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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

How to Install Vintage Air A/C into a Vintage Corvette

How To - By Tom Benford
Just because they had to put up with driving around in the sweltering heat in the '60s, doesn't mean you have to now... …keep reading

Disc brake renewal takes patience, skill and the right tools

How To - By Terry Parkhurst
Getting the job done correctly is an absolute must when you're talking about stopping your car. …keep reading

Bright Idea for Old Cars: Stainless Steel Brake Lines

How To - By John Gunnell
Putting stainless steel brake lines on your classic car ranks right up there with sliced bread as a cool, modern invention. …keep reading

British Tappet (Valve) Cover Restoration

How To - By John Gunnell
There's more than meets the eye with British Tappet (Valve) covers …keep reading

How to Rebuild a Corvette 454 Engine - Part 14

How To - By Tim Cote
In this final installment on rebuilding a 454 Corvette V8, we install the distributor and finish up on some loose ends. …keep reading

How To Clean A Paint Gun

How To - By Bruce Saalmans
It's easy to do a "quickie" cleanup job on your spray gun...but it will come back to haunt you. …keep reading

How to Replace a Corvette Half-Shaft U-Joint

How To - By Tom Benford
U-joints play a crucial role in the overall scheme of things, since they are responsible for the delivery of power from the transmission to the rear wheels. Corvette has its own approach to drive shafts and u-joints. …keep reading

How To Photograph Collector Cars

How To Photograph Collector Cars

How To - By Tom Benford
At first blush it would seem that photographing collector cars is no big deal; just frame the subject, make sure the exposure and lighting is adequate, and click away, right? Well, that's fine if you just want a snapshot of the car for your scrapbook. But if you want to capture the real essence of the vehicle it becomes a Zen thing - you must become one with the car. …keep reading

How To Repair Paint Flaws without Respraying

How To - By Bruce Saalmans
If your paint is a little less than perfect, don't despair...there are many options for bringing up the quality of your paint job without respraying …keep reading

How to Take Dents Out of Stainless Steel Trim

How To - By Robert Bravender
Bringing back that hard-to-find trim is an essential skill. …keep reading

Replacing a Windshield, Headliner and Console in a 64-1/2 through 68 Mustang

How To - By Robert Bravender
There's one thing we need to make perfecty clear...(And a new headliner and ceiling-mounted console are part of the deal.) …keep reading

Freshening Up Your Classic Car Engine Appearances

How To - By Tom Benford
Dirt happens! Your Classic Car's Engine can pick up crud when you're not looking. Here's how to freshen things up a bit. …keep reading

How to Rebuild a Corvette 454 Engine - Part 12

How To - By Tim Cote
Now we're installing our valve covers and a new dipstick. …keep reading

Electrolytic Rust Removal

How To - By Luke Chennel
Tired of all the dusty, dirty sanding and cleaning when removing rust? Here's an easy and green method of cleaning rusty parts without all the mess. …keep reading

1980 TransAm Carpet Installation

How To - By Patrick Smith
Changing the carpet in your muscle car looks like a big job, but its a good project for hobbyists. All you need are hand tools and patience. …keep reading

How to Rebuild a Corvette 454 Engine - Part 11

How to Rebuild a Corvette 454 Engine - Part 11

How To - By Tim Cote
We take a look at the intake manifold and carburetor installation …keep reading

How to Rebuild a Corvette 454 Engine - Part 10

How To - By Tim Cote
How to determine piston to valve clearance. …keep reading

How to Rebuild a Corvette 454 Engine - Part 9

How to Rebuild a Corvette 454 Engine - Part 9

How To - By Tim Cote
Tim walks us through the proper sequence for determining push rod length for the new heads. …keep reading

How to Rebuild a Corvette 454 Engine - Part 8

How to Rebuild a Corvette 454 Engine - Part 8

How To - By Tim Cote
In this installment we look at how to install the oil pump, camshaft and timing gears …keep reading

How to Rebuild a Corvette 454 Engine - Part 7

How To - By Tim Cote
In this article we look at installing bearings and pistons …keep reading

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