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 El Caminos. 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 […]

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 for your El Camino 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 […]

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 […]

Connecting Rods And Rod Bearings

Removal and replacement of connecting rods and rod bearings Time: 3 hours Tools: standard socket set, rubber mallet, crankshaft socket, breaker bar, feeler gauge Cost: approximately $50 for bearings and supplies Tinware: quality set of rod bearings, Plastigage, 3/8”rubber hose Tip: To avoid scratching or damaging the cylinder walls when removing or installing piston and […]

Distributor: HEI Conversion

Distributor: HEI conversion Time: 2 hours Tools: standard wrench set, flat-blade and/or Phillips screwdriver, wire strippers/crimpers Cost: varies by manufacturer- approximately $175-$400 Tinware: HEI distributor (new, rebuilt, or used), HEI ignition lead connector, HEI style plug wires Tip: Label or mark the location of your spark plug wires on the distributor cap for fast, easy […]

Installing New Seat Upholstery

Time: varies depending on number of seats and style, plan on at least 2 hours Tools: standard wrenches, hog-ring pliers, flat-blade screwdriver, needle-nose pliers (optional) Cost: anywhere from $500 and up, approximately Tinware: upholstery, hog-rings and pliers, seat foam padding (optional) Tip: Before installing new vinyl seat covers, lay them out in the sun to […]