Originally published in the early-’50s, the California Bill manuals have become quintessential guides for vintage engine enthusiasts of all skill levels. Whether you’re looking to learn more about GMC pistons or flathead power curves, these books have you covered.
We have purchased all of the remaining stock from the publisher, and for the first time, we’re offering them as a complete set. With the California Bill Collection, you will get…
California Bill’s Ford Speed Manual, 1952 Edition
Souping the Stock Engine, 1950 Edition
How to Hop Up Ford & Mercury V8 Engines
California Bill’s Chevy, GMC & Buick Speed Manual, 1954 Edition
How to Hop Up Chevrolet & GMC Engines
…with a $10 savings. Each book is 125+ pages. We have less than 20 sets, so make sure to get yours while supplies last.
The late Fred “Bill” Fisher was a diehard hot rodder and racer who was highly active in our hobby throughout his entire life. In 1948, he opened California Bill Speed Equipment & Publications just north of Los Angeles in Eagle Rock. It wasn’t long before advertisements for his speed shop and engine manuals started showing up in Hot Rod Magazine, Motor Trend and even early Bonneville programs. But Bill was more than a talented writer and excellent salesman—he also manufactured a small run of his own GMC 12-port heads based on Wayne Horning’s design.
Of the five books in the California Bill Collection, Fisher penned the Ford Speed Manual and Chevrolet GMC Speed Manual. These are exact reprints of the titles published in 1952 and 1954 respectively, and they offer 128 pages of invaluable go-fast tips from our hobby’s golden age. The books are filled with not only helpful technical information, but also easy to understand diagrams, example photos and—in the case of the Ford Speed Manual—illustrations by Tom Medley.
The three remaining books were written by Roger Huntington and published by Floyd Clymer in the ’50-’51 timeframe. During this period, Huntington was a well-known automotive journalist with a knack for writing informative technical pieces about a diverse range of subjects. By the late-’90s, Fisher reprinted some of his most popular works, Souping the Stock Engine, How to Hop Up Ford & Mercury V8 Engines and How to Hop Up Chevrolet & GMC Engines, for the California Bill series.At more than 150 pages each, these books are loaded with useful content for hot rodders and customizers alike. We encourage you to stock up, and like Roger says in the preface of his flathead manual, dive into, “…the land of fantastic pressures, suicidal valve timings and broken connecting rods!”