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Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Roadracer_Al, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    I figure that all the gearheads hang out in SAR, we ought to share resources on reading material.

    Here's a downloadable PDF from NASA on fasteners - nuts, bolts, threaded inserts, nut plates, lock washers, rivets, it's all there.

    http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19900009424_1990009424.pdf

    If you like that kind of stuff, I can't recommend highly enough Carroll Smith's books, specifically, "Engineer To Win" and "Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners and Plumbing Handbook" --- unofficially known as "Screw To Win".

    http://www.carrollsmith.com/books/

    Anyone else have suggestions? I haven't noticed too many e-Books on gearhead topics... anyone have links to those?
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  2. XRGRIFF

    XRGRIFF Been here awhile

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    "The Racing Motorcycle" by John Bradley
    Vol 1 Theory and technical
    Vol 2 Practical
    Expensive but worth every penny if you want to start bending tubes and bashing metal and creating your own masterpiece.
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  3. OldPete

    OldPete Be aware Supporter

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    I'll play. :D
    I have two of the Carroll Smith books... in storage 10 years.


    A must to get any newbie up to speed.
    Kevin Cameron... TDC & TDC2. He makes the complex simple with much History too.

    David Vizard... Tuning the A-Series Engine. The info here is staggering and applicable to many motors... uber detail and formulae.
    He has books on many engines. Presentation is good.
    Vids on utube too.

    Smokey Yunick... Power Secrets, a must read.
    Vids on utube too.
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  4. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    I like the Timothy Remus books on Metal Shaping -- the "Sheet Metal Bible", and "Advanced Sheet Metal Fabrication".
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  5. Ruprect

    Ruprect Got me a Big Red Pig

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    Kevin Camerons Sportbike Performance Handbook. Even if you don't ride a Sportbike you will learn a TON.

    Rup
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  6. dirt hokie

    dirt hokie Long timer

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    i have a book called The How and Why of Mechanical Movments

    It is loaded with basic examples of a simple machines, steam engines, electric motors, gear trains, and some basic mechanical engineering formulas. If you know a middle school or teenager who is interested in that kind of stuff, it would be a awsome gift. It wont make your bike faster, but if you are trying to build a homemade gocart with a two speed trans using bicycle parts its pretty cool. Or build a homemade dyno for a small engine ect....
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  7. billyvray

    billyvray Procrastinator

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    For mechanical movements and such, here's a freebie:

    507 Mechanical Movements


    And, a great site for building motorcycles: Eurospares


    Enjoy spending the rest of the day looking at that site.

    ~Bill
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  8. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Speaking of Eurospares, the owner hosts a really excellent email list, MC_Chassis_Design.

    Speaking of that list, Tony Foale is a regular participant. Both of his books are excellent, but challenging if you're nor facile with math. Tony also has some useful software on his site.

    http://www.tonyfoale.com/
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