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Auto Maintenance: Choosing One Repair Shop

One of the things I learned from my dad is that it pays to find a good auto repair shop and stick with it. True enough, I have tried using more than one shop, based on what I needed done to my car. Every time, I found myself going back to one shop that knew my car and the car's history. I had found that shop not too long ago. They had offered help with everything from rebuilding engines to dent repair. The shop is located near my home, and they keep records that went back for years. Thanks to the long history, they always knew what to do when something was not working as it should. If you think that finding one shop to meet all your needs is a good idea, let me help. With a little effort, you'll know exactly where to take your vehicle any time it needs some work.


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Creative Ways To Upcycle Used Car Parts In Your Man Cave

by Noelle Snyder

The most comprehensive man cave is a place that boasts everything a man loves to see. From sports memorabilia to anything mechanical, guys enjoy being surrounded by masculine things that remind them of the things that they love. Automotive memorabilia may be the perfect way to add some horsepower to your man cave, but this stuff can be outrageously expensive to acquire. Thankfully, you can get your hands on everything you need to make some creative adjustments sitting in wait at the local junk or salvage yard. Here are a few ideas that are sure to get your mind running 90 mph in the right direction.

Coiled Automotive Springs

Take a look under the chassis of just about any vehicle and you will find a treasure trove of springs that can be implemented into your man cave in some pretty ingenious ways. Grab a set of four high-grade steel spring shocks from an old pickup and you have got yourself an awesome seat for a glass tabletop. Even better, find two and a welder, stack one on top of the other, add a wired bulb outlet and a shade, and you have a lamp that you will be proud to have in the room.

For an all-out car savvy light fixture, mount a coil spring on the ceiling right over the existing fixture with U-bolts and self-tapping screws. These heavy duty springs may have already served their purpose on a vehicle, but they are just what you need to add some automotive appeal in your space.

Handles and Door Latches

If you happen to have cabinetry, dressers, or a storage closet in your man cave, those factory installed pieces of hardware do not normally scream masculinity. Nothing says pure automotive adoration than changing out these handles with actual handles from classic vehicles, like a '57 Chevy or an '89 Dodge Ram. Some of the older vehicles even boasted latched designed handles that can be rearranged to be functional to open cabinets and drawers. Using a little creative thinking, a good drill bit, and the right hardware, you could have decorative handles on your furniture that are anything but boring.

Take a trip to your local used auto parts store or salvage yard, one like Archie's Auto Recycling, and set your mind in a new decoration when it comes to decorating your man cave. You may be surprised to see just how many new ideas you can come up with while you are there.