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  • 5 New Unique Tools Your Toolbox is Missing- Tips to Make Auto Repair Easier

    After disassembling, assembling, fabricating, and tinkering with so many projects over the years, I've found that there are a core group of tools that will get most any job done. But there are some tools that just make life so much easier, I decided to put a list together of 5 new tools that really can come in handy.

    Indexible Pry Bar

    1. Indexible Pry Bar- How many times have you had a full set of pry bars and you never seem to be able to get into the correct position to pry effectively? With the handy Gear Wrench Indexible Pry Bars you can now click your pry bar into any number of positions to get into those hard to reach areas. We now find ourselves reaching for this whenever we need to pry on something since it handles most of the jobs a set of basic pry bars would have before.

    Radiator Hose Pinch Off Pliers

    2. Radiator Hose Pinch Off Pliers- One of my least favorite things to do is draining cooling systems when working in an engine bay. This is something that couldn't be avoided even when doing a "quick" job like replacing a coolant temperature sensor, an electric fan switch, or a simple radiator hose job. With the KD Tools Radiator Hose Pinch Off Pliers you can now isolate the coolant inside of the engine or radiator by safely clamping the hoses with these pliers. These pliers will save you coolant, clean up time, and messes associated with coolant system work. I'd suggest buying a few of these so you can block off numerous hoses at once, I know I keep a few on hand when working on the cooling system myself!

    Power Probe

    3. Eastwood Power Probe- Scary doesn't even begin to describe some of the electrical systems in cars that we've seen over the years. Between previous owner fixes and deterioration, it can be tough to track down electrical problems. You need to have numerous tools and different types of test leads to even begin to test all of the electrical components in a vehicle. This new Eastwood Power Probe allows you to test many of the functions test leads and multimeters combined would accomplish. I love the ability to test the function of electrical components without the risk of burning up numerous fuses! Reach for the power probe first when testing electrical circuits in your vehicle!

    Cable Hose Clamp Pliers

    4. Hose Clamp Wire Pliers- It always seems like hose clamps are put in the hardest spots to reach and then turned so the tabs are in a direction you can't reach your pliers or hands into. The GearWrench Cable Hose Clamp Pliers are like that skinny, long, third hand that you wished you had in those situations. These pliers allow you to get into those tight areas, slip the clamps over the tabs on the clamps, and squeeze the trigger to free the clamp, then slide it off of the hose. These are life savers, and keep the swearing, cuts, bruises, and headaches to a minimum from the other methods.

    QuadBox Ratcheting Wrenches

    5. Quadbox Ratcheting Wrenches- Having a house-sized toolbox stocked with every tool imaginable isn't going to help you save time if you have to walk back and forth to find the tools you need every few minutes. We love saving time and keeping the pile of tools used on a job to a minimum. This is where the GearWrench Quadbox Ratcheting Wrenches come into play. In this two-wrench set you will replace 9 tools (a ratchet and 8 sockets) and save time going back to the toolbox for more tools! Remember, every minute you save searching for the correct wrench or socket is a minute you could be finishing the project and move on to driving and enjoying your ride!

    Stay tuned for our next tool list where we cover more of our favorite hand and power tools on the market!

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  • Pollock Auto Restoration- Vintage Automotive History in our backyard

    Some of the best craftsmanship often times comes from the shops and builders that aren't bragging at every cruise-in, swap meet, car show, and local bar. They are too busy cranking out quality pieces of automotive art and let their work speak for itself. This is exactly the way things seem at Pollock Auto Restoration, they are situated in an old part of town in Pottstown, PA (just miles from Eastwood headquarters) in a building that could easily be missed if you were just passing by. There aren't signs miles away, rows of cars out on the street, or any other things you see at other shops that attract customers. The cliental and cars that come into Pollock Auto are there because they know the shop reputation and its long history of building and restoring extremely rare and unique vehicles.

    The business and the building itself have a long history in the antique and classic car world and although the exterior hasn't changed much over the years, the inside of the building has. This location was originally a coal yard until the early 1900's. The building was constructed in the early 1920's as a silk mill until Levitz Furniture took over. Mr. Bill Pollock took over the second level of the building in the early 1950's and it became the home for his "showcase" of rare cars, a museum of sorts. Mr. Pollock had a ramp and industrial winch system built into the building (you can see it in the picture above) that allowed him to pull his cars to the second floor and easily rearrange cars in the building. To this day they still use the original winch and ramp system he had built!

    Ralph DeStefano started working for the Showcase in 1981 and Mr. DeStefano began operating "Pollock Auto Restoration" in 1995. Ralph and crew were master metal workers and quickly the business gained a reputation for their high quality of work. Fast forward about 13 years and the shop was taken over by Michel Engard who has been running his other shop "Ragtops & Roadsters" successfully since 1990. Michel and crew have managed to keep a lot of the vintage tools that came with the building and you can still almost imagine how things looked inside many years ago. The shop is extremely clean, every corner you turn and door you open, you'll see another line of extremely rare cars waiting their turn.

    We were lucky enough to get to learn about how they functioned smoothly in such a huge space. We even got to see some of their vintage, industrial-sized metal working tools in action like the PullMax and English Wheel. Amongst these tools we spotted an old Eastwood Shrinker Stretcher that they use regularly to this day! They also were happy to show off some of the retired tools that were left behind in the building. Sadly the bits from the foundry the previous owner built have since been donated to surrounding auto museums, but it was still neat to see some of the one-off antiquated tools around the building.

    We were delighted to get a tour around the shop and see how they truly were a "one-stop" restoration business. Nothing needed to be shipped off to other shops, they could do it all from mechanical to body/paint and even interior. Each department had a seasoned expert in that field that focused on that part of the build. This approach really lets everyone perfect their part of the process on each car and make sure it leaves as good or better than it would have from new! Check out the picture gallery below for a virtual tour of the facility and make sure you visit their site and like them on Facebook!

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