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  • Evan S., Eastwood Product Engineer- What Makes Us Tick!

    A finely tuned machine- Eastwood Employees makes us tick

    We want to share the great Eastwood staff with you, our customers! We have asked them to fill out the first five questions, and then pick 5 random questions from a “Wildcard” section of questions. We allowed them to answer these however they’d like. You’d be surprised at what some of us have to say!

    1. Name and Title at Eastwood?

    Evan S. – Product Engineer

    2. What the heck do you do all day?

    I have a multitude of tasks at Eastwood mostly involving bringing new products to market including ideation, development, testing, and finally making the product available to our customers. The job doesn’t stop there though as I also strive to control quality of all of our products.

    3. Did you come from an automotive background before Eastwood? What did you do before Eastwood?

    I have always been involved with motorsports as I started riding and racing ATV’s and dirt bikes at a young age, worked at power sports dealerships throughout high school and college, and then graduated college with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and came to work for Eastwood.

    4. When not talking cars, tools, and restorations all day, what are a few of your hobbies?

    I love the outdoors more than anything, well maybe not more than motorsports, but I always make time for hiking, camping, and just enjoying seeing new things in the outdoors.

    5. What's your favorite Eastwood product? Why?

    I’m not sure I have a favorite since I use many of them and have never had any bad experiences, but if I had to choose one it would be the Eastwood TIG200 Welder. I had some brief experience in TIG welding in my past but was never good at it. I was able to afford a MIG welder when I was younger so I had a lot of experience in MIG welding but could never afford my own TIG welder till now. After a lot of practice I was able to lay down some amazing looking welds and now I am nearly unlimited in my possibilities in welding due to the versatility of the TIG welding process.

    6. What's your favorite thing about working for Eastwood?

    My favorite thing about working for Eastwood is being able to talk ‘cars’ with your coworkers. It’s great to come in Monday morning and talk about all the hard work you completed on your latest project over the weekend.

    7. What's the first tool you reach for in the garage (what do you use most often?)
    The tools I reach for most often when working in the garage is a set of 3/8” drive metric sockets and a ratchet. There aren’t many general mechanical tasks you can perform without a set of sockets and a ratchet.

    8. Do have any prize possessions? What are they?

    My prize possessions are my family, friends, girl friend, and go fast toys. Life just wouldn’t be as great if it were missing any of these.

    9. Do you have any projects going right now? What are you building, restoring, or a job you are tackling next?

    I always have ongoing projects that actually never seem to end. I am currently working on a 1990 Nissan 240sx in which I swapped the motor to an inline 6 with a larger turbo. The car was a rust bucket when I got it so I had to do a lot of rust repair and body work and then finished it all off with our Moonlight Drive Metallic Blue paint. My other project which is almost done is a Honda 450r ATV, which I have owned since 2005 but it needed a complete overhaul so over the past few months I rebuilt the entire motor and blasted and powder coated nearly every part on the chassis.

    10. You have one wish, what is it?

    I would like to win the lottery as it would help me fulfill many wishes but realistically I want to race in the Baja 1000. I view this as being one of the most physical, mental, and mechanical demanding races there is.

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  • Behind the Scenes look at a local Auto Museum's Collection

    Here in Eastwood country, we are spoiled with the diversity of all types of automotive enthusiasts. It seems we have everything from antiques, to brand new sports cars being tuned, modified, and restored. It's pretty common to see all sorts of unique enthusiast driven vehicles out for a drive on a nice Sunday afternoon. Many times when I have friends coming from out of town to visit, they comment on some sort of cool car that they saw as they got near my house. Often they are surprised at my unenthusiastic reply.... you could say we are a bit desensitized around here!

    I think our deep automotive heritage in this area is the answer to why it seems to be "in our blood" to tinker with our vehicles. Why, miles from Eastwood headquarters, Boyertown Body Works (also known as Boyertown Carriage Works) operated and produced many early commercial and industrial bodied trucks. Or, if you want to touch on 2-wheeled motorized history, let's not forget Reading-Standard Motorcycles that built some early motorcycles that are highly sought after these days.

    Because of all of this heritage, not only do you see a ton of vintage cars, trucks, and motorcycles around, we are also lucky enough to have some cool little antique vehicle museums in the area. Recently I was given an "all access" tour of the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles. This museum specializes in primarily historic vehicles built in our general region. You will find everything from early horse drawn carriages, to very early coach built motor vehicles. This is the stuff you only read about in magazine articles and see in photos from prestigious shows like Pebble Beach.

    As I walked through the museum, I was amazed at how LITTLE I really did know about some of these vehicles. I consider myself to be pretty well versed in automotive history for my age. But I found myself constantly looking over the descriptions of these vehicles, trying to figure out WHAT they were, and WHERE they came from. I think this type of stuff is the most interesting when viewing cars at a museum. I want to see things I've never seen OR heard of before, and learn their history. That is what going to a museum is all about right? It's interesting to read the history on how these auto builders came about, many times they weren't even from a automotive background, but horse drawn coach builders, bicycle builders, or even industrial workers. I can only imagine how hard it was to design, and build an automobile with no prior designs to really look at, or experience on what "works", and what doesn't!

    Here are a few shots of some of my favorite installations on display at the museum when I visited. Please watch this space for my next post where I climb around some dusty cars in the private storage warehouse for the museum. I stumbled across some "electrifying" finds!

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