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Buffing Our Clear Coat to a Show Finish

Buffing Our Clear Coat to a Show Finish

How To - By Bill McKenna
This finishes out Bill McKenna's four part series on painting your classic car. You have to admit, he does nice work! …keep reading

How to Rebuild a Corvette 454 Engine - Part 6

How To
An easy, but important step in rebuilding your 454 …keep reading

How to Color Sand Your Classic Car

How to Color Sand Your Classic Car

How To
Part Three of Bill McKenna's series on painting your classic car. This time he covers Color Sanding …keep reading

How to Properly Dispose of Used Oil, Transmission Fluid, Anti-Freeze, etc.

How To
Be kind to your planet...it's the only one you've got. Dispose of all your project car's fluids properly. Here's how …keep reading

How to Rebuild a Corvette 454 Engine - Part 5

How to Rebuild a Corvette 454 Engine - Part 5

How To
454 Corvette Engine Build Combination and Piston Ring Installation …keep reading

How to Paint Your Classic Car

How to Paint Your Classic Car

How To
Second installment of Bill McKenna's series on painting your antique car. …keep reading

How to Rebuild a Corvette 454 Engine - Part 4

How to Rebuild a Corvette 454 Engine - Part 4

How To
After getting our block back from the machine shop, we continue on with our Corvette 454 Engine Rebuild …keep reading

How To Rebuild a Corvette 454 Engine - Part 3

How To
Part Three of this series deals with oil pump modification and pressure balancing …keep reading

How to Build a Home Paint Booth

How To
In this four part series, Bill McKenna shows us how to paint a car...starting with how to build your own paint booth, shooting paint, color sanding, and buffing …keep reading

How to Rebuild a Corvette 454 Engine - Part 2

How to Rebuild a Corvette 454 Engine - Part 2

How To
In our last installment, we got the engine on an engine stand and pulled the pan. Now we look at disassembling the engine …keep reading

How to Rebuild a Corvette 454 Engine - Part 1

How to Rebuild a Corvette 454 Engine - Part 1

How To
Tim Cote shows us how he reworked his 1971 Corvette 454 cubic inch engine …keep reading

Bad Jobs: Getting Broken Bolts Out

How To
A broken bolt or screw is the bane of auto restorers, not to mention anyone else trying to fix any piece of machinery. The job can't proceed until the fastener is removed and, of course, you didn't allow for all that extra time, did you? What to do now? What alternatives are there to get the bolt out? …keep reading

How to Tune Up Your Car

How To
While many hobbyists and backyard mechanics have been tuning their cars for decades, very few actually do so in the correct manner. We explain how to go about this most important task …keep reading

Tachometers 101 - Converting From Mechanical to Electronic

How To
In the course of our T-Bird restoration we converted the cable-driven, 50 year-old tachometer, to a new electronic unit …keep reading

How to Install a Padded Dash

How to Install a Padded Dash

How To
Installing a padded dash can be intimidating to a lot of car restorers. Our '55 T-Bird restoration project has given us a great opportunity to show how it's done …keep reading

Upgrading Your Disc Brakes - Installing Pads, Calipers and Rotors

How To - By Tom Benford
GM introduced 4-wheel disc brakes with the 1965 Corvette. While the originals were head-and-shoulders above the old drum brakes, brake technology has continued to improve over the last 40 years. Better stopping power is always worth the effort …keep reading

Spin-On Oil Filter Conversion

How To - By Tom Benford
If you have a 1956 thru 1967 Chevrolet V-8 you know what a messy job changing your oil can be due to the OEM canister-style oil filter. Using a less expensive and infinitely more convenient spin-on conversion can ease your pain …keep reading

Plastic Steering Wheel Restoration

How To - By Tom Benford
Over time plastic steering wheels are prone to cracking especially when they have been subjected to extreme temperature changes. Here's on of many ways to repair them …keep reading

How to Use and Interpret a Vacuum Gauge

How To
It's the "magic elixer" of automotive troubleshooting that only takes a few minutes to learn to use. If you don't own a vacuum gauge, go out and buy one. In the meantime, check out our animated "Virtual Vacuum Gauge"! …keep reading

Carburetor Rebuilding: No Big Deal, Really

Carburetor Rebuilding: No Big Deal, Really

How To
This in-depth discussion of how to rebuild your carburetor(s) will help guide you through one of the more intricate projects associated with your restoration …keep reading

How to Make Your Own Wood Steering Wheel

How to Make Your Own Wood Steering Wheel

How To
Rebuilding that wooden steering wheel (or building a new one) isn't as daunting a task as it might seem. These step-by-step instructions show you the way …keep reading

Restoring a Horn

How To
Sure, you can buy an endless array of electronic horns, but nothing beats the originality of a big, heavy, metal, as-equipped horn. Besides, do you really want your truck to sound like a VW? …keep reading

Brake Overhaul & Restoration

How To
This is one area of automobile restoration where there's little margin for error...you must know what you're doing. This article deals with the proper way to assess and repair your brake system, along with a discussion of Mineral-based vs. Silicon brake fluids …keep reading

Classic Car Restoration First Step: Dissassembly

Classic Car Restoration First Step: Dissassembly

How To
The first steps of an auto restoration project can be the most important. Not only are you trying to appraise the condition of your car, but you want to make sure that when you are finished what you end up with is not just a pile of parts. Adding method to your madness can assure that this doesn't happen to you …keep reading

Door Panel Removal & Window Adjustment

How To
C'mon! You know you want to remove that panel to fix that lock or window mechanism, so here's how …keep reading

How to Replace A Distributor Without Going Crazy

How to Replace A Distributor Without Going Crazy

How To
What might seem like a trivial task - removing and replacing a distributor - can easily degenerate into a time-consuming, frustrating job. Here's some help …keep reading

Install That Compressor Right

How To
We've used several air compressors in the past and learned a lot about them. We also learned how to "plumb" the air compressor to get maximum flexibility out of it …keep reading

Calculating Compression Ratios

How To
Just because your engine was manufactured to have a certain compression ratio doesn't mean its true "as-assembled" ratio is close to that specification. It is very important to know your compression ratio, because ignition timing, fuel delivery and overall performance depend on it. This article shows you how to do the calculations …keep reading

Putting Spark Back in those Antique Spark Plugs with Thermal Heating

How To - By Allen K. Williams
The search for a serviceable replacement entails a lot of research because modern engines use High Energy Ignition and sophisticated combustion controls that require a wider gap. Revitalizing old plugs can be a better way …keep reading

Upholstery How-To: A Complete Interior: Part 2

How To
When we left off on the Jaguar's interior we had reupholstered the hated [only the Brits would come up with such a stupid, time-killing] console assembly. Next came the seats, mainly because there was a spate of cold, rainy weather and we just felt like working in the heated workshop rather than the garage …keep reading

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