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Lost Hot Rods
Lost Hot Rods is a book by Pat Ganahl that tells the remarkable stories on how a handful of lost hot rods and customs were lost and rediscovered. In the book you can read all about how historic cars such as the X-Sonic, Jimmy Summers' 1940 Mercury, and Tom Pollard's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster were lost and found. If you're into old hot rods and customs, you better make room for yet another Pat Ganahl book.
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Watson's Custom Car Confessions
Watson's Custom Car Confessions is a book by Thom Taylor and Larry Watson covering Larry Watson's own personal cars. In addition to the cars, the book also has a lot of great stories about cruising the streets of Bellflower picking up girls, and fighting Johhny Law.


Dean Jeffries 50 Fabulous Years in Hot Rods, Racing and Film
Dean Jeffries 50 Fabulous Years in Hot Rods, Racing and Film is a book about legendary painter, pinstriper hot rod, custom and show car builder Dean Jeffries from Motorbooks. The book details the multiple careers Jeffries mastered at once, from custom painting and pinstriping to metal shaping and design.
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Cole Foster and Salinas Boyz Customs: Style. Substance.
Cole Foster and Salinas Boyz Customs: Style. Substance. is a book about legendary Hot Rod and Kustom car builder Cole Foster. The book, that is published by Motorbooks, contains an inside look at the genius behind the vehicles.

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Kustomland: The Custom Car Photography of James Potter, 1955-1959
Kustomland, written by car designer Thom Taylor, features loads of color pictures of kustom cars taken by James Potter between 1955 and 1959. The car has a chapter dedicated to Larry Watson and features many kustom cars painted by legendary Larry Watson. So if you are planning a wild scallops or panel paint job on your car, this would be a great place to start.

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The Legendary Custom Cars And Hot Rods of Gene Winfield
Gene Winfield is definitively one of the coolest guys around. After 81 years, the guy is still going strong doing what he knows best, building smooth kustom cars and fast hot rods. David Grant has summarized the life of this legendary builder, and the result is a well written book full of old pictures from the Gene Winfield photo archive. This book is a must for everyone interested in the kustom kulture, and the guys that made it what it is today.

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The Birth of Hot Rodding
Experience the early days of Hot Rodding the way it really was. Author Robert Genat brings together stories of the golden age of hot rodding from the men and women who pioneered the sport in The Birth of Hot Rodding. Profiles of the most influential racers, cars, and events accompany original photography to create a definitive history of hot rod racing on the dry lakes. This book is full of color photos from the early days, and is a must for every Hot Rod nut!

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Kustom Graphics - Hot Rods, Burlesque and Rock n Roll
Fusing the impact and visual energy of rock'n'roll with the speed and roar of hot rods, and a healthy dose of naked chicks thrown in for good measure. Kustom Graphics presents 250 pages of eye-poping designs from the raucous and rebellious world of lowbrow. Specially commissioned silver foil, gloss black and embossed cover design from Peter "PG" Gustafsson.

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