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Eastwood Chatter

  • Start young and reap the rewards early!

    If you had the choice when your were a kid, would you have picked a baseball glove and bat, or a car project? Many young kids surely would pick a good game of baseball and hanging with friends in the summer over long greasy hours in the garage. But for some, the bug catches on early, and this is how many of the best car builders in the world got started. A lot of the legends were tinkering on projects long before they could even drive. Like they say, "start 'em young!".

    With Bobby G., he was lucky enough to have a family of car nuts that started him when he was very young. Bobby and his dad picked up a '65 Chevy Nova 4 door from a little old lady close to 10 years ago. He managed to haggle her down at a yard sale for quite a good price, and the love affair started the moment he got it. The little Nova was in runnable-condition when he got it, and Bobby learned to drive on it, and also honed his mechanical skills on it.

    As with any original classic, the car began to show its age, and the Father-Son duo began ripping into the project to bring her back to her former glory. They found the typical east coast-car rust and ended up replacing the floors, lower quarters, doors, and even the trunk! They were lucky enough to find a parts car to give up many of these items and keep the majority of the metal on the car OEM. While Bobby was "in there", he decided to install a fresh 194 straight-6 and a 4 speed transmission.

    After about 3 years of work, the car is finished in Mist Blue and Bobby is enjoying the fruits of his labor at just 18 years of age! I know many of us would have killed to have a restored classic when we were only a senior in high school! Now after 10 years of ownership, Bobby is looking to the horizon and who knows what he builds next, will he take this car to the next level and make it a concours car? Or will he start building one of the other family Nova projects they have waiting in the wings? Time will only tell, but I have a feeling Bobby is on the path to becoming a great car builder if he continues at the rate he is currently at!

  • Eastwood Daily News

  • An "A+" Flea Market Event

    Here at Eastwood we all hold a special place in our hearts for THE classic car that pretty much started it all. The Ford Model A is still to this day one of the most sought after collector cars in the industry.

    Recently I was passed along the information of a gathering of Model A parts and cars and I wanted pass it along to readers! Join the Lehigh Valley Model "A" Club for their annual Flea Market and Show and Shine. This will be a nice laid back event to swap stories, parts, and enjoy the car that captured a nations hearts over the years!


    Join the Lehigh Valley Model A club on May 14th at Roadside America in Shartlesville, PA between Allentown and Harrisburg just off of Rt22 and I78 exits 23. This FREE event will be from 9AM-3PM and all early Ford parts and cars are welcomed. Since this is a flea market/show and shine event only, there will be no plaques or trophies. For more information feel free to contact Brent with the Model A club at: 610-850-5396

    Hope everyone can make it out!


  • Eastwood Daily News

    • Join us in congratulating Darrel G. for being April's winner! Get your project entered now! #
    • Our friends at Street Rodder unveiled their 2011 Road Tour Car tonight! This very car will be at the Eastwood... #
  • So fresh, So Clean, Aluma Blast is better than the real thing!

    I have to admit, other than my well-know vintage wheel obsession, I have a close second obsession in cleaned, detailed engine bays. Nothing "grinds my gears" more than a car at a show with a beautiful paint job, shiny wheels, nice interior.. then you look under the hood and the bay is a mess of wiring, oil, rust, and corroded parts. Sure it's great if it runs well.. but such a disappointment when it is quite simple to tidy up the engine bay and detail the "easy" bolt-on parts.

    I have found a few "go-to" products in our selection of Engine Compartment Paints that when used together, can transform an engine bay.

    Many drivetrains new from the factory, have a bare blasted aluminum intake manifold, transmission housing, alternator, and a slew of other parts. They look great.. but the unsealed, bare aluminum is very porous and grease, dirt, and grim can really get ingrained in the pores, and those parts quickly become quite ugly. With the help of our Chassis Kleen, some water (power washer works wonders!), and a coat of our new-improved Aluma Blast paint, many of these parts can be easily transformed into like-new appearance. We worked closely with our labs to once again, "one-up" ourselves and improve upon this already popular paint. We are proud to say that our Aluma Blast has just the right combination of metallics, the right hue of silver, and a formula that lays so smooth, people will think you part really has just been blasted. Check out the pics below where I used that exact same process to take this original transmission from an ugly, greasy, mess, to one that fools many that it is brand new!

    The Aluma Blast works great on most anything, you can vary the amount of "flake" in the final finish by the distance you keep the nozzle from the part, and how heavy you lay the paint on. I like to do light dust coats while holding the can about twice as far from the part as you normally would with other aerosols. It gives that high "flake" or shimmer that you see in a freshly blasted part right out of the cabinet. Make sure you paint the parts away from anything you don't want a dusting of Aluma Blast on, the metallics really like to travel in the air and WILL land on anything you don't want to be silver (ask me how I know...).

    In addition to manifolds and transmissions, It is nice to use the Aluma Blast and our other detail paints to break up too much of one color in the engine bay. You'd be surprised how much of a difference it makes to spray small things like the engine mount brackets, or shift linkage. It really keeps your engine from looking like you just dusted the entire bay with one can of spray paint. Below you can see a few more pictures where I recently used a combination of Aluma Blast, Extreme High Gloss Chassis Black and Silver Cad. I even use Aluma Blast on cylinder heads to keep the "New OE" theme going in the bay. Since Aluma Blast is good for up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit, it can be used on many engine parts that normal paint may flake or discolor if applied in the same spot.

    My last little tip for any of these Engine Compartment Paints is that you can use our Diamond Satin Clear to protect the detail paints from greasy fingerprint stains or if you have any accidental leaks. I've found that you can spray some detailer on the dirty part and rub the fingerprints, oil, etc off with no ill effects or staining. Just add multiple coats of diamond clear until you get the desired gloss over the surface!

    So start cleaning those drivetrains and engine bays, tidying up your wiring, and getting the engine compartment as clean as the rest of your ride! Just be careful it's surely a sickness and can make you border on OCD when you may find yourself detailing every little bit you can unbolt!

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