correct Hot Rods: Build a Vintage Hot Rod

How To Build Period Correct Hot Rods
How To Build Period Correct Hot Rods
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If you'd like to build a vintage or classic hot rod, and end up with a period-correct machine, then this is the book to read.

In these pages, hot rod veteran Gerry Burger explains how to identify and purchase the correct components and parts that are consistent with the right hot rod era, theme or style.

NOTE: The photos in this edition are black and white.

Once you determine the right theme and time period, Gerry explains how to choose the right shop for the engine and the right parts to match the chassis, which wheels would be the correct ones to pick for your build, and much more.

This is the book to read, if you want to build a true period correct hot rod.

Book Excerpt: How To Build Period Correct Hot Rods: Build a Vintage Hot Rod


Wheels and tires. Few pieces of the hot rodding puzzle provide more influence on the overall mood of the finished car than wheel and tire selection. It is imperative to get it right when choosing wheels for your hot rod.

When shopping for that perfect wheel-and-tire combination, be certain you haven't missed your target date with the wrong-size whitewall, tire construction, or improper wheel selection. Beyond date, the proper diameter and width must also be considered; and a word of advice: Make no compromises on your hot rod wheels.

In the earliest days of hot rodding, the choices were simple - factory wire wheels or factory steel rims. The 1935 Ford wire wheels were popular with many of the early street-driven hot rods, but they were seldom seen at the dry lakes, Bonneville, or on the drag strip. The solid steel rim was favored because it had superior strength; it remained true and was easier to balance. All of these attributes made it less likely to have any type of high-speed wheel shake.

Since most hot rods were upgraded to hydraulic brakes, the 1936-1938 Ford rims were seldom seen, with the later 1939-1948 rims being more common.


A case can be made for finding a hot rod with faded paint and adding primer spots to the car for that true vintage look. Of course, it really should be lacquer primer for the authentic look, so it may pay to spray the bare metal area with a two-part epoxy primer first, and then spray the lacquer primer over the same area for effect. This look would be very authentic, and much like in the days of early hot rodding, it is a great way to get your car on the road and complete the rest of the work as you drive.

Subject: How to build vintage hot rods. ISBN-10: 1613253265 | ISBN-13: 9781613253267 | CarTech SA192P

  • Publisher: Cartech Books
  • Author: Gerry Burger
  • Pages: 144 - Hundreds of b&w photos
  • Binding: Paperback - 8.5 x 11 inches
  • ISBN: 978-1-61325-326-7
Table of Contents
  • The Perfect Plan: The Recipe for Building a Period Correct Hot Rod
  • Period Power
  • Rolling Stock: Choosing Wheels, Tires and Accessories
  • Building a Vintage Chassis
  • Interior: Real Hot Rods Have Upholstery
  • Body and Mods: Selecting the Right Sheet Metal for an Era
  • Choosing the Right Paint, Pattern, Texture and Finish
  • Vintage Car Gallery
  • Cool Old Parts
  • Source Guide
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