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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

Product Reviews

On occasion we come across products that we find exceptionally useful for car restoration hobbyists. We're often asked to review classic car restoration products by manufacturers. In both instances, we give them a try and report our findings here...whether the outcome is good, bad, or somewhere in between.

Product Review: The Car Capsule — Storing Your Classic Car in a Bubble

Product Review: The Car Capsule — Storing Your Classic Car in a Bubble

Product Reviews - By Chris Wantuck
The ideal storage for your classic car would be a warm garage stall for every car. But that's expensive. Here's a more reasonable (and affordable) method of classic car storage. …keep reading

A Review of a Combo Lathe and Milling Head: Why would I want one?

A Review of a Combo Lathe and Milling Head: Why would I want one?

Product Reviews - By Chris Wantuck
Equipment for the hobbyist's shop doesn't come cheap. This in-depth article describes some of the features to look for on a combo lathe and milling machine and provide the information you need to know before you buy …keep reading

Turn Signals for Collector Classic Cars: Turnswitch S&M Electro-Tech

Turn Signals for Collector Classic Cars: Turnswitch S&M Electro-Tech

Product Reviews - By Chris Wantuck
Did you ever find yourself grumbling under your breath about the driver in front of you who didn't know what that little lever on the side of the steering column was for? Some older cars didn't even have that lever, and here's what you can do about it. …keep reading

Product Review: Muggy Weld Specialty Welding Products

Product Review: Muggy Weld Specialty Welding Products

Product Reviews - By Chris Wantuck
Welding unlike metals... fixing pot-metal... what about welding cast iron? These are just some of the situations facing car restorers. Here are some products that may help. …keep reading

Product Review: Duo-Mite Metal Bender

Product Review: Duo-Mite Metal Bender

Product Reviews - By Chris Wantuck
There are several tools in our shop that aren't used every day. But when we need them, it's great to have them. The Duo-Mite Metal Bender is one of those tools. …keep reading

A Polyol Product used in Restoration: A Review of Kwik Poly

A Polyol Product used in Restoration: A Review of Kwik Poly

Product Reviews - By Chris Wantuck
Looking for a "universal" way to tackle wood, metal, filling, sanding, and finishing for structural and cosmetic uses? Kwik Poly may be just what you need. …keep reading

Review of Eastwood's Spot Welding Kit for MIG Welders

Product Reviews
With a little practice, this nifty little tool can give you some nice looking spot welds with your MIG welder. …keep reading

Rust Bullet Product Review - Revisited

Product Reviews
Six months ago Second Chance Garage took a look at Rust Bullet rust inhibitive protective coating. Here's how it's working after some time has passed. …keep reading

Product Review - Installing the Moss Air Conditioning Kit for the MGB

Product Reviews - By John Treible
Why would anyone want to install air conditioning in an MGB? Sometimes it can get too hot to have the top down …keep reading

Car Restoration Product Review: Nibbler & Flanger

Product Reviews
Two products that can prove useful for your car restoration project …keep reading

Total Solutions Rust Converter

Product Reviews
We tested Total Solutions Rust Converter to see if it measured up to their advertising claims …keep reading

The Battery Brain

Product Reviews
Here's a solution for the age-old problem of slow discharge of the batteries in stored classic cars …keep reading

Eastwood's Brake Tubing Pliers

Product Reviews
In 35 years of car restoration, we've bent a lot of brake lines and certainly have kinked (and ruined) our share of them. So we checked out Eastwood's brake pliers …keep reading

Product Review - Heavy-Duty Tumbler System

Product Reviews
Rust removal and cleaning small parts can be tedius when done by hand. This tumbler system may just be the answer …keep reading

Take It Off, Take It All Off...

Product Reviews
We tested some popular chemical strippers to see which one was best. It was messy and smelly, but we've got the results! …keep reading

SCG Tests A Transmission Adapter

Product Reviews
One problem with our T-Bird project was its old 2-speed automatic transmission. To be able to keep up with today's traffic, we were concerned that the engine would have to rev rather high. We found a solution …keep reading

SCG Road, er, Bench Tests Eastwood's Metal Blackener

Product Reviews
We've been waiting for a chance to test Eastwood's Metal Blackener on a meaningful project. We've had the solutions for several months and resisted testing them because the only objects we could come up with were some miscellaneous bolts and washers. In our opinion that's not very exciting nor useful, so we waited …keep reading

Mr. Clean Carwash & Auto Dry

Product Reviews
Our experts tested out whether Mr. Clean Carwash & Auto Dry really lives up to the promise of "no more towels or chamois." …keep reading