Keeping your car looking good can be a labor of love, or a horrible chore – it all depends on using the right tools, products, and techniques. We get the inside info from two of the biggest names in DIY detailing so you can make your car shine like the pros, inside and out!
by Paul Huizenga on March 28, 2013
Optic Armor is among the leading manufacturers of composite window solutions for race cars, off road trucks and SUV’s, and even industrial equipment. Recently we got in touch with them to discuss everything a customer needs to know when selecting a composite window for their application. Read all about it here!
by Rick Seitz on September 20, 2012
Being as how BlownZ is no longer a street car, the thick factory installed safety glass is just slowing us down. So, we replaced the heavy front windshield and rear hatch glass with Five Star Bodies composite windows for far less weight and added safety. Step inside to find out more…
by Don Creason on September 10, 2012
Our Project Wild E Coyote has received numerous upgrades in the performance department lately. We decided that to help further differentiate it from the herd we’d upgrade its lighting, and appearance at all four corners, thanks to our friends at American Muscle.
by Rob Kinnan on March 7, 2012
It’s been a long time coming, but after all the performance parts mock ups, we finally stripped our Project Swinger Nova down bare and dropped it off at the paint booth at ZBest Paint & Body to get a shiny new coat of Sherwin-Williams paint.
Sanding scratches and wavy panels are the result of poor blocking techniques – an art that is simply just not that hard to master. We’re going to show you some super easy steps and tricks to getting the smoothest finish before you paint.
by Kevin Shaw on December 18, 2011
We went about restoring Killer Kong’s grille the “old fashioned way,” which in the long run, actually saved us a whole lot of money (we broke even!) and came away with a really nice piece that we could be proud of.
by Lindsey Fisher on October 24, 2011
Wanting a professional prep job done before Swinger got painted, we turned to Z-Best Auto Body & Paint for the full treatment. Knowing that a car’s paint job is only as good as the prep work done prior, Z-Best did an amazingly thorough job completing the many tasks required to get Swinger ready for her new look.
When painting your ride, working slowly and safely can produce great results. Before you ever get there, though, laying the groundwork and properly preparing the bare metal with the correct tools is just as important too. We spoke to the pro’s and got some basic steps and tricks to aid in your next paint job.
Proper brightwork should be like good movie special effects, if done right, nobody should notice. For our second generation ’69 Dodge Charger “Killer Kong,” there was far more chrome, stainless, aluminum and pot metal brightwork than we had realized, leaving us to decide what to replace, repolish, or rechrome.
by Lindsey Fisher on September 25, 2011
With the latest discussion on Swinger being the paint scheme choices, we wanted some chrome to jazz things up a bit and really get our Nova‘s classic look rolling. Not only were we looking for pieces to compliment the pro-touring style of the car, but also pieces that showed close attention to fine details.
by Kevin Shaw on August 16, 2011
We dial back the clock to take a look at how our Killer Kong ’69 Dodge Charger’s iconic tail stripe was installed. Body decals can either make or break the muscle car, so it’s worth learning how to put them on right (that means no bubbles, wrinkles or just plain straight).
by Lindsey Fisher on June 9, 2011
When we got our ‘71 Nova, Project Swinger, it was in rough shape. Because of all the rust and body damage, we had to do a lot of metal work to straighten out the rough body of the car. To accomplish this, we used many tools. While the use of certain tools may be obvious for metal work, others are less evident.
by Kevin Shaw on March 11, 2011
Whether you’re picking up somebody’s old project, a grandma’s old grocery getter, or an auction-block award winner, take a second to look over the car closely. Run the numbers and don’t feel intimidated to ask about the car’s history. You want your first project to be a positive one and not something you regret.
by Kevin Shaw on March 1, 2011
When purchased, the Charger was a complete roller that we even drove around the neighborhood for a month or two. But knowing where we wanted to go and what we needed to get there, we could build a solid road map to lead us to our final destination. We want to welcome you along for the ride.
PowerTV sales schrub Lloyd Hunt has this very clean ’74 Nova and it’s cancer-free for the most part, and yes, he does recognize that he is really very lucky. But it still needed some help getting cleaned up, so he turned to Rust Bullet to help get the Novice Nova looking fresh.
by Bobby Kimbrough on June 14, 2010
In this segment we are going to be replacing the rusted floor pan on our project car with some quality floorpan restoration parts from Classic Industries in our very hot, Southern California PowerTV garage.
With Project 666, our ’86 Fox Body, we wanted to stuff a 275/60/15 Drag Radial on a 15 x 10 wheel and not have it look like a inner-city low rider with the wheels hanging out the wells. That meant it was time for the hammer. It was time – to clearance the wheel wells.
When it comes to shoehorning a new, bigger engine into the framerails of a Fox Body Mustang, the stock hood isn’t very useful. The simple solution is to find an aftermarket hood that will accommodate the increase in engine size and we found a company that could meet all of our demands, and that company is Cervini’s Auto Design.
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Today we have an update on Project Grandma as Mike Ryan gets our ’78 Malibu ready for our Chassis Engineering Mini-tubs, and then the 25.5 Roll Cage. We’re starting with a Chassis Engineering chrome moly cage kit and then adding the bars necessary for the SFI 25.5 spec.