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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

Restoring Instrument FacePlates for Your Classic Car

Restoring Instrument FacePlates for Your Classic Car

How To - By Chris Wantuck
Details...it's all in the details. Leaving a clock or instrument faceplate in its original worn condition detracts from the look of a freshly restored car. Here's one approach to giving those faceplates a new look. …keep reading

Reproducing Small Parts: A Quick Way to Make Patterns

Reproducing Small Parts: A Quick Way to Make Patterns

How To - By Chris Wantuck
Sometime we come across the need to replicate small parts that aren't readily available commercially. Here's one approach. …keep reading

How to Replace the Trunk Handle on your 1948 Pontiac Streamliner

How to Replace the Trunk Handle on your 1948 Pontiac Streamliner

How To - By Bill Flitcraft
These things always look tricky, since there are rarely any visual cues as to how to take them apart. This step-by-step directions should make it a piece of cake. …keep reading

Real World Ways to Tag and Flag Old Car Parts

Real World Ways to Tag and Flag Old Car Parts

How To
There are different ways to keep track of all the parts you remove from your classic car restoration project car. Here are some you may find useful. …keep reading

Vent Window Regulator Rebuild

How To - By Tom Benford
It's a fact of life that all things mechanical will eventually wear out. Such is the case with vent window regulators. Here's how to rebuild them …keep reading

Restoration of a Smith's Heater

How To - By John Gunnell
Smith's heaters are commonly found on British cars ranging from Jaguar's to MG's. Here's what's required to put them back into tip-top shape …keep reading

High Performance Distributor Upgrade

High Performance Distributor Upgrade

How To - By Tom Benford
Sometimes you just might want to give your Corvette a boost and a high-performance distributor might just do the trick. …keep reading

4 Steps to a Top-Notch Convertible Top

4 Steps to a Top-Notch Convertible Top

How To - By John Gunnell
Convertible top frames take a lot of abuse. Nuts, bolts, rivets, screws and grommets break. Bushings wear from years of raising and lowering the top. Top bows can get scratched. The bows can be damaged and throw the geometry off. This article can help …keep reading

How to Replace Muscle Car Metal

How to Replace Muscle Car Metal

How To - By John Gunnell
At first, some body repairs seem daunting. Buy with careful planning and lots of patients, even a first-timer can get great results. …keep reading

Detailing An Engine in the Car

Detailing An Engine in the Car

How To - By John Gunnell
Just because you're not doing a full frame-off restoration on your classic car doesn't mean that under the hood has to be less than perfect. …keep reading

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