Dave Zipf posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 8:02 PM
Fender benders suck. Even a light knock can craze paint, crack light lenses, and put holes in bumpers. While the damage usually isn’t structural, replacing all those plastic bits can be a real hassle and it gets expensive fast. And then there’s paint: not only do you lose your car, but a respray is never quite as good as the factory paint. Surely, if you have been in a minor parking lot scuffle, there’s a better way of dealing with plastic damage than to chuck the bumper and start from scratch? Luckily enough, there is.
Dan Barnes posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 4:40 PM
by Dan Barnes
It was an epiphany when I walked into a race shop and saw the interior tin work of an under-construction Rolex GT car mocked up entirely in white illustration board, clecos and blue tape. I made a mental note: I can do that! I can even afford that! Now my projects turn out better with the use of old cereal boxes, scissors and tape.
Dave Zipf posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 9:38 PM
Cleaning small parts can be a real hassle. If you’re rebuilding, say, a carburetor, with lots of little jets, needles, and pins and screws, it can be very easy to break or lose something. Some parts refuse to come clean, even when scrubbed with strong solvents (brake calipers are a great example of this). So what’s a car guy to do?
Dave Zipf posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016 6:47 AM
What do you do when you need to press in a bushing but don't have a press or vice handy? Read our Wrench Tip to find out.
Dave Zipf posted on Thursday, December 10, 2015 7:58 PM
I had the recent displeasure of being rear-ended in the Vehicross. Luckily, the accident wasn't too bad (and we will get into it more in a later project installment), but the bumper cover did need to be replaced. We decided to replace our damaged bumper with a used one. The used bumper was in good shape, but we found a number of the mounting bolts were rusted onto what was left of the bumper support. We would have to remove these bolts without damaging the new cover. This would require a delicate mix of power tools, cleverness, and a basic understanding of heat transfer.
Dave Zipf posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:04 PM
Changing diff oil sucks enough without doing it on the ground in the dead of winter. This Wrench Tip makes changing diff oil suck slightly less than normal.
Dave Zipf posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 8:39 PM
Flat tires suck. They're always a hassle and they ALWAYS come at the most inopportune or annoying times. As a former tire changer/ tire repair man, I've seen all sorts of weird stuff in people's tires. Nails, screws, screwdrivers, spark plugs, large chunks of metal (I'm not making any of those up either). In the old days I'd be going to a repair shop to fix my tires, but these days I just do it myself.
Dave Zipf posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 8:57 PM
Do you have broken exhaust hangers? Are you sick of them? Well then try this Wrench Tip to stop them from coming back.
Dave Zipf posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 6:46 PM
How do you replace the spark plugs in a V-block engine when there are items like brake boosters, fenders, and other junk in the way? U-joints sometimes work, but when that fails (or you forgot to pack them when you moved), try this tip.
Dave Zipf posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 9:25 PM
The saying goes “the right tool for the right job.” And it is 100% correct. But what happens when you don’t have the right tool? Sometimes you need to improvise. See how we make a piece of plumbing pipe do things it was never intended to do.