Archives : 2010 : April

Eddie Paul on Cut It In Half

April 30th, 2010

Many consider Eddie Paul to be Hollywood’s best kept secret. A unique combination of mechanical genius, wild imagination and unbelievable skill, Eddie Paul has been constructing some of the world’s most exciting set pieces for four decades. Eddie Paul is also president and founder of EP Industries, a “concept design organization” located in El Segundo, California. In this facility, Eddie and his team of talented specialists are dedicated to researching, manufacturing and developing basically ANYTHING you could ever dream up. Although the film industry probably owes the most to his brilliance in automotive customization for such movies as The Fast and the Furious, Grease and ET; Eddie’s diverse list of clients include Boeing, Rockwell, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Energy and many more.

And as you can see from the header picture, Eddie also happens to be the proud owner of BendPak car lifts.

Recently, Eddie has appeared as a guest on the new History Channel show Cut It in Half. In case you missed it, this last week he advised the dissection of a fire truck! We’re sure to see much more of him in the future, so stay tuned to the BendPak blog for more Eddie Paul updates. For right now, enjoy the picture gallery below.

Adam Carolla CarCast Video Tutorial: Step-by-Step Guide on How to Change a Tire

April 28th, 2010

As you might remember, three weeks ago we brought you an exclusive all-access look behind the scenes of the Adam Carolla CarCast tutorial segment “Tire Job.” Well today we’ve got the video.

Host Sandy Ganz gives you a demonstration of how easy it is to change a tire when you have the best tools for the job. In this case, the best tools include the Ranger R26EX tire changer, a BendPak low-rise car lift and a Ranger wheel balancer for extra credit. The tires in question come from an old ’65 Mustang convertible his buddy Donny is intermittently restoring, but he leaves Sandy to do the tire job himself.

That’s fine, because Sandy goes through step-by-step how to change a tire in what turns out to be a pretty entertaining tire-changing tutorial video. First he demounts and deflates the tire before breaking the bead with the aid of the bead-breaking blade on the side of the tire changer. Then at around 2:49, Sandy takes a short intermission from the tire changing how-to segment and shows us the WRONG way to re-seat a tire bead with the WRONG tools…starter fluid and a box of matches. Following some exciting pyrotechnics (3:40), Sandy vows to never mount a tire with Quick Start again and gets back to work.

After breaking the bead all over again, Sandy clamps the outside of the 14” rim on the tire changer turntable and lubricates the rubber around the wheel. Then he sets the mount / de-mount head tool between the rim and the tire, wedges the included pry bar into the open space and rotates the turntable. The tire comes off “easy as pie.” He does the same to the bottom of the tire and then replaces the valve stem with a shiny new one for Donny.

Next in the tire changing how-to video from the Adam Carolla CarCast, Sandy needs to put the replacement tire onto the wheel. He re-clamps the rim securely into the tire changer’s turntable, inspects the sealing bead for obstructions and lubricates the brand new tire. Sandy does a decent job of shoving the tire on the wheel by hand before bringing in the mount / de-mount head tool and the turntable’s rotation to push the tire into the sealing bead, all without the aid of a pry bar. Once he reseats the bead with the included air hose, Sandy is all set to balance the Mustang’s new tire on the Ranger DST-Series wheel balancer.

Sandy begins wheel balancing procedures by locking in the tire with the included wheel balancer adapters and inputting the parameters into the control panel. Then, he lowers the safety shield and lets the machine spin the wheel to detect the current balance. Following the information on the readout, Sandy selects the appropriate weights and sticks them where the wheel balancer suggests. Again, he lowers the shield and tests the weight. Sandy determines that the slight remaining imbalance is fine for Donny’s old Mustang and finishes up by remounting the wheel with a torque wrench.

Now all he has to do is the exact same thing three more times. Click the video below to watch the Adam Carolla CarCast “Tire Job” segment for yourself.

Ranger RFJ-3000AL Facebook Giveaway Winners!

April 23rd, 2010

Hey everyone! Just wanted to let you know the Ranger Floor Jack winners have been posted on the BendPak Facebook page. Click the image above to see the video! Thanks to all our contestants and stay tuned for more promotions. Until then, have a fantastic weekend!

RX3040 Tire Changer Installation At West Coast Customs

April 21st, 2010

Last week, the BendPak Team got the chance to go down and install a brand new Ranger RX3040 Tire Changer at West Coast Customs in Corona, California. Their old Beissbarth tire machine wasn’t working so well and replacement parts were impossible to find. Being longtime partners in automotive excellence, we did the only honorable thing and equipped the Street Customs veterans with the very best tire changer in the business.

Since we were already in the shop (using most of our energy to keep our overactive salivary glands in check) we asked Ryan Friedlinghaus and company if we could take a couple pictures. They kindly obliged, so of course we went completely ballistic, took several hundred and filled up the entire SD card in the process.

After wading through each and every shot, we’re proud to announce that FINALLY the pictures are up on the official BendPak / Ranger Flickr page for your viewing pleasure. Make sure to check them out! Expect to see an insane amount of BendPak / Ranger equipment all around the shop. We’ve also included a few shots of the Ranger RX3040 Tire Machine itself, in case you haven’t seen one in person yet.

Stay tuned to the BendPak Blog for more updates. We managed to snag some video during the install and we’ll be posting it within the next couple of weeks.

BendPak Website Navigation Update

April 20th, 2010

We apologize if you were browsing the BendPak website yesterday around mid-afternoon Pacific time–you may have experienced some pretty strange stuff. Let us be the first to put your fears to rest: BendPak.com is neither haunted nor hacked. We were just implementing a subtle but important update that will change the way you browse our products.

Previously the top navigation bar organized our automotive equipment products by the brand names BendPak or Ranger. Under the new system, all equipment is listed by product function instead. So if you’re trying to find the perfect car lift, just hover the cursor or click on “Car Lifts.” And if you’re looking for an excellent Ranger brake lathe, hover or click on “Wheel Service” to get started.

Go ahead and give it a try if you haven’t already. It’s never been easier to find exactly what you’re looking for.

BendPak Refuses to Drop Jesse James from Sponsorship

April 19th, 2010

In the wake of the recent scandal, we’ve received several e-mails about the presence of Jesse James on the BendPak site and in various marketing materials. The events of the past few months have brought national attention to the practice of celebrity endorsements, and it appears that the expected thing to do in light of Jesse James’s recent personal problems is to drop him rather than risk a detrimental business association.

It’s impossible not to draw parallels between Jesse James’s current troubles and those of Tiger Woods. AT&T, Gatorade, Gillette, Buick and Tag Heuer kicked Tiger to the curb when news came out about his affairs. Tiger’s formerly squeaky clean persona helped sell products like watches and sports drinks until it quickly had the unpalatable taste of false advertising and even betrayal.

Some might argue that the entire benefit of putting a celebrity endorser on a product is to build trust between the brand and the consumer. Once public faith in the famous personality is shattered, the brand itself inevitably falters in public opinion as well. Nike, probably the only major sponsor to remain by Tiger’s side, is currently attempting to repair that trust with a haunting black and white commercial that features a reticent looking Tiger Woods staring into the camera while the disembodied voice of his late father, Earl Woods, gently asks him what he was thinking.

But we believe that BendPak customers don’t buy car lifts just because Rich Evans or Jesse James said to. Automotive professionals and hobbyists choose BendPak over the competition because for over three decades, our products have consistently delivered superior performance and excellent value. We only include celebrity endorsers in our advertising to give our customers the tiny thrill of knowing that someone who’s built a life of success working with automobiles uses the same exact tools. In fact, we’re as pleasantly surprised as anyone when discovering a well-known name has a BendPak auto lift in their shop or home garage.

To be clear, BendPak does not condone Jesse James’s alleged behavior and our hearts go out to Sandra Bullock and their torn family. BendPak first began working with Jesse James ten years ago based solely on his skills as a fabricator and as an entertainer.

“Regardless of his personal indiscretions, Jesse has been—and still is—an excellent craftsman, an automotive icon and an entertainer to millions,” stated Jeff Kritzer, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. “Jesse James has stood by BendPak products for years and we’d be remiss if we didn’t return the favor by sticking with him at his lowest point.”

Next Time, Just Use A Ranger Floor Jack

April 19th, 2010

While we can’t help but admire the sheer ingenuity displayed by this European motorist, we also regard the above photo with a high degree of angst.

Life could be so much easier, if only they had a Ranger Floor Jack.

Avoid this poor person’s fate. If you need a new floor jack, become a BendPak fan on Facebook and leave us a comment for a chance to win a brand new RFJ-3000AL. It takes only a few seconds and you’ll be connected with your fellow automotive enthusiasts from around the web. Plus, it’s way safer and more convenient than the alternative…

BendPak Hits Facebook With Floor Jack Contest

April 14th, 2010

We’re always trying to find new ways to connect with the service pros and diehard hobbyists who share our passions for all things automotive—fine people just like you. That’s why we’re happy to announce the grand opening of our Facebook fan page, your new mainline for insider BendPak info, contests and promotions.

To help kick off the new BendPak Facebook page, we’re giving away a FREE Ranger RFJ-3000AL Aluminum Racing Jack to one lucky new BendPak Facebook Fan.

Become a BendPak fan on Facebook and enter for a chance to win!

To enter, just become a BendPak fan on Facebook and leave a comment on our wall mentioning this promotion. A winner will be randomly selected on April 23th. You can only enter yourself once, but you increase your odds of winning by getting your friends in on the action. You get one extra contest entry for every person who mentions your name in their first wall post.

But you can’t win if you don’t play, so become a BendPak Facebook fan today! We can’t wait to see you on Facebook!

Street Chopper Magazine Editor Loves His BendPak

April 13th, 2010

Over the weekend, Street Chopper Magazine editor Jeff G. Holt sent us over a couple of pictures featuring his BendPak HD-9 Four-Post Car Lift and BendPak LS580V Air Compressor, along with a few kind words to let us know how much he loves them. Or, more specifically, how much he loves the “luxury of having a full-service poolside shop located right in the backyard.”

Some of the recent automotive projects where his BendPak equipment has proven useful include airbagging his 1968 Ford F-100 pickup, replacing the transmission on his ’59 T-Bird and restoring his ’54 Ford Truck. No matter what he’s working on, Jeff tells us that he chooses BendPak to do the job right.

“I love the ease of being able to work on my cars with the HD-9. And whether I am using air tools, painting or plasma cutting, the LS580V compressor handles the business with ease,” says Jeff.

The spring issue of Street Chopper is out now, so go out and pick yourself up a copy. And make sure to look for more updates from Jeff’s two and four wheeled projects in the near future. Until then, don’t miss these pictures of Jeff’s setup. It’s one of the few outdoor installations that we’ve seen in a while.

Adam Carolla CarCast Shows You How To Change A Tire

April 7th, 2010

We are very proud to bring you an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at this week’s Adam Carolla CarCast. Not too long ago, we took a quick ride down the 101 to the fair city of Glendale, CA, where we were granted access into the hallowed halls of Adam Carolla’s garage. We stumbled around in a daze, struck by the overwhelming amount of automobile awesomeness—unable to walk six feet without nearly tripping over a couple of Mustangs, a Ford GT40 or a Cobra. The walls and ceilings were lavishly adorned with memorabilia, equal parts comedy and automotive; and as we made our winding way through the shop, we repeatedly came across what surely amounted to a bona fide truck-load of BendPak / Ranger automotive service equipment. This truly was car-guy heaven.

What followed was one of the best working Saturdays in recent memory. Our gracious hosts—Sandy Ganz and his crew—were kind, entertaining, helpful and even fed us delicious sandwiches from a local establishment. It was all we could do to sit back and grin while we watched Sandy and co. do their thing. The segment centered on a step-by-step tutorial of how to properly change and balance a tire with the aid of a BendPak low-rise car lift, Ranger tire changer and Ranger wheel balancer…as well as the completely wrong and dangerous method involving starter fluid and a box of matches.

The tire-changing tutorial segment starts in at about 21:39, preceded by an interesting chat with hot rod builder Bodie Stroud. At the time of this post there’s no video (yet), but we took our own camera and have loads of exclusive snapshots to show you on the official BendPak / Ranger Flickr page. We recommend you go there now!

Thank you Sandy and the entire CarCast crew. We had a (fiery) blast.

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