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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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  • YOU CAN BUY AUTO RESTORATION GEAR ALL DAY LONG BUT…

    With help from his young daughter, Shane Mason was a big prizewinner in Eastwood’s Gearwrench Giveaway. Shane won a set of ratcheting wrenches, impact socket set, socket wrench with extension, aviation snips, allen wrench set, gloves, hammers, and more.

    Above is Shane’s prizewinning photo. He writes, “My two year old daughter Mai Ly and I tuned up and performed a brake job on my ‘94 Jeep Grand Cherokee 24 hours before I deployed to Afghanistan for a year. She and I are inseparable. Definitely daddy's little girl!”

    “YOU CAN BUY AUTO RESTORATION GEAR ALL DAY LONG BUT, Eastwood’s the only company I know that gives deep info on how to do award winning work.”

    Shane Mason is a soldier who recently returned from a 1-year tour in Afghanistan. Shane won big in Eastwood’s Gearwrench Giveaway photo contest. He told us of his project Jeeps as well as his appreciation of the deep how-to auto restoration information Eastwood gives.

    “I’m in the US Army, the Delaware Army National Guard. We were called up to deploy to Afghanistan for a year for Operation Enduring Freedom. The people of Afghanistan are very appreciative of our support for their culture. In civilian life, I work for the Delaware National Guard as a logistics specialist.

    I like Jeep Grand Cherokees. They have V-8s in them, they’re the right size, they have 4-wheel drive, and I’ve managed to pick them up cheap. I have a ’93, a ’94 Grand Wagoneer – same vehicle body but it has wood grain on the sides. And I’ve got a ’95 Orvis edition Grand Cherokee.

    “I wanted a reliable vehicle for my wife while I was in Afghanistan”

    I wanted to have a good second vehicle for my wife while I was in Afghanistan; something reliable. I purchased my ’94 with a V-8 5.2 liter engine for $350. It had a good body and a decent interior but the drive train needed to be redone. I found another vehicle with very low mileage that had the same drive train but had been rolled. I broke down the engine and transmission, rebuilt them myself, put it all back together again in the ’94 Jeep.

    “Eastwood’s deep tech info motivates a layman like me.”

    The information Eastwood gives in their catalogs and website is the biggest thing for me. It motivates me to get to the finish line with my vehicle projects. Eastwood’s the only company I know that gives that kind of how-to detail on all their products – under coatings, chassis paints, high temperature engine paints and everything else that makes a restoration easier for the layman like me.

    My father and I purchased an Eastwood turbine paint spraying system and there are articles in the Eastwood catalog that tell how to use this system to get award-winning results. You can purchase restoration gear all day long but what Eastwood does is offer products plus information on how to use them and the results you’ll get.

    Everybody wants to do projects the best they can but laymen don’t know how the professionals do it. Eastwood is among the professionals who know how to get things done. So when they offer the techniques, that information is very valuable.

    “I’m at the metalwork stage and looking to Eastwood for information”

    I have more project cars that all need paint and body work. Jeeps and a ‘69 Road Runner. I’m at the metalwork stage so I’m looking at Eastwood’s information on metal techniques that can help me make my projects outstanding. Eastwood’s epoxy primers, metal treatment and rust inhibitor products.

    I read about Eastwood’s new spot-weld kit for a MIG welder while I was in Afghanistan. And I keep coming back to the Eastwood site to find out what new techniques can I pick up.

    My advice for others? Don’t give up. Many folks have project cars that have been sitting for a while but don’t give up on them. One day you’ll look at it and all those emotions you felt when you first saw the car will come back to you. It’s all about timing. Stay with it and ask questions when you need help. There are a lot of folks out here in the auto hobby who’ll work with you including Eastwood. You can call their tech line and get some good, honest feedback on the best way to go about working on a project you’ve got going.”

    — Shane Mason, Delaware

    Do YOU have an Eastwood auto restoration story to tell? Please email us — our blog visitors want to know!

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  • Eastwood Dad Jim N.- What we want for Fathers Day!

    Fathers Day is fast approaching and we have loads of great Fathers Day Sale Items ready for you to wow your dad with. We made up a quick questionnaire for a few of our Eastwood Dads about the celebration that is Dad!

    Meet Jim N. he is one of our customer service team leads and a long time motorhead!

    1. Tell us about your pride and joy(s) (your kids of course!)-

    I have a 10 year old Daughter (Adriana) and 3 year old Son (Tristan)

    2. What would you prefer for Fathers Day, a new pair of socks, a tie, or tools and why?

    Tools!..I have over $10,000 in tools and want more! Although, I really could use a set of quality Eastwood Tin Snips!

    3. Did you get your love for cool vehicles with engines from your dad? Any fond memories of your dad and you working together?

    My dad was a Nuclear Engineer specializing in diesel generators as backup power to nuclear reactors. I was able to go with him a few times when they were rebuilding the generators and actually stand in one of the piston cylinders, yes they were that big. I knew then I wanted to be a mechanic and went to college to learn the trade.

    4. If you could hand down any tools from your collection down to your kids, which would they find the most useful?

    Probably my wrenches and socket sets, But my son is fascinated with my A/C sniffer

    5. What tool do you reach for the most when working around the garage or house

    My flashlight…seems the older I get the worse I see!

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  • Eastwood Dad John S.- What we want for Fathers Day!

    Fathers Day is fast approaching and we have loads of great Tools and Fathers Day Sale Items ready for you to wow your dad with. We made up a quick questionnaire for a few of our Eastwood Dads about the celebration that is Dad!

    Meet John S. He is our E-Commerce Marketing Analyst and handles our eBay, Amazon, etc stores. He just so happens to be a motorhead AND a great Dad! Check out what John had to say in response to our questions below.

    Tell us about your pride and joy(s) (your kids of course!)-

    I have a 17 year old son that just got his driver’s license. Now I have an excuse to buy another car. I have a daughter that just turned 12 years old. She likes to attend the local cruise nights with me. She also has her own collection of Hot Wheels Dune Buggies.

    2. What would you prefer for Fathers Day, a new pair of socks, a tie, or tools and why?

    I would prefer to get a new tool as a gift. I am not the type that wears a lot of ties and I would rather buy my socks. You can never have too many tools. I would enjoy getting a set of the Sunex Impact Sockets since I find myself reaching for the impact wrench and using chrome sockets too often (which is a big no-no!).

    3. Did you get your love for cool vehicles with engines from your dad? Any fond memories of your dad and you working together?

    My Dad owned his own garage. He would also work on cars at home almost every night. Some of the cars that stick in my mind that he would work on was a Red 1969 428 Mach 1 and a 1953 Corvette. I remember he was always buying cars and fixing them up. It seemed like we owned a new car every month. I went to work with him when I was 15 years old.

    4. If you could hand down any tools from your collection down to your kids, which would they find the most useful?

    Since it seems like they are always asking for screwdrivers I guess that would have to be it. I can never find my screwdrivers; this would be a nice gift for Father’s Day.

    GearWrench Ratcheting Wrenches

    5. What tool do you reach for the most when working around the garage or house?

    Recently I purchased a ratcheting wrench set we just started to offer. It is amazing how much easier it is to use a ratcheting wrench over a standard one. I don’t know how I managed without them all these years.

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  • A List of Tools Dads Can Use- Fathers Day Tool Gift Ideas

    If your dad is anything like mine, he probably likes to tinker and work on things more than he likes to organize his ties and color coordinate his socks. If that's the case, you probably should avoid buying him another tie or another pack of socks this Fathers Day. We all love Fathers Day here at Eastwood and I've decided to put together the first of a few lists of tool gifts your dad can actually use, won't break the bank, and will last a lifetime.

    Gearwrench Ratchet Wrench Set

    1. Ratcheting Wrenches- Your dad's time is of the essence and whether he is trying to fix the lawn mower or maintain his hot rod, he can always use a tool that will save him time. The ratcheting wrenches take the concept of a basic open and boxed end wrench and add the ratcheting function. With the new Gearwrench "Universal Tooth" design you can get into hard to reach spots and quickly tighten or loosen just about any nut or bolt. Cover all your bases and get him both an SAE and a Metric ratcheting wrench set from Gearwrench. Need a larger set that has similar features but more wrenches? Check out the Channellock ratcheting wrench sets in SAE and Metric. Either way you can't lose by adding a set of fancy ratcheting wrenches to his toolbox!

    2. Tool Racks- Dad may get so busy his tools in the garage may not stay as organized as he'd like. A quick and easy way to fix this is to get him the supplies to organize his tools. One of our organizational favorites is the Z-Rack Screwdriver and wrench racks. These guys will hold 14 of your dad's favorite wrenches or screwdrivers for quick access when working in the garage or around the house. It will save a lot of time digging through the toolbox drawers and looking around the workbench. A tip for getting extra points is to install a set of these for your dad in his shop ahead of time so he can instantly reap the benefits of these racks (they even come with mounting screws)!

    Dead Blow Hammers

    3. Dead Blow Hammers and Rubber Mallets- Most every dad has gotten a claw hammer for Fathers Day at least once. Try a twist on that common gift and get him a couple Dead Blow Hammers. These come in handy when you don't want to smash, bend, or break things like you would with a claw hammer or a BFH. These can be used to hammer things without damaging the surface or scratching the finish. Not to mention they hurt a lot less if dad hits his finger or drops it on his toe (we're always looking out for Dad!).

    Fairmount Multipurpose Hand Saw

    4. Multipurpose Hand Saw- Not that we've covered wrenching. hammering, and organizing, what's one other thing your dad can be found doing in the garage? Cutting! Everyone needs a good handsaw and the new Multipurpose Hand Saw covers all the bases with its spring loaded handle. Now you can use it as a keyhole, jaw, and hacksaw. We've tested it to cut just about everything including steel, aluminum, copper, wood, plastic, plasterboard, solid foam and much more. This is definitely one of the best "bang for your buck" gifts for this Fathers Day!

    Gearwrench Rolling Tool Cart

    5. Rolling Tool Cart- Want to be a star child this year? Get him a rolling tool cart! This is going to allow him to throw some tools on the cart and roll it out to the driveway to work on the car, lawn mower, etc and he can throw away the bucket he carried his tools in before. The Gearwrench 2 Drawer Rolling Cart has all the features of a high dollar cart (similar from other companies are 3-5 times the price!), but at an extremely affordable price. Yep that's right, double ball bearing drawer slides, powder coated surface, and a trigger lock drawer system that keeps the drawers closed tight.

    We hope these gifts spur some ideas for some quality gifts your dad can actually be excited to use. Just be warned, following our suggestions may raise the bar for all gifts in the future and you will have to figure out how to outdo yourself next year! Either way we'll be here and have the tools and supplies to help you and your dad Do the Job Right.

    -Matt/EW

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