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This is where we get our hands dirty. Our Learn To Restore Cars department gives you step-by-step guidance through the many processes of classic car restoration required to bring your classic car back to like-new condition.

Design and Construction of a Headliner for your Classic Car

Design and Construction of a Headliner for your Classic Car

How To - By Chris Wantuck
Reconstructing the headliner in an old car can seem like a daunting process. Here's how it's done... …keep reading

How to Install Linoleum Flooring in Classic Cars

How to Install Linoleum Flooring in Classic Cars

How To - By Chris Wantuck
Cars didn't always come with plush carpeting. Back in the day, touring cars often came with linoleum floors. That's right, linoleum! See how to install the linoleum floors into these older cars. …keep reading

Classic Car Auto Upholstery Series Part 3: Creating a Tonneau Cover for a Pick Up Truck

Classic Car Auto Upholstery Series Part 3: Creating a Tonneau Cover for a Pick Up Truck

How To - By Chris Wantuck
In Part 3 of this series on Auto Upholstery for the Beginner, we’ll take on a simple project, making a Tonneau cover for a pick up truck. This will include simple top stitching and use of the binding attachment. …keep reading

Classic Car Auto Upholstery Series Part 2: Seams and Sewing Machine Accessories

Classic Car Auto Upholstery Series Part 2: Seams and Sewing Machine Accessories

How To - By Chris Wantuck
In Part 2 of this series on Auto Upholstery for the Beginner, we'll cover seams and some attachments used on a sewing machine. After you have mastered joining seams, you'll begin to see how simple projects can be made. …keep reading

Classic Car Auto Upholstery Series Part 1: Automotive Upholstery for Beginners

Classic Car Auto Upholstery Series Part 1: Automotive Upholstery for Beginners

How To - By Chris Wantuck
First in a series of articles dedicated to Automotive Upholstery for Beginners. In this article we talk about the industrial strength sewing machines needed for re-upholstering your classic car …keep reading

Classic Car Accessory Trunks: Designing and Fabricating your Own Trunk - Part 3

Classic Car Accessory Trunks: Designing and Fabricating your Own Trunk - Part 3

How To - By Chris Wantuck
We finish up our 3 part series on building a Classic Car Accessory Trunk showing our approach to covering the trunk. …keep reading

Classic Car Accessory Trunks: Designing and Fabricating your Own Trunk - Part 2

Classic Car Accessory Trunks: Designing and Fabricating your Own Trunk - Part 2

How To - By Chris Wantuck
In Part 2 of our Trunk series, we'll show you our approach to the actual construction of the trunk. …keep reading

Classic Car Accessory Trunks: Designing and Fabricating your Own Trunk - Part 1

Classic Car Accessory Trunks: Designing and Fabricating your Own Trunk - Part 1

How To - By Chris Wantuck
This begins our 3 part series on building a trunk suitable for your pre-30's classic car. We will be discussing the design, construction and covering processes in detail. …keep reading

How to Adjust the Hood Lock on your Classic Car

How To
A simple trick can make this sometime difficult task a little easier. …keep reading

How to Easily Install High-Tension Springs on Your Classic Car

How To
To install a high-tension spring in your Classic Car, you basically have to out-pull the spring. Sometimes that's next to impossible....but there is a way …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

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

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

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

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

Old-time upgrade for your old-time car's king pins

Old-time upgrade for your old-time car's king pins

How To - By John Gunnell
Old-time kingpin upgrade is still available and will let your car steer better …keep reading

Using a Timing Light on your Dual Point Ignition

Using a Timing Light on your Dual Point Ignition

How To - By Chris Wantuck
Several auto manufacturers from the early years up through the 1950s used a dual point ignition system. This article shows you how to adjust the points on one of those engines. …keep reading

Restoring a Zenith Stromberg Carburetor Linkage

Restoring a Zenith Stromberg Carburetor Linkage

How To - By John Gunnell
Sometimes small things that seem really simple can be really complex. …keep reading

Organization Tips During Car Restoration

Organization Tips During Car Restoration

How To - By Chris Wantuck
Keeping track of things when restoring your classic car is extremely important. Knowing how it all goes back together doesn't hurt, either …keep reading

Gas Tank Cleaning using Electrolysis

Gas Tank Cleaning using Electrolysis

How To - By Chris Wantuck
We've looked at this process before, but gas tanks are unique and it's important to know the best way to treat them. …keep reading

Dashboard Dissassembly System Uses Cardboard Dash

Dashboard Dissassembly System Uses Cardboard Dash

How To - By John Gunnell
Rewiring a dash can be a tricky undertaking. Given that, a method to keep track of where everything came from during disassembly is critical. Here's one approach. …keep reading

How to Keep Mice Out of Your Classic Car

How to Keep Mice Out of Your Classic Car

How To - By John Gunnell
Keeping furry little creatures out of cars is high on the priority list of collectors. …keep reading

Rebuilding a Door Bumper: An Example of Machining Basics and Simple Casting

Rebuilding a Door Bumper: An Example of Machining Basics and Simple Casting

How To - By Chris Wantuck
On many projects, many smaller parts are just not available. This door bumper is one of them. Here's how to re-create your own. …keep reading

Banjo Lessons: Steering Wheel Restoration

Banjo Lessons: Steering Wheel Restoration

How To - By John Gunnell
Restoring a three-spoke "Banjo" steering wheel...sometimes it take two to make one. …keep reading

Salvaging an Ignition Rotor: When Parts Become Scarce and You Must Repair

Salvaging an Ignition Rotor: When Parts Become Scarce and You Must Repair

How To - By Chris Wantuck
As parts for collectible cars become harder to find, sometimes you have no choice but to repair what you have …keep reading

Welding Cast Iron: Repairing a Brittle Metal

Welding Cast Iron: Repairing a Brittle Metal

How To - By Chris Wantuck
No sense in tossing a hard-to-find cast iron part because it's cracked or broken. Instead of drilling out the end of the crack and putting in a bolt, repairing the cast iron to join the surfaces is a better way to prevent further cracking. …keep reading

Making Acorn Nuts: The Pursuit of Excellence

Making Acorn Nuts: The Pursuit of Excellence

How To - By Chris Wantuck
When do we settle for just what is available from a vendor or supplier? At what length do we go in order to achieve the correct look? …keep reading

How to Use Threaded Rivets

How to Use Threaded Rivets

How To - By Chris Wantuck
It's all in the details...It's the little things that count and these little gems go along way to achieving the original look. …keep reading

Casting Tail Light Lenses

Casting Tail Light Lenses

How To - By Chris Wantuck
Casting plastics is not new, but knowing what materials are available and how to use them can make this task simple. And fun! …keep reading

How to Touch Up Paint on Your Classic Car

How to Touch Up Paint on Your Classic Car

How To - By John Gunnell
Applying touch-up paint to a car is easy. Applying touch-up paint to an old finish so it looks like no touch-up has been done is an art. …keep reading

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