A friend of mine in high school had a crappy old Delta 88 complete with that horrid GM 350 diesel. As a result he was endlessly rebuilding it, even in the wintertime. His secret to keeping warm while pulling the engine in 35-degree weather? Insulated coveralls. The ones you see here are a cotton set from work-clothes masters Dickies, but you can find a set at most tractor supply shops — or pretty much any place working people shop.
Of course, all coveralls aren’t created the same. These Dickies include a thick 10-ounce “duck” fabric that’s slightly water-repellent plus double reinforced knees and elbows. You get lots of pockets, too: two side-entry and a zippered pocket on the chest, and a left wallet pocket. Six-ounce poly fiber-fill lining provides warmth.
But my favorite bit about these particular coveralls? They’re brown. While black and blue (the other colors Dickies offers) look great, you’re totally screwed if you’re under the car and drop a screw on yourself. You’ll never find it without crawling out. Brown strikes the perfect balance between looking decent when dirty and functionality. Plus no one else wants ’em, so you’ll often find ’em on sale.
Expect to pay around $75 for a set, and unless you’re working in ’em day in and day out, expect them to serve you well for years.