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How About Eating That Elephant 30 Minutes at a Time?

Forum user Ian F found a solution to conquer any large project you might be facing.

How to Reduce Stress When Reassembling a Project Car

A few simple tips can help keep your sanity intact as you reassemble that pile of parts into an actual car.

In the October Issue | Joint Venture: Quick Tips for Joining Aluminum

Tips, tricks, pros and cons for every aluminum-joining method you may need for your next fabrication project... coming up in our October issue.

How To Prevent a Total Project Disaster? Proper Planning

When it comes to restorations and projects, a little planning can go a long way to preventing a total disaster. Here is how to makes proper plans, and what to do if everything goes wrong.

Easy Road Trip Preparation Tips

Planning on taking a long drive soon? Proper planning can make that trip into a dream cruise.

Damaged Door? Why Not Re-Skin It?

Sometimes, finding a replacement for that damaged door is out of the question. In those cases, the next best option could be to re-skin the door.

Three Modern Innovations That Make Staying Organized Easier Than Ever

We've restored numerous cars over the years, and we've discovered three innovations that make staying organized even easier.

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Shop Work: Nuts About Fasteners

15 questions about fasteners that every wrencher should be able to answer.

Shop Work: How the Right Fastener Can Prevent Hardware Failure on Track

Learn from our mistakes: Here are a few different types of locking nuts, washers, and threads specially designed to keep hardware tight, and how each type works.

Shop Work: How to Accurately Measure Your Compression Ratio

After building an engine, the bombardment of questions soon follows. Unfortunately, you might not know the answer to one important question: What is your engine’s compression ratio?

Shop Work: Proper Chassis Welding Etiquette

In addition to planning, cutting and fixing, following some simple welding basics will allow your homebuilt chassis to become a reality.

Shop Work: 8 Tips for Welding Like a Pro

Good welding isn’t magic; it’s really just a matter of discipline and practice. We’ve found that by teaching some pretty simple techniques, bad and ugly welds quickly turn into good welds.

Shop Work: Repair That Cracked Front Spoiler in Seven Easy Steps

A bruised chin spoiler can spoil a car’s entire look. Ditch the duct tape and perform a proper repair with just a few hours’ work.

Shop Work: 10 Must-Have Tools for a Scratch-Built Car

Building a car from scratch? A couple of specialized tools can make all the difference.

Shop Work: Useful Fabrication Tips for Just About Any Project

Here are 16 tips that will make fabrication easier—no matter the project

Shop Work: 13 Steps To Ensure You Don't Blow up Your Engine During Initial Start-Up

Starting up an engine for the first time can exhilarating, but not if something goes wrong. Here are some steps to make sure it goes right.

Shop Work: Column: Build Threads Can Offer More Than Just Pictures of Cool Cars

Sometimes, the most interesting part of a build thread isn't what's in the foreground of its pictures, it's what's in the background.

Shop Work: 18 Dyno Time Tips That Make Each Dollar Count

You can add heaps of trick performance modifications to your car, but without quantitative data there’s no way to know if you’re working toward your goal or simply burning money.

Shop Work: 10 Common Suspension Problems and How to Cure Them

It doesn't matter how much you spent, your suspension can still steer you wrong. Here are 10 common suspension ills and how to correct them.

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