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Eastwood Retail Outlet Hosts Patch Panel Training Class

We’ve found that most car guys and gals are “hands on” learners. Sure you can read all the tech articles and watch all the Youtube videos in the world, but putting in the time practicing is where most of us really learn. We recently started holding small tech seminars where we let our customers learn from the professionals and get their hands dirty in the process. In this most recent two day class we taught local customers how to make, fit, weld, and finish a patch panel on a fender. Once the students saw how to make the patch panel, the instructor tack welded it in and allowed the class to take turns welding the patch in place. The following day an autobody instructor showed the course how prep the panel for filler and primer. In the end the panel was left ready for primer and the students had some new found confidence to tackle their own projects.

If you would like to attend a class or have an idea for a future class feel free to give our retail outlet a call. Thanks to the guys at Street Visions for sharing their knowledge for the weekend!

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SEMA 2013 Final Recap

The last days of SEMA 2013 were a blur and we were so swamped at our booth I realized I left everyone hanging with my last batch of photos! In previous years late Thursday and Friday the show is winding down and SEMA becomes a ghost town. I’ve normally “seen everything” and I find myself wandering the furtherest corners of the show looking for interesting vehicles hiding that I may have missed. This year the show itself spread out into the adjacent parking lot to the south hall. This lot was full of more feature vehicles and some of them were pretty dang cool! It seems every square inch of the show space surrounding areas was full of exhibitors, show cars, and people. This year ended being the largest SEMA yet and by far the best for us at The Eastwood Company.

We are still digging through photos and video and we promise to get out all the great content we took ASAP. For now enjoy my last batch of photos we shot Thursday and Friday.

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Eastwood’s ‘Shop Talk’, Episode 17: Kevin Tetz Talks Shop With The Ringbrothers, Recorded LIVE From SEMA 2013!

SEMA IS UPON US!

In this episode of Eastwood’s ‘Shop Talk,’ Kevin Tetz chats with Jim & Mike Ring: AKA Ringbrothers

Born with fuel running through their veins and a passion for building innovative Street Machines, Ringbrothers is proud to present their 1965-66 Full Carbon Fiber Widebody Fastback Mustang at SEMA 2013, the worlds largest automotive convention.

Luckily for us, Jim and Mike found the time to sit down with Kevin at Eastwood’s booth & discuss what it’s like being recognized as some of the top innovators in the industry and what SEMA has to offer to the most insatiable of gear heads!

Check in with Eastwood on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, to follow the action and experience SEMA from your computer or smart phone!

So sit tight, listen to Kevin & the Ringbrothers chat it up & don’t forget to keep up with Kevin via Eastwood’s Blog & YouTube Channel!

Like what you hear? SUBSCRIBE and listen to Kevin at home, in the garage or on the road!

Have ideas for the show, or questions you want answered on the air by Kevin? Feel free to shoot Kevin an email at ShopTalk@eastwood.com, we’d love to hear from you!

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SEMA 2013 Day 3 Coverage

Most Automotive shows and events Day 3 is when things start to slow down. This isn’t the case at SEMA. The show has SO MUCH to see that even for myself that’s four days in; I was still finding new cars and products I hadn’t seen before. I haven’t even hit all of the buildings in the show and I have shot hundreds and hundreds of photos and I still feel like I’m missing a lot of good stuff!

The show always pulls out some unusual and crazy vehicles each yea. You’re always destined to find something out of this world at the Meguiars Car Crazy booth and this year was no exception. This year the vehicle that caught my eye was probably one of the largest. The best way to describe it would be to describe it as a torpedo with wheels. Bright yellow, huge antique engine and loud as hell, this thing really was cool! We hope to catch some more info about it later this week, but here’s some photos of it on display on the Car Crazy Stage outside of SEMA.

Another cool part about the show is the debut of high profile show cars. The Ford “SnakeBit” Custom Truck built for rock legend Gene Simmons. This truck is a beautiful mix between a classic Ford Truck and the new Ford Mustang Cobra. This thing is sleek and nasty with a new Ford 5.4L Supercharged V8 engine under the hood. We got a spy shot of it earlier this week, but never expected it to be something this special! Check it out below.

We shot a ton more photos below, and we have a LOT of ground to cover still. So stay tuned!

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SEMA 2013 Day 2 Coverage

All of the vehicles have been detailed, booths are built, and the beautiful booth models are in place, this could only mean one thing… Tuesday was upon us and the 2013 SEMA Show opened their doors to tens of thousands of industry professionals. We did our best to stay focused (those show cars draw me like a moth to the light!) Monday as we got our booth set up and ready for everyone. This year it seems like there’s a great vibe in the air with more new products on the show floor than ever.

Aside from the usual “trends” I seem to notice a few obvious new trends this year at the show. Below are few photos that display just that.

If you’re not pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down then I’ll school you quickly. “Van of all types are Cool”. I know there are some of you out there that say the Van Culture never died.. but they’re definitely making a comeback! We’re excited to see what starts to pop out of the woodwork over the next year or two.

A few big builds have been unveiled and I was there to check them out first and snap some photos.

Brian Fuller and his crew at Fuller Hot Rods always promise to put out some of the most unique builds of the show. Last year their “Thundertaker” Cadillac Hearse took the show by storm and had crowds surrounding it all week. This year is no different. The “Double Down” Ford Roadster is an all wheel drive monster with a Ford Racing V8 engine that perfectly marries performance and custom modifications with the iconic styling of a deuce roadster (1932 Ford Roadster). These builds are not for mere mortals like you and I, but they’re definitely an inspiration that can help us push ourselves on our home builds.

We also kicked off our first batch of Tech Demos with Ron Covell and Kevin Tetz at the show. The crowds and interaction was great and we can’t wait to see what these guys have to show us each day of the show!

We’ve got our eyes open and our ears to the ground and we’ll be bringing you some of our favorites everyday from the show. Be sure to follow along on for live coverage via our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/eastwoodcompany, Twitter: https://twitter.com/EastwoodCo and Instagram: http://instagram.com/eastwoodco.

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