Chevy Quick Tips

Lug Nut Removal Tip


Lug Nut Removal Tip: Conscientious detailers worry about scratching or chipping chrome off nice lug nuts when removing the wheels. To protect their finish, place a piece of plastic over them before using the lug wrench. A heavy-weight freezer bag will work nicely. Be sure the wrench is properly seated on the nut though– the extra thickness of the plastic can make this slightly more difficult.




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Wet Sanding Tip

Wet sanding your car’s paint finish isn’t as scary as it seems. Choose an open, outdoor area that will allow you to run water continuously for extended periods of time. Use 1000-2500 grit fine sandpaper (depending on the severity of the paint imperfections), garden hose or bucket, clean rags.

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Harmonic Balancer Tip

Excessive engine vibration can be a silent killer. It can rob plenty of precious horsepower as well. High performance balancers/dampers constantly fight the evils of these vibrations and keep the moving parts of your motor running smoothly and in harmony.

Although most specialty tools can be rented these days, you should definitely invest in a quality balancer remover and installer. They will more than make up for the initial cost in the time saved alone.

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Front Disc Brake Tip

A much-overlooked detail in the disc brake conversion is the placement of the wheel on the hub assembly. Often times, the mounting plane of the new hub will cause the wheel to sit further outward in the wheel well. Depending on the wheel and tire size, this slight variance can create all sorts of clearance problems. Check it out before installing or assembling the parts!

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Decal and Stripe Application Tip

When you’re applying new graphics to your car (eg. stripes), here are a few handy pointers:

Thoroughly clean the surface area with degreaser and a lint-free cloth before applying the stripes. Work in an area that is as dust free as possible!

Carefully locate the final position of the stripe on the body panel with masking tape.

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Crankshaft Removal Tip

If you plan on removing your crankshaft while leaving the rod and piston assemblies in the bores, attach a rubber band to a bolt on each rod and to a reinstalled oil pan bolt. This will keep the rods off to the side and from banging into the block when pulling the crank out.

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Coil Spring Removal Tip

If you’re going to be removing your car’s original coil springs, you’re going to need to support the lower control arm. This can be done with a heavy block of wood and whatever further support is available (jackscrew, etc). Remember, the spring is under great pressure, and once the spindle assembly is removed, the spring can be literally launched into the air. Use extreme caution here! To avoid damaging the brake flexible lines, disconnect them and tuck them out of the way.

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POR-15 Tip

Coating your surface rusted floor pans with POR-15 is a great idea. First step is to scrap away all the old surface rust with a wire brush. After the dust/rust particles have been vacuumed up, thoroughly clean the surface with POR-15’s Cleaner/Degreaser. Next comes the Metal Prep (also from POR-15), then you’re ready to apply the Rust Preventative Coating.

Tip: When using these highly toxic materials, always use protective gloves and a respirator.

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Stone Chip Clean-Up Tip

Never use the brush that comes with the touch-up paint– it will just cause big, nasty globs and end up looking worse than the chip. Use a small artist’s grade brush and gently work your paint into the chip area. Wait for it to dry completely (at least an hour), then apply a little more to “fill the hole”. These steps alone will make your chip look a lot better. If you feel even braver, use a superfine grit sandpaper (1500+), wet, wrapped around a small block. Go over the newly-painted chip very carefully until the “bump” gets minimized.

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