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Imagine transforming a flat sheet of aluminum alloy into an attractive hood scoop. Or designing and making your own aluminum wheel tubs, floorpan and dashboard for your street machine. How about learning to design and build your own body panels, manifolds, brackets and fuel tanks? These are just a few of the many tips and techniques shared by master metal craftsman Ron Fournier. Author of HP's award-winningMetal Fabricator's Handbook, Fournier packs decades of experience designing and shaping sheet metal components for Indy cars, drag race cars, road racers, street rods and street machines into 144 pages. You'll find tips on: . Setting up your own shop . Selecting and using basic hand tools . Proper use of English wheels, beaders, rollers, brakes and power hammers . Pattern design and proper sheet metal selection . Basic metal shaping techniques . The art of hammer forming . Proper riveting techniques . And finally, tips on restoring original sheet metal Whether you're restoring a '32 Ford, constructing a race car, building a show-winning street rod or street machine, or perhaps developing your skills for work in the metal industry, you'll find the information in this book invaluable, and a perfect addition to any home automotive library.
Ron Fournier has been a metal fabricator for more than 25 years. He began with Holman and Moody in 1964, and has since worked with racing greats such as Roger Penske, A.J. Foyt, Kar Kraft, and Bob Sharp Racing to transform metal into various components for championship-winning racing cars. He has since founded Race Craft, a metal fabrication company, and supervised the development of automotive prototype sheet metal projects for the Troy Pioneer Development Center.