Stop window shake and rattle — but keep the roll

The correct-type window sweeps are shown installed on the doors using the correct rear-mounted clips, rather than ugly and incorrect rivets that could scratch the glass as it passes.

Proper window installation tips and tricks Story and Photos by Angelo Van Bogart Proper window and weatherstrip installation will leave the “shake, rattle and roll” to your car’s radio and Highway Hi-Fi, not its window glass. Annoying window glass rattles … More »

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Accent your old car with pinstripes


You can accent your favorite vintage car with new pinstripes, and all it takes is a little preparation, some research, a few tools, some special tape and time. All pinstripes were put on the featured vintage luxury car in less than eight hours! It may take even less time if you are striping a 1970s or 1980s car using these tips, too. More »

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Spring Guide to Auto Restoration now online!

From big projects that will make your spring go by fast to little projects to fill free weekend moments, we have a little bit of everytihng to move your restoration along in this issue of Old Cars Guide to Auto … More »

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Tech Tips: Tricks for do-it-yourselfers

...I cut each bag in half, and now have 12 filters for my shop vac for two bits.

We’ve received many excellent “Tech Tips” through the years, from many different readers. In this issue, we’re running several different “Tech Tips,” all generated from one reader: O.C. Kocher of Saint Cloud, Wis. Mr. Kocher submitted the “Tech Tips” listed … More »

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Cool radiators for hot cars!

Bob Schirmer applies some black finishing paint to a radiator at Glen-ray Radiators in Wausau, Wis. The family- run business began in 1964, and in recent years has been specializing in repairing and reproducing radiators for big-block Chrysler Corp. muscle cars.

Glen-ray Radiators is armed with two attractive options when a MoPar owner needs a radiator. They can put their years of experience and perfectionist personality to work to fix a customer’s existing radiator, or they can make them up an identical replica using all the correct factory stampings. More »

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Resto series: Camaro blast off

1108-01 Blasting (07)

Restorers want to save as much of the factory original sheet metal as possible. This means cleaning off all of the rust and corrosion. However, if the oxidation has reached a certain point, the metal will be rusted through and can’t be saved. Let’s follow a first-time restorer through the sand-blasting process. More »

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Paint tips and tricks from a pro

The proper painting equipment should include a full suit and respirator and gloves. Also notice the floor has been wet down to keep dust from floating in the booth during the paint process.

We followed a Mustang fastback to Townsend Auto Body in Waupaca, Wis., where it was sprayed a metallic maroon base coat/clear coat, and we picked up some paint tips and tricks from pro Mark Townsend. Even if you don’t have all the professional equipment of a full-time body shop, there are plenty of things to learn from this master of his craft, so let’s dig in. More »

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Chrysler Museum to host ‘Vintage Master Tech Files’

The Walter P. Chrysler Museum, in Auburn Hills, Mich., is digging deep into the archives to host From Chrysler’s Vintage Master Tech Files on Oct. 26 from 6 – 8 p.m.  Registration is $13 in advance and $15 at the … More »

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Restoration Series: Finishing floors

The weld is ground down with a grinder.

Everyone dreams of dragging a long-stored, one-owner car out of a barn, especially if the car is an early fastback Mustang. Regardless of the make of barn find, nearly all of them have one thing in common: they need floor pans. The floor pan replacement finishing method that follows is not just for Mustangs, but nearly every vehicle with a steel floor. More »

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Restoration Series: Troubleshooting a kit car body

When Bob and Richard Rieck took on a customer’s 1934 Ford fiberglass kit car project, they knew what they were getting into. Sort of. The twins from Grafton, Wis., have tackled fiberglass reproduction projects before. But even for experienced professionals, kit cars can be a big bag of headaches. Rarely do such projects go together easily, and builders should expect the unexpected. More »

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