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  • 5 Tips to Make your Bead Roller work Better

    Bead rolling is one of those sheet metal fabrication tools that looks easy to use, but there are countless tricks to get good looking, consistent beads. On Project Pile House I have over a hundred feet handmade panels rolled in bead roller (Easily!) and I've picked up a handful of tips along the way that make life a LOT easier!  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • How to Use a Propane Torch

    Propane torches are fantastic tools that are widely used in the automotive industry. These torches have stainless steel flame tubes made for rugged use and long-lasting ability, providing a soft, dispersed flame that is ideal for body solder and plastic forming jobs. Below, you will learn how to properly use a propane torch for your automotive needs.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • How to Repair and Shorten Longbed Chevy C10 Bedsides

    When it comes to classic trucks short beds rule the coop for desirability and resale value. Most enthusiasts turn their nose up to a long bed truck. What's slowly happening though is that nice, clean examples of short beds are becoming few and far between and when they do pop up you're going to pay a premium. Recently some guys have started shortening the bed and chassis of long bed trucks to get the same look but without the price gouge of a short bed truck. Our friend Sean Ramáge of Empire Fabrication recently took on the big job of taking an original-paint set of long bedsides and repairing the damage and shortening them, all while keeping as much original paint and patina as possible. He shared the process with us and gave us an insight into what it takes to tackle a job like this.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • How Do I Prepare a Chassis for Painting?

    When you decide to paint your vehicle's chassis, you must know how to properly prepare the area for painting. To prepare your chassis, the first thing to do is gather your materials, which include: a PRE paint solution, electric sander, stripper or blaster, lint-free hand towels, and some epoxy primer. Using an epoxy primer will yield the best results when painting your chassis. Once you acquire all the tools you need, the preparation process is straightforward.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Eastwood Tech Tip: Cutting straight lines with your Shear.

    Whenever you find yourself doing metal fabrication you'll come to a time when you need to make a razor straight cut. Unfortunately most of us don't have a big 'ol "stomp shear", so we need to use a power or hand tool. It seems no matter how many times I measured, set my tools up, got comfortable, did practice runs, etc. I could never get a perfectly straight line when cutting longer cuts on sheet metal. Recently it clicked in my head to utilize an old trick when making straight cuts with a plasma cutter.  Click Here To Read Full Post...