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Archive for the ‘Classic Vehicle Maintenance Tips’ Category

Posted on September 18th, 2022

Do You Have a Drill Press?

Every garage should have a drill press. It’s a must for classic car enthusiasts. In this short video, I show you how to use a drill press.  Some of the products I mention or use are: Some of the products Barry mentions are: Drill press: Vice: Clamps: Drill Bits: Rapid…   Read More

Posted on September 17th, 2022

Portable Work Stand/Worktable

Pressed for room in your garage? We’re always pressed for room here at the shop. Let me show you what we do to make life easier. Watch this short video about the portable auto body work stand we use here. I’ll even show you a neat way to turn it into a worktable. Want to…   Read More

Posted on September 16th, 2022

Ford 302 Distributor Installation

In four decades, we’ve learned a thing or two about classic car restorations. Installing a distributor on a Ford 302 can be a tricky process. In the video below, we share with you some of our best practice tips for installing a distributor on a 302.  Do you have questions about a classic car…   Read More

Posted on September 13th, 2022

Fender Repair on a Classic Jeep

We shot a quick video about some fender repairs we’re doing to a classic Jeep. Fenders with all the curves can be tricky to work on. In this video, we show you how we do fender repairs on a classic Jeep, and introduce you to a special tool we use when doing this work. Watch…   Read More

Posted on September 11th, 2022

Replacing Brake Shoes | Video

We had a customer ask about changing brake shoes and how it was done. We decided to make a video about replacing brake shoes. In this video, Wilson Auto Repair founder Barry Wilson takes you inside the shop to learn all about brake shoe replacement. It’s a concise yet thorough look about how to change…   Read More

Posted on September 8th, 2022

Tips for Diagnosing Electrical Issues in a Classic Car

In this informative video, Barry Wilson shows you how to diagnose electrical issues in a classic car and what tools you will need to get the job done. In this video you will learn: How to test voltage levels using a fluke meter How to determine if there is voltage drop between connections Ways to…   Read More

Posted on September 6th, 2022

Using MIG & TIG Welders for Classic Car Fabrication

Thinking about trying your hand at metal fabrication for a classic car?  For starters, you are going to need a welder.  In this excellent video, Barry Wilson reviews the MIG & TIG welders they use at Wilson Auto Repair. In this video you will learn: The difference between a MIG & TIG welder Safety equipment…   Read More

Posted on August 30th, 2022

How to Test for Parasitic Battery Draw

Sometimes a battery may experience abnormal drain after the engine has been shut off. Some amount of draw is normal, around 25mA (milliamps) – but most anything above that indicates a problem. This current draw is referred to as “parasitic draw.” In this video, we show you how to test the parasitic draw.  Find…   Read More

Posted on August 29th, 2022

Six Reasons Why You Should Have an Exhaust Upgrade on Your Classic Car

Every car has an exhaust system, but owners of classic cars can benefit greatly from an upgraded exhaust system. The exhaust system of a vehicle is an important component that determines several critical vehicle factors such as efficiency, performance, and value. Because cars are now mass-produced, manufacturers use standardized, low-cost parts that fit a wide…   Read More

Posted on August 28th, 2022

Speed Column Shifts | How They Work and Shift Patterns

Most column shifts show no shift pattern. In this video, we show you how a column shift works, and it’s shift patterns. Find more videos about classic car restorations tips and hacks on our YouTube channel. We also publish a free monthly email newsletter that shows lots of before and after photos and tips for…   Read More