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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

Our mission is to present you with solid, in-depth articles dealing with all aspects of the classic car restoration hobby. Everything from Auto Theory to Classic Car Troubleshooting Guides is presented as easy-to-read, concise articles. With over 625 articles, this is THE place to be for solid car restoration information.

If your just getting started in the Classic Car hobby, 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 over 7,000 photos of more than 600 really nice classic cars.

Want to talk car restoration? See our Car Restoration Forum

LATEST ARTICLES

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

ARCHIVES

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

Storytime with Liberty (1918-1919)

Storytime with Liberty (1918-1919)

Feature Articles - By Chris Ritter
Liberty Motor Company decided the best way to sell their "medium-priced car" was through storytelling …keep reading

Installing Braided Stainless Steel Brake Lines

Installing Braided Stainless Steel Brake Lines

How To - By John Gunnell
They may cost a little more, but unless you're looking for concours-level originality, the added safety is worth the price. …keep reading

Finishing Touches: Reassembly of Cowl Lamps

Finishing Touches: Reassembly of Cowl Lamps

Feature Articles - By Chris Wantuck
Practicing what we preach: we put the concepts of some of our previous articles together to show how they all work to make your projects more enjoyable. …keep reading

Grand Canyon Motoring - 1915 Metz & 1921 Velie

Grand Canyon Motoring - 1915 Metz & 1921 Velie

Feature Articles - By Chris Ritter
One of the better ways to highlight a vehicle's capability was to subject it to conditions and abuse that average drivers would never face. …keep reading

The Right Method for Removing and Reinserting Studs

The Right Method for Removing and Reinserting Studs

How To - By Chris Wantuck
When working on an engine, it's not unusual to find studs on oil pan surfaces, transmission bell housings, and intake and exhaust manifolds. Here's the right way to deal with them. …keep reading

1937 Buick Special Business Coupe: A Restoration Journal - Part 25

1937 Buick Special Business Coupe: A Restoration Journal - Part 25

Feature Articles - By Chris Ritter
Continuing with our 1937 Buick project, we finish with brakes, wiring, and, at last, firing her up. …keep reading

Overhauling the Sylphon Bellows Thermostat

Overhauling the Sylphon Bellows Thermostat

How To - By Chris Wantuck
Used in the 1920s and 1930s to control "shutters" on grills, this thermostat control system is really not as complex as it looks …keep reading