Category Car Restoration

How to Build a Weather Pack Electrical Connector

Wiring and electrical work on your car can be a mysterious and frustrating thing to troubleshoot. When repairing or restoring the wiring in a classic it is sometimes better to take a bit of modern technology to give you a piece of mind. In the 1970’s Packard Electrical created the Weather Pack Connector for wiring systems. These utilized a special male and female plug that had rubber boots around each wire and were rebuildable. This style connector really cut down on wiring issues from corrosion and poor connections. With the addition of the Eastwood Crimp-Right Weather-Tight Connector Crimping Kit you now have the option to build weather pack style connectors yourself at home. Read below as we show you the process for building your first weather pack connector.

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Oil Consumption Past Rings – Worn Engine Bearings Can Make It Worse

Oil consumption is something nobody wants, But how can worn engine bearings make it worse.

Engine oil consumption past rings will only get worse when engine bearings begin to wear out.

Oil Consumption Past Rings - Worn Engine Bearings Can Make It Worse
Oil Consumption Past Rings – Worn Engine Bearings Can Make It Worse

So, Oil consumption with no apparent oil smoke often indicates collapsed oil control ring expanders or worn oil control rings.

The bottom piston ring’s sole duty is to scrape excess engine oil off the cylinder and back into the crankcase.

Poor lubrication can cause modern piston rings to overheat and lose their tension as well.

Worn out bearings will flood the cylinders because of the excess oil the bearings are throwing off.

As long as there’s a steady flow of clean oil, the bearings will generally keep moving along fine.

When the ...

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Vacuum Test – A Vacuum Test Can Tell You More Than You Think

A vacuum test can tell you more than you think.

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to check an engine for serious issues is to do a vacuum test.

A vacuum test can tell you a lot about an engine’s condition, similar to a cylinder leak down test.

Vacuum Test
Vacuum Test

So, By doing a vacuum test in just 3-5 minutes you can know if an engine is healthy or not.

A vacuum gauge shows the difference between outside atmospheric pressure and the amount of vacuum present in the intake manifold.

To check manifold pressure with a vacuum gauge you need to locate a port in the manifold or throttle body.

Manufacturer’s install ports on their manifolds for lots of different reasons.

You simply need to find one small enough for the vacuum gauge line to slide onto firmly.

There are many factors that can affec...

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Oil Pan Gasket Leak – Diagnosing And Confirming The Leak

The oil pan gasket seals the oil pan to the bottom of the engine.

It is not uncommon for the oil pan gasket to wear out and start leaking oil.

When a gasket is damaged, oil will leak out, past the gasket, and on to the ground.

Oil Pan Gasket Leak
Oil Pan Gasket Leak

So, If you see drops of oil under the car, it may be due to a faulty oil pan gasket.

If your Oil Low warning light becomes illuminated or you notice leaking oil, have it inspected immediately.

Making sure that the oil level in your engine stays at the right levels should be a top concern.

There are so many different factors that go into keeping the oil in the engine.

The oil pan is one of the most important elements to keeping your oil where it belongs.

Engine oil pans hold most of the oil in an engine at a given time.

The material the ga...

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How to Remove Stubborn Stuck Screws

Breaking stuck bolts, nuts, and other hardware loose can be a headache and although there are techniques that work well on heavier bolts and nuts; these techniques don’t work as well on flathead or phillips head screws as the head can strip or get damaged a lot easier. Often times the screws are in delicate or tight areas and using heat or other aggressive methods might not be the best option. We decided to show you our favorite method for removing phillips or flathead screws quickly and easily.

The stuck screws that I’m working on here are the flathead door hinge screws found on a Ford Model A. These early flathead screws are notorious for being stubborn to remove and they tend to have varied depth slots which can give you only one chance at removing them...

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Top 3 Bead Roller Accessories

Since Bead Rollers have become so affordable it is more and more common for home garages and pros alike to have a bead roller at their disposal. The base model kits come with enough to get you adding looks and strength to your sheet metal panels but there are a few extra accessories you can add that will help you do better work and open your possibilities for additional bead profiles. I decided to list me Top 3 Favorite Bead Roller Accessories below.

Eastwood Bead Roller Drive Motor Kit- This kit is a game changer. It allows you to easily adapt your hand crank bead roller to power. The kit includes a powerful motor and gear box that won’t take up much space and fits most standard hand crank bead rollers...

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How to Remove a Dent in a Plastic Bumper

In the old days removing a dent in a metal bumper was labor intensive and you need a bit of skill to get the dent out 100%. Most cars today use plastic or composite bumper covers that can get easily dented and traditional methods won’t repair them. If you want to save a dented plastic bumper you may be able to do it yourself at home with limited tools. We show the steps below.

As you can see Scott has already removed the bumper from the car so he can more easily access the damage. Luckily this bumper doesn’t have any major paint damage so we can repair the dent and keep the paint intact. If the paint is splintered around the outside of the dent you won’t be able to save the paint in that area, but you can still repair the dent at home.

Scott starts by setting his Eastwood Digit...

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Burning Oil – Blue Smoke May Only Be Part Of The Problem

It can be a gut wrenching feeling to start your vehicle and find smoke spewing out of the exhaust pipe.

For most, it leaves them feeling anxious and panicked that they will have to dip into their savings account.

Burning Oil- Blue Smoke
Burning Oil- Blue Smoke

First, it doesn’t take much for an engine to start burning oil.

But you should know that there are many variables that can cause the engine to start burning oil.

Blue smoke is a clear sign your car engine is burning oil.

It also creates an awkward smell and is not good for your health to breath in.

Burning oil can eventually contaminate the catalytic converter and oxygen sensor.

It also increases the risk of the engine running low on oil and losing oil pressure.

The Most Common Causes For Burning Oil Are:

Blue Smoke When Starting Engine:

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Timing Belt Neglect – You Could Be Driving A Ticking Time Bomb

Timing Belt Neglect could destroy your engine from the inside out.

Your vehicle could have a ticking time bomb underneath its hood.

So, Timing belts are a very simple part that can cause big problems if not taken care of.

Timing Belt Neglect
Timing Belt Neglect

Remember: Timing belt neglect isn’t an option… it’s an essential part of properly maintaining your vehicle.

Depending on the year, make and model of your vehicle, there’s a pretty good chance you have a timing belt. The belt connects the crankshaft to the camshaft pulleys. It effectively sets the mechanical heartbeat of the engine by operating the valves in extremely precise relation to the position of the crankshaft. Timing belts keep your engine ticking and need to be changed before they break.

This isn’t a part that will give a warn...

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4 Great Metal Fab Tools Under 55 bucks!!!

Every great automotive restoration or even patch panel work will inevitably require some basic metal fab tools.  Today I have complied a list of 5 basic tools to help get the process started which all cost under 55 bucks.

Electric Metal-Cutting Shears

I’ll start off with the Electric Sheet Metal Shears as no metal working job can be completed if you can’t cut out the necessary pieces.   These will slice easily through sheet metal up to 18 gauge steel.  Best part is they simply need a 110v outlet which everyone will have in their garages.  The jaws even rotate a full 360 degrees to ensure the easiest cutting no matter the angle necessary.  Instead of butchering the steel with the wrong cutting tool simply grab these shears for a nice clean cut in your next project.

Eastwood Sheetmetal Layout Kit 5 Piece Kit

Next up is a quintessential set to make you...

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