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One of the benefits of owning a GM truck or SUV with a 350 under the hood: the alternator isn’t buried behind or under the engine. (We’re looking at you, Porsche.) It’s right up top — right in your face. And that also makes it second only to chrome valve covers in terms of cheap but effective dress-up purchases.

This is doubly true if you happen to find yourself with a bum alternator. The 100 A model pictured above will directly bolt in to replace any GM alternator from 1965 to 1986 — yeah, those GM engineers love the status quo — and’ll set you back just $100. That sounds like a lot, but take out the $80 or so you’ll pay for a plain Jane alternator, and the cheap ‘n pretty economics become clear.

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Ever had that annoying problem where the 90° fender flanges are digging into the over-sized tires you’re putting on your exotic supercar? Yeah, me neither. But, just in case you run into this issue, Eastwood’s Fender Finisher-Hand Fender Former Tool will fix it for you. The $80 tool allows you “to roll fenders without having to remove the wheel!” and ease that troublesome factory edge. A heat gun is suggested to warm up the paint so you can form without damage, but you should be able to do the job in less than 30 minutes. The Fender Finisher has molded hand grips, a durable power-coated finished, and comes with two extra replaceable rubber pads.

A video is available at the manufacturer’s site.

Eastwood [Manufacturer’s Site]

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My current truck is a ’93 and I live in the Rust Belt, so the body’s getting rough. Hopefully I’ll be able to spend some time cleaning things up and installing patch panels to get things looking a bit better, but other emergencies keep popping their heads up, so for now I’m keeping up on my tetanus shots and hoping for the best. This new aerosol version of Eastwood’s Rust Converter looks like it might work to my benefit.

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I remember it clearly, though it happened 20 years ago:  I took my brand new 3/8” air ratchet to a valve cover bolt — and snapped the bolt cleanly in half.  That same day, after I was done with the ole extractor set, I picked up my first pressure regulator, one that you could turn the valve a quarter turn to regulate pressure, but it wasn’t very exact or reproducible if I needed to repeat a settings.  We’ve come a long way from that to Eastwood’s Digital Pressure Regulator.

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Polishing metals and plastics is almost an art, with so many different polishing materials and compounds to choose from.  If you’re looking for an easy way to get into polishing, or if you just need to restock the basic supplies, Eastwood’s Deluxe Polishing Kit can help — it includes the tools you need to work on large open items or in the details.

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A fender roller is your last, best hope for fitting over-sized wheels and tires. Why? It flattens out the bit of sheet metal sticking out horizontally from the wheel-well lip, giving you another few millimeters of space inside the fender.

Best of all, Eastwood is offering their quite sturdy and functional-looking model for $200 today. Sure, that’s not pocket change (for we poor bloggers at least), but it’s chump change compared to what the body shop’ll charge you to straighten and repaint your fender after you jack it up with a hammer.

PS: If you’re wondering how this thing works, there’s a video on the page linked below.

Fender Roller [Eastwood]

 
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When I’m trying to fit bigger, wider wheels on my car, and I just need a bit more clearance, I pull this out of my bag of tricks: the Eastwood fender roller tool. Most fenders have a flange on ’em that’s parallel to the ground, and it can potentially cut your tire.  Bolt the fender roller onto the hub, turn the handle, and that flange will be curved up flush against the outside-fender skin. Sometimes that extra 1/2″ is all you need.

Fender Roller [Eastwood Co.]

 
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We’ve written numerous times about the art of pulling dash and other modern plastic interior pieces. But no amount of care will prevent damage if you don’t have the right tools. Here’s your chance to stock up in one shot: Eastwood’s 10-piece nylon pry tool set.

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Transmission jacks don’t come cheap — they usually start around $500 — so it doesn’t make sense to buy one for that rare occasion when you have to tear out the tranny on your ’87 dually. Eastwood offers a more affordable solution: a transmission jack adapter that fits any jack with a 1-1/8″ post-style saddle. Just pull off the stock cup, put this unit in its place, and get to jackin’. Pricing is $85.

Transmission Jack Adapter [Eastwood]

 
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Engine turning (also known as damascening, jeweling, krayling, or swirling) has long been associated with fine metalworking.  Whatever you call it, it’s a great way to add some bling to your project.  The process consists of using a spinning abrasive cylinder to make dazzling 3-D looking patterns on polished metal. You can see examples of the technique on everything from antique handmade pocket watches to retro hotrod parts.  If you want to try it yourself, Eastwood offers 1″ and 1/2″ kits that can be used with any drill press.

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