By Ron Fournier
Winner of the distinguished Moto Award for "Best Technical How-to e-book" in 1984, the steel FABRICATOR'S guide applies grasp steel craftsman Ron Fournier's exact steel fabricating skills--developed in the course of years of creating Indy vehicles, drag racers, stockers, customized exhibit vehicles, and activities GT race autos. Covers MIG, TIG, arc- and gas-welding, gasoline and oil tanks, exhaust headers, and masses extra.
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