Tag: Toby Brooks

TOOLS & TECH – RPM Cool Tools – How Much Ya Bench?

TOOLS & TECH – RPM Cool Tools – How Much Ya Bench?

Back in our January installment of Cool Tools right here in RPM, we showed you the super versatile new Klutch Tools mill/lathe combo. The best part of having this new capability in our shop is that now we can turn and machine small parts from billet aluminum and plastic in our own shop. However, we […]

June 23, 2020 More
FEATURES – LOVE AT FIRST BITE – Jim Sciortino – 1970 Barracuda

FEATURES – LOVE AT FIRST BITE – Jim Sciortino – 1970 Barracuda

For some of us, it takes a while to settle on the perfect car for a build. We scour the available targets, consider the pros and cons of each, hunt for a good buy, and eventually we make our choice. But for others like Trumbull, Connecticut’s Jim Sciortino, it is a far simpler choice. “I […]

June 19, 2020 More
FEATURES – GRAPE JUICED – Dave Pierce – 68 Pro Mod Camaro

FEATURES – GRAPE JUICED – Dave Pierce – 68 Pro Mod Camaro

Drag racers are a predictable bunch, especially those who live at the ragged edge of extreme speed and power. Pretty much anything that enhances performance is highly coveted, and most of the time, if a little is good, then a lot is better. Take Claremore, Oklahoma’s Dave Pierce. It wasn’t enough to have a carbon […]

June 15, 2020 More
TRICK OUT YOUR TRUCK – TOW TECH – Safety, Style, Function

TRICK OUT YOUR TRUCK – TOW TECH – Safety, Style, Function

If you have a high performance street machine or drag car, chances are that sooner or later you are going to have to haul it somewhere. In fact, having a fully-equipped tow rig is—for many  enthusiasts, at least—one of the key steps in being ready for the race or show season and not. If you […]

June 12, 2020 More
FEATURES – LEGIT – Frank & Mary Bendit – 1970 Chevy Nova

FEATURES – LEGIT – Frank & Mary Bendit – 1970 Chevy Nova

There seem to be two schools of thought in what it takes to build a dual-purpose street/strip car. One group would suggest taking an all-out drag car, doing just enough to make it street legal, and trailering it anywhere and everywhere to demonstrate its stellar—and frankly predictable—on-track performance. However, to the other bunch of street/strip […]

June 8, 2020 More
FEATURES – NO TAKEBACKS – Kyle & Amanda Avery 1968 Nova

FEATURES – NO TAKEBACKS – Kyle & Amanda Avery 1968 Nova

If you’ve been in the high performance drag racing and street machine scene long enough, you’ve probably experienced it. In the nearly-constant search for better, faster, and cooler, you made a deal that you later regretted. Sometimes you lament the ride you gave up. Other times, you realize that maybe you aren’t as crazy about […]

June 5, 2020 More
FEATURES – CARRIED AWAY – Joe Capp – 1971 Cuda

FEATURES – CARRIED AWAY – Joe Capp – 1971 Cuda

As so many obsessions do, it started simply for Hawthorn Woods, Illinois native Joe Capps. He just wanted a capable performing Mopar street car. But an enabling friend can always spur us along to go  further than we thought we would, and for Joe, that was good buddy Matt Renz of Midwest Muscle Cars. “Matt […]

June 3, 2020 More
TOOLS – RPM Cool Tools – Rockin’ & (Slip) Rollin’

TOOLS – RPM Cool Tools – Rockin’ & (Slip) Rollin’

There’s a maddening thing about tools: the more you have, the more you want. Whether you are a newbie just beginning to outfit your shop with the essentials or an established fab shop with all the latest and greatest the tooling world has to offer, it seems as though no matter what you have, there […]

June 3, 2020 More
TRUCKS – Tow Tech – Gettin’ Hitched

TRUCKS – Tow Tech – Gettin’ Hitched

If you’ve towed your race car or street machine before, you  know that depending on the quality of your tow setup, it can either feel like a stress-induced worryfest where your rig seems to constantly teeter on the brink of disaster or pretty  much like any other drive. The less heavy duty your equipment, the […]

May 29, 2020 More
TECH – COOL TOOLS – Metal Fab – Shrinker Stretcher

TECH – COOL TOOLS – Metal Fab – Shrinker Stretcher

Metal fabrication is an acquired skill that takes patience and repetition in order to approach some level of competence. It also requires tools. In the past several months, we’ve brought you a series of Cool Tools features on metalworking tools we have added to our arsenal, including a box and pan brake, a slip roll, […]

May 21, 2020 More
TECH – COOL TOOLS – Metal Fab – Air Over Hydraulic Tube Bender

TECH – COOL TOOLS – Metal Fab – Air Over Hydraulic Tube Bender

For most every RPM reader, the goal is to have the fastest and nastiest car (or truck) you can afford. And for the vast majority of those individuals, the only thing more satisfying than that is to actually do it yourself. A big step in that direction is to equip your shop with the fabrication […]

May 20, 2020 More
TRUCKS – TRICK OUT YOUR TRUCK – Dodge Dually Makeover Edition

TRUCKS – TRICK OUT YOUR TRUCK – Dodge Dually Makeover Edition

One thing we weren’t ready for when we started Project aPocalypSe Horse was how to get it from place to place during construction (and hopefully completion). Although hauling race cars and high-performance street machines is no big deal for much of our readership, yours truly had never had anything more stout than a half-ton pickup […]

May 13, 2020 More
Fuel AutoMedia TV Visits the Scoggin-Dickey Raceshop!

Fuel AutoMedia TV Visits the Scoggin-Dickey Raceshop!

In this episode, host Toby Brooks gets a special behind-the-scenes look at the world-renowned Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Raceshop in Lubbock, Texas. SDPC Outside Sales Manager Keith Wilson shares the old-fashioned American success story of Scoggin-Dickey, now entering 90 years of service to West Texas and beyond before Raceshop General Manager Alan Bracey pegs the throttle […]

April 6, 2020 More
Trinity International 66″ Rolling Tool Chest: PE Garage Episode 19

Trinity International 66″ Rolling Tool Chest: PE Garage Episode 19

I had a corner of the shop that was looking like an absolute dump. Plus, I had a brand new benchtop mill/lathe combo from Klutch Tools sitting on the floor and tooling scattered everywhere. I considered building a stand or a rack, but the thought of a rolling benchtop tool chest seemed like a good […]

April 5, 2020 More
Shop Talk & Dually Updates: PE Garage Episode 17

Shop Talk & Dually Updates: PE Garage Episode 17

The Project Mustang takes a backseat to some long-awaited fixes to my daily driver 1994 Dodge 3500—The Drooly. This week, I finally get the Fuel Offroad wheels back on, temporarily fix the leaky air ride system, and complete the fab and upholstery on a cool trim panel made using my Jessem Rout-R-Lift and eAsy Fabrication […]

April 4, 2020 More
Three Tips for Working with Custom Auto Fabrication Shops: Shop Talk

Three Tips for Working with Custom Auto Fabrication Shops: Shop Talk

In this first episode of our new Thursday SHOP TALK series, host Toby Brooks shares three tips he’s learned during the buildup of his 2006 Mustang pro streeter. Read more stories like this at www.rpmmag.com Subscribe to RPM Magazine today!  

April 3, 2020 More
Welcome to the all-new Fuel AutoMedia Family!

Welcome to the all-new Fuel AutoMedia Family!

After a long hiatus, it’s time to get back to work! The original intention of PE Garage was to bring tech, tools, and how-tos. However, that just wasn’t enough. There are literally thousands of killer pro street, street machine, N/T, grudge, street/strip, and doorslammer drag cars out there that NEED to be featured. So while […]

April 3, 2020 More
Paul Stoffel’s Pro Street Big Block El Camino: Fuel AutoMedia FAMily Feature

Paul Stoffel’s Pro Street Big Block El Camino: Fuel AutoMedia FAMily Feature

In our first-ever FAMily Feature, host Toby Brooks updates on the progress (or lack thereof) on the project car and then gives an inside look on the history and specs of Paul Stoffel’s 1978 GMC Caballero/El Camino. We hope you enjoy the new format and if you have a feature-worthy car, we’d love to see […]

April 3, 2020 More
PE Garage Episode 6: The One with the SWAG Off-Road Dimple Dies (Dimple Dies for Tinwork Part 2)

PE Garage Episode 6: The One with the SWAG Off-Road Dimple Dies (Dimple Dies for Tinwork Part 2)

PE Garage Episode 6: The One with the SWAG Off-Road Dimple Dies (Dimple Dies for Tinwork Part 2) Dimple dies are cool fabrication tools that can add style and rigidity to your next sheetmetal tinwork project. Follow along as we show you how easy it is to use SWAG Off-Road dimple dies using a standard […]

April 2, 2020 More
PE Garage Episode 5: The One With the Greenlee Knockout Punch: Dimple Dies for Tinwork Part 1

PE Garage Episode 5: The One With the Greenlee Knockout Punch: Dimple Dies for Tinwork Part 1

Dimple die sheetmetal is a hot trend seen in hot rod, street rod, and street machine fabrication. Follow along as we show you how it’s done, starting with the perfect tools for making the perfect hole every time with a knockout punch! Read more stories like this at www.rpmmag.com Subscribe to RPM Magazine today!  

April 1, 2020 More
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