• Restoring a Ford Model T Jack- Don't throw away that Antique Jack!

    Antique cars had some pretty simple jacks that aren't hard to figure out how they work. The problem is that the jack is usually a WRECK on anything older and especially an antique. I've found over the years that if the part or accessory (in this case an old jack) is still solid structurally, it can often times be saved and reconditioned or restored and put back into service.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Das Awkscht Fescht 2014 Celebrates The Dodge Brothers Heritage

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    For many antique automotive enthusiasts Das Awkscht Fescht has become a yearly tradition. Each year some pretty rare and unique cars come out of the woodwork for this event. The idea of the show is pretty simple, if it's an old car and relatively stock, it's welcomed into the show. This gives a nice mixed bag of cars and trucks that will satisfy everyone. The show also differs each year by the featured car manufacturer that they put in the spotlight. This brings out some rare and early cars of those makes, but it trickles down through the field and you often see other relevant cars throughout the show.

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    For the 51st year the show celebrated the heritage of the Dodge Brothers. Dodge Brothers owners were given a prime spot on the field, a tented area to put their favorite examples, and space for the Dodge Brothers Club to set up shop. I stopped by Friday to check out what had been dug out of the garages of collectors for this event. Under the tent I found a couple beautifully restored cars and two World War I Dodge Brothers military trucks that were decked out in all of the period correct accessories that took you back in time.

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    Outside of the tent I found a handful of additional Dodge Brothers cars in varying states from original barn-fresh condition to fully restored cars. It was really interesting to see some of the cool details these vehicles had new from the factory like tailpipe tips and taillight lenses with Dodge Brothers logos! The large original dealership advertisement signs were a nice touch as well in front of some of the cars, I wish I had a time machine to go back and purchase a few of these at those prices!

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    Throughout the field the MoPars were out in force with representation from every later brand related to the Dodge Brothers. I especially liked the two original 1960 Desoto Adventurers together in the field. These cars were true survivors that were in amazing shape for their age. I'm a sucker for over the top styling of the late 50's-early 60's and these had my attention for quite a while.

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    The field was also dotted with MoPar muscle in just about every color scheme available. The barracudas, chargers, and challengers were out in force dominating the later Mopar section of the show. I'm not much of a muscle car guy myself, but there's something about the lines of the body and the side graphics on a 60's MoPar muscle car that gets my heart pumping. You really missed out if you couldn't attend!

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    Even though the weather forecast was dismal for the weekend, the show was well attended and the weather cooperated as much as it could considering! I can't wait until next year!

    -Matt/EW

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  • How Do I Adjust the Flow Rate of Shielding Gas?

    Whenever you are using a welding machine, like a MIG welder or a TIG welder, it is crucial that you know how to adjust the flow rate of shielding gas. When assembling and setting up your welder, once you connect your shielding gas regulator, the gas flow rate must be adjusted in order to assure that the right amount of shielding gas is flowing over your weld. If too little gas is flowing from your welder, excessive spatter and contamination can occur. If too much gas is flowing, you will be wasting your gas, which can negatively affect the result of your weld. Typically, there are two gauges on the shielding gas regulator, one to mark the gas flow rate and one to mark the gas tank pressure.

    The first thing to do to adjust the flow rate of your shielding gas is open your shielding gas tank valve the whole way. Adjust the knob on the regulator so that it is marked at about 30 CFH. Now, turn on the welder and trigger the torch switch so that the gas will start to flow. When you trigger the torch switch, the gas flow should cause the needle on the gas flow gauge to descend to a steady and accurate reading. Next, the gas flow should be set to about 20 CFH when it is flowing, which is the most common flow rate used when welding. Sometimes this needs to be readjusted as a slight breeze could alter the flow and weaken the shielding gas consistency surrounding the weld. Once you have adjusted the flow rate, you are free to weld. Just remember to close the gas valve on the bottle when you are finished welding.

    To learn more about welding and for more automotive FAQs, be sure to visit Eastwood.com.

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  • Eastwood’s ‘Shop Talk’, Episode 33.5: Courtney Hansen of Powerblock TV

    We're all big fans of the talented Courtney Hansen - who wouldn't be?

    On television, Courtney shows off million-dollar rides, rare classics, tricked-out vehicles, and interviews celebrity collectors and enthusiasts like Jay Leno & UFC President Dana White as well as automotive legends like Mario Andretti and Daryl Waltrip.

    For 8 years, Courtney and Kevin  worked together on Powerblock TV (now Powernation TV), and are now sharing the microphone on this installment of Eastwood's Shop Talk.

    So sit tight & listen to Kevin as he previews what's to come next week, when he interviews Courtney Hansen.

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    Have ideas for the show, or questions you want answered on the air by Kevin? Feel free to shoot Kevin an email at ShopTalk@eastwood.com, we’d love to hear from you! Listeners whose letters are read on the show will receive a $25 Gift Card from Eastwood! What are you waiting for!

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