Help On The Horizon

We asked our customers that had an especially difficult time this past year to share their stories and tell us how they would use the prize to help them get their project car back on track. These are our top 10 pick of the entrants and their stories.

  • Emmanuel Koutouzos- 1969 Chevelle SS

    "This Year was very difficult for me and my family. We came home late sunday night the first weekend of January to find our house on fire. After the realization that there isn't anything you can do to stop the situation, we had to sit and watch our home burn to ground with my first vehicle ever sitting in the carpool. My dad helped me purchase the car when I was only 14 and I started working side jobs to pay him back. It helped me learn a life lesson early on, that you have to work hard to get what you really want. Something I carried with me my whole life. The car was a true SS 1969 Chevelle, the original 396 was in storage and a 496 stroker big block was sitting in it place. The chevelle was 85-90% complete and waiting for funds to finish the interior and trim.After some very hard times and alot of heartbreak we have started rebuilding our home and now we'll be able to have a garage to have a proper place to restore our beloved chevelle. Plans include media blasting every piece and restore the chevelle better than before. Eastwood's product would be an amazing help with this huge task of restoring our beloved chevelle once again. Thank you for this opportunity, Emmanuel Koutouzos"

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  • David Chambers- 48 Plymouth

    "In 2010, I fulfilled m y contract with the US Army, as a disabled combat soldier. I entered automotive school shortly thereafter, and graduated this past Aug.The entire time I was in school,I was doing my best to pay off debt from when I was younger and less concerned with the future, but never made much progress. I've only just found a job, as a fabricator. It not being my chosen field, I'm not left much room to work on my cars, nor save up to purchase the equipment I need to do what I love, restore and customize cars and motorcycles. I've acquired a few tools here and there, but I still lack the larger, more expensive tools, even a welder. I don't even have a garage to work out of. I've worked to be a productive person as much as I can, but keeping m y head above water is a struggle on m ost days. I do my best to maintain a positive attitude, and work as hard as my body lets me, but debt collectors seem to enjoy reminding me that no matter how hard I work, the money I earn, isn't mine. I admit things could be worse, so I don't ask for hand outs, but after a while, desperation takes over. I need a hand. I don't need a miracle. I just need a welder and a few other things. I need to start doing what I love again. I have a 48 plymouth that I love, but the floor is nearly gone, and the rockers are rotting through. I need these things, so I can make my life about fabricating, not just wishing."

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  • Janice Payne- 1947 GMC Greyhound Bus

    "Difficult, you bet! Determ ined, you bet! In over m y head, Absolutely.... lol Tree fell on m y Pace Arrow Eleganza that I was restoring while living in as my home.... Insurance company announced It was totaled. Just in case you are wondering, yes I was inside it when it happened! Thought the end had com e!!!! There I found m yself having to find another hom e & of corse It would have to be a project to be able to afford it. I found myself scanning eBay and the PERFECT solution was suddenly right in front of me!!!! A 1947 GMC PD3751 6-71 Greyhound Bus!!!! What a Beauty!.... What Classy Lines!.... What a life long Project this is going to be just finding parts! Having No Fear, or just plain ol Crazy, I used the insurance money for the down payment and got a loan for the remainder. Took over a month to get her from Wisconsin to Virginia, but I'm sitting in her typing this right now :) "Her name is "Thunder" She was brought back to life and converted about 10 years ago by a previous owner so the inside is still pretty darn good and the person I got her from only had her about a year. The outside needs a lot of TLC to bring her back to glory so there is plenty of work to be done, specialty tools to be bought, parts to find, Parts to Make, body work, paint, electrical solutions to figure out.... The list goes on & on! Bungies holding luggage com partm ents closed, Big roof dents, Scrapes, Puncture holes both sides, chrome work etc. Difficult, You Bet! Determined, you bet! In over my head, Absolutely! Now I just hope lucky as well ;) Many Thanks for Being There Eastwood! GtrPknToolToatinMama & Thunder"

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  • Steve Hall- 1932 Ford

    "My father in law had owned this 1932 Ford five window street rod for the past 40 something years.About 10 years ago he started the process of doing a frame off restoration to this car when his wife was diagnosed with cancer. He put the street rod project aside and devoted the next several years taking care of her. She lost her battle to cancer a few years back. He just never regained the desire to start back on the car. I feel like it was due to the fact that there was so much history with the car and his wife since she loved the car as much as he did. The car has just sat in his garage covered up since she passed away.About a year ago he contacted me to see if his daughter and I wanted the car so we could works towards completing it. I was happy as a pig in mud until I realized that I was a little in over my head and lacked the skills and the tools needed to complete this project. On top of all that I am in the floor covering business and as you can imagine the construction and remodeling business has been unbelievably slow these past few years and I am now working a third more hours for half the pay I used to get so the lack of extra tim e and m oney have m ost definitely put a dam per on this project. There is nobody anywhere that would appreciate some help with their project more than I would. My father in law is up in years and I would love to complete this car and see him take it for a drive while he is still able. Thank you for considering my project."

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  • Kerry Johnson- 1970 Mustang, 1964 Galaxie

    "On Sept. 11, 2012 a flood retention dike broke and the flood hit my home and workshop; here's a youtube video of it hitting our home: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpE-IgiUifM our home is the tan brick home the flood is hitting the garage doors head on. It also hit the workshop in back of our home, devastating it I had a restored 1970 Mustang 428 CJ car there and was working on a frame off restoration of a 1964 Galaxie 500. The frame. engine and drive train were completed; the body is also complete, but had not been mounted on the frame. I had been collecting NOS and new aftermarket parts for the car for the last 10-12 years and those parts were spread out on the floor as I was getting ready to put the body on the frame and assemble it. I don't know what parts I have left or what condition they're in yet; I've been working to get our home livable again. The flood damaged my Eastwood 135 Mig welder, but you graciously sent me a new liner and I have managed to get it working again; thank you. The flood also damaged two other welders I have, but I haven't tried to get them working yet. Much more damaged; 5 garage doors destroyed, drywall, carpet, paint, HVAC equipment in our basement etc. damaged and destroyed. I'm working at getting things put back together, but the size of the task is daunting and I'm not as young as I used to be; I'm 60 years old now. No insurance or government aid applies, we are on our own. I don't know that I deserve to win more than others do because I have no idea what other people are dealing with. Thank you!"

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