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  • Northeast Rod and Custom Show 2012

    This year was the second annual Northeast Rod and Custom Show and after last years great turnout; we decided to stop by again and see what rides were on display this year. We were happy to see some of the familiar faces of local shop owners and car builders, but we were surprised to see some cars that had traveled very far to attend the event. This is proof that even though fuel prices are on the rise, the hot rod and custom scene is as strong as ever on the east coast!

    The show is nicely laid out in the Philly Expo Center in Oaks, PA. and took up pretty much every square inch of the building. The showing of cars was a nice mix of traditional restored classics, muscle cars, hot rods, street rods, custom classics, and even some low riders and super cars in the mix. There was something for just about everyone to drool over at this event.

    It seems the trends we noticed in the past couple SEMA shows are trickling down to the hot rod and custom scenes locally, with more flat paints showing up and larger wheels and tires setups being coupled with older vehicles. It is interesting what combinations enthusiasts are installing on their ride to make it stand out from the crowd. One of our favorites were the cars with plus-sized wire wheels with replica center caps and low profile tires. Those wheel/tire setups kept the "look" that is so classic with these older cars, while giving a fresh twist on a normally mundane wheel.

    We already are counting the days until next year, and can't wait to see what shows up next year! Check out the full coverage in photos below!

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  • Welding Project With Eastwood TIG 200- Building Custom Strut Mounts

    Anyone that follows our posts here will notice that I am a fan of lowered vehicles. Could it be my fear of heights? Honestly, I'm not sure, but everyone can agree a car or truck that's "in the weeds" sure looks heavenly!

    As I get older I want my custom vehicles to ride better, even when they are extremely low. It's not fun riding on the rubber bump stops and dreading every imperfection in the road! With vintage watercooled VW's this is a big problem enthusiasts face. I recently found a set of early-spec"rebuildable" strut mounts and I decided to gut and raise them to gain some shock travel and improve ride quality.

    Since I needed an oddball sized piece of tubing to build the extension, I had a piece of 11 gauge steel rolled to match the diameter of the strut mount shell. I then used the vice and a pair of Eastwood Locking Pliers to clamp the rolled metal together. I then chamfered the edges and used the Eastwood TIG 200 on 220v to weld the two ends together. The result was a nearly flush joint that just needed a small amount of finish grinding.

    With my "tubing" now formed I chamfered the edges of every piece to help me make a flush weld joint. I started by clamping the bottom halves in the vice and tack welding them together. This allowed me to flip the mount over and weld it in a more comfortable position. I set the TIG 200 to a max amperage of 140 amps and used 1/16 Steel TIG Filler Rod to join it all together and fill the chamfer I made. I repeated the process with the top cap and I soon had a mount that looked OE, but is 1.5 inches taller.

    I am still working on making my weld puddles all look uniform, but I have come a long way since I first began learning to TIG weld on the TIG 200 about a year ago! With a little patience and a lot of practice, it really opens up what you can fabricate!


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