The Tools You’ll Need for Classic Car Restoration

Seasoned auto enthusiasts and even weekend-warriors can make great progress on their classic car restoration projects – but only if they have the right tools. Most classic cars have old parts, rusty patches, and jagged edges. It takes a well-stocked tool kit to work with these problems and make your car as good as new. If you’re thinking about taking on a new project, here are a few of the most important pieces of equipment and tools that you’ll need.

Impact Wrench

Most old cars have lug nuts and bolts that are far too difficult to unscrew with muscle power alone. Even if you can manage to get them off manually, they’re probably found all over your car. To save yourself time, energy, and a lot of frustration, you’ll need to keep a quality impact wrench in your garage. It can take even the tightest bolt off in seconds.

Angle Grinder

If you plan on doing your own bodywork, you’re going to need a grinder. Angle grinders allow you to take off large patches of rust in no time, and they’re indispensable for cutting sheet metal. Once all your panels in place, you’ll also want to grind away the jagged areas to make your car stylish and safe.

Hydraulic Jack

To get to your transmission or fuel injectors, you’ll want to be able to lift your car off the ground. Most shops have two or four-post hydraulic lifts, but those just aren’t practical for a home garage. Fortunately, you can still get a little bit of lift from a good hydraulic jack.

Air Compressor

An air compressor may be the most important tool in your garage. You’ll need it to power a variety of devices, including your impact wrench and angle grinder. You will also have to use a compressor with your paint gun to achieve a smooth, even coat.

Fiberglass Repair Kit

Steel bodies look great, but fiberglass can be far easier to repair and maintain. In fact, you can even use fiberglass to repair small dents in steel. Whatever type of chassis you’ve got on your car, you should keep a fiberglass repair kit in stock. It will also come in handy for repairing boats, swimming pools, and bathtubs.

Engine Crane

If you’re serious about classic car restoration, you should probably look into getting your own engine crane. Changing your timing belt, repairing your transmission, and plenty of other jobs may require that you take your engine out of your car.

Basic Hand Tools

Last but not least, you will need a great set of basic equipment. Every enthusiast loves to play with power tools, but you won’t get far without some good wrenches, screwdrivers, and cutters. Make sure you’ve also got small pliers and wires for precise electrical work.

Help from the Pros

Even if you’ve got a fully-stocked kit and the knowledge to use it, you may need some professional help with your car. Whether you’ve got a tough project – or you just don’t have the right tools for the job – call a leading professional now to get assistance with your classic car restoration project.

Helping keep the planet clean with proper Battery Disposal

All car batteries eventually will wear out and need to be disposed of. Unlike most products, you cannot simply throw away these types of batteries. The reason for this is that a 12 volt car battery contains many hazardous chemicals and materials. There are also many environmental safety concerns associated with the disposal of these batteries. There are actually several ways to properly dispose of car batteries.

The most unique part of recycling batteries is that all of the elements can be reclaimed and reused in new car batteries. The lead in these batteries is almost 100% recyclable. The plastic components of these batteries can also be recycled and used in future products as well. The sulfuric acid found in these batteries can be recycled and used in a number of different ways. For example it can be used in new car batteries, neutralized and then purified to be released as clean water, or it can also be turned into sodium sulfate. When turned to sodium sulfate it can be used in such products as fertilizer and dyes.

In most standard car batteries heavy metals are found such as lead as well as plastic and acid. This is why if they are not properly disposed they can contaminate the air, water and soil of our planet. Also it does not matter if the battery is a 6 or 12 volt; both are classified as hazardous waste and need to be disposed of properly. With newer Hybrid cars NiMH batteries are used rather than traditional lead batteries. Although these batteries do not contain lead they still contain toxic components and need to be disposed of properly as well.

It is also important to handle these used batteries correctly, because they can be harmful to your health. Individuals should wear gloves as well as safety glasses when holding these batteries. When transporting the battery it should be placed upright in a position that is not going to tip over while moving.

When disposing your car battery you do have more than one option. Most recycling centers accept car batteries, but it is in your best interest to call ahead to confirm this. The AAA Great Battery Round Up has become a well known place to dispose of your batteries. The event is usually held in association with Earth Day and involves AAA offices setting up a collection area for you to bring your used batteries to be discarded. Most automotive repair shops also accept used car batteries as well. Now that you know a little more about car battery disposal, make sure you take the legal and environmentally safe route when you dispose of your used car batteries.

Lifter-1 Cleaner – Leader in Car Cleaning Solutions

Every car owner needs cleaning products. Whether you have an expensive car or a moderately priced one, you want your vehicle to be in the best shape. This will help you enjoy the drive, and extend the life of your car. Lifter-1 Automotive, a division of Apex Products, meets your needs by producing some high quality cleaning products. We have been in business for almost 20 years, and believe in making products that really work. Our products are available online and at top retail chains across the United States. Our Lifter-1 cleaner products have had millions of satisfied customer over the years.

Your car’s exterior is constantly exposed to road tar, dead bugs and dried plant saps. These spots are more noticeable during the summer months as the hot sun allows them to dry and bake in the heat. Most drivers find is difficult to remove them during regular car wash. The Lifter-1 cleaner for cars has been designed specifically to remove these tough stains gently, without damaging the exterior of the car. You can use the Bug and Tar Remover on different surfaces including the windows, bumpers, chime, auto grills and headlights. The citrus-based product does not contain any kerosene. Just spray it on the spots, leave it for 30 seconds, and wipe it with a soft cloth. The product does not damage the paint or the finish of your car, and is safe on clear-coat surfaces as well.

A Lifter-1 cleaner is also available for the carpet of your car. The Carpet Stain Remover can remove the toughest grease, oil, coffee, tar, cola, pet and ink stains from the carpet, regardless of their age. You do not have to rub, scrub or vacuum the carpet. Our cleaner does all the hard work for you. Just spray it on the spot and blot it with a clean cloth or paper towel. It can also help remove certain odors from your car. It is completely safe, and its use can be extended to the carpet inside your house as well.

Our Upholstery Stain Remover completes our list of car care products. You can spray this product on any fabric upholstery stain. Its bubbling action will remove the stain. You just wipe it off with a clean cloth, and bam! Your car seat looks as good as new again. Tough grease, oil, coffee, tar and cola stains are no match to this Lifter-1 cleaner.

Is Saving Eight Dollars Worth Your Life?

Is Saving Eight Dollars Worth Your Life?
A friend of mine recently had his car serviced at a local oil change store that advertises fast and cheap oil changes. They also advertise a 42-point inspection that lists things like tires, brakes, windshield wipers, etc. A week after the oil change, he suffered a brake failure and lost control of his car. He swerved to avoid hitting another car when his brakes didn’t respond and he jumped the curb, hit a light pole and crashed into a retaining wall on the other side of the sidewalk. He wasn’t hurt, but the car was heavily damaged.

This got me to thinking, what’s my life worth? I see drivers on Los Angeles freeways changing lanes 20 times a mile in traffic only to see them alongside of me again. They dramatically increased their risk of having an accident with all of those fast, high risk lane changes and for what? They didn’t even get ahead of me.

Ever see someone really push hard to rush through a yellow light? So hard they really end up running a red light? Of course you have, happens all the time. My neighbor is a Los Angeles Sheriff and on his way home a few years ago the light turned green and he began to accelerate. Next thing he knew it was the following week and he was in a hospital. A car had tried to push the yellow and ended up running a red light and T-boning my neighbor. He was in a coma for a week. The guy pushing the light was badly hurt too.

I like my life, is it worth losing it or getting seriously injured by taking unwise risks to shave a few seconds off the time it takes me to drive somewhere? Not to me, or to my wife or kids.

Getting back to the failed brakes, a post accident inspection showed that a brake hose in the front was badly swollen and had failed. It was just too old and should have been replaced. But what about that “inspection” at the oil change shop? It turned out that the people working there aren’t real car mechanics or technicians. They are minimum wage workers who are given only rudimentary training on the job and then turned loose on your car. What exactly happened during that brake “inspection” will never be known, or what was inspected. It may be that the service person even looked directly at that swollen hose but had no idea what they were looking at.

I go a different route for service on my car. I take my Infiniti G35 to an Infiniti Express Service dealer. There, my car is whisked into the back where real Infiniti certified technician’s inspect and service my car. I have no doubt that if my car had a swollen and bad brake hose, an Infiniti trained and certified technician would know what they were looking at when they inspected it. They do brake jobs, they’ve been trained on brake jobs, they know brake hoses. During my Infiniti Express Service, these certified technicians inspect my lights, brakes, tires, battery, and air filters. They check for leaks around the engine and transmission. And they know what they’re looking for, they’re real mechanics.

When I take my car to the Infiniti Express Service dealer for its oil change and inspection, they even wash and vacuum the car for me. I’m driving away less than an hour after I arrive with a serviced, inspected and clean car. And guess what? I asked my friend how much his oil change cost (the one that failed to catch the bad brake hose). Turned out he saved $8, and he didn’t even get a free car wash and vacuum.

I don’t know about you, but my life and the life of my family members is worth more than $8. I’ll buy the cheap paper towels at the grocery store to save money; a paper towel is a paper towel. But my car’s safety? No thanks, I’ll buy the genuine article.

Some Basic Tips to Follow Before Fitting Car Tyres

You think you may need new tyres, but you don’t want to have some slick tyre salesman sell you overpriced tyres you can’t afford and don’t really need. By following a few simple tips, you can make a safe, economical purchase.

Do You Really Need New Tyres?

Although the tyre salesman may be convinced you need new tyres and tell you that driving on your present set of tyres is endangering you and your family’s safety, there are five warning signs you can check for yourself, to make sure he’s not exaggerating. Look for these signs before going for a tyre fitting.

You need new tyres if any of the following warning signs are evident:

1. The tread is less than 1.6 millimetres in depth.

2. The car vibrates when driving.

3. Flat rubber tread bars appear perpendicular to the tread.

4. The sidewalls are cracked or withered.

5. The tyres have bulges or blisters.

How to Select New Tyres

If your tyres have one or more of these warning signs, you are driving in possibly dangerous circumstances. The trick to buying new tyres is to find tyres that support the weight of your vehicle, without buying too much tyre for your car.

Before you go for a tyre fitting, check the vehicle’s Owner Manual. The Owner’s Manual will tell you exactly what kind of tires is recommended for your vehicle. Take these recommendations seriously as the manufacturer knows what kind of tyres will work best with your car.

Look at your current tyres to see what you already have. You may just want to buy the same type of tyres if you have been happy with their performance, and they meet the recommendations of the Owner’s Manual. Most tyres have standard measurement conventions that are printed directly on the side of the tyres themselves. Jot down the width, aspect ratio and wheel diameter as printed on the side of the tire, usually to the left of the logo. Compare these figures to what is written in the Owner’s Manual to ensure you are reading the correct numbers in the correct places and to evaluate how your current set of tyres may differ from your car manufacturer’s recommendations.

As long as the tyres you purchase match these specifications, they will fit on your car and allow you to drive safely. All other things considered equal, the price difference is based on brand recognition and warranty.

When choosing a brand, consider how many more miles your car will likely last and if you plan to sell it in the near future. Putting the most expensive tyres on a car you want to sell is not your best investment when a serviceable set of tyres will be more than adequate.

Likewise, if you are not planning on keeping the car for a long time, or if you are planning on selling it, you probably do not want to pay extra for an extended tyre warranty.