Building and Racing the 57-64 Pontiac/olds Rear End, by Zach Davidson and Brad Duerst, published by Fabcraft Metalworks LLC, fabcraftmetalworks.com
Fabcraft Metalworks, which specializes in rebuilding and selling components for the 1957-1964 Pontiac/olds rearend, has produced what is on one level a thorough teardownand-rebuild manual for the venerable 9.3-inch differential. But this is so much more. Even a casual, non-hands-on fan of vintage drag racing will learn a lot from its spiral-bound pages, which in itself is a thoughtful touch, as the book easily lies flat on a workbench or desk. There’s a whole chapter devoted to the rearend’s history, including a comparison with the GM 12-bolt and Ford 9-inch. (Spoiler alert: the P/O wins.) The teardown, rebuild, and upgrade chapters are clearly written and well illustrated; and lots of vintage racing action photos keep builders inspired. Between each chapter is a space for jotting down notes, and the final chapter has all kinds of “Handy Stuff”—the chapter’s name— ranging from tire size charts to transmission ID guides.