Category: Shop Talk

SHOP TALK with JT Quarantine Blues

SHOP TALK with JT Quarantine Blues

I pray this finds everyone healthy and safe from the global pandemic we are facing. Home quarantine had its perks during the first week, as I locked myself in my shop and never looked back. Then the reality of our business not generating ANY income right now set in and promptly removed the fun out […]

September 24, 2020 More
SHOP TALK with JT – NEXT LEVEL

SHOP TALK with JT – NEXT LEVEL

This month we’ll reflect back to a time just before coronavirus or Covid 19 became household names worldwide. It was mid-March 2020 and just after a long winter of making upgrades to my Camaro (Big Red), I was hoping for an early spring and anticipating driving and racing the car throughout the season. One of […]

September 23, 2020 More
SHOP TALK – Just Another Day

SHOP TALK – Just Another Day

There is never a dull moment here on my little piece of Planet Gearhead. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to wrench on some unusual, bizarre, and unique machines. I can also say the same for the people whom I’ve had the pleasure of working for. My most recent adventure in wrenching turned out […]

September 22, 2020 More
SHOP TALK – TECH – I’ve Said It Before…

SHOP TALK – TECH – I’ve Said It Before…

Hello fellow gearheads. With every passing day, I am getting one step closer to finally finishing the latest upgrades on Big Red. Once you go down the long, treacherous, expensive road named “Mild to Wild,” bypassing the town of “Simple and Easy,” you arrive at the city of “Expensive-ville,” which is surrounded by the suburbs […]

July 6, 2020 More
SHOP TALK – RACIN’ IS RACIN’

SHOP TALK – RACIN’ IS RACIN’

The other day, one of my buddies asked why an old friend of ours doesn’t come to the track anymore. I laughed and said, “he’s a street racer now.” My response was immediately met with another question. “Okay, but why can’t  he come to the track anymore?” In recent years, I’ve come to learn that […]

June 26, 2020 More
SHOP TALK – Why Do We Do This?

SHOP TALK – Why Do We Do This?

I understand that we all have a passion for cars or I wouldn’t be writing this article and you wouldn’t be reading it. I understand that some of us get obsessive and even excessive with our cars. I also understand that our cars are supposed to bring us joy and take us away from the […]

June 22, 2020 More
TECH/SHOP TALK – Gearheads & Good Deeds

TECH/SHOP TALK – Gearheads & Good Deeds

For all of the gearheads out there, you know what I mean when I say, “we are on everyone’s speed dial.” It seems we are often called when someone is in need of our skillset rather than a simple “what’s going  on” friendship call. Many have taken advantage of my good nature, but I consider […]

June 19, 2020 More
SHOP TALK – Wiring

SHOP TALK – Wiring

When the weather takes a turn in winter’s direction around here, my phone tends to ring a lot with custom automotive work. After all, it is the season to make any necessary repairs, as well as any unnecessary upgrades (had to write that—my wife was looking over my shoulder). But for the record, there is […]

June 18, 2020 More
SHOP TALK – Why Cars?

SHOP TALK – Why Cars?

I do my best to cover a wide variety of topics here in Shop Talk. As I’ve written before, these topics are born from actual conversations that have taken place in my shop. I recently had a new client hire me to perform some electrical magic on his camper. He roamed around the shop while […]

June 17, 2020 More
SHOP TALK – The Mysterious Rear Diff

SHOP TALK – The Mysterious Rear Diff

To the average person, tools are metal objects that are kept in a toolbox and occasionally used to hang a picture or tighten a loose screw. To a gearhead, tools are like food and water: basic necessities. Most  serious DIY mechanics own a variety of tools that might include a welder, plasma cutter, chop saw, […]

June 16, 2020 More
IT’S SHOP TALK WEEK – SHOP TALK – A Perfectly Good Hood

IT’S SHOP TALK WEEK – SHOP TALK – A Perfectly Good Hood

IT’S SHOP TALK WEEK – Check in daily with us for a SHOP TALK ARTICLE WITH RPM Magazine’s very own JT. TO RUIN OR NOT TO RUIN A PERFECTLY GOOD HOOD: THAT is the Question! We’ve all had to make extremely hard decisions when it comes to our cars. Perhaps the most difficult ones are […]

June 15, 2020 More
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