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

Fueled by frustration: Fixing faulty fuel gauges

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.

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Plate perfection: The art of license plate restoration

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 famous underwear model, I’ve made a career of straightening body parts of old cars....

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Sanding blocks, fairing boards and fillers in action

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 well as how we use it, all the way into the most inanimate of...

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.

Make vacuum leaks hiss-tory

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.