• Eastwood 2014 SEMA Hands-On Awards

    Racing-Wheel-Winners-Trophy

    We've been going to SEMA for a long time and we always share our favorite vehicles from the show with everyone that can't make the event. This year we decided to give some additional recognition to the builders and owners of some of these vehicles. Thus spawned the Eastwood "Hands-On" Awards for SEMA 2014. Below are the different classes we'll be awarding for and what we're looking for. Follow along as we narrow down our favorites from the event this year!

    Customer Favorite: A panel of Eastwood Experts will select 10 “Eastwood Picks” on the first day of SEMA. These vehicles will be selected based on presentation, paint, engine, custom fabrication, and fit/finish. Eastwood will post its “Eastwood Picks” to its Facebook page by the first night of SEMA, where customers will select their favorite by voting. The vehicle with the most votes by end of day on Wednesday will be awarded the prestigious Customer Favorite Hands-On award.

    Best Rubber Wrap: A panel of Eastwood Experts will search all over SEMA for the best rubber wrap/dip of SEMA. Judging will be based on the overall appearance and most unique usage of a rubber wrap product. The selected vehicle will be awarded the prestigious Best Rubber Wrap Hands-On award on Thursday of SEMA.

    Best Fabrication: A panel of Eastwood Experts will search all over SEMA for the vehicle featuring the best fabrication of SEMA. Judging will be based on the overall appearance, presentation, level of difficulty, and most unique fabrication. The selected vehicle will be awarded the prestigious Best Fabrication Hands-On award on Thursday of SEMA.

    Best Paint: A panel of Eastwood Experts, including Paintucation host Kevin Tetz, will search the show for the best paint of SEMA. Judging will be based on the overall appearance, finish and execution. The selected vehicle will be awarded the prestigious Best Paint Hands-On award on Thursday of SEMA.

    Stay tuned we'll be sharing the contenders throughout the show and announcing the winners each day!

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  • How to Flare a Fender

    A fender flare can add a stylish element to your car that can be a pleasing auto body aesthetic, as well as functional for oversized rims. And the good news is, it is a pretty simple process to add them to your fenders. To flare just about any fender, all you need to do is follow a simple set of steps and use several basic auto body tools. Below we take a look at the best way to flare any steel fender.

    Step #1: Determine Your Spacing

    FenderFlareIMAGE 1Before getting started, you want to first determine how the fender flare is going to be spaced. After initially cutting the fender flare off of the car body, determine the offset of the flare and the spacing you need to ensure accurate flare symmetry on either side of the car. Then, using basic sheet metal, cut one inch long sheet metal strips by whatever width you want the flare to be, whether it be an inch, half an inch, three quarter inch, etc.

    FenderFlareIMAGE 2Using Eastwood's Aluminized Sheet Metal Kit can help you prevent any corrosion that may occur. Make sure to cut the fender on the outside of the edge to preserve the OE edge. The sheet metal pieces you cut will be tacked onto the fender on the top, forward and backward areas of the fender to ensure uniformity for all four fender flares.

    Step #2: Cutting and Spacing the Flare

    FenderFlareIMAGE 3First, cut the outside edge of the fender using a body saw. When cutting, leave the lip at the bottom attached to the body of the car. Now it's time to weld the first sheet metal spacer in place on the top of the cut fender using a MIG welder. During this whole process, it's important to use clamps to hold both the bottom fender lip and the metal spacers in place. Then weld the other two spacers in place and grind them down with an electric grinder and flap discs so they are smooth and uniform with the rest of the fender flare. FenderFlareIMAGE 5 Now, it's time to fill in the spaces between each metal spacer with additional sheet metal pieces. It is important that each of these pieces are cut to fit the spaces in between and outside each of the three metal spacers. Using tin snips will help you shape the metal to those tapering end flare sections. Cut, file or sand each piece manually and/or with a belt sander until it fits each space perfectly. Having a sheet metal kit is very beneficial during this process since it has many of the tools and accessories you need to cut and shape sheet metal. Now, clamp the sheet metal pieces down, weld them to the fender, and grind the welds down until the whole flare is smooth.

    Step #3: Finishing and Painting the Flare

    FenderFlareIMAGE 8Once all the metal is welded onto the flare, clean the whole area with PRE paint prep solution and a clean cloth. The PRE paint prep will help rid the surface of any dirt, wax, polish or grease that may accrue during your work. This step will ensure a quality paint finish. Next, sand and fill all of the areas of the fender you intend to paint. Prime to cover the entire area of the fender and your new fender flare before applying the paint finish – Tech Tip – Eastwood 2K Aerospray Epoxy & Urethane Primers are great for this task. Lastly, choose your matching paint, fill your paint cup, attach it to your HVLP auto spray paint gun, and start applying your finishing coats. Make sure to spray on your paint evenly to ensure that your paint coverage is even on the body of the car.

    So go ahead, and flare your fenders today! For more DIY car tutorials, be sure to visit Eastwood.com.

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  • "Maybe I'm Amazed" That Paul McCartney's 1964 Aston Martin Sold For A Half-Million Dollars!

    Paul McCartney's 1964 Aston Martin DB5

    How much would you be willing to pay (if you had deep pockets) for a 1964 Aston Martin DB5? How much more would you pay if that DB5 was once owned by former Beatle Paul McCartney?

    Well, somebody bid between £307,000 ($490,463) and £344,400 ($550,282) (depends on which news site you prefer, neither giving the buyer's name) at RM Auctions’ recent London event and drove away with one beautiful car (see pictures here).

    Of course, the price was far less than the $4.1 million paid for the heavily-modified Aston Martin DB5 used in the filming of Goldfinger.

    While it’s not clear how long McCartney owned the car, records show it was ordered in early 1964, before the Beatles began their first world tour. McCartney specified state-of-the-art audio gear for his DB5, which at the time meant a Motorola radio and a Phillips Auto-Mignon record player. (How far we've come in 50 years!)

    Autoweek reported that the top sellers at that London auction were a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta “Tour de France” ($3.14 million), and a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Testa Fissa ($1.25 million).

    McCartney’s old Aston-Martin didn’t even set the record for a DB5 at auction; that went to a 1964 DB5 Convertible that drew a truly-impressive price of $1.01 million. Fitted with the sought-after five-speed ZF gearbox, the convertible was the second-to-last open-air DB5 built, which likely added to the car’s selling price.

    To read more about, and see more pictures of, McCartney's Aston Martin, please click
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  • Project of the Week- Powder Coating a vintage Mini Bike

    Here at Eastwood we're always working on new products, but we always make sure we're testing products we've offered for quality. Recently JR decided to powder coat a vintage mini bike to show off some of our Hot Coat Powder and test the outcome of our metallic powders.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • 2014 AACA Hershey Fall Swap Meet Report

    For most here at Eastwood The fall AACA Hershey swap meet has become a tradition to visit each year. The reality with Hershey is that if you can't take off of work and come mid-week, you're going to miss the REAL good deals. Heck, some of the best deals are scored by fellow vendors on setup day it seems! I decided to swing by on the first official day of the swap meet and see what this year had in store.   Click Here To Read Full Post...