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Restoration Enthusiast

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For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

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How To

This is where we get our hands dirty. How-To's give you step-by-step guidance through the many processes of classic car restoration required to bring your classic car back to like-new condition.

How to Repair Damaged Vinyl Soft Trim

How to Repair Damaged Vinyl Soft Trim

How To - By John Gunnell
Padded dashboards were introduced in the 1950s. After years of being baked by the sun, they tend to get brittle and crack. If the cracking is minor, it's not too hard to repair the vinyl. …keep reading

Installing Braided Stainless Steel Brake Lines

Installing Braided Stainless Steel Brake Lines

How To - By John Gunnell
They may cost a little more, but unless you're looking for concours-level originality, the added safety is worth the price. …keep reading

The Right Method for Removing and Reinserting Studs

The Right Method for Removing and Reinserting Studs

How To - By Chris Wantuck
When working on an engine, it's not unusual to find studs on oil pan surfaces, transmission bell housings, and intake and exhaust manifolds. Here's the right way to deal with them. …keep reading

Overhauling the Sylphon Bellows Thermostat

Overhauling the Sylphon Bellows Thermostat

How To - By Chris Wantuck
Used in the 1920s and 1930s to control "shutters" on grills, this thermostat control system is really not as complex as it looks …keep reading

Old-time upgrade for your old-time car's king pins

Old-time upgrade for your old-time car's king pins

How To - By John Gunnell
Old-time kingpin upgrade is still available and will let your car steer better …keep reading

Using a Timing Light on your Dual Point Ignition

Using a Timing Light on your Dual Point Ignition

How To - By Chris Wantuck
Several auto manufacturers from the early years up through the 1950s used a dual point ignition system. This article shows you how to adjust the points on one of those engines. …keep reading

Restoring a Zenith Stromberg Carburetor Linkage

Restoring a Zenith Stromberg Carburetor Linkage

How To - By John Gunnell
Sometimes small things that seem really simple can be really complex. …keep reading

Organization Tips During Car Restoration

Organization Tips During Car Restoration

How To - By Chris Wantuck
Keeping track of things when restoring your classic car is extremely important. Knowing how it all goes back together doesn't hurt, either …keep reading

Gas Tank Cleaning using Electrolysis

Gas Tank Cleaning using Electrolysis

How To - By Chris Wantuck
We've looked at this process before, but gas tanks are unique and it's important to know the best way to treat them. …keep reading

Dashboard Dissassembly System Uses Cardboard Dash

Dashboard Dissassembly System Uses Cardboard Dash

How To - By John Gunnell
Rewiring a dash can be a tricky undertaking. Given that, a method to keep track of where everything came from during disassembly is critical. Here's one approach. …keep reading