Restoring classic cars often involves searching for parts that have not been produced in decades. Sometimes you get lucky and that part you need is reproduced or an online search reveals a new part that has been sitting on the shelves for years. But oftentimes, some parts are not available; this is especially true on uncommon makes and models. In these circumstances often the solution is to find a similar part on a different year, make or model of car. Another option is to recreate the parts you need, as Mark Simpson did recently when he needed a new wire loom for his project ’57 DeSoto. Using an assortment of products he picked up at a local hardware store, he successfully recreated this wire loom using a piece of copper pipe and a few cans of Plasti-Dip. Using these same molding processes and a little time in the shop, countless other parts can be recreated for your classic car.
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When stripping the hardware from a car, it is important that you take the necessary precautions to carefully remove each component. Craig Hopkins teaches you how to use a torch and a few hand tools to find and remove screws and other materials that are holding the hardware onto the body of the car. TheWatch Now >>