Why Don’t They Make That Part?

Why don’t they make it for my car? Story and photography supplied by Colin Date One of the most common questions in classic Chevy car circles is: “Why don’t they make this part for my car?” As a supplier and manufacturer to the aftermarket for many years, we will attempt to answer this question and […]

Tire Cleaning: 101

This may seem like a super simple little project, but believe me, when your tires have been coated in primer overspray, it’s not. Our project Chevelle was in the shop undergoing bodywork, primer, more bodywork, more primer, some finessing bodywork, a little more primer…well, you get the idea. The car was moved around in the […]

Manufacturing Reproduction Auto Parts

Although this feature specifically references Tri-5 Chevy parts, it will be of interest to owners and fans of all classic Chevrolets, including Chevelles. All of our older Chevys utilized pot metal and the chroming process in the manufacture of emblems, bezels and other trim items. This is how it’s done. Story and Photography By Fred […]

Cut To Fit Plug Wires

Making cut-to-fit spark plug wires Time: Approximately 2 hours Tools: wire cutters, crimping pliers, razor blade, Sharpie marker What you’ll need: set of quality spark plug wires (boots and terminals included), white dielectric grease, wire socks (recommended), wire looms Tip: When cutting and installing a new set of wires, mark each end at the boots […]

Carburetor: Quick-Change Vacuum Springs

Carburetor: Quick-Change Vacuum Springs Time: approximately 30 minutes Tools: small Phillips screwdriver Here’s what you’ll need: Holley quick-change spring housing, vacuum secondary spring kit Tip: During the test and tune process, keep track of which springs help or hinder your carburetor’s performance. They make it easy by color-coding the top of each spring. Here’s what […]

Installing Valve Cover Gaskets and Studs

Installing Valve Cover Gaskets and Studs Time: approximately 1 hour Tools: a pair of 3/8” boxed wrenches, putty knife, deep-sockets and socket wrench Tinware: valve cover gaskets, gasket placement glue, valve cover studs, Tip: When replacing your valve cover gaskets, it’s a good time to think about other similar upgrades such as valve covers, breathers, […]

Timing Chain Removal and Replacement

Timing Chain Removal and Replacement Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, crankshaft socket, breaker bar Tinware: new timing chain, new timing cover (optional), timing cover gasket, gasket sealer, oil pan gasket (optional) Tip: Before getting started, check out the clearance between the oil pan and the crossmember to see if there’s enough room to remove […]

Steering Wheel Restoration

How to Restore Your Steering Wheel Text and Photography by Jeff Ford Time: 3-4 hours (approximately) Cost: Approximately $45 for Eastwood’s Steering Wheel Restoration Kit (available at Eckler’s) Tinware: Dremel tool kit, or similar brand. Steering wheel puller, selection of putty knives, various sandpaper grits ranging from 80 through 600-800 grit Tip: Thoroughly degrease the […]

Drum Brake Rebuild

Drum Brake Rebuild Time: 3 hours approximately (per pair) Tools: lug-wrench, flat-blade screwdriver, rubber mallet, needle-nose pliers, various specialty brake tools (recommended) Cost: rebuild kits approximately $250 for 4 wheel drum brakes Tinware: brake shoes, drum brake hardware kit, other items may be necessary depending on the condition of your existing parts Tip: When rebuilding […]

Installing New Weatherstripping

Time: approximately 30 minutes (for one part: eg. door, trunk, etc.) Tools: putty knife, utility knife Cost: price varies depending on seals or number of seals Tinware: new weatherstripping, weatherstripping adhesive, weatherstrip remover (aerosol can). Tip: If you happen to break or lose a plastic retainer during installation, try using 3M weatherstrip adhesive in its […]