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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

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For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

Beginner's Corner, Cont'd.

How to Cover Something in Vinyl

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Stud Replacement

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Every restorer faces this problem at least once in every project: a stud or mounting fastener breaks off during removal and you run out of ideas on how to cope with it. Here's one way to look at the situation …keep reading

How to Change an Oil Filter

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Surprisingly, such a simple-looking device as the spin-on oil filter can be difficult to change …keep reading

Bracket Repair

Bracket Repair

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This happens to everyone, so you might as well know how to fix it. Even you "veterans" might want to take a look …keep reading

Guidelines for Starting and Completing a Project

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We get emails all the time, asking us for a step-by-step guide to performing a restoration. We've come up with a chronological outline that would help keep your project on course …keep reading

How to Replace Fan Belts

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Most experienced mechanics probably don't give too much thought about installing and tightening fanbelts. But if you're a novice, the details might escape you. And of course, the details are everything …keep reading

How to Wire Brush Parts with a Bench Mounted Motor

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Cleaning parts with a bench-mounted, motorized wire brush is efficient, quick and quite inexpensive …keep reading

Steering Wheel Removal

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Many people think their steering wheels are fixed, welded or in some other way unremovable. Actually, they come off surprisingly easily …keep reading

Don't Be Afraid to Change Those Plug Wires

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It might seem like a daunting task, but changing plug wires is really very simple …keep reading

How to Clean Battery Terminals

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Greasy, dirty, corroded battery terminals are perhaps the leading cause of vehicles failing to start. Besides that, nobody wants to look under the hood and see crud globbed up on the battery …keep reading

Trace That Shape Accurately

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Sometimes it's necessary to duplicate a shape. A contour gauge is the easiest...but what if you don't have one? …keep reading

	How to Drill

How to Drill

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Nearly everyone owns a drill, but relatively few actually know how to efficiently and safely use one. Here are a few techniques and tricks …keep reading

How to Solder

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Soldering is the most effective of all electrical connections, making them less prone to failure than any other connections. Learn how to properly solder here …keep reading

Metal Cutting 101: Choosing Tin Snips

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Cutting metal is a bit more involved than cutting out paper dolls …keep reading

How to Mix and Spread Body Filler

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Plastic body filler (Bondo) has a reputation for being an inferior way of smoothing dents and patching holes. The real problem is that plastic body fillers are not used correctly. Here's the right way …keep reading

Replacing Burned-Out Headlights

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Lights burn out. Automotive bulbs can take the cold, heat, humidity and lots of vibrations, but they do eventually burn out and need to be replaced. This article shows you how …keep reading

Sharpening & Re-Shaping a Screwdriver

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The humble screwdriver is more high-tech than you might think …keep reading

Tire Removal

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Ok, so technically, this is not a restoration article...but it does give you some insight into planning even for the simplest task. And it might save you some time and effort, not to mention your back …keep reading