Installing A Transmission Cooler

Time: Approx. 2 hours Tools: standard wrenches, small flat-blade screwdriver, razor blade Cost: approximately $75 Tinware: transmission cooler and installation hardware (included in most kits) Tip: Allow the transmission to completely cool before attempting to drain the fluid or disconnect any lines under pressure. Performance gains: a cooler, more efficient transmission capable of handling increased loads […]

Master Cylinder/Power Booster Conversion

Time: 2 hours (approximately) Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, brake bleeder (optional) Cost: $250 and up Tinware: master cylinder/power booster Tip: Always bleed the brakes repeatedly anytime changes are made in the brake system. Performance gains: A new, dual circuit master cylinder and power booster will enhance the ease and safe operation of your […]

Under Hood Restoration

If you’re content with a clean looking daily driver, or if you display your car at shows but leave the hood shut, there’s probably no need for you to tackle this project. After all, who sees the underside of your hood? However, if you’re proud of all that effort you’ve put into detailing out your […]

Dual Exhaust Installation

This 1969 Chevelle Malibu has certainly seen better days. With the 350 cube, 2-bbl. V8, this car originally came with a single exhaust system. Passable (but just barely) performance wasn’t good enough, so we elected to install a full dual exhaust system. This would not only help the engine breath easier, it was give us […]

Inner Door Tune-up

Replace your window regulator and door latch assembly Time: Approximately 3 hours Tools: Phillips screwdriver, impact driver (optional), hammer, socket wrenches, open-ended wrenches, window crank removal tool, white lithium grease, flashlight and small inspection mirror, window crank removal tool Cost: Window regulator assemblies approximately $100 each, door latch assemblies approximately $100 each Tinware: Window regulator […]

Molding Painting Tips

How to: Removal and refinishing painted moldings Tools you’ll need: Will vary depending on parts. Typically, a screwdriver or socket set will do the trick. Tinware you’ll need: Spray paint, masking tape, fine grits wet sandpaper (800, 1000 grits) Face it. If you drive an old car on a semi-regular basis, you are bound to […]

Differential Housing and Gear Set

Inspection of differential housing and gear set Tools Needed: Standard socket set, flat-blade screwdriver, hammer or mallet. Tinware Needed: New gear oil, clean rags, a container to collect the old oil, and a new differential cover gasket. In this relatively brief “You Can Do It”, we’re going to cover how to inspect your car’s differential […]

Marina Blue

At Eckler’s, we deal primarily with restoration and performance parts and accessories, so the subject of paint colors and codes doesn’t come up that often. But when it does, somehow Marina Blue always enters the conversation. It’s just one of those colors. I remember being at a big car show a few years back. It […]

Install A Cowl Induction System On Your 1970-’72 Chevelle or El Camino

Picture this: Two gorgeous big-block Chevelles parked side by side, both packing identical firepower. One’s got the standard SS hood, the other’s equipped with a cowl induction setup. What’s the big difference you ask? Five, 10, maybe 15 more horses? Nope. Actually the cowl induction system adds zero horsepower to your Chevelle. What’s the point […]