Merchants of Speed

Merchants of Speed

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Hot rodding has always been about taking something that Detroit built and making it leaner and faster. At the epicenter of the movement was a cast of driven men who designed and manufactured the parts that made it all possible. This book takes an appreciative look back at the early hot rodders who worked out of their garages, basements, and backyards, and the a€œspeed equipmenta€ they developed. In this mammoth volume, Paul Smith examines the stories behind two dozen speed equipment manufacturers and the go-fast goodies they designed, developed, and sold. Drawing upon hundreds of hours of interviews conducted with these founding fathers of hot rodding, Smith details the work of industry icons such as Iskenderian, Edelbrock, Evans, Hilborn, Navarro, Offenhauser, Sharp, Weiand, Ansen, and Kong. Illustrated with more than 200 period photos and filled with firsthand accounts of the birth of hot roddinga€”and the automotive aftermarket industrya€”this book is a truly fitting celebration of the names that became synonymous with speed.In keeping with the idea of making the injector simple and user friendly, Stromberg 97 carburetor jets were used because ... different universal-style single-throat injectors, injectors for the popular Chevy II four-cylinder racing engines used in midgets, ... Mel developed an injector that operated on a gravityfeed system and performed very wella€”well enough that the Go Kart Company bought the rights to theanbsp;...

Title:Merchants of Speed
Author:Paul D. Smith
Publisher:Motorbooks - 2009-10-01


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