Making Cut-To-Fit Plug Wires, 101

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Time: Approximately 2 hours Tools: wire cutters, crimping pliers, razor blade, Sharpie marker What you’ll need: set of quality spark plug wires (boots and terminals included), white dielectric grease, wire socks (recommended), wire looms Tip: When cutting and installing a new set of wires, mark each end at the boots with its designated cylinder number. […]

Molding Painting Tips

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How to: Removal and refinishing painted moldings Tools you’ll need: Will vary depending on parts. Typically, a screwdriver or socket set will do the trick. Tinware you’ll need: Spray paint, masking tape, fine grits wet sandpaper (800, 1000 grits) Face it. If you drive an old car on a semi-regular basis, you are bound to […]

Refinish Stainless Steel Moldings

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Tools you’ll need: besides using a specialty tool to remove the moldings, a power buffing wheel is the only tool needed. Tinware you’ll need: Grits of fine wet sandpaper (600, 800, 1000, 1200, 1500), stainless polish, microfiber towels Any car will greatly benefit from the time invested in precise detail work. However, this is an area that […]

Removal and Replacement of Engine

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Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, engine hoist, engine stand or cradle, floor jack (if needed) Cost: if renting an engine hoist, expect to pay about $40 for a day’s use Tinware: heavy-duty chain and/or lifting plate Tip: If you pull the motor and trans out together as one unit, invest in a transmission tail […]

Installing a New Intake Manifold

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Installing a new intake manifold Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, flat-blade and/or Phillips screwdriver, putty knife or scraper, torque wrench Tinware: aftermarket aluminum intake manifold, quality high performance intake gaskets, gasket sealer (silicone) Tip: Before final installation, double check the fit of your parts to make sure everything lines up and will work with […]

Front Lowering Springs and Shocks

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Tools: socket wrenches, rubber hammer, pry bar, pickle fork (ball joint removal tool), drill with bit for drilling steel, grease gun, grease. Tinware: front 1-1/2” lowering springs, KYB gas shock absorbers, tie rod ends and polyurethane bushings, upper and lower ball joints, shock mount retainers (if not included with shock kit). Tip: Always support lower […]

Timing Chain Removal and Replacement

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Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, crankshaft socket, breaker bar Tinware: new timing chain, new timing cover (optional), timing cover gasket, gasket sealer, oil pan gasket (optional) Tip: Before getting started, check out the clearance between the oil pan and the crossmember to see if there’s enough room to remove the pan. Performance gains: A […]

Differential Housing and Gear Set

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Inspection of differential housing and gear set Tools Needed: Standard socket set, flat-blade screwdriver, hammer or mallet. Tinware Needed: New gear oil, clean rags, a container to collect the old oil, and a new differential cover gasket. In this relatively brief “You Can Do It”, we’re going to cover how to inspect your car’s differential […]

Installing Valve Cover Gaskets and Studs

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Time: approximately 1 hour Tools: a pair of 3/8” boxed wrenches, putty knife, deep-sockets and socket wrench Tinware: valve cover gaskets, gasket placement glue, valve cover studs, Tip: When replacing your valve cover gaskets, it’s a good time to think about other similar upgrades such as valve covers, breathers, or plug wire retainers. Using a […]

Marina Blue

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At Eckler’s, we deal primarily with restoration and performance parts and accessories, so the subject of paint colors and codes doesn’t come up that often. But when it does, somehow Marina Blue always enters the conversation. It’s just one of those colors. I remember being at a big car show a few years back. It […]

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