• Eastwood’s ‘Shop Talk’, Episode 29: JF Launier - 2014 Ridler Award Winner

    ‘What does it take to win the Ridler Award?’ is a question many fabricators would love to know the answer to.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Project Pile House- Custom Hidden Hood Hinge Project

    The next part of the project was making the hood open on custom hinges. I was hoping I could find a pre-made hinge kit that allowed me to open the hood from the front like most cars currently have. Unfortunately all I found were kits for wild customs and street rods that opened from the back and tilted forward or to the side. As much as I like custom touches, making my vehicle look like a transformer is not one of the things I want to do this time around. I decided to take a crack at making my own hinges that disappeared behind the dash and share the process.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • What is a Lap Joint and How Do You Perform One?

    A common joint found in auto repair work, the lap joint is a piece where two pieces of metal overlap each other. An ideal lap weld should have a good amount of weld bead penetration without the upper edge melting back or overlaying. If the upper layer melts too much, the lap joint will be too weak and thin. Making lap welds takes a good amount of practice to get it right, so experiment with your welding angle, arc length and rate of stitching welder travel to find the best combination for you.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Eastwood’s ‘Shop Talk’, Episode 28.5: JF Launier - 2014 Ridler Award Winner

    It’s probably safe to assume that the Detroit AutoRama Ridler Award is the most prestigious honor in the fabrication world.

    Typically two people will receive a trophy: one to the builder and one to the shop that financed it.

    In the case of JF Launier, he was awarded both trophies: A testament to JF’s work ethic, confidence, and craftsmanship.

    Sit tight & listen to Kevin as he previews things to come on next week’s episode of Shop Talk, where JF explains what it takes to win the coveted Ridler Award!


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  • The Bonneville experience in SoCal- El Mirage Dry Lake Racing

    Going fast has been a fascination since the beginning of time. Before motorized vehicles our ancestors were racing horses and horse carriages. As time went on and cars were invented, man has become obsessed with going as fast as possible in a motorized vehicle. These days drag racing is a BIG thing and every weekend people get together to watch men and women launch themselves down the 1/4 and 1/8 mile paved race track. You may not realize it, but drag racing and high speed runs in motorized vehicles originally started in dry lake beds. Back in the 30's a few car clubs filled with racers came together to form the SCTA (Southern California Timing Association) and create a set of rules and regulations for land speed racing on the dry lakes. Today the SCTA is still around and runs on one of the first dry lake beds (El Mirage) where it all started.   Click Here To Read Full Post...