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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:01 pm 
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Picked up my copy at Books A Million down here for 30usd, so far just started reading it. first i wish it have more info on building a chassis bbut after finding the book chassis pdf I think its ok now.
Still reading through it.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:58 pm 
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I'm thinking of buying these two, $100.00+ seems to be a bit steep for Ron's book and I can pick both these up for less than $50.00.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:36 pm 
Staniforth's is pretty good, I've used it a fair bit. He's got another (I think it's the Race and Rally Car Sourcebook) that has a bunch of case studies of successful competition cars that is really interesting.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 3:04 pm 
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Thanks Keith, you've helped reassure me a bit regarding the purchase as I hadn't heard much about Staniforths book.

On a side note, booksellers seem to be of a different sort. Almost every book I've looked at, Tanners, Gibbs, Champions, Staniforths etc, I've seen people trying to sell their used copy for double, sometime triple the asking price of the book new. :roll:

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 10:00 pm 
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I picked up Chris Gibb's book and it looks OK but I have yet to start. There are so many references, for instanece I"m planning to do the +442 frame so that I have more options for powertrain, passenger space etc. so I'm also looking at McSorley's site and the 7+442 plans.

I'm not sure how many people have built or plan to build the over sized frame, it would be nice to know how successful the McSorley plans have been.

We may have to compair a few notes along the way...

Good luck everyone!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:48 am 
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I picked up both the Gibbs and Tanner books from Amazon as well as Herb Adams' Chassis Engineering. Combining the 3 gives tons of insight and ideas. Tanner's book is mostly aimed at finishing out a pre-built frame, though if you build your own frame and go from there it's pretty close. The Gibbs book has a few nice bits, like the diagrams to build the jigs for the rear uprights and all control arms.

I'm planning a straight up budget approach for my first 7, using a 2.5l S-10 that I already own and don't use, though it runs great and has a fair amount of power for what it is and what it's moving. Figure starting with a complete, running donor will cut a lot out of a budget.


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