Eastwood Chatter

    • Whats all this talk about the new Ferrari 458 Italia?

      If you follow current automotive news, you may have heard a lot of talk about the new sports car to come out of the Ferrari camp. This thing oozes "sexy sports car", and most any red-blooded car enthusiast would love to own, or even have a chance to drive one. I decided to save you guys and gals the research and reading on the different opinions on "why this car is so great", or "why has a handful of them started on fire recently?", or "what can this car really do if "beat on"?, and post a couple of videos that seem to be getting some buzz that cover all of those questions. I highly recommend the Top Gear review, both humorous, and really makes you feel like you are right there driving it with them as they test it! There is even a teaser video for the popular video game "Gran-Turismo".. looks like they may be including it in a future game! Enjoy!

      And if you want to drive a Ferrari and other dream cars, don't forget to enter our Vegas Dream Ride Tour contest!!

      Feel free to post a comment below on your thoughts on this new sports car!

        
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    • Sending one back to pasture.

      Here at Eastwood, we feel the need to keep at least a few old rusty test vehicles around that we can use to do "real world" testing. We had a '66 Ford F250 that we had been using for testing the past few years. Yesterday we sent it back to our local "classic car junkyard". We originally got the truck from the very same yard, and we wanted to make sure it didn't just go to a normal junkyard, where it would be crushed instantly. I decided to snap some pictures of it getting loaded on the old Chevy rollback they brought by to haul it with. Don't worry this thing won't get crushed! It will be held at the yard for someone ready to take it on for a project or use it for a donor to restore another!

      Now we just have to convince the bosses to let us snatch up that 40's Chevy delivery panel van they have sitting at the same yard! I know we've been itching for a project to do here in the shop!

      Until next time, keep wrenching!

      -Matt/EW

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    • Internal Frame Coat Review. Treat hidden rust!

      You may recall a post I made a few months ago about a handful of new products we had in the works. One of them was a rust treatment to go on hidden or unaccessible areas of your vehicle that you can't get to with a normal aerosol can or brush. This product evolved into our Internal Frame Coat product. I recently found a perfect use for it on my VW pickup truck project.

      After I thought I had taken care of all of my rust and "critter" nests when I restored my gas tank last month ( read about the fiasco here ). I began going over the last bits to make the truck legal, you know the last little nagging jobs, like fixing burnt out bulbs and aiming the headlights. I had a couple of broken grounds and bad bulbs in the tail lights on both sides of the truck, so I needed to remove the lenses to troubleshoot the issues. As soon as I removed them, I smelled that all too familiar smell of mouse/critter "debris" . Upon Inspecting behind the tail lights, I found that critters must have made nests in the opening behind the bedsides of the truck! Who knows how they made their way into that spot, but it sure was packed tight, about 3-4 inches deep with nests. After using a vacuum and some long screwdrivers to break up the nests, I was left with some scaly rust that I knew I had to address immediately.

      I had just recently painted the truck, so I was glad I had found this rust, as it would have surely started creeping out of the bedsides. Surely, rust bubbles would form in the paint down the line, and ultimately compromise the entire paint job.

      So I grabbed a couple cans of our internal frame coat, and went to town. The first thing to mention, is that you want to make sure you shake the can well before beginning the process. It seemed to take a little more shaking before spraying, than it did with a normal spray paint can. Another tip that I found useful, was to "prime" the extension wand for the can. The extension is about 24" long, so it takes a little bit to get it flowing out of the machined brass tip. Speaking of, our R&D department worked hard to design this extension/brass tip combo specifically for this part. We need something that would help cover the areas you are spraying completely. Often times in frames, and other hidden areas, you can hardly see how well you are covering, you need some piece of mind that all of the rust is treated. The tip is machined to spray in a very wide fan pattern. The fan pattern is combined with the ability for the internal frame coat to "creep" into every "nook and cranny", and you can rest assured all of that hidden rust is properly treated.

      I was impressed with how well it coated the inside of the bedsides. I found that starting at the bottom and working my way up the sides covered the best, the excess ran down and sat in the bottom where the worst of the rust was anyways, so it worked out well. I kept spraying until I had started to see the coating dripping out of the openings in the bottom of the bedsides where the pinch welds are. My only other suggestion is to be very careful if you are using this around nice cleaned parts or items that you don't want paint on, I was careless when pulling the nozzle out of the bedside, and I let some of the coating drip out of the nozzle and on my clean, painted bumpers. The green dots contrast pretty badly on the black bumpers, and I am having a heck of a time getting it off the bumpers! It makes sense though, this stuff is made to coat, treat, and seal the surface it is intended for, so simply rubbing it with spray detailer won't do the job. I'm just hoping I don't have to scuff, and respray that part of the bumper!

      Check out the pictures below, the before/after shots are pretty dramatic!

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