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Beginner's Corner

With Beginner's Corner we teach very basic skills of car restoration to those who've never attempted to work on cars. Every one of us, regardless of how skilled we may be now, started out knowing nothing. We had no tools, no knowledge of car restoration and no expertise, just a willingness to try...

Restoration Made Easy: Simple Coil Spring Removal

Beginners Corner - By John Gunnell
The job of removing coil springs from in between the upper and lower control arms of a classic car's front suspension is a task that throws fear into the minds of many hobbyists. …keep reading

Save Money With Do-It-Yourself Exhaust Pipe Repair

Beginners Corner - By John Gunnell
Sometimes you don't want the expense of a full rust-resistant stainless steel exhaust system. Here's how a quick fix can rejuvenate that old exhaust system …keep reading

How to Hacksaw

Beginners Corner
Getting to know your hacksaw better can make cutting metal easier …keep reading

Classic Car Maintenance Made Easy: A-Frame Seal Reconditioning

Beginners Corner
When we first heard the term A-Frame Seal we thought of long hours spent disassembling front suspensions to replace the rubber seals around linkage points and joints. Luckily, we were off base. …keep reading

Restoration Made Easy: Simple fix for Steering Box Leak

Beginners Corner - By John Gunnell
Sometimes a simple solution is the best solution. …keep reading

Maintenance Made Easy: Bench Grinder Wire Wheel

Beginners Corner - By John Gunnell
When it comes to cleaning up parts for your classic car, your bench-mounted wire wheel is indispensable. …keep reading

Simple Car Care: Avoiding a Sticky Choke

Beginners Corner - By John Gunnell
The automatic choke found on most American collector cars is a simple flapper valve in the throat of the carburetor. When you close the flap, less air enters the engine. More gas goes in, which is what you want for cold starting. It's important to keep your choke working properly …keep reading

Rebuilding Your Classic Car's Master Cylinder

Beginners Corner - By John Gunnell
A soft or spongy brake pedal indicates it's time to rebuild your master cylinder. Here's how. …keep reading

How to Correctly Use a Hammer

Beginners Corner - By John Gunnell
We're not talking about body hammers here... We're talking about hammers used for "coaxing" things along. …keep reading

Maintenance Made Easy: Replacing Wheel Bearings

Beginners Corner - By John Gunnell
Back in 1932, Chevrolet recommended "front wheel lubrication" every 2,000 miles. Fortunately, the technology has improved, but wheel bearings still cannot be ignored. …keep reading

Punching Out Your Headlights

Beginners Corner - By John Gunnell
On the surface, this seems a bit basic, but if you intend to keep and restore all the parts to your headlight assembly, you need to probe a bit rather than just ripping off the pieces …keep reading

10-Minute Turn Signal Tidy Up Can Save You a Ticket

Beginners Corner - By John Gunnell
Clean, rust-free electrical contacts are critical requirements when it comes to the electrical system of a classic car. When corrosion builds up on a turn signal socket, it can cause burned out bulbs, blown fuses and electrical shorts...not to mention a traffic ticket …keep reading

Bowtie Water Pump Prep, Paint & Installation

Bowtie Water Pump Prep, Paint & Installation

Beginners Corner - By Tom Benford
The chromed waterpump on my '76 Corvette was about to croak. Time to replace it with something better. …keep reading

Classic Car Sill Mount Hole Repair

Beginners Corner - By Tom Benford
Anything from stripped threads to rust can cause holes designed to accept screws to be a problem. Here's a fix. …keep reading

Removing a Body From a Frame Isn't All That Hard

Beginners Corner
To do a frame off restoration you need to take the body off. Huh? …keep reading

Brake Bleeding 101

Beginners Corner - By Tom Benford
After working on the brakes of your car, you really want them to work! Gotta get that nasty air out of the brake lines. …keep reading

Starting Old Cars

Beginners Corner
It occurred to us recently that there are many of our readers who are too young to remember what it's like to have to coax an old engine to life. …keep reading

Steel Valve Cover Refurbishment

Beginners Corner - By Tom Benford
Here's a quick way to dress up your engine. …keep reading

Classic Car Toolkit

Beginners Corner
Keeping your classic car on the road can take a little preplanning...including what to have in your toolkit …keep reading

What You Need to Know about Battery Chargers

Beginners Corner
Recharging a battery is a fairly simple process, but there are some precautions that should be taken …keep reading

How to Cover Something in Vinyl

Beginners Corner
In the world of theater they say that tragedy is easy but comedy is hard. A parallel truth exists in the world of restoration: leather is easy but vinyl is hard. Here's why …keep reading

How to Clean and Polish Anodized Aluminum

Beginners Corner
A lot of car trim pieces on older cars were made of aluminum that was anodized. Eventually the metal surface becomes stained or scratched and generally looks dull. Here's how to remedy that …keep reading

How to Use a Caliper

Beginners Corner
Vernier calipers are incredibly useful devices. Once quite expensive, reasonably accurate ones are now available from a number of sources for under $20 …keep reading

Sanding Made Simple

Beginners Corner
Many believe that "sanding is sanding." That is; all you need to do is grab a piece of sandpaper and start rubbing, no matter what the surface might be that you are trying to smooth. As with many car restoration processes, there's more to it than what meets the eye …keep reading

How to Remove Glass from a Window Frame

Beginners Corner
In car restoration, some "simple" projects can seem daunting, especially when it comes to glass. Here's how you remove glass in the most efficient manner …keep reading

Removing and Installing Hog Clips

Beginners Corner
Virtually no upholstery work can be performed on an old car without the use of hog clips …keep reading

How To Install a Hose the Right Way

Beginners Corner
Coolant hoses are very much like the blood vessels of a car. If a heater hose or radiator hose fails you only have a few minutes to stop the engine, after which it's often too late. Hoses fatigue and wear out, of course, often failure is caused by improper installation or removal …keep reading

How to Jump Start A Car

Beginners Corner
The idea behind using jumper cables is simple. What you are doing, in effect, is using the charged battery in another car to start your car …keep reading

Corvette Alternator Replacement

Beginners Corner - By Tom Benford
The alternator is an essential component in the electrical system of any car manufactured since the early 1960's. Replacing them is fairly straightforward. So we thought we'd start you out on a '67 Corvette …keep reading

How to Pound Out a Dent

Beginners Corner
In car restoration, you will find that dents come in large and small sizes. They can be a crease, a shallow egg-shaped depression or just a little ding. Here's one way to approach them …keep reading

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