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Hot Rods Vern Tardel's books

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Von Dago, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. Von Dago
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 504

    Von Dago
    from New Jersey

    I'm thinking of ordering Vern Tardel's books. Maybe all of them.
    Are they worth it? Any reviews?
    Just want a little feedback from anyone who's purchased them.
  2. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792

    Member Emeritus

    Well, they've been called, "Bibles for traditional hot rods", so.................
  3. Louie
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 667

    from NJ

    Al, I've got them all if you want to preview.They are good.

  4. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 18,311


    The Rodder's Journal deals the books as well. Check their website.
  5. I recall they have a deal on right now if you purchase them all, as well.
  6. banjorear
    Joined: Jul 30, 2004
    Posts: 4,158


    Worth it. Concise and to the point. Now, Von Dago, go in the garage and get your hands dirty....
  7. Bader2
    Joined: May 19, 2014
    Posts: 1,143


    Website says out of stock,at the moment.
  8. oj
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
    Posts: 6,321


    I just read the tranny book, very well done. No glitz or glitter, 'just the facts, ma'am, just the facts'. It's the kind of book you think about after reading and then read it a couple more times so it sinks in.
  9. Von Dago
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 504

    Von Dago
    from New Jersey

    Banjorear... We have been spending some time in the garage. Mostly gathering the stuff for putting juice brakes and a dropped axle in the '33. I want to make sure I have everything, or mostly everything, before tearing into it.
    Was looking at the Tardel sight when I found the series of books.
  10. banjorear
    Joined: Jul 30, 2004
    Posts: 4,158


    OJ nailed it in his post above. No glamour, just glory.
  11. RainierHooker
    Joined: Dec 20, 2011
    Posts: 2,018

    from Tacoma, WA

    I got the full set for christmas a few years ago. No earth-shattering prose, but with all the concise info, they have become indispensable in the garage.
  12. HellsHotRods
    Joined: Jul 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,369


    If you want a review : They have some good information and they have some missing information (that is important to know.) They are not written by a technical writer and the pictures are not the best for helping a someone understand who has never been there. If you need help in one of these areas, I would look at other books out there on the subject. Vern had his own way of doing things and as such, it is presented that way in his books. It's not necessarily the wrong way, but there is more information that one should know and have at hand to make decisions on their rebuild.
    my .02

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