Automotive Stimulus Package: Idea Books; Hot Rods & Automotive Custom Interiors

You need a Stimulus Package?

books0308-smallI was sitting down to plan out the next build and went brain dead. I have been thinking about resto-moding the 69 Ford Talladega shell I have for sometime now but can’t get an overall vision for it. To help kick start the old gray matter I picked up a couple of Motorbooks. This is my version of a Stimulus Package. 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.

Did they work? Did they stimulate any ideas? Very much so; problem is now I need a stimulus package for the bank account! I have more ideas and dreams than I do resources. That may be the next topic for an “Idea Book” from Motorbooks; How to afford all the things you want to do to your car!

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!

Needless to say, these two books almost overloaded my little brain. I have found that the best thing to do is look through both of them and put them down and come back a few days later and do it again. There are some ideas that are not my taste but others that make drool flow down my chin.

There is one piece of advice that we all need to remember and often overlook. 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.


Automotive Custom Interiors

Table of Contents

1. Custom Looks

2. Seats and Upholstery

3. Dashboards and Gauges

4. Door Panels

5. Consoles

6. Hardware

7. Floor Coverings and Headliners

8. Trunks and Cargo Areas

9.  Audio and High-Tech Accessories

10. From Ideas to Reality




Hot Rods

Table of Contents

Section 1: Body Types and Styles (Roadsters, Convertibles, Phaetons, Cabriolets, Coupes, Sedans, Woodies and Trucks)

Section 2: Body Treatments (Taillights, Nerf Bars, Bumpers, Rolled Pans, Gas Tanks, Grilles, Front Ornaments, Chopped Tops, Miscellaneous)

Section 3: Interiors: (Upholstery, Carpet, Trunks, Roadster Seats, Steering Wheels, Instruments, Gauges)

Section 4: Drivetrains (Engines, Multiple Carburetors, Superchargers, Fuel Injection, Exhausts, Chassis, Brakes, Wheels, Tires)

Section 5: Paint and Graphics: (Fancy Colors, Before and After)


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