Lug Nut Removal Tip

Lug Nut Removal Tip: Conscientious detailers worry about scratching or chipping chrome off nice lug nuts when removing the wheels. To protect their finish, place a piece of plastic over them before using the lug wrench. A heavy-weight freezer bag will work nicely. Be sure the wrench is properly seated on the nut though– the […]

Installing New Fan and Fan Belt

Quick Tips: Installing New Fan and Fan Belt in Your Tri-5 Chevy Time: 1 hour Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, long screwdriver or pry bar Cost: approximately $40-$70 Tinware: replacement or aftermarket engine fan, aftermarket fan spacer (if needed), fan belt Tip: Always be careful of loose clothing, jewelry, or hair when working around […]

Wet Sanding Tip

Wet sanding your car’s paint finish isn’t as scary as it seems. Choose an open, outdoor area that will allow you to run water continuously for extended periods of time. Use 1000-2500 grit fine sandpaper (depending on the severity of the paint imperfections), garden hose or bucket, clean rags. The actual task of wet sanding […]

Detailing Tip: 303 Aerospace Protectant

OK, what’s with the infomercial you say? We apologize if that’s what it seems like! However, this product has earned its way into our hearts for all its weatherstrip/black plastic protection/preservation factors. It’s super-easy application is nice, too. Just spray it on a dry micro-fiber towel and rub onto the part. The instructions will tell […]

Windshield Cleaning Tip

When cleaning your windshield, use a short nap microfiber and clean in one direction on the inside and the other direction on the outside. This way you don’t have to chase streaks and you can tell if you need a final wipe on the inside or out. Be sure to use a dry microfiber towel to prevent […]

Portable Battery Charger

Portable Battery Charger Here’s a great little tip… While at the last SEMA Show, we noticed many vendors now offering portable batteries capable of starting a car. These items are slightly bigger than a paperback book and most not only jump a car battery but also re-charge a variety of portable electronics like phones or […]

Window Regulator Tip

Replacing your window regulators or door latch mechanism assembly? Before starting, roll your window to its “up” position. This will allow easy access to the inner door assemblies. Clamp the window in this position, taking care not to scratch the glass (when the window regulator assembly is removed, nothing will be supporting the glass). Tip: […]

Molding Removal Tip

Be careful with those ever so delicate roof drip moldings! These thin, stainless moldings literally “pinch” over the drip channel in the roofline. The best way to remove them is to use a small block of wood and a rubber mallet. In some cases, you can actually remove them by hand. But like we said, […]

Harmonic Balancer Tip

Excessive engine vibration can be a silent killer. It can rob plenty of precious horsepower as well. High performance balancers/dampers constantly fight the evils of these vibrations and keep the moving parts of your motor running smoothly and in harmony. Although most specialty tools can be rented these days, you should definitely invest in a […]

Front Disc Brake Tip

A much-overlooked detail in the disc brake conversion is the placement of the wheel on the hub assembly. Often times, the mounting plane of the new hub will cause the wheel to sit further outward in the wheel well. Depending on the wheel and tire size, this slight variance can create all sorts of clearance […]