• Removing Anodized Finish from Aluminum

    Most classic car aluminum trim pieces have an anodized finish. While this finish protects the surface from scratches and corrosion, it must be removed before any repairs can be efficiently made. Mark Simpson takes you through the process of safely stripping off the anodized finish without damaging the base aluminum.

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  • Car Panel Painting and Repairing Worn Edges

    A common problem when buffing out classic cars is wearing down the edges of the panels. Mark Simpson explains how to make this type of car panel painting repair, from surface preparation to masking tips to applying a new finish. Knowing what to do and the proper steps to take will make these types of…

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  • Electric Choke Conversion

    Many vintage cars use a heat riser tube from the exhaust manifold or intake to the carburetor to operate the choke mechanism. Because these systems rely on hot exhaust gasses to operate properly they are prone to failure over time. Adding headers or aftermarket carburetors can also make the use of heat riser tubes impossible.…

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  • Seals and Automotive Weather Stripping

    Auto manufacturers often used expensive equipment to staple rubber seals and automotive weather stripping to body panels. Mark Simpson takes us through the process of adhering rubber seals and the procedure to duplicate the original styled staples using stainless steel safety wire.

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  • Sheet Metal Brake

    If you’re serious about classic car metal fabrication, then a sheet metal brake is a great addition to your shop. Mark Simpson explains the function of this useful shop tool, how they’re rated and the differences between a standard brake and a box pan brake.

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  • High Pressure Grease on Threads

    Threaded pulling and installation tools can prove to be real time savers and often the only way to get the job done. Using a high pressure grease on the threads of these tools guarantees their proper function and protects them against failure.

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  • Set Point Gap and Dwell

    Most classic cars do not have electronic distributors, but rather rely on a set of points to trigger the ignition system. Mark Simpson takes a close look at how the points work and explains how they’re installed, then shows how to properly set the point gap and the dwell.

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  • Acid Etching Non-Ferrous Metals

    When restoring a classic car or building a custom car, there are times when you need to create items that are no longer available or to create something that is totally unique to your car. Acid etching non-ferrous metals gives the car restorer many options to get creative with your classic. Mark Simpson takes us…

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  • How to Create Custom Car Door Panels

    For many of us who enjoy restoring classic cars, sewing upholstery is one skill we may not possess. However, using some readily available components, you can achieve professional looking results with no upholstery expertise required. Mark Simpson demonstrates on a 1962 Oldsmobile door panel how to create custom car door panels using ABS board and…

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