For already over 30 years, HP Books has been one of the leading publishers of automotive literature. The majority of HP Books are How-To manuals for car enthusiasts. These books are not car-specific repair guides; they are more like handbooks – skill-building general information. These books are designed to increase knowledge and skills of car enthusiasts. People who are fond of cars usually turn to HP books for practical step by step information on completing car-related task specific projects like restoration or upgrading the car, racing tips.
There are 4 main categories of HP Books in their “How-To Library” which is famous and popular among car enthusiasts all over the world.
The first category is Handbooks
These books contain general information about car maintenance basics, they are based on skill-building and their main goal is to increase the knowledge of the car-enthusiasts. This series covers such subjects as auto math, welding, paint and body works, automotive electrical basics, composites, sheet metal and fabrication.
Auto Math Handbook explains how to calculate what your engine is doing and how to calculate what it can do, how to improve your vehicle’s motor. The topics included are: calculation of combustion chamber volume, how to calculate and improve horsepower and torque, how to calculate and improve final drive ratio and volumetric efficiency. The detailed explanations, instructions and applications re provided. The volume of the book is 160 pages.
HP Automotive Electrical Handbook gives the detailed explanations of the basics of the wiring systems in your vehicle: how they work, what is their purpose and what exactly wiring you might need to use in order to upgrade your vehicle’s lightning systems etc. This books covers the following topics: theory of electricity, how to understand and read the circuit diagrams, how to apply them when working on the vehicle’s wiring systems and, of course, the detailed glossary of terms and symbols that are normally used in these diagrams.
HP Pro Paint and Body Book. This book is an easy-to-understand guide to professional and up-to-date paint and bodywork. This handbook includes the information on the latest tools, materials and techniques you must be aware of when working with the vehicle. It will instruct you on how to assess a project car or damaged bodywork, how to do disassembly and striping, will teach you the main hummer and dolly techniques and much more!
The second category is Restoration and Repair
This series includes model-specific restoration books for Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro, also you will find project-oriented books on upgrading Camaro, Mustang, Corvette and other classic muscle cars.
HP Camaro Restoration Handbook is devoted to the restoration process for the first and second generations of Chevy Camaro (1967-1981). Here you will find detailed instructions on how to disassemble all the exterior sheet metal, how to recondition and repair the rusted parts, how to fix sun damage and glass parts, how to fix the wiring of this car how to deal with the convertible tops that require restoration. The authors have included over 500 pictures and illustrations to make each step clear and understandable.
HP Mustang Restoration. This handbook explains how to buy and restore 1964 to 1970 Mustangs. This books includes the useful tips on how to rebuild the brakes, suspension and steering systems of Mustang, gives the tips on rewiring plus instructs on how to fix weather-stripping, rust and how to do the paint and body work on this car. Plus a little bonus – it includes year-by-year trim changes.
The third category is Rebuild Manuals
Here you are welcome to familiarize yourself with step by step procedures for rebuilding and upgrading popular engines to OEM stock specifications. It is written in such a way that it is easy to understand, the main terms are explained and hundreds of photographs provided.
HP Engine Builder’s Handbook. Here the authors give the general tips, explain the techniques and procedures that form the basis of the general engine building. All the topics included are devoted to the professional blueprinting and engine assembly techniques that you must be aware of when dealing with engine upgrading or restoration.
The fourth category of HP Books is High Performance and Racing
It is written specifically for racers and hot rodders. This category is the most famous from all the HP Books, from the classics How To Hot Rod your Small-Block Chevy to the state of the art Small Block Chevy Performance. Within books of this category you will find books engine prep, engine classic engineering, performance brake systems, racing ignition systems and much more.
HP Chassis Engineering for High Performance Cars. This popular book is Step By Step guide to improving the road handling ability of the high performance vehicle. This book covers the following topics: center of gravity and roll center: things you must be aware of; tire technology: the main tips on which tires to choose to improve the performance plus the explanation on why the tires matter; front and rear suspensions: basics on how they work and how to improve them to gain the best performance; also tips on braks, shocks and springs improvement and maintenance.
HP Holley Carburetor 4150 and 4160. This Handbook will help you to take the the guesswork out of the Holley 4150/4160 Carburetors. It will guide you through the tuning, proper selection tips and repair of Holley 4150/60 Carb which is one of the most popular carburetor series. All the instructions and tips are included into a tiny handbook which consists of 80 pages!