Shimming Your Rear Springs


Time: 1 hour Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches Cost: Fabrication costs will vary, but expect to pay around $20-$30 to have them made. If you purchase your own material ahead of time, factor in about another $10. Tinware: A small plate of aluminum stock- 6061 aircraft alloy is the most common and the least […]

Bodywork: Filling And Sanding


Bodywork: Filling And Sanding Time: varies depending on the size and extent of the damaged area or area that needs modification Tools: block sander, grinder, air compressor (recommended) ball peen hammer (optional) Cost: supplies typically run about $100 for filler, sandpaper, and miscellaneous items listed in “Tinware” Tinware: filler and hardener, sandpaper (36, 80, 150, […]

Front Disc Brake Upgrade


Installing front disc brakes Time: 3-5 hours Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, floor jack and jackstands, rubber mallet, ball joint separator or pickle fork, mini sledge Cost: will vary depending on the components used; typically anywhere between $500-$1500 Tinware: disc brake kit, wheel bearing grease, brake fluid, brake cleaner, small rubber hose, “catch” container […]

Boxed Rear Control Arms


Boxed rear control arms Time: 1-2 hours Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches Cost: $300 (new), $30 (conversion) Tinware: factory style or aftermarket boxed rear control arms (new bushings included), or weld-in boxing plates (new bushings optional) Tip: When replacing older rear control arms, use quality polyurethane bushings to help stiffen the rear end and […]

Installing A High Performance Front Sway Bar


Time: 1 hour (approximately) Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches Cost: approximately $175-200 Tinware: front sway bar, new sway bar bushings, new sway bar end links (recommended), lubrication grease Tip: Before removing anything from the car, take note of the sequence of the bushings in relation to the lower control arm and the sway bar. […]

Carpet Installation Know-How


Installing new carpet and sound deadener Time: several hours Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, Phillips screwdriver, scraper, utility knife, scissors, heat gun (recommended) Cost: approximately $350-$500 for sound deadener, $200 for carpet Tinware: carpet, floor pan sound deadener, spray adhesive Tip: After purchasing a new carpet kit, remove the pieces from the box and […]

Installing A Transmission Cooler


Time: Approx. 2 hours Tools: standard wrenches, small flat-blade screwdriver, razor blade Cost: approximately $75 Tinware: transmission cooler and installation hardware (included in most kits) Tip: Allow the transmission to completely cool before attempting to drain the fluid or disconnect any lines under pressure. Performance gains: a cooler, more efficient transmission capable of handling increased loads […]

Master Cylinder/Power Booster Conversion


Time: 2 hours (approximately) Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, brake bleeder (optional) Cost: $250 and up Tinware: master cylinder/power booster Tip: Always bleed the brakes repeatedly anytime changes are made in the brake system. Performance gains: A new, dual circuit master cylinder and power booster will enhance the ease and safe operation of your […]

Mechanical Fuel Pump Installation


Fuel pump: installation of mechanical fuel pump and fuel pressure regulator Tools: standard socket set, adjustable wrench, flat-blade screwdriver, Allen wrench set Cost: approximately $200-$350 Tinware: fuel pump and mounting gasket (supplied with pump), fuel pressure regulator and gauge, 3/8” fuel hose and clamps, NPT pipe fittings Tip: When re-routing new lines, closely measure all […]

Under Hood Restoration


If you’re content with a clean looking daily driver, or if you display your car at shows but leave the hood shut, there’s probably no need for you to tackle this project. After all, who sees the underside of your hood? However, if you’re proud of all that effort you’ve put into detailing out your […]

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