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  • How to Build a Custom Pneumatic Workbench using Eastwood tools

    If you're a motorhead it's in your blood to always be building, tinkering, and improving upon mechanical things. Eastwood product manager Mark R. is no different, but he likes to take things to the extreme sometimes. Recently Mark built a new garage and was building the shop with new work benches that allowed him to maximize the usable space he had in shop....  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Your First Resto Project—A Rolls Royce?

    1970 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow

    Let's say you're a young adult interested in learning how to restore cars as a career. So you sign up for the two-year automotive restoration technology major at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport.

    You walk in for the first class in January, for the Spring 2013 semester, and what ready-to-be-restored automobile do you see in front of you? How about a 1970 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow?

    You think to yourself, "This is gonna be good!"

    The Rolls-Royce Foundation has agreed to provide one car at a time, as available, for Penn College students to restore in the School of Transportation Technology’s automotive restoration labs. They've also started a “building to endowed” scholarship to provide financial support to select students in the associate-degree major.

    Faculty will also have the opportunity to attend training seminars offered by the Rolls-Royce Foundation for its members, and faculty members and select students will be able to attend monthly meetings at which members work on museum and member cars.

    Charles Jensik, chairman of the Rolls-Royce Foundation Board of Directors, said, “The complexity with elegance that is prevalent in these cars makes them engineering marvels, and hopefully will spark the interest and challenge that will last a lifetime.”

    The collaboration’s initial vehicle is a red, four-door Salon, representing the part played by Rolls-Royce in the history of the automobile and the role of the Silver Shadow in overall Rolls-Royce production. The Silver Shadow was produced from 1965-77, with approximately 16,700 standard Salons constructed.

    If you'd like to find out more about this program for yourself or someone you know, please click here.

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  • West Coast Report 42st Edition by John Gilbert

    Welcome to the 42nd edition of West Coast Eastwood’s West Coast Report. This time around the focus will be on Hot August Nights held in Reno, Nevada. HAN as it’s often abbreviated is one of the most expansive events a participant can attend and consequently an absolute nightmare for journalists attempting to cover it all.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • How to Notch Tubing for a Perfect Fit Every Time

    Tube Notching
    By: Blake Robinson

    With tools commonly used by chassis shops becoming more affordable and available these days, many racers are taking on fabrication projects themselves in their own garages. These skills are not going to happen overnight, but once you become familiar with your equipment and the materials that you are using, you can be fabricating like a pro in no time.

    Notching or fish mouthing are terms used to describe how one tube has the profile of the tube it will be welded against removed from it, this produces a semi-circular notch that's a major contributor to a strong weld joint. This process can be achieved by using a lathe, grinder, end mill, saw, or numerous other methods you can find on the internet.

    We have had great results using products from The Eastwood Company on our “Getting Back on Track” Camaro and wanted to share the process we are using with other Eastwood, “Do It Yourselfers”.


    Product: Tubing Notcher and Hole Saw Kit (Item #12739)

    First off remember that the more accurate your measurements are, the better fitment you will have. Start by marking the center line on the tube to be notched. A second mark should be made on the obtuse angle side where the two tubes intersect.


    The Eastwood notcher is adjustable up to 60 degrees, with the baseline 90 degrees being at 0 degrees on the notcher.

    Measure the angle on the acute side of the tube and write it down. In our case 60 degrees. The notcher would need to be set at 30 degrees to achieve our desired angle. (this number was found by subtracting 60 from 90)


    After marking your tube and finding the notcher angle, it is best to cut off any excess tube. Leaving the excess tube only makes the cut harder to do and basically it will wear out your hole saw faster.

    Quick tip: before cutting your tube, use this rule. If the notcher angle is 0 to 44 degrees, add a 1/4 of the diameter of the tube to the intersecting line mark before cutting it. (this applies on a standard 90 degree notch as well, since the notcher is set at 0 degrees)

    If the notcher angle is 45 degrees or larger, then cut the tube at the intersecting line mark. This practice will allow you to always have sufficient material to help spread the load on the joint. With the tube cut to proper length and the notcher angle set, we can place our tube in the notcher.


    Place the center line mark at 90 degrees in relation to the center of the hole saw. Then place the edge of the hole saw on the intersecting line mark for a notch angle of 0 to 44 degrees or at the edge of the tube for notch angles 45 degrees or larger.

    With our notch now completed, a test fit is done.


    Before welding your tube, I would recommend that you remove any sharp edges from your notch.

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  • Eastwood’s ‘Shop Talk’, Episode 36: TC Penick & The Crew of Bay One Customs

    Sit tight & listen to Kevin, joined by TC Penick and the boys from Bay One Customs, taking the time away from saving Kevin’s butt yet again for this week’s episode of Shop Talk.  Click Here To Read Full Post...