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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.

Overheating Is Not Only Annoying, It Can Cause Some Serious Damage

Even though nothing may ruin a drive more than an overheating engine, it can also cause some serious damage if left unaddressed.

Have a Workspace? Here Are 10 Items You Need in It

These items are essential no matter the type of workspace.

Did You Pick the Wrong Cordless Tools? | The Internet Decides

Thanks to a distinct lack of cords, cordless tools are perfect for any size of garage. But how do you decide which ones are best?

How To Build a Backyard Shop

Want to build a shop in your backyard? Here's how we did it.

Convertible Top Spring a Leak? There Is an Easy Fix for That

A tear in a convertible top may be annoying, but the fix doesn't have to be.

How to Unstick Stuck Piston Rings?

Piston rings not sealing as they should? Do you have a tip for righting that wrong? Why not share it with the rest of the class?

How To Build a Wood Dashboard from Scratch

How to build a dashboard out of wood, just like the one for our Lotus Elan.

Shop Work articles

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: What Materials Are Best to Fabricate Something From Scratch?

For true gearheads, a car is never just a car—it’s a four-wheeled heap of possibilities.

Shop Work: How to Go About Upgrading Your Brakes

“Jack of all trades, master of none” is a pretty good description of OE brake system designs.

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: How to Prevent Brake Vibrations

Quite simply, brake vibrations are never a good thing.

Shop Work: Project Backyard Shop: Building The Building

With four walls and a roof, it's starting to look like a shop.

Shop Work: Project Backyard Shop: Wiring and Interior

our shop had walls, a roof and floor. Now it needed electricity, hence the trench.

Features: Project Backyard Shop: Moving In and Organizing

The hard parts–planning, building, and finishing the shop–were over. Now it’s time for the fun part: Moving in.

Shop Work: Project Backyard Shop: Installing a Lift

Now, a year after finishing our garage, we broke out the bin labeled “construction tools” and went back to work. It was finally time to install that lift.

Features: Project Backyard Shop: Walls of Specialized Storage

Like most garages, ours had hundreds of square feet of prime wall space just waiting to be used.

Shop Work: Project Backyard Shop: Solving Our Storage Problem

Now that we’d moved into a bigger and better workspace, we owed our front garage a little bit of love.

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.

Shop Work: How to Best Join Aluminum: Fasteners, Brazing, Soldering or Welding?

What's the best way to join two pieces of aluminum? It often depends on the situation.

Shop Work: When Is It Time To Upgrade Your Clutch?

How well your car performs–and how nicely it drives–can often depend upon your clutch.

Shop Work: How to Choose the Right Tools for Cutting Metal

One way or another, you’re going to have to cut that metal to size. Here are the many different ways to do that—each with their own pluses and minuses.

Shop Work: How to Properly Tune an Engine | Go Faster!

It doesn't take much for a well-running engine to suddenly need a tune-up. Here are 10 steps to find and diagnose that problem.

Columns: Column: Looking for a Great Automotive Event? Try the Garage

The best automotive event in recent memory? Hanging out in a friend's garage.

Shop Work: Building Bargain Brake Ducts From Porsche GT3 Parts?

As it turns out, late-model Porsche GT3 front brake ducts can be adapted to a wide variety of cars.

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