Steering Wheel Restoration


How to Restore Your Steering Wheel Text and Photography by Jeff Ford Time: 3-4 hours (approximately) Cost: Approximately $45 for Eastwood’s Steering Wheel Restoration Kit (available at Eckler’s) Tinware: Dremel tool kit, or similar brand. Steering wheel puller, selection of putty knives, various sandpaper grits ranging from 80 through 600-800 grit Tip: Thoroughly degrease the […]

Carburetor: Dual-Feed Conversion


Time: 1 hour (approximately) Tools: socket set, flat-blade screwdriver, small putty knife or scraper, adjustable wrenches (optional). Cost: (varied) approximately $100-$300 Tinware: center-hung float fuel bowls (if needed), metering block and hardware (sold as kit), metering jets, replacement gaskets, dual-inlet fuel line. Tip: transfer the carburetor from the engine to a clean, open workbench. If […]

A/C: Converting To 134A


GM Upgrades: Keep it Cool! Converting to 134a Courtesy of Classic Auto Air Until 1995, most cars with air conditioning used R-12 Freon refrigerant that is said to have a negative side effect of damaging the ozone layer and is no longer produced in most countries. Now, the industry standard is R-134a, which is […]

Drum Brake Rebuild


Drum Brake Rebuild Time: 3 hours approximately (per pair) Tools: lug-wrench, flat-blade screwdriver, rubber mallet, needle-nose pliers, various specialty brake tools (recommended) Cost: rebuild kits approximately $250 for 4 wheel drum brakes Tinware: brake shoes, drum brake hardware kit, other items may be necessary depending on the condition of your existing parts Tip: When rebuilding […]

Installing New Weatherstripping


Time: approximately 30 minutes (for one part: eg. door, trunk, etc.) Tools: putty knife, utility knife Cost: price varies depending on seals or number of seals Tinware: new weatherstripping, weatherstripping adhesive, weatherstrip remover (aerosol can). Tip: If you happen to break or lose a plastic retainer during installation, try using 3M weatherstrip adhesive in its […]

Understanding And Installing Torque Converters


Understanding And Installing Torque Converters Time: 1-2 hours Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, torque wrench Applicable years: all Cost: $200-300 (average for non-specialized units). Prices on ultra-high performance torque converters can run into the thousands of dollars, depending on application. Tinware: torque converter, transmission fluid Tip: Consult with torque converter manufacturers before selecting a […]

Crankshaft & Bearing Removal


Removal and replacement of the crankshaft and main bearings Time: 2 hours Tools: standard socket set, crankshaft socket, breaker bar, feeler gauge Cost: approximately $50 for bearings and supplies Tinware: quality set of replacement main bearings, Plastigage Tip: If you plan to remove the crankshaft while leaving the rod and piston assemblies in the bores, […]

Connecting Rods And Rod Bearings


Removal and replacement of connecting rods and rod bearings Time: 3 hours Tools: standard socket set, rubber mallet, crankshaft socket, breaker bar, feeler gauge Cost: approximately $50 for bearings and supplies Tinware: quality set of rod bearings, Plastigage, 3/8”rubber hose Tip: To avoid scratching or damaging the cylinder walls when removing or installing piston and […]

Distributor: HEI Conversion


Distributor: HEI conversion Time: 2 hours Tools: standard wrench set, flat-blade and/or Phillips screwdriver, wire strippers/crimpers Cost: varies by manufacturer- approximately $175-$400 Tinware: HEI distributor (new, rebuilt, or used), HEI ignition lead connector, HEI style plug wires Tip: Label or mark the location of your spark plug wires on the distributor cap for fast, easy […]

Why Don’t They Make That Part?


Why don’t they make it for my car? Story and photography supplied by Colin Date One of the most common questions in classic Chevy car circles is: “Why don’t they make this part for my car?” As a supplier and manufacturer to the aftermarket for many years, we will attempt to answer this question and […]

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