Decal and Stripe Application Tip

When you’re applying new graphics to your car (eg. stripes), here are a few handy pointers: Thoroughly clean the surface area with degreaser and a lint-free cloth before applying the stripes. Work in an area that is as dust free as possible! Carefully locate the final position of the stripe on the body panel with […]

Crankshaft Removal Tip

If you plan on removing your crankshaft while leaving the rod and piston assemblies in the bores, attach a rubber band to a bolt on each rod and to a reinstalled oil pan bolt. This will keep the rods off to the side and from banging into the block when pulling the crank out.  

Coil Spring Removal Tip

If you’re going to be removing your car’s original coil springs, you’re going to need to support the lower control arm. This can be done with a heavy block of wood and whatever further support is available (jackscrew, etc). Remember, the spring is under great pressure, and once the spindle assembly is removed, the spring […]

POR-15 Tip

Coating your surface rusted floor pans with POR-15 is a great idea. First step is to scrap away all the old surface rust with a wire brush. After the dust/rust particles have been vacuumed up, thoroughly clean the surface with POR-15’s Cleaner/Degreaser. Next comes the Metal Prep (also from POR-15), then you’re ready to apply […]

Soda Blasting Fiberglass Tip

If you have modified your classic Chevy and are using fiberglass, you’ll be interested to know that soda blasting works very well on this material- cutting paint and top coats without damage to the fiberglass. It’s ideal for small parts and spotting in small repairs.

Decal Removal Tip

A hair dryer works best to loosen the adhesive used to keep sticker/decal in place. Go slow and be aware that too much heat could damage paint. Here, as we use it on glass, that is not a problem. Heat an edge of the sticker/decal and try to peel it away. As it loosens, pull […]

Stone Chip Clean-Up Tip

First, make sure the area you’re working on is free from wax or dirt. Use rubbing alcohol to clean the chipped area. Never use the brush that comes with the touch-up paint– it will just cause big, nasty globs and end up looking worse than the chip. Use a small artist’s grade brush and gently […]

Ashtray Re-finishing Tip

In the instance when purchasing a new ashtray for your classic is just not feasible (not available, price too high, etc.), why not restore your current one? Sure, it may look really ugly, but that can be fixed pretty easily. Let’s face it, filthy ashtrays not only look bad, they smell bad too. First, clean […]

Clay Bar Tip

If you’ve never used a clay bar to remove contaminants on your car’s paint, now is the time to start. This is actually such an easy and painless way to get rid of minor scuffs, bird droppings, tree sap, etc. Really, anything that is sitting ON TOP of your paint surface that won’t come out […]

Tailpipe Cleaning Tip

Tailpipes are not generally thought of as much of anything, except to car people who appreciate the completeness of the details. Cleaning and polishing tailpipes is another small step that helps to make your car show that much better.   Here, we’re using a 0000 grade steel wool to remove stubborn stains. Finish it off […]