Tailgate Customization

Michigan winter temperatures made working in the shop less than ideal.  Even with my garage heater running, doing any paint or trim work on a car is difficult.  It is…

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New DIY Forum: Rusto Garage

I like to think of myself as a handy do-it-yourselfer.  At an early age, I enjoyed making stuff out of wood and customizing my Tonka trucks.  Once I started driving,…

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Starting Your Tool Collection

The car hobby is made up of three kinds of people–those who enjoy shopping and buying fun cars, people who like to work on cars and those who want to…

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Preferred Auto Parts Retailers

Many resources exist to help you repair or modify your car.  Doing it yourself is both satisfying and less expensive than taking it to a repair facility.  In fact, most…

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Transforming the Family Truckster

These are interesting times to be buying a vehicle.  The supply chain disruption (caused mainly by the semiconductor shortage I chronicled HERE) has decimated dealership car inventories.  As a result, dealers…

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Vehicle Storage Tips

I originally published this article in May 2020, when people were not driving their vehicles because COVID kept them working at home. Many people are still working from home, so their…

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Personalize Your Car With Graphics

I am always looking at ways to add a custom touch to my cars.  Back in the 1970s, I added pinstripe to the body lines of my parents’ cars.  In…

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License Plate Lampshade

I decided to get crafty this weekend.  My basement office is used when I need to get away from the distractions in the house, which is usually when I shoot…

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DIY Brake Caliper Painting

Take a look at some of the sportier cars on the road, and you will see some colorful brake calipers behind their spoke wheels.  For those of you lusting for…

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DIY Cargo Step Box

I like to tinker, which means I’m always happy to fix or build something.  When all of my projects are finished, I start looking for a problem that needs a…

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