Tag Archives: resto

New knob: Painstaking repair of a broken shift knob

KNOB-02

For restorers who cannot find an authentic replacement shift knob, here’s how to repair it. More »

Categories: Restoration, Restoration Tips | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment

Fueled by frustration: Fixing faulty fuel gauges

The white wire in this fuel gauge grounds the sender body directly to the frame.

The fuel gauge is one of an automobile’s most important instruments. An accurate gauge helps keep one from running out of fuel, or at least indicates when more is needed. Faulty fuel gauges are a common problem in collector cars. Here’s how to fix them. More »

Categories: Restoration, Restoration Tips | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Plate perfection: The art of license plate restoration

28-OCAR-131000-PLATE-28

By ‘Rotten’ Rodney Bauman While I don’t necessarily recall the exact statistic, it’s been said that the average worker-bee changes career courses seven times in his or her lifetime. Although I could have been a doctor, a lawyer or a … More »

Categories: Restoration, Restoration Tips | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sanding blocks, fairing boards and fillers in action

OCAR-131000-FAIR-01

By ‘Rotten’ Rodney Bauman In any given facet of the automotive trade, it pays to pay attention to technology. In my own protective bubble as an automotive painter, technological advancements have made their way through the chemistry we use, as … More »

Categories: Restoration, Restoration Tips | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Body repairs and restoration, from the ground up

We started with a 1962 Impala SS two-door hardtop, but the customer's car was really rusty, so I suggested that we get better starting material. We found one in Apache Junction, Ariz. So we bought that off eBay and had it trailered here, and it was a much better rust-free car, and it was complete.

Most of Ken’s Klassics’ projects involve a total ground-up restoration, and that was the case with a 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS the shop took on this year. More »

Categories: Restoration, Restoration Tips | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Make vacuum leaks hiss-tory

Vacuum leaks can be located with spray carburetor cleaner or a can of WD-40. If the area is obstructed by linkage or hoses, use an extension nozzle to pinpoint the area of the vacuum leak. If the engine speeds up when an area is sprayed, you are close to finding the leak.

Insufficient intake manifold vacuum can be deadly to an internal-combustion engine. It will reduce engine efficiency, causing a loss of power and fuel economy and rough operation, especially at idle. Prolonged vacuum leaks can eventually cause serious engine damage. Here’s how to fix it. More »

Categories: Restoration, Restoration Tips | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hub of Motion: Replacing bearings on a full-floating hub system

The inner end of the hub passes through the new brake rotor and bolts in place. Grease is added to fill the void between inner and outer bearings. Then, the felt seal is placed in the dust cover, which is tapped into the outer end of the hub.

Some of the following information and parts sources will be helpful whether you’re working on a British sports car or a Model A Ford. Removing and installing bearings, greasing hubs, brake repairs and tips on tools are pretty much universal, no matter what vehicle you’re restoring. More »

Categories: Restoration, Restoration Tips | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New brake booster has Saratoga ready to roll again

The original brake booster unit in this 1957 Chrysler Saratoga needed to be replaced. Inevitably, rubber pieces wear out through time, and a Mopar unit is basically a rubber accordion that moves back and forth as the brake pedal is used.

The original brake booster unit in this 1957 Chrysler Saratoga needed to be replaced. Follow these steps to give your car a boost. More »

Categories: Restoration, Restoration Tips | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Locked and Loaded: Restoring an ignition lock

The restored ignition lock and yoke. While the components are off the car, now is the time to paint and polish them.

The following tips have been learned over the course of restoring 1935-’36 Ford ignition locks. These tips may also be helpful for restoring other early Ford V-8 ignition switches. More »

Categories: Restoration, Restoration Tips | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Upholstery 101: An armrest project without too much elbow grease

IMG_4852

Fabricating new armrest covers is a fairly straightforward proposition that uses some basic techniques and the existing material as a pattern. We’ll show you how. More »

Categories: Restoration, Restoration Tips | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment