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    • Take Your Kid To A Car Show!

      Eastwood people are family people who know the importance of spending quality time together. That's why Eastwood people like you know that sharing your appreciation for vintage or classic cars is a great way to nurture your kids' interest in a hobby that you can enjoy together for many years to come.

      Back around Father's Day we had a little contest asking customers to send in pictures of a parent-child team working together on a vehicle restoration. That's the kind of family collaboration encouraged by a new web site called TakeAKidToACarShow.com.

      That awareness program and web site was started by the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO), a council of SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Assn.), to deliver a simple yet effective message to parents and car show organizers about getting youth involved in the collector car hobby.

      The site includes lots of pictures of cool, old restored cars in the Photo Gallery. Younger children will love the coloring book pages they can download, giving them an early start on "customizing" their own cars! There's also a directory of car shows in your area. Got an iPhone or iPad? Download this free app and the kids can start customizing cars now!

      Every time a youngster helps to apply a coat of wax, change a set of brake shoes, install a new tail lamp lens, or perform a simple tune-up, he or she will begin to experience a growing sense of pride and accomplishment.

      Teaching a youngster to appreciate something as special as a classic car is a terrific way to communicate strong values of respect for all things, to help them understand the value of our history and our culture. And they will quickly learn positive ways to express themselves, perhaps even with a special car or truck that matches their own personal style.

      As you restore the past, remember to ensure the future; Take a Kid to a Car Show.

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    • Meet Keith Paine our Help on the Horizon Contest Winner

      During the end of 2012 we ran a contest called "Help on the Horizon" where we asked customers that had a tough time, or a rough year to send us a story about themselves and their project car. Out of the piles of submissions we narrowed the entries down to 10 individuals/stories that touched us the most. We published them on www.eastwood.com/blog for everyone to nominate their choice for the winner of $2500 of Eastwood credit.

      After the dust settled (it was a close one!), our winner was clear. Keith Paine is a NY State Trooper that had some bad luck when he was struck on the side of the highway while helping a disabled vehicle. You can read the full story and Keith's entry here. We decided to get in touch with Keith and get a little more on himself, his background in classic cars, and his '57 Chevy Truck project.

      "My father is a great mechanic so we've always tinkered with cars. He does the mechanical side and I've tried to do the interior and bodywork. My first car was a 55 dodge royal 4dr when I was 15. It started as a pink and white basket case. Other than being mostly solid, it had nothing else going for it. It had the 270 red ram V8 (not the super red ram hemi) which meant I was getting 8-9 mpg and most bicycles were faster. By the time I was 16 my dad had it running nicely and we shot it with red laquer and left the white top. What more could a 16 year old kid ask for other than a cool old car that could fit you and 19 of your closest friends in?! 
We've had other projects over the years, nothing real fancy, but the time spent together is worth more than any car could bring."

      We wanted to hear more about how Keith found his Chevy truck and where he's at with it currently. His story starts like many we've heard before.

      "I found a great looking truck advertised (by a dealership) on eBay that was a solid CA truck with new paint. It had a "new crate engine" 350 with "all new front suspension". Well, we found you don't always get the truth on eBay!"

      "When I got it home it was a ten footer. The paint was old laquer and had cracks in it. It looked like it was stripped to bare metal and they didn't use the correct primer since it was peeling off with the paint. The "new crate 350" was not new or a crate engine and didn't start. They had a quadrajet carb on it that looked like it was fresh from the junkyard. Changing it out with a new one got it started."

      "I had registered the truck for a small local car show the day it arrived, and after a quick clean we headed to the show. We quickly found that the gauges didn't work, the gas tank was leaking, the suspension was really loose and the steering would turn right correctly, but only half a turn left. The truck ended up taking third place (out of three trucks!) and with my fathers help, we got it back home in one piece safely."

      "Once home, we found that the truck had been thrown together and most of the suspension hardware (nuts and bolts) were loose and missing from the trip to the show. The steering column was stamped Toyota and jammed in place to fit between the headers. Turning left was locking it against the header. As funny as it sounds, we turned it upside down and it cleared the header! The "new" front suspension was the original 1957 suspension with lowering blocks on the FRONT leaf springs. The "new crate engine" turned out be a tired 350, but I drove the truck for three summers like this while I saved up to redo it correctly."

      "The winter of 2009/2010 I had had enough money to start the restoration. I ordered an IFS kit for the front and we stripped the front of the truck to bare bones. The new suspension went in next and the firewall was shaved, then the front section of the frame was boxed in and painted with Eastwood 2K Ceramic Chassis Black."

      "The engine was made into a 383 stroker and retrofitted with 92 firebird fuel injection. I used sticky mickey's and drew out a punisher skull on the intake.
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      "The summer of 2010 barely existed with a newborn in the mix. All of the work so far (including the paint) was done in my two car garage. The 57 was getting a little further, but nothing like the year before. We then started on the interior. I welded in sheet metal to close off the cab where the gas tank used to be and welded in a console to hide the fuel injection harness. The dash needed a lot of work and was mostly filler. The wiring was trash with new bits and pieces tied in with old wires, burned wires, and a rats nest of wires that didn't go to anything. Lastly the top corners where the sunvisors connected looked like they were hammered in and redrilled a few dozen times."

      This isn't my first paint job, but it was my first successful paint job. We decided to add some ghost flames with the help of more Sticky Mickey's. To apply the flames we used copper flake in a clear base.

      "It was around this point that I was in the accident. Since then, the interior was put back together but unfinished and the truck is together and running. It needs the doors and fenders to be hung correctly, the paint needs to be buffed and touched up. Wiring needs to be finished. The exhaust is on but needs work. The windows are now electric, but need attention. A new windshield was put it in, but the wipers are not connected. Sound deadening (Thermo-Coustic??)will be one of my first steps.


      With the motivation and dedication I have now for the 57 I know I will be driving it when the snow is gone this year. For a guy like me, that eats and breaths cars this is truly a dream come true. Again, Thank you Eastwood!"

      We thank you for your service Keith and we hope you can put the Eastwood products to good use on the '57 or your '69 Mustang Coupe project! Congrats!

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    • Emmanuel Koutouzos- 1969 Chevelle SS

      "This Year was very difficult for me and my family. We came home late sunday night the first weekend of January to find our house on fire. After the realization that there isn't anything you can do to stop the situation, we had to sit and watch our home burn to ground with my first vehicle ever sitting in the carpool. My dad helped me purchase the car when I was only 14 and I started working side jobs to pay him back. It helped me learn a life lesson early on, that you have to work hard to get what you really want. Something I carried with me my whole life. The car was a true SS 1969 Chevelle, the original 396 was in storage and a 496 stroker big block was sitting in it place. The chevelle was 85-90% complete and waiting for funds to finish the interior and trim.After some very hard times and alot of heartbreak we have started rebuilding our home and now we'll be able to have a garage to have a proper place to restore our beloved chevelle. Plans include media blasting every piece and restore the chevelle better than before. Eastwood's product would be an amazing help with this huge task of restoring our beloved chevelle once again. Thank you for this opportunity, Emmanuel Koutouzos"

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    • David Chambers- 48 Plymouth

      "In 2010, I fulfilled m y contract with the US Army, as a disabled combat soldier. I entered automotive school shortly thereafter, and graduated this past Aug.The entire time I was in school,I was doing my best to pay off debt from when I was younger and less concerned with the future, but never made much progress. I've only just found a job, as a fabricator. It not being my chosen field, I'm not left much room to work on my cars, nor save up to purchase the equipment I need to do what I love, restore and customize cars and motorcycles. I've acquired a few tools here and there, but I still lack the larger, more expensive tools, even a welder. I don't even have a garage to work out of. I've worked to be a productive person as much as I can, but keeping m y head above water is a struggle on m ost days. I do my best to maintain a positive attitude, and work as hard as my body lets me, but debt collectors seem to enjoy reminding me that no matter how hard I work, the money I earn, isn't mine. I admit things could be worse, so I don't ask for hand outs, but after a while, desperation takes over. I need a hand. I don't need a miracle. I just need a welder and a few other things. I need to start doing what I love again. I have a 48 plymouth that I love, but the floor is nearly gone, and the rockers are rotting through. I need these things, so I can make my life about fabricating, not just wishing."

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    • Janice Payne- 1947 GMC Greyhound Bus

      "Difficult, you bet! Determ ined, you bet! In over m y head, Absolutely.... lol Tree fell on m y Pace Arrow Eleganza that I was restoring while living in as my home.... Insurance company announced It was totaled. Just in case you are wondering, yes I was inside it when it happened! Thought the end had com e!!!! There I found m yself having to find another hom e & of corse It would have to be a project to be able to afford it. I found myself scanning eBay and the PERFECT solution was suddenly right in front of me!!!! A 1947 GMC PD3751 6-71 Greyhound Bus!!!! What a Beauty!.... What Classy Lines!.... What a life long Project this is going to be just finding parts! Having No Fear, or just plain ol Crazy, I used the insurance money for the down payment and got a loan for the remainder. Took over a month to get her from Wisconsin to Virginia, but I'm sitting in her typing this right now :) "Her name is "Thunder" She was brought back to life and converted about 10 years ago by a previous owner so the inside is still pretty darn good and the person I got her from only had her about a year. The outside needs a lot of TLC to bring her back to glory so there is plenty of work to be done, specialty tools to be bought, parts to find, Parts to Make, body work, paint, electrical solutions to figure out.... The list goes on & on! Bungies holding luggage com partm ents closed, Big roof dents, Scrapes, Puncture holes both sides, chrome work etc. Difficult, You Bet! Determined, you bet! In over my head, Absolutely! Now I just hope lucky as well ;) Many Thanks for Being There Eastwood! GtrPknToolToatinMama & Thunder"

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