Book Review

Idea Books: Hot Rods, Interiors

books0306-small1How do you get your inspiration for a project? Mine come from all kinds of places but one of my favorite is to just thumb through books and magazines. I have been thinking about resto-moding the 69 Ford Talladega shell we have but couldn’t get an overall vision for it. To help kick start the old gray matter I picked up a couple of Motorbooks. They are both from the Idea Book series. The first is Automotive Custom Interiors by Sue Elliott and the second is Hot Rods; Roadsters, Coupes, Customs by Dain Gingerelli.

The best way for me to describe these books is to say they are picture books with great wisdom. The interior book has 650 color photos and the Hot Rod book has 520! Each photo comes with its own description and detailed information. This is like going to a car show and having the owner of every car describe it to you. True, the info provided is summarized and brief but wow!

My recommendation is to look through both of them and then put them down and come back a few days later and do it again. You just can’t do it in one setting there are just too many great photos.

There is one other piece of advice that I picked up that we all need to remember. No matter what you are going to do, plan it through to the end. That is, before you pick the paint for the car decide what you want to do to the interior. Same goes for engine, tires, wheels etc. Doesn’t mean you can’t change your mind before you are done, it just means have a plan in mind as to what the car is going to be, how you are going to use it and how you want it to look when you are done.

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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at

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