Tag Archives: Cadillac

  • SEMA 2012- Eastwood Company Part 2 Coverage

    Every year I'm still amazed at how many hidden "gems" there are in the show. You could walk rows and rows of products, models and through thousands of people, and suddenly you turn a corner and there is a beautiful car tucked in a booth. It's almost like a treasure hunt for us. We try to cover a lot of the show floor and find some of these hidden gems for YOU.

    Day 2 we seemed to stumble upon a lot of these types of cars. In fact right under our nose I found a small booth that was really different then the others.. no flashy lights, half-naked models, or an eager sales crew trying to lure you in with freebies. Just a beautiful deep red retro hot rod. After finding the builders, we got to talking and this very car is a true show car from the '50's that was found in sad shape. They brought it back to its former glory and added some additional custom work to get it looking as good or better than it did in its glory-days. This car is featured in this months HOTROD Magazine and we'll be doing a video feature on the car with the builder. Stay tuned!

    Gene Winfield Ford Kustom

    Even leaving the show walking outside, I found some amazing rides hiding in every corner and inch of the lot. This beautiful Kustom Ford is a Gene Winfield creation and he worked with his crew until hours before the show to get it ready and entered in the show. He had great things to say about Eastwood and we're honored to be doing an exclusive video feature on the Ford.

    Here's some of the best rides we found during day 2 of SEMA 2012 show. We'll do our best to keep seeking out the best rides for you!

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  • 2012 Macungie Das Awkscht Fescht Highlights

    As mentioned in our last post about Crosleys Being Featured at Das Awkscht Fescht 2012, we stopped by the show to get some footage of what the event is all about. Das Awkscht Fescht has a great laid-back vibe and Macungie, PA has the small-town-USA atmosphere that we love, so it's become one of our favorite shows of the year. Swap meet vendors and enthusiasts start showing up as early as Wednesday or Thursday and by Friday the fields are starting to fill up. Show goers quickly find their favorite shady spot to sit and talk cars for the day. We're always excited to see what sort of rare collectible vehicles show up each year. This year was no different, especially with the Crosley club coming together to put on a great display. Check out some of our pics and the video above to see what you're missing if you aren't hitting this show!

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  • Barn Finds a thing of the past?

    With all of the new housing developments being built, as well as new strict housing and property regulations being put into place by many communities, it is getting harder and harder to find old cars tucked away in old barns and garages. As I have mentioned in the past, I am a huge fan of old cars found after man years forgotten, and brought back to life. In fact, I have brought a number of vintage watercooled VW's back in just this manner. It really makes someone appreciate a car more if they hear the stories of how you found the vehicle, and the manner in which you brought it back. Luckily with today's technology, and research, here at Eastwood, we have come up with countless products to help you restore, modify, and keep those classic cars rolling for many years to come!

    But just when I thought all of the barn finds had been uncovered, I stumbled across this article posted on Old Cars Weekly where there was a large collection of very rare vintage cars found in a barn in Maryland. Some of these models I hadn't even heard of before! The most amazing part is how complete and unmolested most of these cars were. It isn't uncommon to see a car as old as some of these, chopped up and "hotrodded" at some point in their life. It seems like some of these cars would be ideal candidates for Pebble Beach after a proper restoration!

    I'll leave the full story to the guys over at Old Cars Weekly, and just share a few of my favorite pictures from this amazing find!
    1934 Packard Junior eight

    1937 Packard Coupe Convertible

    1931 Renault

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  • Eastwood hits the "Big Time".

    Recently we were contacted by an automotive T.V. show by the name of "MotorWeek". They asked if they could bring a project car in for some of our experts' opinions on it. They also wanted to do some segments on Eastwood's history and a bit of information on what we have going on with some of our products right now. We agreed on a date and waited patiently.

    Well, yesterday was the big day and a big truck and a larger trailer showed up. Many of us gathered to see what this "project car" looked like. As they dropped the gate on the trailer, the first couple things we all noticed was 1.This thing is big! 2.Its a Cadillac, and 3.It doesn't run.. (insert a group sigh knowing we have to push this thing around) After a group effort and a little bit of good old fashioned manpower, we had the car in place in our garage and we could climb all over it and assess the damage.

    After climbing around the car a bit, we learned the car was inherited by one of the show affiliates and was owned by his family for many years before being parked indoors. The car had a 1988 PA inspection sticker on it, so you can just guess how long it has been out of commission! To our surprise, the car was fairly solid for the age. The majority of the damage was in the corners of the rear quarters and the bottom seams of the doors. With the use of many of our Rust Solution Products they could easily, stop, remove, and treat the major issues with the body.

    Sadly, we couldn't inspect this classic all day, and we had to get to work setting up the shots for the film crew and doing our best to be quiet during filming (a lot harder than you think!). First, the crew shot an interview with our fearless leader Curt Strohacker giving a quick history of the company and also some details on our current product line. This went off essentially without a hitch, Curt is a natural in front of the camera!

    Next up was the shots MotorWeek had planned in our R&D department with the Caddy being the star of the shot. (if not anything, by default due to how huge it is!) Just to show how easy it is to spruce up this car, and also give the guys at MotorWeek a kick start, we went ahead and removed, blasted, and powder coated the left valve cover the original Cadillac Blue . They were so impressed with the ease of this process, they decided to film J.R. shooting the powder on! After the powder cleared and the camera lenses were dusted off (sorry Mr. Camera man!) They began shooting a segment in which our R&D and restoration guru Joe, explained some of the best ways to spruce this old Cadillac back up and which of our products would suit each job. After a few outtakes, Joe got the hang of it and they shot all of the angles they needed.

    All in all, this was a great learning experience for everyone involved. After their time spent here, the MotorWeek crew was seen loading a few of our popular products into the trailer. Namely, our new Master Blaster Dual Tank Blaster. Here's hoping those products are just what they need to get the Caddy back to its former cruising glory! Thanks again to the MotorWeek crew for being so patient with us, and we can't wait to see the finished episodes!

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