Author: wonderspawn

Epoxy vs. Self-Etching Primer for Painting Bare Metal

Visit any automotive forum and you can't help but stumble upon a long running debate on which direct to metal product is better, etch primer or epoxy primer. You will hear all kinds of technical facts, personal experiences as well as flat out unsubstantiated opinion. Then throw in the thousands of products available for the job, each with their own recommendations, and you'll find yourself overwhelmed. But after the smoke finally clears the fact remains that both types of primers will give you successful results - if used correctly. The route you choose depends on the condition of the metal you're starting with, the time…

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Easy Grab Pin Cushion for Pointy Tools

Trying to finish a project but keep losing track of your bits and small tools as soon as you put them down? Put a stop to this all too familiar disappearing act with this gearhead version of a pin cushion by The Family Handyman. It makes a convenient storage place for the immediate things you need while getting the job done. To make your own pointy-tool pin cushion, glue a piece of 1 1/2-inch thick high-density styrofoam onto a 1/2-inch thick piece of plywood. Leave about an inch of wood for a border around the foam. Make sure to use a foam-compatible adhesive like PL…

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Wheel Tech: What Size Wheel is Right for You?

When it comes to exhaust systems, we know we want headers and turbo mufflers. When it comes to suspensions, we usually want it low and stiff. When it comes to the engine, we want the biggest, baddest cam we can afford, with the biggest carburetor (or injectors) that we can manage. But the question of what wheels and tires to put on almost always stumps us. Wheels is one area where many enthusiasts completely ruin their car's potential performance because it has an enormous impact on ride quality, handling and acceleration. How big you can go is largely governed by your suspension, and what driving…

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Smiley-Face Tire Totter

You know, like a teeter totter only with a tire! This lovable playground toy is easy to make with just a tire, wood board, handles and fasteners but decorating and painting it becomes fun for the whole family. If you don't have a tire lying around you can get one from your local service shop (most likely for free). The larger the diameter of the tire, the more range of motion you'll get. For the totter board, Mark at My Fix it Up Life used a 2"x6"x8" length of Western Red Cedar available at his local home improvement store along with the other items you'll…

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How to Store Your Classic Car for Winter

Inactivity can be detrimental to a classic car. A car lying dormant can lead to numerous and potentially expensive damages: rubber rot, interior mildew, outer rust, engine parts seizing, short circuit wiring, paint bubbling, fiberglass cracking, chrome pitting, brakes freezing, and batteries dying. Many car collectors are shocked, after spending all winter long California Dreaming of cruising in the spring, to find their dream car has become a nightmare of problems over a short time in storage. Here's how to give your "baby" the love it deserves ...even when you're not behind the wheel. Materials You'll Need Car wash and wax Rubber lubricant Old gallon…

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Redneck Car Rim BBQ

If you have an impressive junk pile ...err ...treasure pile, chances are there's a spare set of wheels buried somewhere inside that trove. Why spend beaucoup bucks on a grill or fire pit when you have everything you need to build your own and wow your friends with a one-of-a-kind piece. Cut off matching rectangles on the backside of each wheel so that when you join them together it creates a hole where you can put your logs or charcoal. Put the wheels on top of each other back-to-back and weld the back sides together and you're ready to use it as a fire pit…

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How to Repair Surface Rust on Your Car

Whether you've got a classic 65 Mustang, or a 2005 Chevy Impala, surface rust is not something to just shrug off. Left untreated, it can continue to eat away at the metal and eventually eat all the way through it. The quicker you attack it and get rid of it, the easier it will be to do so. What can be a quick thirty minute and ten dollar fix today, can end up being a full day and several hundred dollar ordeal later down the road. As long as it's just surface rust, treating it is easy. Here's how it's done. 1. Test the Extent…

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Transform Your Storage Shed into Your Own Private Bar

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Backyard sheds can be a lot like mini haunted houses - dark, dusty, spider web-covered storage for "second-tier" equipment and tools. These are items that are too bulky to store in the garage or things you don't use often enough to justify taking up valuable space in your car's domain like lawn equipment, old paint cans, patio umbrellas or even out-grown children's toys. But thanks to a new trend that seems to have come out of the UK, more and more people are converting those scary little backyard structures into hip pub sheds. Cleaning out your shed or garage is no easy task but…

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Drill Charging & Storage Station

Power drills are some of the most important tools you have so it's important to keep them charged - you never know when a DIY moment will strike. Charging them all on your workbench, though, takes up the space you need to, well, work, and wires can turn into a spaghetti dish complete with charger and battery pack meatballs. User, GlassImpressions, at Lumberjocks got inspired to come up with a better way to organize all his power drills after stumbling across a similar project on the site. With some plywood and an old cherry stain, he built a wall-mounted shelf wide enough to house all…

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Seat Belt Key Holder

Keys love starting a game of hide and seek just when you're trying to rush out the door. But this clever wall organizer allows you to buckle them up safely within sight. Seat belt saves lives but now they can save your sanity. You can buy these online or make one yourself for a fraction of the cost. Old seat belts are easy to find online, an auto upholstery shop or the local junkyard. Cut the latch off leaving an inch or so of material at the end. Use a hot glue gun to seal the cut end so it doesn't fray over time. Remove…

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