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  • A Note of Appreciation From A Father-Son Team

    Every so often we get emails and letters from customers that want to share their buying experience with me. This particular email is pretty touching and it's a testamant to what each of us try and accomplish each time we have contact with YOU the customer. Mike and the crew in the retail store have really outdone themselves this time. This young enthusiast has experienced what the automotive hobby is really all about, the cars, sharing knowledge, and the relationships you make with others along the way. I only hope the positive, helpful attitude he received can be passed on to the younger generation as he gets older and more skilled. If you're local and want to plan out a future build, or need some advice on your current project, stop by and have a chat with these guys. They really do wanna hear what you're working on! We'll let his dad tell the story below.

    "Mr. Strohacker,

    I just wanted to drop you note to let you know of the positive experiences I have recently had when dealing with the individuals in your retail store in Pottstown, PA.

    In spring of this year my son (16) told me that he wanted to buy an old muscle car and restore it. After a great deal of searching he found a 74 Nova. The car was in pretty rough shape. Due to a previous oil leak inside the car, one of his first tasks was to remove the carpet and clean up the floor pans. He spent quite a bit of time removing rust to get them down to bare metal then he sprayed some primer on that we had purchased at the local auto parts store. Unfortunately this primer didn't hold up and they began to rust. Not wanting this to happen to the rest of the car he began to do some research and decided he wanted to buy some products from Eastwood. He was going to buy them online and have them shipped but knowing he was anxious I volunteered to drive to the retail store and pick them up since it's only an hour from our house.

    When I got to the retail store I presented my son's shopping list of items to Mike Ullman. He told me that he was impressed with the list of products and equipment my son had chosen which was reassuring to hear. What impressed me the most was Mike's interest in my son's project. He was genuinely enthused about a 16 year old working on an old car instead of sitting in front of the TV or playing video games. He offered several suggestions for use of the products, asked for pictures of progress of the car and provided his direct number in case we had any questions. Never having done an auto restoration project before I left the retail store with a very good feeling knowing we now had a good resource with years of experience to assist in this project.

    My son had been using a flux core welder that he had borrowed from a friend for some of the body work. He had taking metal working classes in high school and was not happy with using the flux core welder but the price was right. Last week his friend needed the welder back so he began to search for a true MIG welder. He saw on the Eastwood website that the MIG 135 was on sale but still a significant investment for a 16 year old. Knowing I could trust Mike's opinion I sent him an e-mail to ask about the equipment. He responded that it would be able to handle everything he needed and that there happen to be a scratch and dent model in the store that he could buy for a reduced price. That's all my son needed to hear. He was out of school early last Friday so we took a trip to the retail store.

    Josh took the time to show my son the welder and explained the features of the machine as well as making other suggestions that might be helpful as he's using the equipment. My son was also planning on picking up some of the low end body filler but after discussing what he was doing with Mike, he recommended a bit more expensive product but said he would be much happier with the results and that it was well worth the additional money. After using the alternative body filler on Sunday, my son said that Mike was right. Zak was also there and offered other suggestions and tips so we ended up with some rust encapsulator as well. Another very positive experience at the retail store.

    On the way home my son commented that he couldn't believe how friendly, helpful and supportive everyone was to him. Over the past 6 months he's put a great deal of time and effort into this car and I think it made him feel good to talk to other people who truly appreciate the time and effort it takes to complete a project like this.

    I apologize for the length of this note but thought it was important for me to relay as best I could the commitment and caring of some of your employees that I have had the pleasure to encounter. If this is any indication of the rest of people in your organization, there is no doubt in my mind that your company will be successful for years to come.

    Thank you for your time.

    Jim Malkowski
    Lancaster, PA"

    Thanks to Jim and his son for making the trip out to our retail store, and most of all for sharing this great experience with us!

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  • Dana Gabbard- 1946 Ford Convertible

    "My dad is 72 years old. He has a 1946 Ford Convertible that he has had since his twenties. It is in pieces. I have always dreamed of having a street rod and auto body shop. Dad has always supported me in everything, including getting my business off the groung. Five years ago I purchased a building and made a go of it. Dad is there to help every day not expecting anything in return. We have survived a tough economy where I work very long hours just to see that my employees and all of the bills get paid, and Dad is right there supporting me all the way. He has sacrificed being able to put his car on the road to see that I achieve my dream. It is hard to see him grow older each year and not have his car together. My dad lives his life for others. For as long as I can remember, he had dressed up as Santa and gone to hoses of Family, Friends, and complete strangers on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with candy canes he buys himself, just to bring joy to others. He is so selfless and deserves to have that car driveable while he can still enjoy it. $2,500 in Eastwood credit would go a long ways in getting some of the products and materials needed to get his project going. Please help me in saying thank you to my dad, Dana Gabbard, a great man who deserves it. Thanks Marc Gabbard Yakima, WA"

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  • Everyone Loves a Good Jeep Project, Even the Kids!

    Recently we have been running a contest for Ugly Truck Day here at Eastwood. The person that submits the "ugliest" truck, gets a $100 gift certificate. We've found that some enter their project.. not because they think it is necessarily the ugliest.. but because they could use the gift certificate for Eastwood supplies that could be used on their "ugly" truck. Craig E's Jeep was a perfect example. Nothing was overly horrible about it, but when I was viewing his submission, I was delighted to see that his 11 year old daughter "Mira" was getting heavily involved! Yes, she was disassembling, and even grinding and cutting! To think if some of us were able to start that young; how ahead of the restoration game we'd be! I decided to contact Craig and see if we could get the full story! Below are some highlights from his response. We could all take some notes from this story to use in our daily lives.

    Craig has been a long time Jeep fan, and his daughters (now age 8 & 11) have watched their dad part out, assemble, and restore 50 or more Jeeps over the years. When Craig was offered a free Cherokee from a local friend, he jumped at the chance to start another project. While planning the project, he asked his oldest daughter Mira if she wanted to help rebuild the Jeep. She was delighted to be involved, and asked "Can I weld on it?". No more persuasion was needed, and Craig and Mira started a project plan on an Excel spreadsheet; tracking costs, work that needed to be done, and even money saved from parting out other Jeeps.

    Not only was Craig delighted to have some help and bonding time with his daughter, he found a few "life lessons" that could really help Mira in the long-run.

    1.Learning about Jeeps/cars, as well as having pride in, and respect/responsibility for her vehicle. He knew after the project is done, she was going to have a vested interest in her first car.

    2. Fiscal responsibility. This will teach her about budgeting and making good financial decisions in the future.

    3.Learning how to drive a stick shift vehicle. Mira's Jeep will have a 5-speed transmission to help a little with fuel economy. Craig (I'm the same way!-Matt) is a firm believer that everyone should know how to drive a stick, it's shocking how few people do these days!

    4. Learning more about using Microsoft Excel, this will give her a jumpstart into the world of powerful business tools that she will definitely need when becoming an adult.

    So after setting up a plan for the project, Craig set off on the long journey from Michigan to Kentucky to pick up the Jeep. Once he fabricated tow brackets on-site, he was back on his way with their new water-filled, windowless Cherokee project.

    After they got the project home, they began to dig into the Jeep to see the severity of the corrosion from the truck sitting with no windows. They found it was savable, but would need rust repair in the floors.

    Craig and Mira recently began picking up cheap, local parts-donors for $3-500, and picking off the parts they needed, and selling the rest. The result is that they are into the project for only a little under $300, and they have about 95% of everything they need to finish the build! Craig did spring for some Eastwood paint and supplies, as well as some donations from local Jeep enthusiasts, and Ballistic Fabrication, have kept the project rolling forward on the "cheap".

    Right now the specs and future plans are as follows:

    1993 Jeep Cherokee Sport 2-Door
    4.0L HO engine with 157K miles...runs well
    AX-15 5-speed transmission
    NP-231 transfer case
    Dana 30 front/Dana 44 rear axles (3.73 gearing with limited-slip in the rear)
    4-wheel disc brakes
    OEM Jeep Ravine wheels
    31" BF Goodrich KM2 Mud-Terrain tires
    JCR Offroad rear bumper
    (planned) Iceland Offroad high-clearance flares (no suspension lift planned for vehicle)
    (planned) Custom-built front bumper (built by Mira and dad)
    (planned) Rock sliders (JCR Offroad, or custom-built)
    (planned) JCR Offroad transmission skid plate
    (planned) Later-model seats
    (planned) Synergy Green exterior paint (OEM color on the new Camaros)

    Along the way a number of products from us here at Eastwood have been used:

    Sheet Metal Gauge
    Poly-X, Paint & Rust Removal Disc 4.5in Cup Style
    EW Rust Converter New formula Aerosol
    Eastwood's Gel Rust Dissolver Quart
    Pre Painting Prep Aerosol 11 oz
    Extreme Chassis Black Primer 14 oz Aerosol
    Extreme Chassis BlackSatin 14 oz Aerosol
    Underhood Black Semi Gloss Aerosol 11 oz
    Diamond Clear Satin/Metal Surfaces Aerosol 11 oz.
    Aluma Blast Paint Aerosol 12 oz
    Rust Encapsulator Black aerosol
    Underhood Black Semi Gloss Aerosol 11 oz

    Their next plans are going to entail tackling the engine paint and starting on the bodywork. They definitely have a lot of work ahead of them, but at the rate they are progressing, I'm sure it will all happen pretty fast! We hope we can help with more products along the way, and are eager to see the finished product.

    Thanks for the inspiration Craig, and most of all Mira! Check out the rest of the pictures in the gallery below, and for the full saga check their build thread on the Great Lakes 4x4 Forums

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