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Restoration Enthusiast

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Second Chance Garage

For the Classic Car
Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

Second Chance Garage

For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

Your Classic Car Restoration Website

Classic Cars. Vintage Cars. Or just plain Old Cars. Whatever you call them this is your website for do-it-yourself Car Restoration. Here you will find solid, in-depth articles dealing with all aspects of the classic car restoration hobby. Everything from Auto Theory to Troubleshooting Guides is presented as easy-to-read, concise articles. Over 625 articles will guide you through the car restoration process, add to your appreciation of Classic Cars, and generally make your interest in old cars more fun.

If you're just getting started, we can recommend Car Restoration And Classic Car Collecting: How Do I Get Started? or Classic Car Restoration 101: Do Your Homework as well as our Beginners Corner.

Need some inspiration? Be sure to check out our Classic Car Photo Gallery. We have thousands of photos of more than 600 really nice cars.

Want to talk car restoration? See our Car Restoration Forum. We hope you enjoy your stay here and be sure to tell your friends about us.

LATEST ARTICLES

1937 Buick Special Business Coupe: A Restoration Journal - Part 27

1937 Buick Special Business Coupe: A Restoration Journal - Part 27

Feature Articles - By Chris Ritter
We tend to our trunk lid, and head liner as we begin to wind down our 1937 Buick Restoration Project …keep reading

Detailing a Barn Find Car: Before and After

Detailing a Barn Find Car: Before and After

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
Sometime restoration isn't the best answer. Careful detailing can go a long way to making a survivor car presentable. …keep reading

Tips on Adjusting Retractable Hardtops

Tips on Adjusting Retractable Hardtops

Feature Articles - By William J. Moreland
Originally published in 1959 this article gives you some info on how to adjust these unique contraptions. …keep reading

Watching Hudson in 1932

Watching Hudson in 1932

Classic Car Literature - By Chris Ritter
1932 was a rough year for most car manufacturers. Hudson, notably, did better than most. This promotional campaign may have been the reason why. …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 50 — Drop Light Improvement

Restoration Tips
This little ditty can make life in the shop a little easier …keep reading

Safety in your Car Restoration Shop

Safety in your Car Restoration Shop

Feature Articles - By Chris Wantuck
When discussing shop safety, we often only consider safety equipment. Here we want to look at the "culture" of safety …keep reading

Restoring the Looks of Your Classic Car Coil Springs

Restoring the Looks of Your Classic Car Coil Springs

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
There are right ways to do things and there are wrong ways to do things. And it isn't always clear which ways are right. …keep reading

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The People's Car: The 1941 & 1942 Willys Americar

The People's Car: The 1941 & 1942 Willys Americar

Classic Car Literature - By Chris Ritter
With the onset of WWII buyers had to be particularly careful when buying a car...it had to last for an unknown number of years through some tough times. …keep reading

How to Adjust the Hood Lock on your Classic Car

How To
A simple trick can make this sometime difficult task a little easier. …keep reading

How to Easily Install High-Tension Springs on Your Classic Car

How To
To install a high-tension spring in your Classic Car, you basically have to out-pull the spring. Sometimes that's next to impossible....but there is a way …keep reading

Fast Idle Fix on 1958 Mercury

Factory Fixes
Does your 1958 Mercury fail to return to normal idle? Here's how to fix that. …keep reading

Classic Car Quick Fix: Straightening a dented oil pan

Classic Car Quick Fix: Straightening a dented oil pan

Feature Articles
Here's a quick way to deal with a dinged-up oil pan …keep reading

Novel uses of ratchet straps in car restoration shop

Novel uses of ratchet straps in car restoration shop

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
Ratchet straps are some of the handiest "tools" to have around a car restoration garage. Sometimes no other tool will do …keep reading

Rickenbacker: The World War I Flying Ace's Car

Rickenbacker: The World War I Flying Ace's Car

Classic Car Literature - By Chris Ritter
How does a new automotive manufacture market your wares to an oversaturated market in the 1920s? By naming your company after an American hero. …keep reading

E-Z Chassis Kits give old trucks a 'second chance'

E-Z Chassis Kits give old trucks a 'second chance'

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
Here's a quick way to mount old pickup truck bodies on a new chassis... Most of the work has been done for you. …keep reading

The Best of Both Worlds — Woods Dual Power (1917-1918)

The Best of Both Worlds — Woods Dual Power (1917-1918)

Classic Car Literature - By Chris Ritter
So you think that hybrids are a recent invention? Think again. The Woods Dual Power was a gasoline electric hybrid produced in the early 20th century. …keep reading

'Second Chance' Streamliner Sets 406.769 mph record

'Second Chance' Streamliner Sets 406.769 mph record

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
Danny Thompson dusted off his father's Bonneville Salt Flats racer to break his dad's speed record …keep reading