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Second Chance Garage

For the Car Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

Second Chance Garage

For the Car Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

For the Car Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage
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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

Maintenance Made Easy: Bench Grinder Wire Wheel

Beginners Corner - By John Gunnell
A wire wheel is a must-have tool for car restoration. Oftentimes it is the best tool for the many clean-up jobs you'll be required to do. …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