Larry Lyles Partners With Eastwood

Larry Lyles can't tell you how many cars he's restored or customized since he began in 1974, but he can tell his personal favorite - "Project Charger." The car was close to Lyles' heart because it was identical to one he had bought new in 1970, and it became one of the best known and best documented restoration projects in history. In addition to being featured in Auto Restorer magazine, the project became the subject of books and DVDs.
You could say Lyles, who works from his LPL Bodyworks shop in Amarillo, Texas, is an open book, as he has authored numerous books and magazine articles about restoration and hot rodding. Thousands of enthusiasts can name at least one tip or trick they picked up from him somewhere along the way.
Lyles is at it again, this time restoring a '46 Ford street rod and partnering with Eastwood to document the process. The tools and supplies he’ll he using will be standard Eastwood products that you can purchase straight from our catalog or website


Lyles plans to begin the ground up restoration of the 46’ Ford in September, and he is going to document the project on Eastwood’s blog site:“This will be a completely modern car on the inside and when you see it, you will know it is something special!” Lyles told Eastwood. “I’ll start by completely evaluating the car’s condition. Then, I’ll make lists of all the modifications I’m going to make and I’ll list the parts I’ll need.” he said.

"Actually, a street rod is less work than a restoration, even with all of the modifications." Lyles told us. "With a street rod, you have more latitude, and less research and looking for original parts."

You will be able to "sit in" on the blog as Larry solves what he considers to be the biggest headache of the job- chopping the top and building interiors to go around all the modifications. "That's a lot easier to do on the squared off roof lines of the coupes and sedans of the thirties, but the flowing lines of the 46 pose problems." Lyles said.

Larry told us he'll start with photographs of the car, and "chop” them until he sees the roof line he wants. That'll give him an idea of how much to remove and where, and he'll proceed accordingly on the real thing.

Favorite Tool

For at least the eight years that he's been exclusively restoring cars, Lyles has relied on Eastwood for the equipment and products a professional wants and needs.
Lyle's shop is a restorer's "heaven" with all the equipment and supplies hobbyists long for. We couldn't resist asking him about his favorite Eastwood tool. Would it be one of our English Wheels? Maybe one of our powder coating set ups? How about the ingenious Eastwood Fender Roller? Lyles told us: "The tool I use the most, Eastwood or otherwise, the thing that always seems to live in my back pocket because I use it so much, is ‘The Judge’ your set of Nylon panel gap gauges. I'm always using it, because you can't see both sides of the car at the same time, and there is no other way to make sure both panels are the same. Using this gauge, making sure all my panels are straight and uniformly gapped, is what adds that “extra invisible something” to all my work. I'd be lost without it!" We've always called this Eastwood exclusive tool a "must have" -- it's great to hear a pro agree!
Be sure to check Larry Lyles' blog on our Web site for his frequent updates. Pick up some tips and techniques from the leading craftsmen working today and learn how he relies on Eastwood to obtain the results that rank him among the very top of today’s restoration and street rodding artisans.