Eastwood Chatter

  • How to shave and metal finish your firewall with Empire Fabrication

    Shaving or smoothing the bodywork on a custom car has been one of the most popular modifications since the beginning. Shaving door handles and trim or side marker holes are the most common things to shave on a project car, but close behind that is smoothing or shaving the firewall. Sean of Empire Fabrication has gotten REALLY good at shaving and smoothing cars. So much so that his finished projects require basically no body filler at all and can be primered and block sanded straight away. Sean recently took the time to snap some photos and give us the rundown on how he tackles a firewall shave project. The donor vehicle is a VW Eurovan that he has already drastically customized. So grab a drink, sit back, and watch how to do the job right with Empire Fabrication.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Metal Buffing & Polishing: Basics & How To

    Buffing is simply the process of smoothing high and low spots on a surface until it is perfectly smooth. Typically it is done with fabric wheels and abrasive compounds of various types. You progressively move from a very aggressive, to a less aggressive grit compound, and matching wheel, until you polish your piece to a near mirror finish.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • How to Flare Brake Lines (Live Stream Episode)

    There are 3 basic types of flared ends you are likely to see on most cars: The single flare typically used on lower pressure fuel lines fittings, the double flare used on the high pressure brake lines of most vintage cars, and the bubble flare used on most modern and many older imported cars. In the picture the single flare is on the right, the double in the middle and the bubble on the left. With the proper Eastwood tools it is easy to make any of these flares.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Scratch building a Ford Hot Rod to Scale- Building a skeleton

    Recently product developer Mark R. decided to build a 30's Ford Hot Rod to scale. The process would be fun and it's going to allow him to test a number of the new Eastwood Metal Fabrication tools and accessories we have coming down the pike. We figured we'd document the process and give you some sneak peaks at new products along the way.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • How To Spray your first Wild Kustom Paintjob- Custom Lined, Candy and Flaked Skateboard Deck

    Flake, Pearl, Candy, Lace, and all things flashy are what full blown Kustom Paintjobs are all about. If you want to flex your painting skills and standout with your paint job you'll need to learn the process of custom taping, spaying candy, flake, and pearl. We decided to let Eastwood Tech Mike L. paint a skateboard to show you the basic steps to achieving a wild paint job like the pros do.   Click Here To Read Full Post...