Tag Archives: Eastwood

  • How to Notch Tubing for a Perfect fit every time.

    Tube Notching
    By: Blake Robinson

    With tools commonly used by chassis shops becoming more affordable and available these days, many racers are taking on fabrication projects themselves in their own garages. These skills are not going to happen overnight, but once you become familiar with your equipment and the materials that you are using, you can be fabricating like a pro in no time.

    Notching or fish mouthing are terms used to describe how one tube has the profile of the tube it will be welded against removed from it, this produces a semi-circular notch that's a major contributor to a strong weld joint. This process can be achieved by using a lathe, grinder, end mill, saw, or numerous other methods you can find on the internet.

    We have had great results using products from The Eastwood Company on our “Getting Back on Track” Camaro and wanted to share the process we are using with other Eastwood, “Do It Yourselfers”.

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    Product: Tubing Notcher and Hole Saw Kit (Item #12739)

    First off remember that the more accurate your measurements are, the better fitment you will have. Start by marking the center line on the tube to be notched. A second mark should be made on the obtuse angle side where the two tubes intersect.

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    The Eastwood notcher is adjustable up to 60 degrees, with the baseline 90 degrees being at 0 degrees on the notcher.

    Measure the angle on the acute side of the tube and write it down. In our case 60 degrees. The notcher would need to be set at 30 degrees to achieve our desired angle. (this number was found by subtracting 60 from 90)

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    After marking your tube and finding the notcher angle, it is best to cut off any excess tube. Leaving the excess tube only makes the cut harder to do and basically it will wear out your hole saw faster.

    Quick tip: before cutting your tube, use this rule. If the notcher angle is 0 to 44 degrees, add a 1/4 of the diameter of the tube to the intersecting line mark before cutting it. (this applies on a standard 90 degree notch as well, since the notcher is set at 0 degrees)

    If the notcher angle is 45 degrees or larger, then cut the tube at the intersecting line mark. This practice will allow you to always have sufficient material to help spread the load on the joint. With the tube cut to proper length and the notcher angle set, we can place our tube in the notcher.

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    Place the center line mark at 90 degrees in relation to the center of the hole saw. Then place the edge of the hole saw on the intersecting line mark for a notch angle of 0 to 44 degrees or at the edge of the tube for notch angles 45 degrees or larger.

    With our notch now completed, a test fit is done.

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    Before welding your tube, I would recommend that you remove any sharp edges from your notch.

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  • Eastwood’s ‘Shop Talk’, Episode 36: TC Penick & The Crew of Bay One Customs

    Sit tight & listen to Kevin, joined by TC Penick and the boys from Bay One Customs, taking the time away from saving Kevin’s butt yet again for this week’s episode of Shop Talk.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Eastwood’s ‘Shop Talk’, Episode 35.5: TC Penick - Custom Builder & Owner of Bay One Customs

    On this upcoming episode, we’ll speak with TC Penick of Bay One Customs out of Springfield, Tennessee. TC turned heads at SEMA 2013 with his 1958 Chevy Cameo Concept Truck.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Save All The Classics- Pulling a 1960 Oldsmobile out of its tomb.

    Nick fondly remembered this side of his family having cool old cars since his years as a wee little one visiting on the holidays and to watch the Mummers Parade. After speaking with his family, he found out that one of the cars was still stashed away in their large garage in the city behind the house. The house and garage have been uninhibited for a number of years as his great Aunt was in poor health. He struck a deal and asked myself and Joe R. here at Eastwood to come help him extract the car from it's tomb.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Plumbing Custom Brake Lines on Project Pile House

    First of all, if you're rebuilding an old car, whether it's a full blown 100 point restoration, or an out-of-this-world kustom, you shouldn't forget about completely redoing the brakes on your ride. Brakes are one of the most overlooked part of a build that can save your car and your life. Project Pile House is a full blown custom with little to be left original on the truck. It sits on a first generation Chevy S10 chassis, so the brake components on each corner are easy to get replacements for, but that's about where it stops being easy. I recently decided to plumb the brake system on Pile House, and show you what goes into a project like this.  Click Here To Read Full Post...