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For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

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Second Chance Garage

For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

Second Chance Garage

For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

Car Restoration Tips

These tiny tidbits can go a long way to making your classic car restoration hobby more enjoyable.

Car Restoration Tip 50 — Drop Light Improvement

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This little ditty can make life in the shop a little easier …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 49 — Caulk Caps

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This little ditty has proven its worth to us many times over. …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 48 — Rotary Tools and Bits

Car Restoration Tip 48 — Rotary Tools and Bits

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Small rotary tools and bits are valuable assets to the classic car restorer. Here are a couple of hints on how to make their use even better …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 47 — Small Tool Holders

Car Restoration Tip 47 — Small Tool Holders

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It can be hard to keep track of small tools...tossing them in a drawer just doesn't work. Try this …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 46 - Paint Scoops

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Household scoops can make your life easier in the garage... …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 45 - Filler Spreaders

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Some things are just made for re-purposing. …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 44 — An Easy Way to Store Your Sand Paper

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Here's a quick way to keep your sand paper tidy. …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 43 - Keeping Those Parts in Order

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How to eliminate the frustration experienced when re-assembling an assembly …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 42 - Thread Tapping the Right Way

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Sometimes fasteners can be difficult to turn in newly tapped threads. Here's a quick remedy. …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 41: Common Sense Approach to Shop Fire Safety

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When it comes to fire extinguishers in your car restoration shop, applying some simple, common sense practices can make a big difference. …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 40 - Storing Small Parts for Your Classic Car Project

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Plastic bags can be good for storing small parts, but …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 39 - Storing That Respirator

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Your respiration is a key element in keeping safe while working on your car restoration projects …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 38 - Darn Those Metal Shavings!

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Metal shavings and magnets can present a problem …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 37 - Whitewall Tire Trick

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Just when we were about ready to give up …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 36 - Two Problems Solved with One Addition

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Collectible or classic cars can sit for weeks or months between drives. This can mean lots of cranking before the gas gets to the carburetor. And mechanical fuel pumps can be unreliable …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 35 - Don't Scratch Those Fenders!

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We have the same problem as everyone else does: Trying not to scratch the fender while leaning over the engine bay …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 34 - Reassembly: Keep from Nicking Those Newly Painted Car Doors

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Reassembly of a restoration project always involves patience and attention to detail. One of the most difficult tasks is replacing car doors without scratching the new paint …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 33- Window Installation

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Installing glass can be tricky. Here's a helpful tip …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 32 - Keeping Track of Flaws

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You don't want to miss any of those minor flaws that seem to show up like a sore thumb after the final coat of paint is applied …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 31 - Don't Just Pull That Tape!

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Help in getting that tape off freshly painted surfaces …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 30 - Welding Safety Is No Accident

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When welding there are many things that cannot be overlooked. This is one of them …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 29 - Don't Stray Far from the Soap

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Wet-sanding can be tedius, but it is of the utmost importance. Here's a tip that can make this job easier …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 28 - Flatten Metal the Right Way

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Every once in a while it's necessary to flatten a thin piece of metal. Here's a tip that might help with this difficult process …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 27 - Ever Punched a Hole in Your Shot Bag?

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Anybody who owns and uses a shot bag for bending metal has done this at one time or other …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 26 - Is That Old Car Too Noisy?

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Wonder why new cars are so quiet? Maybe there's a way to add some of this quiet to your restoration …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 25 - Don't Struggle with That Hose!

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Sometimes putting on a new radiator hose can be a monumental task. Stretching and pushing the hose end over a water pump bib or radiator outlet can take all the energy you can muster …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 24 - Need to Pressure Test a Heater Core?

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Few things are as annoying - not to mention messy - as a leaking heater core. Here's an easy way to test you core …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 23 - The Safe Way to Use a Spring Compressor

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A handy tip that helps your use your coil spring compressors safely …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 22 - Need to Shape Metal For a Body Repair?

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Unfortunately templates can be as hard to make as doing the body work itself. Here's a quick and easy way to make those templates …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 21 - Extend the Life of That Sandpaper

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When wet sanding isn't possible, there are other ways to keep your sandpaper alive …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 20 - Bondo Removal

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Often car restoration hobbyists comes across thick body filler somewhere on the car they are stripping. Here's an easy way to remove it …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 19 - Don't Fret About That Glue Spot on the Upholstery

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No matter how hard you try, you're gonna get some glue on that new upholstery …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 18 - Checking for Bondo

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Who'd have thought a carpentry tool could tell you so much about a car? …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 17 - Fast Rust and Paint Removal

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It's dramatic, it's quick and it's easy to screw up, but boy does it work! …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 16 - Don't Mar Those Nice Pieces in the Vise

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Sometimes you can't avoid using your vise, inspite of it's nasty teeth …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 15 - Drifting About

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Stop looking around for the right sized drift for pressing out bearings and seals. You've got them right at hand …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 14 - Spray Glue Shields

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Keeping things tidy is critical when re-doing upholstery …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 13 - Troubles getting a thin layer of body filler?

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Here's a nifty little trick when using body filler …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 12 - The Right Way to Check Your Oil

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There's more to checking your oil than just checking the oil level …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 11 - Cleaning Delicate Parts

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Cleaning filthy, painted-over, but otherwise salvageable VIN, engine, transmission or other identification plates can be a real challenge. This tip will help ease your pain …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 10 - Cotter Pin Removal

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Don't break your needle-nose pliers ever again...at least not on cotter pins …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 9 - Drat That Tape!

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Here's a treatment for your no-longer-sticky masking tape …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 8 - Brake Fluid Etiquette

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Brake fluid is nasty stuff and it pays to be careful …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 7 - Tisket, Tasket, Who's Got a Gasket?

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Here are some thoughts on how to make your own gaskets …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 6 - Can't Find Sheet Metal?

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Sometimes "used" is better …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 5 - Painting Tips

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A couple of little ditties that will help you with your painting …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 4 - Whitewall Preservation

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This month's Tip of the Month tells you how to keep those wide whitewalls looking pretty …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 3 - Those Nasty Magnetic Screwdrivers

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Little tidbits that can make your restoration a little easier …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 2 - Masking Made Easy

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A masking tip for quick, on-the-car touchups …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 1 - Chattering Windshield Wipers Sure are Annoying!

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Ever wonder what you can do about chattering windshield wipers? Here's your answer …keep reading