Eastwood Chatter

  • Eastwood Retail Outlet Hosts Patch Panel Training Class

    We've found that most car guys and gals are "hands on" learners. Sure you can read all the tech articles and watch all the Youtube videos in the world, but putting in the time practicing is where most of us really learn. We recently started holding small tech seminars where we let our customers learn from the professionals and get their hands dirty in the process.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Second Time is a Charm- Painting a 1971 Chevy Camaro

    Just about everyone at Eastwood is a car guy or gal in some shape or form, so we all love conversing with our customers about what projects they're working on. Every now and then we get a really cool story about a project one of you are working on and we want to share it with everyone. This story is from Jeremy B. that recently shared a picture of his first paint project, a 1971 Chevy Camaro. Read along as Jeremy tells us how he got a second chance to build the car he wanted to build as a kid!  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Packard Institute restoring old car to restore lost souls

    Raynard Packard in driver's seat of the 1948 Packard Victoria Convertible being restored at the Packard Institute. (Photo courtesy Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal)

    A recent Akron Beacon Journal article showed us how automotive restoration projects can be a bridge to a more productive life for troubled youngsters.

    In some ways, the 1948 Packard Victoria Convertible is a metaphor for the kids who will be restoring it: a treasure hiding beneath the visible dings and dents of a hard life.

    But as with all the various “therapies” used with at-risk teens at the Packard Institute near Akron, turning the hunter green auto that’s currently missing its ragtop into a shimmering silver head-turner will teach them about the power of second chances.

    Packard Institute, a Highland Square-based nonprofit that works mostly with young people struggling with substance abuse, took possession of the car with the intention of making it the “flagship” of the organization. The institute’s founder, Raynard Packard, is a distant cousin to James and William Packard, who founded Packard Automobiles in Warren, Ohio in 1899, “so it’s only fitting,” he said.

    “About three years ago, we started getting these antique automobiles,” Packard said. “It’s a lot of fun, and the kids learn a skill set, but it’s really about building relationships. The car is a fun by-product of the relationships.”

    Among the volunteers who have worked with the youngsters is Greg Delagrange, a Barberton, Ohio car restorer and Packard auto expert. “Greg has given $50,000 worth of hours with these kids,” Packard said.

    “Some of these kids come from homes, let’s just say they aren’t the Cleavers,” Delagrange said, referencing the "Leave It to Beaver" sitcom from the ’50s and ’60s. “Sometimes I think they’re like this car: They get dumped and abandoned.” Others have attentive parents, but end up turning to drugs for a variety of reasons.

    For more of the story, please read the complete article here.

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  • Eastwood’s ‘Shop Talk’, Episode 15: Kevin Tetz Talks Shop With Jay Rowlands - Director & Driving Force Behind The Movie, CLUTCH

    Rhetorical Question: Who Doesn’t LOVE a good car chase scene?!

    In this episode of Eastwood’s ‘Shop Talk,’ Kevin Tetz chats with Jay Rowlands: writer, director, producer, editor, stunt-driver & lets not forget, actor of the independent film, Clutch.

    Jay has a love for American muscle cars in films, so deep in fact; he spent the last 12 years producing ‘the most driven car film ever made’.

    It takes vision and follow-through to get things done, which is exactly why Jay lives by his montra, “make stuff happen”.

    So sit tight, listen to Kevin and Jay chat it up & don’t forget to keep up with Kevin via Eastwood’s Blog & Youtube Channel!

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    Have ideas for the show, or questions you want answered on the air by Kevin? Feel free to shoot Kevin an email at ShopTalk@eastwood.com, we’d love to hear from you!

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  • The Race of Gentlemen 2013 Coverage

    Lemmy from Motörhead once said “If you think you are too old to rock 'n roll, then you are.” and the same goes for driving your classic cars and bikes. Too many people are afraid to drive their classics because they're "too old". The guys at the Oilers Car Club wanted to put on an event where Pre-War autos and motorcycles could be driven like they were back in their heyday. This is how the The Race of Gentlemen was born in 2012.   Click Here To Read Full Post...