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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

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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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  • Rebuilding the front suspension with a custom twist Part 1- Front air ride on a Chevy S10

    After I got the custom rear air suspension built for Project Pile House, I could now move on to the front suspension. The rear was relatively easy since there was a ton of room under the bed, but the front isn't so easy. After some research on mini truck websites and the S10 forums, I found that most guys suggested upgrading to the larger 2600 series air bags in the front when you are planning a V8 drivetrain (as I am). The 2500's apparently require much more air to get the truck up to an acceptable ride height and driving the truck at those high pressures makes the ride very harsh. Ideally for the best of both worlds you want the vehicle to ride at a mid-range pressure that will give you a nice ride, but still handle well. The downside is that the bag is obviously larger and requires a bit more modification to the spring pocket to fit.

    I began by disassembling the front suspension, you can see above it was definitely time to address the front steering and suspension components on this chassis! I started the job by removing the tie rods out of the steering knuckle. Many struggle dropping the ball joints and popping the tie rod out of the knuckle when doing this job. I was taught a trick long ago that makes the job really easy.

    What you want to do is remove the nut from the tie rod (or ball joint) and clean off the outside of the pocket where the tie rod is seated. Look for a casting mark where the knuckle was formed. Some vehicles (like this one) it's a flat area, while others it's just a rough raised line. You then take a large hammer (I like to use my 5 pound sledge), and take one REALLY good swing at the pocket; aiming directly for that casting mark you previously found. If you have good aim and swing hard enough, this will shock the conjoined parts loose and the tie rod or ball joint will be free enough that you can pull them out by hand. Sometimes the tie rod will even just fall right out. This is a great trick to show off to your friends and has saved me loads of time over the years.

    After knocking the tie rod out, I moved on to removing the bolts holding the shock in place. I then used a jack to compress the coil spring and slowly dropped the jack down relieving the pressure off of the spring. With the spring pressure relieved, I could remove the spindle, control arms, and other steering and suspension parts. This procedure was a good test for the new Eastwood 1/2" Composite Impact Gun. Even with the extra long air hose we have running to this side of the shop (can cause a pressure drop), it performed flawlessly removing bolts that probably haven't been touched since the chassis was newly assembled!

    With the old suspension out, I now could start on the front air ride fabrication. The nice thing about these larger bags is that they give a ton of lift when aired up, but when fully compressed they are probably a 1/3 of the size of the stock coil spring. For fun I sat the two next to each other before I began the job. Talk about a huge difference in height!

    That's it for the first part of this tech series, stay tuned for our next entry where I will show you how we mated the air bags to the stock suspension and chassis. Then we clean and detailed it all with some help from some Eastwood chassis coatings!

    -Matt/EW

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  • 5 New Unique Tools Your Toolbox is Missing- Tips to Make Auto Repair Easier

    After disassembling, assembling, fabricating, and tinkering with so many projects over the years, I've found that there are a core group of tools that will get most any job done. But there are some tools that just make life so much easier, I decided to put a list together of 5 new tools that really can come in handy.

    Indexible Pry Bar

    1. Indexible Pry Bar- How many times have you had a full set of pry bars and you never seem to be able to get into the correct position to pry effectively? With the handy Gear Wrench Indexible Pry Bars you can now click your pry bar into any number of positions to get into those hard to reach areas. We now find ourselves reaching for this whenever we need to pry on something since it handles most of the jobs a set of basic pry bars would have before.

    Radiator Hose Pinch Off Pliers

    2. Radiator Hose Pinch Off Pliers- One of my least favorite things to do is draining cooling systems when working in an engine bay. This is something that couldn't be avoided even when doing a "quick" job like replacing a coolant temperature sensor, an electric fan switch, or a simple radiator hose job. With the KD Tools Radiator Hose Pinch Off Pliers you can now isolate the coolant inside of the engine or radiator by safely clamping the hoses with these pliers. These pliers will save you coolant, clean up time, and messes associated with coolant system work. I'd suggest buying a few of these so you can block off numerous hoses at once, I know I keep a few on hand when working on the cooling system myself!

    Power Probe

    3. Eastwood Power Probe- Scary doesn't even begin to describe some of the electrical systems in cars that we've seen over the years. Between previous owner fixes and deterioration, it can be tough to track down electrical problems. You need to have numerous tools and different types of test leads to even begin to test all of the electrical components in a vehicle. This new Eastwood Power Probe allows you to test many of the functions test leads and multimeters combined would accomplish. I love the ability to test the function of electrical components without the risk of burning up numerous fuses! Reach for the power probe first when testing electrical circuits in your vehicle!

    Cable Hose Clamp Pliers

    4. Hose Clamp Wire Pliers- It always seems like hose clamps are put in the hardest spots to reach and then turned so the tabs are in a direction you can't reach your pliers or hands into. The GearWrench Cable Hose Clamp Pliers are like that skinny, long, third hand that you wished you had in those situations. These pliers allow you to get into those tight areas, slip the clamps over the tabs on the clamps, and squeeze the trigger to free the clamp, then slide it off of the hose. These are life savers, and keep the swearing, cuts, bruises, and headaches to a minimum from the other methods.

    QuadBox Ratcheting Wrenches

    5. Quadbox Ratcheting Wrenches- Having a house-sized toolbox stocked with every tool imaginable isn't going to help you save time if you have to walk back and forth to find the tools you need every few minutes. We love saving time and keeping the pile of tools used on a job to a minimum. This is where the GearWrench Quadbox Ratcheting Wrenches come into play. In this two-wrench set you will replace 9 tools (a ratchet and 8 sockets) and save time going back to the toolbox for more tools! Remember, every minute you save searching for the correct wrench or socket is a minute you could be finishing the project and move on to driving and enjoying your ride!

    Stay tuned for our next tool list where we cover more of our favorite hand and power tools on the market!

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