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  • Cars of SEMA 2015 – Friday Wrap Up

    And as quick as that, another SEMA show is over. All the show cars that were the least bit drivable got fired up and took a lap of the strip, headed from the Convention Center to the SEMA Ignited public after party down the street.It was another great show and thanks to everyone who stopped into our booth to visit and see our newest products. It will take days, maybe weeks, to wrap our heads around all the neat new ideas and trends we saw at the show, but when we do we'll post them here for you. For now, here are some of the cars that jumped out at us even after 2 full days of looking at amazing cars.

    Just to prove that guys will hot rod anything, here is a souped up Allis-Chalmers Model B tractor. They started making these in the late 1930s and kept making them for a while, so no telling exactly what this is. It goes to show you that nearly the same principles can be applied to any wheeled vehicle, just make them lower and wider and they will look meaner even if they aren't really any faster. The flat head 4 must sound great as it spits fire out of the short tube exhausts.

    SEMA 2015 1938 Allis Chalmers Model B

    This may seem like a strange jump, from tractor to Porsche, but one of the first things the German car maker put their name on was a tractor. These air-cooled 911s, in candy colors, all in a row, look like what all of us adult children dream of seeing when we look under the tree at Christmas.

    SEMA 2015 Porsche 911

    If you instead dream of playing in a pile of dirt,maybe you'd prefer this Jeep Chief concept. Look close and you can see how much 4 door Wrangler is still there. But the retro front end look, and the custom hard top make it look like a completely different vehicle. Jeep sure can turn out some sweet concepts, now lets see if they can put some more interesting trucks in the showrooms.

    SEMA 2015 Jeep Chief Concept

    Wagons have a great big open space to practice custom paint on, even compacts like this Mercury Comet. The asymmetrical, flaked and striped, super glossy green, over a suede black body really pops. As you can see there is a custom stitched interior in matching colors too, and it continues all the way to the back cargo hold. SEMA 2015 1963 Mercury Comet Wagon

    It is hard to imagine this 1968 Mustang shares most of its chassis with the Comet wagon above, which never had any performance goals at all. This tricked out pro-touring/road race/track day fastback has plenty of scoops and air dams to keep the air flowing where it needs to to cool the brakes and rear end, as well as keep the car stuck tot eh pavement. It is kind of akin to the Elenore "Gone in 60 Seconds" Mustang, only more purposeful looking.

    SEMA 2015 1968 Ford Mustang

    We'll also have some more posts later detailing the cars and builders who won this year's Eastwood Hands-on Awards. For now here is a recap of some of the standouts that went on to the Customer Choice category.

    SEMA 2015 1960 Oldsmobile 88

    SEMA 2015 1940 Mercury 4


    SEMA 2015 1953 Ford COE Truck 1

    SEMA 2015 1952 Chevy Gene Winfield Desert Sunset 3

    SEMA 2015 1927 Ford T-bucket

    SEMA 2015 1949 Cadillac

    SEMA 2015 1950 Metro Ice Cream Truck 1

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    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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  • 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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