Searching out classic car parts is as much fun to die-hard car enthusiasts as a ride in their favorite car. While online auction sites have changed the way many of us search for parts the real bargains take a little elbow grease and legwork. Despite what some believe there are still plenty of classic car salvage yards out there, and finding your next honey hole of parts may be closer than you think. It’s vitally important to be prepared if you’re planning to visit a classic car salvage yard, and a good idea to call ahead to ensure you have a understanding of what you can and can not bring into the yard. Any successful trip to a salvage yard begins with having the right tools along to get the job done, but not so many tools as to slow you down or become a burden to carry. Mark Simpson shares his list of “must-have” tools to carry into the yard as well as a few tools to have ready in your vehicle should the need arise. He also shares a few tips to help make your trip safe and enjoyable.
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Sanding is a critical step in adding an impressive paint job to your classic car, so you need the proper supplies in your shop. Cam Benty helps you chose what size blocks to use, how to build your own block and the functions of a powder can. A proper finish starts with the car sandingWatch Now >>
A sheet metal shrinker/stretcher is perfect for any type of metal fabrication you need for your classic car, and it keeps the metal completely flat (without crimps). Mark Oja gives a brief demonstration on how the stretcher works and then shows you an example of a finished product.Watch Now >>
Craig Hopkins teaches you how to properly use and take care of a welder. Personally, he likes to work with the gas gauge on 30, but for better puddle control you’ll work on 20. No matter what type of welder you have, make sure to maintain a nice gentle loop in all of the cordsWatch Now >>
Craig Hopkins teaches you how to create a plug weld while installing a floorpan. You will need to make sure the top pan is dropped all the way down tight on the base metal of the car. It is essential when clamping that you make it both tight and right next to the weld. YouWatch Now >>