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Our mission is to present you with solid, in-depth articles dealing with all aspects of the classic car restoration hobby. With over 625 articles, this is THE place to be for solid car restoration information.

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LATEST ARTICLES

The Right Method for Removing and Reinserting Studs

The Right Method for Removing and Reinserting Studs

How To - By Chris Wantuck
When working on an engine, it's not unusual to find studs on oil pan surfaces, transmission bell housings, and intake and exhaust manifolds. Here's the right way to deal with them. …keep reading

1937 Buick Special Business Coupe: A Restoration Journal - Part 25

1937 Buick Special Business Coupe: A Restoration Journal - Part 25

Feature Articles - By Chris Ritter
Continuing with our 1937 Buick project, we finish with brakes, wiring, and, at last, firing her up. …keep reading

Overhauling the Sylphon Bellows Thermostat

Overhauling the Sylphon Bellows Thermostat

How To - By Chris Wantuck
Used in the 1920s and 1930s to control "shutters" on grills, this thermostat control system is really not as complex as it looks …keep reading

A Look at Seatbelt Planet's Seat Belt Re-webbing Service

A Look at Seatbelt Planet's Seat Belt Re-webbing Service

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
Sometimes there are required processes in car restoration that you just can't do yourself. Fortunately, there are folks out there who can do it for you. …keep reading

1969 Chevrolet Turbo Hydra-Matic Mainshaft Change

Factory Fixes
Improving flow of lubricant to output-shaft thrust washer modification to Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 transmissions. …keep reading

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Storytime with Liberty (1918-1919)

Storytime with Liberty (1918-1919)

Feature Articles - By Chris Ritter
Liberty Motor Company decided the best way to sell their "medium-priced car" was through storytelling …keep reading

Installing Braided Stainless Steel Brake Lines

Installing Braided Stainless Steel Brake Lines

How To - By John Gunnell
They may cost a little more, but unless you're looking for concours-level originality, the added safety is worth the price. …keep reading

Finishing Touches: Reassembly of Cowl Lamps

Finishing Touches: Reassembly of Cowl Lamps

Feature Articles - By Chris Wantuck
Practicing what we preach: we put the concepts of some of our previous articles together to show how they all work to make your projects more enjoyable. …keep reading

Grand Canyon Motoring - 1915 Metz & 1921 Velie

Grand Canyon Motoring - 1915 Metz & 1921 Velie

Feature Articles - By Chris Ritter
One of the better ways to highlight a vehicle's capability was to subject it to conditions and abuse that average drivers would never face. …keep reading

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

Feature Articles
Continuing on our roadtrip, we visited Auburn, Indiana and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum …keep reading

America's Packard Museum

America's Packard Museum

Feature Articles
On a recent Second Chance Garage roadtrip, we found ourselves going through Dayton, Ohio, and couldn't resist stopping by "America's Packard Museum." …keep reading

1953 Mercury Gearshift Linkage Adjustment

Factory Fixes
Describes method for adjusting gearshift linkage in 1952-1953 Mercurys with standard transmission …keep reading

Protect-O-Plates Help Car Collectors Verify Facts

Protect-O-Plates Help Car Collectors Verify Facts

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
In the early to mid '60s, car manufacturers had to develop a way to keep tabs on the cars they sold for warranty purposes. These Protect-O-Plates can be a reliable source of information about your collector car. …keep reading

June 1958 De Soto Factory Fixes: Clears Washer Nozzles

Factory Fixes
Seems that 1958 DeSoto's had trouble with clogged windshield washer nozzles. Here's the remedy. …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