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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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    • Japanese Muscle?

      Here at Eastwood our roots are in vintage American steel. While most are die-hard American Muscle fans, I tend to stray from the norm and enjoy seeking out oddball cars to lust over. A recent pipe-dream project of mine has been a nostalgic Japanese car. After finding the Japanese Nostalgic Car Blog/Fourms I can't seem to get my mind off of building a vintage Japanese car.

      Most might cringe at the thought of even discussing tinkering with Japanese cars. I think this is because of the period of "Fast and the Furious" copycat cars that instantly makes most turn their nose when these cars are discussed. But if you look past that, there is a community restoring vintage Toyotas, Hondas, Mazdas, Mitsubishis, Datsun/Nissans, Subarus, and most anything JDM with the same care that you may take on your 69 Camaro or your 57 Chevy.

      I am currently keeping my eyes out for a large 70's Toyota sedan (the look of a 70's Cressida lowered makes my heart melt) for a fun cruiser, and a little Honda CVCC project to "hotrod" with a friend of mine. Just something about rolling up to a car gathering, and people scratching their heads! Either way, we are all trying to restore classic cars around here, and everyone can bond over the hard work put into each others ride.

      Here are a few of my recent favorite Classic Japanese Car pictures I've found while browsing. Enjoy!

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