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    • Parking lot Gems

      As the weather gets nicer, we find ourselves driving our projects (both finished and unfinished) to work. I love walking through our parking lot occasionally and checking out some of the neat rides we regularly have parked here on a nice warm day! Below is 2 I spotted yesterday and thought everyone might enjoy.

      First up is one of our "R&D" guys, Mark Robidoux. When he isn't brainstorming, testing, and designing; you can see him cruising around in this fully restored beauty that he built from the ground-up in 1991. For those not familiar, this is a 1968 Camaro Convertible. Mark replaced just about every body panel with new as he was putting it together, as with most of us.. he didn't want to have to restore this car twice!

      Powering this beauty is a rebuilt original 327cid motor. Some highlights to this power plant are: port/polished 202 heads, balanced rotating internals, performance Cams, etc.  Years later, Mark designed and perfected our extremely popular HotCoat Powder Coating system. As with anyone here at Eastwood at the time, Mark went "hog-wild" and powdercoated most anything he could fit in a "household" oven. Using a number of our Standard Hot Coat Colors he coated all suspension components and even went as far as disassembling the transmission and cylinder heads and powder coating them! 70,000 miles later and this restoration is still looking as fresh as it did the day Mark finished it!

      Next up is Nick Capinski our "Beetle Guy". The day I took these pics he had driven his 1975 Super Beetle Convertible. Nick repainted this car himself a number of years ago. He used our full line of Sandpaper/Abrasive Discs. Then to smooth out any minor imperfections Nick found the Evercoat Z-Grip Body Filler went on quite easily and was a treat to sand out. Along any body seams our Seam Sealer Kit was used to seal and protect those joints/seams in the body and chassis. Lastly, Nick gave the engine bay a nice look by applying Eastwood's Underhood Black.

      As you can see this beautiful spring day, convertibles seemed to be the trend here in our employee lot! Stay tuned for more cool rides that roll through Eastwood this summer!

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    • Carlisle Spring Swap Meet

      This past weekend was the much anticipated Carlisle spring swap meet and car corral. This was a perfect excuse for some of us here at Eastwood to get out of the office and do a little shopping... err I mean "Market Research" (shhhhh don't tell the boss!). I wasn't lucky enough to find anything I "had to have", but I did have a great time wandering around snapping photos and chatting with some fellow motorheads! For anyone that hasn't been here, this event is HUGE! You can spend days just walking each swap meet aisle, and another day or two walking through the car corral looking at all of the cars for sale. From fully restored frame-off resto's to rusty project cars waiting for some love; this is the place to find your next ride. As I walked around, I saw tons of cars with Eastwood products, from engine paints to powder coated bits, it was great to see our stuff on such beautiful cars! Enjoy some of my pictures and hope everyone that went found something for them!

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    • Another Bug.......newest project!

      Although my wife told me I wasn't allowed to bring another Bug home until I finished some of my projects, I bought one at last fall's Hershey show.  It was one of those deals I couldn't turn down.......plus it is for our daughter (who just turned 1). 

      Here she is.......a steel VW Bug body that I found, at the end of the day at Hershey, right before we were ready to leave.  It was only the body, so I am in the process of building a floor and getting the wheels/ride height set.....notice the rear wheels are cambered just like a real Bug that is lowered. 

      First on the list is making sure it is safe for my daughter to ride around in.....no sharp edges, box in the wheels, etc....  Once I have that tackled, I'll be repainting it, adding carpet, and installing some lights.  Stay tuned as I make progress on the latest project.

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    • If it isn't broken, try making it better anyway!

      Here is another sneak peek into what we have been testing, designing and developing in our R&D department. Lately the shop has been buzzing, and I was able to snap off a few pictures and hold the guys down for a few minutes to get the scoop on what they were up to!

      Recently our first batch of new Eastwood Welders have hit our warehouse and we have been working on getting these out to all of our customers that had pre-ordered. Because of this, we decided we'd break open a welder and do some more "real world" testing. We decided to build something that one of our customers may work on themselves. Below is a few shots of one of our R&D guys Mark welding up a roll cage from local roll cage provider S&W race cars. This thing went together nicely and was a treat to weld! Mark laid out some quick beads and the pile of tubes started looking like "something" pretty quick! The production welders performed flawlessly, just as all of our test units had done. We are excited to hear some reviews on these new welders and check out some of your handy-work with one of these!

      With it getting to be show season, a big thing people are doing is polishing all the shiny bits on their ride. We have some additional/new buffing pads coming available in our catalog shortly. These are just in time for "polishing season"! Below you can see the assortment that Joe is trying out on a painted test panel. You can see how well the test piece shines with just the small portion he had done. Keep an eye out for these real soon! I know I'm excited to try them out on the lips of my new (to me) multi-piece race wheels I am refinishing!

      Here at Eastwood many of us are as much enthusiasts as our customers. Because of that we are always looking to hone our skills and learn as much as possible about any product we currently sell. Today we had a master auto body technician come in and do a tutorial on some important techniques when using our spot welder. I found this very informative, especially when it came to the correct time to use each of the accessories for the spot welder. We hope in return we can pass some of this knowledge to our customers when you may have any questions or concerns. We also filmed this stud welding class and we are planning to edit this into a comprehensive video that we will be hosting on YouTube and also on our site. We hope that you can benefit from these tips as much as we did!

      As always, thanks for reading and let us know if there is anything you'd like to read about or any topics you'd like more information about!

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    • Swap meets, the hidden fun at a car show.

      For most people when you talk about a car show they think of shiny paint, chrome bits glistening in the sun, and proud owners prepping their cars in anticipation of being judged. This is the reason you go to a "Car Show" is for the "Cars"; right? Meanwhile there is a overlooked portion of most every car event that the your average show goer forgets. This is the swap meet or auto jumble (as our British counter parts like to call them). Most every show sees trucks and trailers full of old parts brought in, sold, traded, and dug through by fellow enthusiasts. These swap meets often can be a great way to find that hard-to-find bit or bob for your project that you have been searching for. Some, like myself go to a swap meet with more of a "treasure hunter" mentality, looking for rare or obsolete collectible parts that normally would be a fortune if sold in another venue.

      Often times when unregulated (like when the wife wanders away to get lunch) we end up buying things at the swap meet we may question our thinking on later. This goes from something you already had 10 of to maybe something that is "neat" or "rare", but you have NO real need or use for. I can recall a number of times walking out of a show with piles and piles of parts, only to try and figure out how to get it all in my car! One of my most guilty of times was when I bought a vintage VW/Audi/Porsche Microfiche machine (think of that giant machine you used to blow old newspaper/magazine articles up with in the high school library) for viewing old parts diagrams. If this wasn't bad enough, I already had one I inherited from a local repair shop. But while in the moment, I couldn't turn down the "amazing" price. Next thing I knew I was lugging this thing a mile across the parking lot in 90 degree weather to my tiny little car and asking myself what the heck I was thinking!

      This past weekend our own "J.R." here at Eastwood had a similar moment and came home with a vintage GM diagnostic tool. This is one of those cases where the price offset the forethought of where to put it, or the real necessity for it. But hey, who cares when it is something this neat! Apparently this unit is from the early-mid 70's and it has all kinds of connections, from a timing light to a emissions analyzer lead! Measuring in at 4'5 in height, this is not something you can easily hide from the wife! In true swap meet fashion he even did a little "haggling" or negotiating to get the price to a comfortable spot for his wallet. If anything, this will be a cool vintage garage decoration and discussion piece, so definitely money well spent! Feel free to respond or comment with any cool treasures (or ridiculous items you regretted!) that you have turned up at the local swap meet, flea market, etc.!

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