Tire Cleaning: 101

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This may seem like a super simple little project, but believe me, when your tires have been coated in primer overspray, it’s not. Our project Chevelle was in the shop undergoing bodywork, primer, more bodywork, more primer, some finessing bodywork, a little more primer…well, you get the idea. The car was moved around in the […]

Inner Door Tune-up

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Replace your window regulator and door latch assembly Time: Approximately 3 hours Tools: Phillips screwdriver, impact driver (optional), hammer, socket wrenches, open-ended wrenches, window crank removal tool, white lithium grease, flashlight and small inspection mirror, window crank removal tool Cost: Window regulator assemblies approximately $100 each, door latch assemblies approximately $100 each Tinware: Window regulator […]

Dual Exhaust Installation

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This 1969 Chevelle Malibu has certainly seen better days. With the 350 cube, 2-bbl. V8, this car originally came with a single exhaust system. Passable (but just barely) performance wasn’t good enough, so we elected to install a full dual exhaust system. This would not only help the engine breath easier, it was give us […]

Carburetor: Quick-Change Vacuum Springs

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Time: approximately 30 minutes Tools: small Phillips screwdriver Here’s what you’ll need: Holley quick-change spring housing, vacuum secondary spring kit Tip: During the test and tune process, keep track of which springs help or hinder your carburetor’s performance. They make it easy by color-coding the top of each spring. Here’s what you’ll net: ability to […]

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 […]

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