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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.

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