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  • A Kustom Kaiser Catches Jay Leno's Eye.

    Each year when we hit SEMA we try and showcase our favorite vehicles at the show in our coverage here on the blog, YouTube, Facebook, and our other social media outlets. This year a Kustom Kaiser caught our attention on setup day and we were able to catch up with builder Keith Charvonia to shoot a feature on his car. We were blown away by the attention to detail. Keith also told us he was going to be hitting the show circuit hard this year after SEMA.

    Fast forward a few months and Keith sent us an update on Project Drag'n. It turns out his Kaiser has caught the attention of some BIG names in the car world. Recently Jay Leno asked for Keith to come on an episode of Jay Leno's Garage to talk about the car. If you know anything about Jay's taste in cars, he likes the best of the best. Watch the Jay Leno's Garage site for the upcoming feature, but until then you can watch our interview at SEMA where Keith debuted the car below.

    We've also heard some whispers about David Freiburger pushing for a feature on the Kaiser in an upcoming issue of Hot Rod Magazine. I'd say it's going to be a good year for Drag'n and Keith!


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  • First Wave of Eastwood Products Arrive at Honest Charley

    Recently we announced Eastwood's sponsorship of the 2013 Street Rodder Road Tour Build and we gave you a hint of what the crew at Honest Charley Garage had gotten themselves into with this build. We got an extensive list of tools and products they needed and we promptly sent off our first "care" package for the 51 Ford. The crew recently got the goods and sent us this picture of them after receiving it. We can't wait to see how they put it all to use and transform this rust bucket into a classy custom!

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  • Guess Where They Found The "Back to the Future" Truck?

    The 1985 Toyota Xtra Cab 4X4 truck being driven by Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, in "Back to the Future". (Photo courtesy http://www.imcdb.org)

    If you saw the second and third "Back to the Future" movies, you likely remember the celebrated DeLorean car that was used in the pictures. But there were other vehicles in the films too. Michael J. Fox's character, Marty McFly, drove a 1985 Toyota Xtra Cab 4X4 truck in those movies, and it's that truck that will be undergoing a restoration soon.

    According to the Time Machine Restoration Company, the Toyota was stolen many years ago, and was recently recovered by the Mexican federal police. The car was auctioned off, and the company, already restoring the movie's iconic DeLorean, got the truck too.

    It's not clear what the vehicle was doing in Mexico, or why the Mexico federal police were involved, but there's no question that it's the actual car. There was a note written on the passenger-side sun visor that read, "Keith, Many thanks. See you on something else I'm sure—Michael J. Fox."


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  • Slow, Medium, or Fast? Which Eastwood Urethane Paint Activator is Best?

    Concours Paint Gun

    Laying paint is a pretty simple idea when you think about it. You spray your desired color over something and let it dry and live happily ever after right? Well that may be true if you're painting a dog house, mailbox, or fencepost! It takes a little more than that to produce a quality paint job on a vehicle. There are a lot of tricks of the trade to help you lay perfectly smooth paint right out of the gun. The tip we're focusing on today is choosing the correct activator for your situation. Believe it or not using the correct activator could save you a lot of headaches, extra hours of sanding, or possibly having to respray the entire car!

    We realize you probably don't work in a climate controlled shop where you can monitor the temps. You may be spraying in your garage, in the yard, or in a temporary shed somewhere. This means the temperature outside and the weather can severely change how quickly the paint activates and "flashes" (starts to dry) as well as how well it flows out of the paint gun. We've decided to broaden our range of urethane activators into 3 simple formulas.

    Eastwood Urethane Activator

    1. Slow Activator- Slow activator is great for when you may be painting on a hot summer day when the temps are over 80F. Once you fine tune your mixture you can use this on a hot day and your paint will flow out nice and flat and you'll have enough time to lay all that you've mixed in your gun. Using this activator on too cool of a day would cause the paint to take much longer to flash and can cause imperfections in the paint. If you are in a pinch you could tweak the mix ratio, but do this with care!

    2. Medium Activator- We formulated this activator to be the best "all-around' activator when painting. If you are unsure which activator to choose, this one will work in most climates. Just remember that when you reach higher temps around 80F it may flash too quickly (causing "dry" spots) and with the temps under 70F it may take quite a while longer than normal to flash.

    3. Fast Activator- Spraying on a cool fall afternoon or on a night when the temps are under 70F? Then you need our fast activator! It will speed up the flash time and allow you lay your additional coats of paint or clear coat in a reasonable amount of time in cooler weather. In a pinch you can use our Medium activator as well, but remember it could raise your flash/cure times greatly!

    We always suggest to mix up a small batch of paint or clear coat and spray a test panel before you go at your project. Make sure you dial in your settings, mixture, and technique so you can quickly and efficiently lay your paint or clear. If you have a nice selection of Eastwood activators you can paint throughout the warm months of the year. Sadly we still haven't found the right formula to paint in those cold, snowy months.. but if we get more requests than just from Santa at the north pole.. we may look into it!


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  • It's not lost, it's just misplaced!

    About a year ago I made an entry entitled "You Know You're In Deep When..." where I detailed some of the ways you can tell if your life is really consumed with the hobby. I pretty much can check off most all of the symptoms myself, as I'm probably in the realm of being considered "obsessed".

    Just the other day it dawned on me that I missed a common situation when you are REALLY "In Deep". It always starts with "Now where did I put that thing?". You know the feeling, you are looking for a part that you may have stored or removed ages ago, and just can't find it anywhere! For me it seems to be almost a weekly (daily as of late!) ritual where I find myself roaming all of my bins and shelfs in search of that ONE part I need. It doesn't seem to matter how organized you are, when you get in too deep, you start to amass so much "stuff" that it's overwhelming to find it first try! I have so many projects that I'm currently working on, have waiting in the wings, or am finishing up.. that it happens all too often.

    For instance, some of you may remember my first blog entry where I introduced myself, and my long term project, a 1976 VW Rabbit. This summer I've slowly started the process of sending items to be chromed, polished, or recoated for my suspension and engine bay. The next item for attention is the unique steering rack only found in the first 3 years of production of this car (which my car falls in). So naturally I go to my other shop where I store the car, lift the car cover.. and behold, there is no rack in the car. "Now where did I put that thing?" I dig further, and I find the tie rod assemblies from the rack, but no actual rack. I think a bit harder, and I have a vague memory of starting this process months ago, but no idea what happened to it. I know I'd never throw anything like that away.. but who knows where I put it "so it won't get lost". (Insert facepalm here)

    After all of the searching it becomes apparent I must have really tucked it away good, and now I'm forced to shell out some real cash for a NOS (New Old Stock) steering rack. It's quite frustrating, but I know it will eventually turn up, and I'll still have a spare if I don't misplace it again!

    After this last costly "misplacement", I've decided I need to take the time to really start organizing my parts for all of the projects I have going. Here are some ideas I currently use, or have used in the past. Feel free to share your crafty ideas that help save you time and limit "misplacing" things forever!

    1.A large Bolt Bin and a Magnetic Bolt Tray- I think more than anything, it annoys me to no end when I can't find a bolt I need to put something back together. Buying one of those wall racks with all of the little bins to hold lots of nuts, bolts, and hardware, has really saved me some time. In it I have all of my hardware sorted in the use for the bolt. So all sheet metal/self tapping screws together, all similar engine bolts together, lugnuts in another bin, etc. Only downside is it makes it even easier for friends to come over and snag bolts for their projects!

    2.Stackable Large Plastic Bins- You can get these from your local department store, or even check with local retail stores that may get them in shipments. Sometimes they have older ones they will give you for free. They stack nicely to save space and have been the #1 thing that's made assembling a car easier for me. I like to sort the bins by the section of the car they are for (interior small bits, engine parts hard parts, fueling parts, exterior trim, etc), or I separate the bins by the car that the parts are for. It's nice when you are reassembling a car to have the one or two bins you need right there with everything easily accessible. Additionally, separating the small items into labeled ziploc bags within these bins really makes things tidy.

    3. Drum or Crates- This is another item you might be able to score for free. Especially if you know anyone that works at a garage, or in a warehouse that might get large plastic, metal, or wood crates/drums. These can be used to organize everything from heavy/clunky parts like alternators, brake parts, etc., or even mass storage in a drum for all of your random wiring you have ( always keep spare wiring/harnesses around in case you need connectors, bits of wiring for repairs, etc).

    Those 3 ideas have helped me in the past, but I obviously need to revisit my storage and organization to find some more ideas. I'd love to hear your ideas, so feel free to share!

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