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SEMA 2013 Day 1 Coverage

For most SEMA Show goers Tuesday is day one for the SEMA Show, but for anyone exhibiting today is our first day as set up our Eastwood Exhibitor booth. We’ve been exhibiting at the show quite sometime now and you can always find us right near the main stage of the General Motors and Chevrolet booth on the border of Hot Rod Alley and The Restoration Marketplace. The “Main Hall” where we reside for the week is where all of the heavy-hitters of the industry are setup. This also means we get to see some of the best cars of the show right In our backyard!

Yesterday (Monday) I broke away from our booth assembly and snapped some spy shots of vehicles that will undoubtedly be some of the best of the event!

Today, Tuesday the show opens to everyone and we’re sure it’s going to be swamped on the show floor and outside the show. We’ve got some great interviews and vehicle features to shoot already lined up and a bunch more in the works. We can’t wait to share it all with you!

For now check out photos from Day One of the Eastwood #SEMAshow2013 coverage below and be sure to follow along on for live coverage via our Facebook page: , Twitter: and Instagram:

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SEMA 2013 Pre-Show Coverage

In the automotive world there’s a few events you can always count on being the hotbed of “what’s cool” in the hobby. The one we always look forward to is right around the end of October or Early November and that’s the SEMA Show. Eastwood Company has been attending SEMA since our early days and we’ve watched it grow each year. The 2013 SEMA Show is no different and this year it’s almost outgrown the HUGE space it takes up at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This year I’ve heard rumors that the show has spilled out into the parking lot and halls of the adjacent Las Vegas Hotel. This means there will be more top-notch show vehicles, new products, and gear heads like you and I then before!

In the past we’ve been trying to share our knowledge and let you in on all that’s Eastwood with our live tech demos, show coverage, vehicle features, new products, and anything else in between that makes us tick. This includes our live coverage of the SEMA Show and our exclusive video features with some of the best vehicles and biggest names in the automotive world. We’ve got a list of killer cars and kool cats we are going to share with you!

We’ll be posting live updates via our Facebook page: , Twitter: and Instagram: . We’ll also post daily coverage right here on the blog with a dump of all of the photos we shot of the previous day. Lastly we’ve got live demos going the first official day of the show (Tuesday). Be sure to visit and to watch Industry Pros Kevin Tetz and Ron Covell give paint and metal shaping demos from our booth IN the SHOW!

I snuck into the show today and got everyone a few spy shots of the show being setup. This is no small feat; it’s like building a city in a few days! Stay tuned this is just getting good!


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Second Time is a Charm- Painting a 1971 Chevy Camaro

Just about everyone at Eastwood is a car guy or gal in some shape or form, so we all love conversing with our customers about what projects they’re working on. Every now and then we get a really cool story about a project one of you are working on and we want to share it with everyone. This story is from Jeremy B. that recently shared a picture of his first paint project, a 1971 Chevy Camaro. Read along as Jeremy tells us how he got a second chance to build the car he wanted to build as a kid!

To tell the story of my 1971 Camaro we have to got back 20 years ago. 1993 I was a young boy living in a hot rod house. My dad had a 1955 Bel Air, my uncle, a 1956 Bel Air. I had decided that the 1971 Camaro was the car for me. I had been saving money mowing yards and cleaning cars. My dad calls me from work one day and said I found your car in the “Bargain Mart”, the local Auto Trade newspaper. It was a stock Mulsanne Blue 1971. With his help I bought it.

Being a shortsighted kid, I quickly took the car apart with hopes of making a fast street/strip car out of it. Of course I had no money to do such at the time, and by the time I had a drivers license the Camaro was sitting in a corner collecting dust. The car was sold in 1996 for next to nothing. Years went by, cars came and went. Fast forward to 2012, now grown with a child of my own, I had just finished a mechanical restoration on a 1969 C10 chevy, leaving the original patina on the outside. One day while looking at Craiglist I saw a 1971 Camaro, it was Blue with primer and reminded me of my original. The Truck was put up for sale, and before long I was headed to pick up the Camaro!

The truck was my daily driver, so this Camaro had to be up to the task as well. After making the 2 hour drive home in it, I was pretty pleased with how roadworthy it was. However I was not too pleased with its visual appearance. Blue shell, grey doors, black fenders, it did not look too pretty. Because this was my daily driver at the time, and I knew it would get the proper restoration treatment later, I decided to just try a quick, cheap paint job, just to get it all in one color.

Now to say my paint experience is limited would be an understatement! I had never painted a car before, unless you count the 1/25th scale versions! My goal was to get the car painted in a weekend, so I would be able to get to work on Monday. I decided to sand the entire car, do the very minimum bodywork and spray.

I spent a day wet-sanding the car, which was made easier by a rain shower! I did very little body work as the car was pretty straight with new sheet metal on the the front, and doors that were swapped from another car.

I used Eastwood White Epoxy Primer Sealer to get a good seal over the entire car including the jams It mixed and sprayed very well. I sprayed 3 coats.

I then went over the entire car with Eastwood Urethane Mulsanne Blue. This is the same color my original 1971 Camaro was 20 years ago. To say the color brought back memories was an understatement! It was like I traveled time!

The Eastwood paint was very easy to work with as well. The paint laid out very well. No runs at all! Over the next few days everyone in my neighborhood stopped by to check it out, and no one could believe I had never painted a car before! I credit Eastwood paint for a lot of this.

Next on this list is laying out some SS stripes and clear. I have not wet sanded or buffed the Blue paint and it looks great.
Also please note, this was painted in a lean-to section of my garage with gravel floors. In the pics you will see where I practiced adjusting my gun all over the walls!

I hope you enjoyed the story of my 1971 Camaro, this one will never leave the family! For anyone out there thinking of painting, don’t be afraid! With good products and a little practice, anythings possible!

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Packard Institute restoring old car to restore lost souls

Raynard Packard in driver’s seat of the 1948 Packard Victoria Convertible being restored at the Packard Institute. (Photo courtesy Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal)

A recent Akron Beacon Journal article showed us how automotive restoration projects can be a bridge to a more productive life for troubled youngsters.

In some ways, the 1948 Packard Victoria Convertible is a metaphor for the kids who will be restoring it: a treasure hiding beneath the visible dings and dents of a hard life.

But as with all the various “therapies” used with at-risk teens at the Packard Institute near Akron, turning the hunter green auto that’s currently missing its ragtop into a shimmering silver head-turner will teach them about the power of second chances.

Packard Institute, a Highland Square-based nonprofit that works mostly with young people struggling with substance abuse, took possession of the car with the intention of making it the “flagship” of the organization. The institute’s founder, Raynard Packard, is a distant cousin to James and William Packard, who founded Packard Automobiles in Warren, Ohio in 1899, “so it’s only fitting,” he said.

“About three years ago, we started getting these antique automobiles,” Packard said. “It’s a lot of fun, and the kids learn a skill set, but it’s really about building relationships. The car is a fun by-product of the relationships.”

Among the volunteers who have worked with the youngsters is Greg Delagrange, a Barberton, Ohio car restorer and Packard auto expert. “Greg has given $50,000 worth of hours with these kids,” Packard said.

“Some of these kids come from homes, let’s just say they aren’t the Cleavers,” Delagrange said, referencing the “Leave It to Beaver” sitcom from the ’50s and ’60s. “Sometimes I think they’re like this car: They get dumped and abandoned.” Others have attentive parents, but end up turning to drugs for a variety of reasons.

For more of the story, please read the complete article here.

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Eastwood’s ‘Shop Talk’, Episode 15: Kevin Tetz Talks Shop With Jay Rowlands – Director & Driving Force Behind The Movie, CLUTCH

Rhetorical Question: Who Doesn’t LOVE a good car chase scene?!

In this episode of Eastwood’s ‘Shop Talk,’ Kevin Tetz chats with Jay Rowlands: writer, director, producer, editor, stunt-driver & lets not forget, actor of the independent film, Clutch.

Jay has a love for American muscle cars in films, so deep in fact; he spent the last 12 years producing ‘the most driven car film ever made’.

It takes vision and follow-through to get things done, which is exactly why Jay lives by his montra, “make stuff happen”.

So sit tight, listen to Kevin and Jay chat it up & don’t forget to keep up with Kevin via Eastwood’s Blog & Youtube Channel!

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

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