Oldie but a goodie – but be quick!

Posted on August 15th, 2007 in Opinion by Julian Edgar

Back in this blog post I wrote about a number of old books.

One was ‘Automobile Brakes and Brake Testing’, published originally in 1938. It is, I said, “The best book I have read on brakes – how they work, how to test them, principles of braking”.

I have the second edition, which was published in 1958.

The book won’t tell you how to fit new disc pads to your Ford’s brakes, but it’s a superb book on the fundamentals of braking.

Timeless in fact.

And the reason I am mentioning it here? If you’re quick, it can be yours also – see eBay.

3 Responses to 'Oldie but a goodie – but be quick!'

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  1. on August 16th, 2007 at 10:32 am

    I have a 70’s readers digest book called “The book of the car”, its a large black volume that covers all the fundamentals of driveline, brakes, suspension and how they work. It is a great resource covering differing technologies and variations, including rotaries. I have often pulled it out to explain a concept to friends, or to learn about something I don’t understand well. I’m a huge fan of old motoring books – even though most of them are older than me.

  2. Julian Edgar said,

    on August 16th, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    OK, the brake book is very good but I wouldn’t go much past 20 bucks…

  3. Ben said,

    on August 18th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Check this out for a useful book:


    I would buy it, but at 153 years old, it’s a bit precious for me to use it every other day. Even if it only costs $25 by the time it get’s here.