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Table of Contents

Health warning Introduction & acknowledgements In the beginning Why use a motorcycle engine? Chapter 1: Selecting your engine Chapter 2: The procurement process Chapter 3: Adapting the engine for car use Chapter 4: Transmission Chapter 5: Chassis design Chapter 6: Suspension design Chapter 7: Tubular space frame construction Chapter 8: Aluminium honeycomb chassis construction Chapter 9: Suspension construction Chapter 10: Engine & transmission installation Chapter 11: Steering gear, brakes, hubs & wheels Chapter 12: Springs, shock absorbers (dampers) and anti-roll bars Chapter 13: The fuel system Chapter 14: Cooling system Chapter 15: The lubrication system Chapter 16: Electrics Chapter 17: Fasteners & finishes Chapter 18: Aerodynamic aids Chapter 19: Cockpit furniture and clothing Chapter 20: Commissioning Appendix 1: Typical bolt tightening torques Appendix 2: Useful information Publications Contacts Index

About the Author

Tony Pashley has been active in motorsports for almost fifty years, starting out in motorcycle scrambling in 1957 and subsequently becoming involved in competing and developing machinery in various branches of the sport on two, three and four wheels. Initially trained as a toolmaker, he subsequently worked on engine development in the aircraft industry before becoming a project engineer in the nuclear power industry. For the last twenty years Tony has been involved in speed hillclimbing, invariably driving racing cars of his own design and construction with considerable success.


Track & Race Cars magazine, October 2008UK magazineTRC RECOMMENDSThis book is aimed primarily at hill-climb and sprint car and helps to build one from a budget. It begins with choosing the right engine and works through to design and construction. There is an extensive amount of pictures and diagrams, which does help as there is a lot to read and it breaks up the text well. It describes the subjects that will affect this kind of build in good detail and would be very helpful for people looking into this area. British Racing News, December 2008The magazine of the British Racing & Sports Car ClubAstoundingly comprehensive, well-written - with nicely inserted humor - it might be a soft-back, but this book is well worth 25 smackers. Even if the last thing you want to do is build a 'bike-engined racer. If you thought the process was just welding a few tubes together and slotting a breaker's yard 'bike screamer and 'box in there, then think again - it is nothing of the sort. It is a major project, likely to daunt many, demanding determination to succeed and the most fastidious attention to detail.Pashley has those qualities, as proven in the past 20 years spent designing and building three 'bike-engined hill-climbers from scratch, at the time immersing himself in others' similar projects. And the complete, honest way he approached that is evidently how he approached writing this book: it shines from every page.Mrs Pashley, the book's unpaid proof reader, has done a great job. She also 'gets' hubby's subtle humor. Under 'C' in the alphabetic glossary of suspension, steering and chassis terms, we find; "C' word, compromise. A device for by-passing impasses met frequently during the design and construction processes, normally determined whilst [sic] engrossed on unconnected activities such as sleeping or drinking.'The reviewer is a qualified mechanical engineer with decades of motor sport engineering under his belt: I learned more from this book. In a way it is a wort

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