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For the Classic Car
Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

Second Chance Garage

For the Classic Car
Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

Second Chance Garage

For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

Your Classic Car Restoration Website

Classic Cars. Vintage Cars. Or just plain Old Cars. Whatever you call them this is your website for do-it-yourself Car Restoration. Here you will find solid, in-depth articles dealing with all aspects of the classic car restoration hobby. Everything from Auto Theory to Troubleshooting Guides is presented as easy-to-read, concise articles. Over 625 articles will guide you through the car restoration process, add to your appreciation of Classic Cars, and generally make your interest in old cars more fun.

If your just getting started, we can recommend Car Restoration And Classic Car Collecting: How Do I Get Started? or Classic Car Restoration 101: Do Your Homework as well as our Beginners Corner.

Need some inspiration? Be sure to check out our Classic Car Photo Gallery. We have thousands of photos of more than 600 really nice cars.

Want to talk car restoration? See our Car Restoration Forum. We hope you enjoy your stay here and be sure to tell your friends about us.

LATEST ARTICLES

The Best of Both Worlds — Woods Dual Power (1917-1918)

The Best of Both Worlds — Woods Dual Power (1917-1918)

Auto History - By Chris Ritter
So you think that hybrids are a recent invention? Think again. The Woods Dual Power was a gasoling electric hybrid produced in the early 20th century. …keep reading

'Second Chance' Streamliner Sets 406.769 mph record

'Second Chance' Streamliner Sets 406.769 mph record

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
Danny Thompson dusted off his father's Bonneville Salt Flats racer to break his dad's speed record …keep reading

Product Review: The Car Capsule — Storing Your Classic Car in a Bubble

Product Review: The Car Capsule — Storing Your Classic Car in a Bubble

Product Reviews - By Chris Wantuck
The ideal storage for your classic car would be a warm garage stall for every car. But that's expensive. Here's a more reasonable (and affordable) method of classic car storage. …keep reading

The Art of MoToR Magazine

The Art of MoToR Magazine

Auto History - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
The definitive online guide to the cover art of MoToR Magazine from 1900s to the 1960s. …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 49 — Caulk Caps

Restoration Tips
This little ditty has proven its worth to us many times over. …keep reading

How to Form and Flare Tubing Ends

How to Form and Flare Tubing Ends

How To - By Chris Wantuck
Adding fittings to brake and gas lines is a job that has to be done right. Here's how... …keep reading

ARCHIVES

100 Great Garage Products at 2016 SEMA Show

100 Great Garage Products at 2016 SEMA Show

New Products - By John Gunnell
Here's a look at some of the new products introduced at the 2016 SEMA show in Las Vegas...lots of new toys! …keep reading

1964-68 Buick Wheel-Bearing Adjustment

Factory Fixes
The correct way to tighten wheel bearings on 1965-69 Buicks …keep reading

Giving a Brake Cable the Right Look

Giving a Brake Cable the Right Look

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
Success for your car restoration project oftentimes depends on attention to details. One of those details is giving your parking brake cable the right look. Here's one method for doing that. …keep reading

A Review of a Combo Lathe and Milling Head: Why would I want one?

A Review of a Combo Lathe and Milling Head: Why would I want one?

Product Reviews - By Chris Wantuck
Equipment for the hobbyist's shop doesn't come cheap. This in-depth article describes some of the features to look for on a combo lathe and milling machine and provide the information you need to know before you buy …keep reading

1937 Buick Special Business Coupe: A Restoration Journal - Part 26

1937 Buick Special Business Coupe: A Restoration Journal - Part 26

Feature Articles - By Chris Ritter
Tightening up leaks in the engine bay, tackling the doors and finishing up on the brakes …keep reading

Royal Purple Promises a More Affordable 'Zinc Oil'

Royal Purple Promises a More Affordable 'Zinc Oil'

New Products - By John Gunnell
Royal Purple introduces new product for older high-performance engines with flat tappet camshaft systems. …keep reading

Fixing 1958 Mercury Medalist Clutch Pedal Noise

Factory Fixes
A quick fix can eliminate an annoying noise in the clutch of a 1958 Mercury …keep reading

Auto Trimming is Becoming a Lost Art

Auto Trimming is Becoming a Lost Art

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
It takes a lot of skill, equipment and effort to install pre-cut upholstery kits. Here, we look at an alternative to do-it-yourself. …keep reading

How to Repair Damaged Vinyl Soft Trim

How to Repair Damaged Vinyl Soft Trim

How To - By John Gunnell
Padded dashboards were introduced in the 1950s. After years of being baked by the sun, they tend to get brittle and crack. If the cracking is minor, it's not too hard to repair the vinyl. …keep reading

Turn Signals for Collector Classic Cars: Turnswitch S&M Electro-Tech

Turn Signals for Collector Classic Cars: Turnswitch S&M Electro-Tech

Product Reviews - By Chris Wantuck
Did you ever find yourself grumbling under your breath about the driver in front of you who didn't know what that little lever on the side of the steering column was for? Some older cars didn't even have that lever, and here's what you can do about it. …keep reading