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Book details
  • SubGenre:Automotive / Customizing
  • Language:English
  • Pages:192
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9780578474700

Street Rod Horror Stories

A Collection of Terrifying Tales

by Art Stultz

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Street rods are old cars rebuilt by people who have a passion for owning and driving cars that have been modified for speed and power as well as have the conveniences of modern automobiles such as power steering and brakes, hi-fidelity music systems, luxurious seating and modern air conditioning. Many street rods are built by owners with a variety of mechanical skills and they often do not build them to the strictest of rules of safety. Thus, they sometimes break down or have accidents while away from home. The author has compiled 80 stories from 50 street rodders that convey to the reader the adventures that they have experienced that were frightening, discouraging, upsetting and of course, expensive.
Street Rod Horror Stories is a compilation of 80 stories given to the author by owners of street rods. Street rods are hot rod cars that are primarily driven on the street. These modified old cars generally have later model engines than the ones that came with them originally. Changes have been made to the steering, brakes, suspensions and frames. Owners primarily build and modify the cars themselves. Sometimes they do not make the changes according to rules of safety and longevity and thus the cars are involved in accidents, such as fires and crashes, as well as situations such as being stranded away from home with failed brakes, steering that came apart, or lights that would not come on when needed. The stories include those about hot rods, street rods, customs, trailers and motorcycles. There are tales about shop fires and the flooding of the parking lot at a major car show. Attention is given to the National Street Rod Association and their Safety Program which features free inspection of any car 30 years old or older. Many of the stories end with a lesson learned by a street rod owner or advice given to the reader for their use if they build similar cars.
About the author
Art Stultz taught high school Automotive Technology for 27 years. His involvement in this field carried over to a serious interest in street rods. Street rods are old cars rebuilt with later model engines and transmissions and modified with other amenities which allow the owners to enjoy driving them on the street in a comfortable and safe manner. He has built several street rods and custom cars for himself and has worked on those of other owners as well, concentrating on the electrical system in particular. He has been the Vermont State Representative to the National Street Rod Association (NSRA) since 2002. While with NSRA, he has promoted their Safety Program in which cars are inspected by authorized NSRA officials to assure their safety. This carried over to his compiling a book of 80 interesting and informative stories of crashes, wrecks, fires, steering failures and other calamities that have happened to himself as well as 49 other street rodders across the United States and Canada.
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