Tag Archives: Restoration

  • Easy Way to Remember When to Change Oil - Quick Tip

    Trying to remember oil change intervals can be a hassle especially if you have more than one vehicle in your garage.  Even if your memory is spot on, its not worth taking the risk of damaging your motor from a missed oil change.


    Here is an easy way to keep track of all your vehicles oil change intervals without having to remember the mileage for each.



    After you've drained your oil and are getting ready to screw on a new filter, grab a perminant marker and write down the date and mileage of your car, or the mileage that you want the next change to be.



    Now all you need to do to see when to change your oil next is take a look under your car for the filter.  This is especially helpful on your classic that you only take out on the weekends and to shows.


    Check out the Eastwood Blog and Tech Archive for more How-To's, Tips and Tricks to help you with all your automotive projects.  If you have a recommendation for future articles or have a project you want explained don't hesitate to leave a comment.

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  • How to Convert Late Ford Banjo Rear End to Spring Over Axle

    When you're building old cars you sometimes have to work with "what you've got", especially when you're on a tight budget. If you're building a hot rod using period correct parts you may need to mix and match parts to get something that works for your particular vehicle.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Fitment Issues with Stamped Patch Panels

    In the past finding replacement body panels for a classic or antique car was very challenging, usually they would have to be taken off of a broken down or wrecked car.  If you could find one it was great because its sure to fit as long as its not damaged.  Present day those old cars are becoming harder and harder to find and the junk yards are filling with late model imports.



    Companies like Auto Metal Direct (AMD) and Classic Industries have opened up a new market by offering brand new stamped panels for hundreds of cars all the way back into the 1930's.  These two are by far the leaders in the business because their parts have been fine tuned to have the best fitment and their higher prices reflect the quality.


    Are There Other Options?

    Budget builders have found some relief because there are a few companies that offer the same parts but at a much lower cost, the only issue with these is that they have a reputation of not fitting the way they should.

    If you're on a budget and have some metal fab and bodywork experience, the cheaper route may be the way to go. You are still getting brand new metal that is meant for your vehicle.  These panels will  be very close but may not have the exact body lines, missing mounting holes, and sometimes be slightly too long or too short.

    Camaro Freak, on the Hotrodders.com forum, had these same issues with a new driver side door for his 69' Camaro.



    After aligning the body lines with the front fender and rear quarter, the fitment was completely off.



    Along the front fender the door gap was tight at the top and grew wider as it got closer to the center body line.  Towards the bottom the door sits slightly inside the rocker and fender.  If you look closely the peak of the center body line is also a slightly different shape.



    There were similar problems where the door met the rear quarter panel.  The door edge above the handle mount looks like it is a different shape causing a larger gap along the top edge.


    Whats the Best Solution?

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    Deciding which route to go can be difficult because there will be a trade off with both options.  It really depends on how much body work you want to put into the car, and how much you are looking to spend on the project.

    Depending on the part and how complex it is, the more expensive parts will be worth it in the long run. For example, if you need an entire fender or door skin the big name brands are the way to go because they will be the closest match to your car.  But if you just need a patch panel for a smaller area that does not intersect any body lines, the cheaper metal will save you a lot of money because you will need to do some fabrication anyways.

    If you run into any of these issues Eastwood has everything you need to fabricate and modify those patch panels to have the perfect fit.


    Check out the Eastwood Blog and Tech Archive for more How-To's, Tips and Tricks to help you with all your automotive projects.  If you have a recommendation for future articles or have a project you want explained don't hesitate to leave a comment.

    - James R/EW

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  • Quick Tip- Setting Panel Gaps

    Panel Gaps can make or break your impression of a car at a show. No matter how beautiful the paint is, if the panels don't have a good fit and finish the overall appearance of the vehicle will be hurt. There are a couple quick ways we've found to accurately measure and set up your panel gaps. Below are our two favorites that are virtually free!  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Hands on Cars Episode 11- How to lay filler and set body panel gaps

    In this episode of Hands on Cars, Kevin calls up a bunch of his buddies to help finish the body work on the 1978 Chevy Camaro Z28 Zed Sled. Unlike your knucklehead friends, Kevin’s friends just happen to be a who’s who of show car paint, body, engine and fabrication guys from around the country. With all of them pitching in together, they get weeks work worth of body work done in just a day. Once the body panels are all straight, and the panel gaps are perfect Kevin shoots the whole car in Eastwood Contour high build polyester primer/surfacer. Kevin also visits Wheels in Motion, a restoration shop shop in a converted car dealership from the 1930s. There he takes a ride in a low mile, unrestored, 1959 Chevy Impala that was originally bought at the site new by the original owner.   Click Here To Read Full Post...