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Set the Wayback machine for 1984 and read “Auto Body Repair” by Duenk, Williams, and Brooks. The book is a comprehensive manual for auto body repair as done in the 1980’s. The book has it all, starting with an overview of the construction and assembly of the auto body. Then we move to chapters on body repair tools and shop equipment, use of hand tools and techniques including specialty tools. Frame straightening and underbody repair are covered along with welding, brazing and heat shrinking. Minor and Major repairs are covered along with the types of accidents that produce the need for such repairs.

For the 80’s car crowd you get specialized topics such as repairing vinyl and fabric-covered tops, interior and exterior trim, convertible top servicing, etc. Then we head to the paint shop circa 1980, where much has changed…

You may wonder why I recommend the book. First off, it’s available cheaply on the used market (Amazon, ABE). Modern auto body books tend towards the expensive. Second it covers repairs to metal body work, not the modern plastics. Even if you have no intention of doing auto body repair the book is a great general guide to sheet metal processes. It’s a cheap, good read.

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3 Responses to A Good Read: Auto Body Repair

  1. Tim B. says:

    Hmmmm…… will definitely have to give this one a look!

    Hey Nick, for those of us interested… any off-the-cuff recommendations for those “modern auto body books” you eluded to? This is a topic that has ALWAYS interested me (almost to the point of taking classes or trying to somehow work a deal with a local body shop of ‘labor for training’)… but books are always a good alternative =) But in my searching, I’ve come up dry for recommendations of ‘good reads’.

  2. Nick Carter says:

    Honestly I don’t know about modern books because I can’t afford them and I haven’t seen them for sale at the local used bookstore!

    Looks to be the book you would want…still expensive used.

  3. Tim B. says:

    Hah! You’ve caught my idea exactly…. I keep track of the books I’m “looking” for, and make regular circuits at the local used book stores / thrift stores… Thanks, Nick!

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