Product Managers J.R. and Mark R. have been busy on their lunch breaks here at Eastwood! They are now deep into rust repair on J.R.'s Capri project. Because of how rare these cars are, they have been forced to use a mix of Mustang and custom made replacement panels for the project. Check out the latest progress in the slide show for all of the good, bad and rusty!Click Here To Read Full Post...
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Nick recently passed along an old CD of photos from a 1969 Corvette that has been in his family since 1971. His dad originally bought the car from the first owner to be his daily driver. It is a 350/350hp, with a 4-speed with a 4.11 rear. It has the removable hardtop and also the soft-top as well. Most current Corvette owners wouldn't dare drive their prized Vette in the winter, but Nicks father did just that! Check out the old snow tires in some of the pictures! Imagine if you saw a newer Corvette driving in a snow storm next to you on the highway, that'd be a sight!
The car was driven daily until 1977 (was even taken on his parents' honeymoon!), when it was parked due to the need for a more economical car to carry the growing family in. At 8 years old, the car had covered 144,000 miles. As the family grew more, the old Corvette was pushed outside and sat for almost 15 years untouched. As anyone knows, letting a car sit outside in the elements for a long period of time can be bad news!
Years later, after building a proper garage at their house, Nick and his father decided to bring the Corvette back to life. Originally they had planned to give it a fresh coat of paint, make it safe, and get it on the road again. But upon further inspection, the car needed a "body-off" restoration, and they started digging in to the car. They ended up having to pull the body, replace a rear body mount, and also the top portion of the windshield frame as well as the corners.
The duo then got her road-worthy again, and have been building the car as a "rolling restoration" for the past 6 years. This summer they plan to finish restoring the interior and the soft top. Here are some pictures of the chassis and drivetrain being restored. I bet you can spot a number of Eastwood products in use there!
Here it is all painted and ready to rock and roll again after a long slumber!
We'll be sure to update as they make some more progress on this old girl this summer. Thanks for reading!Click Here To Read Full Post...
Anyone that follows the aftermarket automotive market will know that the trends change quickly, and often dramatically. Each year, Eastwood attends SEMA in search of new automotive tuning trends and products. This year while walking around, I began to notice a large amount of vehicles covered in flat or satin paint jobs. Now you may be saying "Matt, that's nothing new, flat black has been going on old hot rods for years!", but in this case it wasn't limited to old cars, hot rods, or just flat black. There were all sorts of different hues of flat and satin colors around the show. In fact, some of the most expensive cars at the show were painted in flat colors. I saw everything from your traditional flat black, to flat greens, purples, whites, grays, and more!
I like that flat and satin colors are now being applied PROPERLY, not just a low quality spray paint job. In the past, I will admit that I was one to frown upon most any vehicle (except hot rods/rat rods) that were done this way. I had always thought of modified vehicles painted in a flat colors to be "hacked" or badly built. But now it seems that these properly prepped and painted vehicles are using the flat colors to possibly push your eye from the overall car to possibly something else on the car, be it the detailed engine bay, or the unique wheels bolted on the car.. it is a new concept, but I like it!
Check out our different options for flat paint, and even powder if you want to powder coat some parts on your car to compliment the flat paint!
Now if you really want to stay ahead of the flat color trend, try out our Rat Rod Flat Clear Coat. You can use this over any color to give it the flat look. This is where you can really get some neat effects! We have also had customers use the Rat Rod Flat Clear over their original "patina'ed" paint. The clear coat seals and protects the current weathered finish, without taking away from the original Patina of the paint. The options are limitless!
Below are a few of my favorite flat colored cars from SEMA. Enjoy!
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