Crankshaft Removal Tip

If you plan on removing your crankshaft while leaving the rod and piston assemblies in the bores, attach a rubber band to a bolt on each rod and to a reinstalled oil pan bolt. This will keep the rods off to the side and from banging into the block when pulling the crank out. 

Exhaust System Mock-Up Tip

Whether you are installing your new exhaust system yourself or having a pro handle the job (our recommendation), it’s important to loosely fit all the sections before you attempt cutting, clamping or welding the system together. This will save lots of time and frustration, not to mention a better fitting exhaust system! Shop for Camaro […]

Lug Nut Removal Tip

              Lug Nut Removal Tip. Conscientious detailers worry about scratching or chipping chrome off nice lug nuts when removing the wheels. To protect their finish, place a piece of plastic over them before using the lug wrench. A heavy-weight freezer bag will work nicely. Be sure the wrench is […]

Tailpipe Cleaning Tip

Tailpipes are not generally thought of as much of anything, except to car people who appreciate the completeness of the details. Cleaning and polishing tailpipes is another small step that helps to make your car show that much better.   Here, we’re using a 0000 grade steel wool to remove stubborn stains. Finish it off […]

Clay Bar Tip

If you’ve never used a clay bar to remove contaminants on your car’s paint, now is the time to start. This is actually such an easy and painless way to get rid of minor scuffs, bird droppings, tree sap, etc. Really, anything that is sitting ON TOP of your paint surface that won’t come out […]

Stone Chip Clean-Up Tip

First, make sure the area you’re working on is free from wax or dirt. Use rubbing alcohol to clean the chipped area. Never use the brush that comes with the touch-up paint– it will just cause big, nasty globs and end up looking worse than the chip. Use a small artist’s grade brush and gently […]

Ashtray Re-finishing Tip

In the instance when purchasing a new ashtray for your classic is just not feasible (not available, price too high, etc.), why not restore your current one? Sure, it may look really ugly, but that can be fixed pretty easily. Let’s face it, filthy ashtrays not only look bad, they smell bad too. First, clean […]

POR-15 Tip

Coating your surface rusted floor pans with POR-15 is a great idea. First step is to scrap away all the old surface rust with a wire brush. After the dust/rust particles have been vacuumed up, thoroughly clean the surface with POR-15’s Cleaner/Degreaser. Next comes the Metal Prep (also from POR-15), then you’re ready to apply […]

Seat Upholstery Tip

Before installing new vinyl seat covers, lay them out in the sun to loosen the material and to relieve any folds or creases in the vinyl from due to packaging. A couple of hours in direct sunlight should do the trick! Don’t forget: hog-rings and pliers, seat foam padding (optional)

Brake Fluid Tip

When working with brake fluid, always be extra careful. Brake fluid can quickly and permanently ruin paint jobs. Even a slight film on your hands can leave its mark on the car. It’s a good idea to wear rubber gloves and cover all painted surfaces around the master cylinder reservoir.

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